Grip and Fitting Articles

Do you sometimes struggle to consistently release the bowling ball? Do you have troublesome calluses that rip while bowling? Do you experience pain in your hand joints during or after bowling? If you answer yes to any of these questions, or if have any other issues with your bowling ball fit, you are at the right place.

Bowling This Month has articles with tips and suggestions to make sure you have the best fit for your equipment. With a correct fit, the bowling ball is supposed to let go of you at the release, and not the other way around. So with that thought in mind, you will find a number of articles here that help lower your grip pressure, give general fitting advice, and cover various fitting methods:

  • Lower grip pressure: One of the many key factors of bowling is shot repetition and repetition is almost always improved with lower grip pressure. The majority of the world’s best bowlers employ fitting methods that are designed to lower their gripping pressure, which is the force required to keep the ball on the hand throughout the swing. This can be achieved in a number of ways, including through the proper use of bowling tape, advanced taping techniques, and by using proper fitting methods that customize the gripping holes to best utilize each individual bowler's hand. Our articles cover all the leading methods and techniques in lowering grip pressure.
  • General fitting advice: A great fit is a key component of shot repetition and consistency. Having every bowling ball in your arsenal feeling the same is of utmost importance. If you need to make a ball change in a key situation, and it takes you a few throws to get used to the ball you are throwing, you just spotted the field that many more pins. The articles in this section will teach you the methods and techniques to maintain consistency in all of your equipment.
  • Fitting methods: At Bowling This Month, we try to cover all the options that exist addressing common grip and fit-related issues. Whether you’re coming back after an injury or if you haven’t had your fit measured in over a decade, here you will find various techniques and methods for how to best fit your hand to the bowling ball for improved comfort and consistency.

In bowling, having a consistent grip on the ball will improve your ability to strike (and spare!) as much as possible. If you have any kind of issues with your fit, it can hurt your scores and, worse yet, it can lead to major injuries. Protect your hand, protect your scores, and make sure your bowling balls fit perfectly!

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Featured Grip and Fitting Articles

Featuring Rocio Restrepo, Josie Earnest, and Missy Parkin

The PWBA Round Table: Targeting Tips and Gripping Accessories

Welcome back to the fourth installment of the PWBA Round Table! This month, we'll talk with two PWBA players who won titles and had breakthrough seasons this year, as well as a player who has been succeeding on both the...

A detailed look at interchangeable and molded thumb insert systems

Duplicating Thumb Holes for a Consistent Release

One of the most crucial elements of becoming a better bowler is consistency, or in other words, repeating shots. A related aspect of improving and becoming the best you can be includes knowing your equipment and when to make changes....

Stay in the game with this modified gripping configuration

A New Take on the Four Hole Grip

Thinking of leaving the game due to grip problems? Don't do it...help is on the way! Is your bowling ball starting to feel a little heavy? Is your ball speed getting slower and slower? Does the effort required to hold...

A review of the hand and the motivations for the ADT grip

An Anatomical Approach to Fitting and Drilling

I recently devised an anatomically-guided fitting and drilling technique that I call the Anatomical Drilling Technique (ADT). With this grip, I believe the ball now feels like it is a natural extension of the hand. This fitting process was developed...

A review of bowling's most common grip styles

Get a Grip

As many of you may know, prior to coaching many of the professionals on tour, my first position on the professional tour was drilling bowling balls. During my career of drilling bowling balls for the best of the best, I...

Grip and Fitting Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
The PWBA Round Table: Targeting Tips and Gripping Accessories
Duplicating Thumb Holes for a Consistent Release
A New Take on the Four Hole Grip
An Anatomical Approach to Fitting and Drilling
Get a Grip
The Max Y Grip by Drill Tech Enterprises
The Seven Deadly Sins of Joe and Jane Blow - Part 1
Bowling Tape as an Art Form
Pitching a Fit
Thumb Timing
Some Simple Guidelines
Changes
TOPS 3: Tiered Oval Process - Version 3
Tiered Taping