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  • 1. I have a lot of issues with ejecting my thumb before I hit the ball and would like...
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I have a lot of issues with ejecting my thumb before I hit the ball and would like to have a plan that would help me to get the thumb out cleaner. After bowling for more than 40 years, I am willing to try anything (short of bowling two-handed) to fix this.

Thumb exit is without a doubt one of the toughest issues that one-handed bowlers face. While you may have already looked into your fit, let’s start there with some important considerations before looking at your physical execution.

First, aside from the more obvious considerations such as the length of the spans and the pitches of the holes, persistent thumb exit issues are often related to the shape of the thumb hole itself. These are the details that excellent ball drillers will pride themselves on, and ...

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Tyrel Rose

About Tyrel Rose

Tyrel Rose is Bowling This Month's Director of Content. He is also currently the Head Coach for Team Canada, with over 20 years of experience coaching bowlers of all levels. Tyrel is an NCCP Competition Development level and USBC Bronze Certified coach, and a former Canadian national champion.