How to Grip a Bowling Ball

A bowler’s ability to hit a strike or hook a bowling ball is determined by how well his grip on the ball is. Your grip on the bowling ball will definitely help you control your release, speed and direction of the ball and maintain a consistent revolutionary rate which is all helpful in improving your scores.

There are basically 2 different kinds of grips, the first grip is called conventional grip and the other one is referred to as advanced grip. Bowling enthusiasts usually recommend to beginners the use of the conventional grip. This is particularly for the reason that as it name implies, the ball becomes easier to manipulate once this grip is used. In this kind of grip, bowlers must place their fingers into the gripping holes completely down to the second knuckle joints. Then the thumb must also go all the way down into the thumb gripping hole so that your thumb pads are fitted into the hole in a straight manner. The palms must be felt almost completely rested on the ball surface after the fingers and thumbs are properly positioned in their respective gripping holes. As you are doing so, try your best not to apply too much gripping pressure. If you find that the gripping holes perfectly fit your fingers, then there is no need for you to squeeze the ball as you hold and swing it. Instead, you only have to use a light gripping pressure for you to be able to deliver the ball effectively with much consistency. This kind of bowling ball grip is very appropriate for beginners as it trains and conditions the hands of the bowlers on how to manipulate and release the ball. However, even though this grip is more conventional, this doesn’t guarantee maximum impact as you release the ball and reach the pins.

The other grip is called the advanced grip. Others may call it fingertip drilled ball grip. This grip is the act of inserting the bowling fingers into their respective gripping holes only until the first knuckle joint with the finger pads grapping the holes firmly just adequate enough to support the weight of the bowling ball as you swing it. The thumb must be placed into the gripping hole still completely down as deep as how it can reach to ensure that the thumb has lesser or no chances of bending at the joint by curling the knuckle inside the hole. In this case, the fingers are expected to take control of the greater amount of pressure in terms of ball manipulation as compared to the force that your thumb applies. Your palm must be adequately resting on the surface of the ball and your pinky finger must rest against the middle finger which happens to be inside a gripping hole. Your index finger must be allowed to either spread out from your middle finger or rest against is in order to increase the gripping balance. This technique is commonly used by pro and expert bowlers.

No matter what kind of bowler you are, the bottom line is that you know the basics of how to properly grip a bowling ball. Given that, the rest of the skills, strategies and techniques become easier to achieve.