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Advancing To A Fingertip Bowling Ball Grip

If you are ready to move away from using a bowling ball drilled with a conventional grip, there are a few things to be aware of regarding a fingertip grip.

For a conventionally drilled ball, your middle two bowling fingers should be inserted down to the second knuckle joint before your thumb is inserted. The weight of the ball is to be supported by the pads of your fingers leading to the second knuckle joint.

For a fingertip grip, your middle and ring fingers should be inserted into your bowling ball before your thumb, but only down to the first knuckle joint where the weight of the ball will be supported by the pads of your fingers from the tip of your fingernails to the first joint.

The thumb must be inserted down into the thumb hole of the ball completely to the second knuckle joint to allow the ball surface to rest on the palm of your hand with your thumb fully inserted into the ball. Avoid curling the middle knuckle of your thumb in the ball to help with a smooth and fast release.

If a ball is drilled properly to custom fit your hand, there should be little or no separation of the palm of your hand from the surface of the bowling ball, regardless of a conventional drilling or a fingertip drilling.

When your hand is placed properly into the holes of the bowling ball, we recommend placing slightly more gripping pressure on the finger pads of your hand than on your thumb pad and maintaining consistent gripping pressure on the ball throughout your swing cycle.


As new bowlers develop into accomplished players, they learn to release the ball effectively. They learn to release the thumb a split second before the fingers so the fingers can impart the rotational action needed to cause the bowling ball to travel down the lane with an effective rolling and hooking motion.

Gripping too tightly, particularly with the thumb, will slow the action of your hand at the moment of release. It helps to learn to grip the ball properly from the onset so you can develop your skill as a player quickly.

Moving from a conventional drilled bowling ball to a fingertip drilled ball also requires some practice time to get used to the different feel in swinging the ball throughout the entire delivery process.

We highly recommend using the services of a professional coach to help you transition to a full fingertip drilled bowling ball. After drilling the fingertip grip ball, you may also make an arrangement with your pro shop professional to work with you on the lanes to ensure your hand exits the ball properly. Learn how to take full advantage of this drilling method.