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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Reviewed By: walttaormina@gmail.com 03/30/2011 00:17 ( stars)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


 
For Me, this is the greatest invention ever for the thumb hole. Forget wasting your money on Switch Grip or the It or whatever it is called. I first ordered 5 different sizes of the Xcel Turbo thumb not being sure what size would be best for me. I learned the 1 1/16" Oval, which is the biggest size they make was perfectly snug around my entire thumb, like my thumb was used to make the mold for this size! (I just returned the other 4 that were all too small) When I put it in, it felt too snug, so i sanded it with 80 grit paper, then finished it with 200 grit, vacuumed out the insert, then wiped it out with rubbing alcohol and the fit is better than any pro shop expert ever drilled for me in 30 years, and I had some of the best in NJ drilling for me. I can now reproduce this exact size and feel in any ball I want, and it will never break or have an issue! And by the way.....did I mention it costs a whopping $6.00????!!!! You can have Switch Grip for $45 or so installed, I now do my own thumb better with NO coned taper that is common in an oval thumb custom cut, etc. Note: because you need to set the insert on an angle, be it 20 degrees or 40*, or whatever is your angle, that can be the biggest challenge, so DO NOT use super glue to install it cause you have NO work time. Use a 5 minute epoxy so you can move it to the perfect angle, and then let it set up. Also, leave it above the surface of the ball approx. 1/16", after it sets up, take a new razor knife to trim off the excess, (it cuts and sands like butter btw) then 80 grit to soften the sharp edge, then finish with 200, then alcohol, and you will have a system you can repeat and have unbeatable consistency in size and feel! Good Luck!

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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Reviewed By: mcaeal 01/20/2014 15:05 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    215
Sport Shot Average    205
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 over 0 up
 
Several comments:
1) these are 1.25 OD, so the common inch and an eight bit will not work.
2) These have a ton of friction. Not good for fast releases.
3) I found the oval to be tighter than the spec. IE 1 inch oval is smaller on the large oval than 1 inch.
4) the material is soft, making it harder to get a really smooth finish.

On the bright side, oval thumbs are cost efficient, and very easy to get a similar feel between balls. These grips have markers every 90 degrees for easy alignment.

For my game, I would prefer a urathane oval thumb insert, but these will do in a pinch.


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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Reviewed By: gilzelaya 02/03/2012 17:37 ( stars)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    192
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Stroker
 
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST I BUY THIS INSERTS, IF I ORDERED AGAIN
IS BECAUSE I LIKE THEM.


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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Reviewed By: walttaormina@gmail.com 12/13/2011 01:04 ( stars)


 
This thumb insert is a great product, I install it myself, sand out the sides of the oval a touch, and it fits perfect. It is made of vinyl, which creates a bit of drag due to the nature of the material, the way to improve this product is to make it out of urethane instead, and I just learned from VICE, that they are coming out with a urethane thumb insert in a few weeks... would be nice if bowlingball.com would start carrying VICE. They have great tape products as well, that I have to get from other sources...hint..hint!

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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Reviewed By: Stanley52 04/12/2011 02:09 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    195
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Stroker
 
Just what the doctor ordered!!

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Turbo 2-N-1 Grips Formula Xcel Oval Thumb Insert Bowling Accessories 4.40 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.