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How To Use Bowling Accessory Tape, Originally Posted: 9/3/2012; Updated: 4/24/2024

Learning how to use bowling accessory tape is a fairly simple process, explained here at Bowling tape is a must-have item to keep in your bag for those times when your bowling fingers or thumb shrink to a less-than-usual size prior to or during your session on the lanes.
To ensure the gripping holes fit your bowling fingers and thumb, knowing how to use bowling accessory tape will help you restore the good fit in your bowling ball. Using bowling tape will eliminate the loose feeling in the thumb hole when gripping the ball and prevent you from squeezing the ball with your thumb or fingers unnecessarily.
Here are ten tips for effectively using bowling tape:
1. Insert a piece of pre-cut tape in your thumb hole, for example, about an eighth of an inch below the surface of the ball with the rounded edge upward.
2. The tape may be inserted with scissors or a small knife blade, both of which may be stored in your accessory pouch.
3. Curve the tape slightly into the contour of the inside of the hole to make it easy to insert the tape down into the hole to the desired depth.
4. The tape should be inserted slightly below the top edge of the hole to prevent the tape from pulling up and fraying over the hole edge while you bowl.
5. Position the tape where your thumb sits in the hole directly behind the back of your thumb. Both locations will eliminate the loose feeling in the thumb hole when gripping the ball and prevent you from squeezing the ball with your thumb unnecessarily while trying to gain a good grip.
6. For a very secure thumb grip, use a textured tape where your thumb grips the ball.
7. Filling the looseness inside the hole directly behind the gripping side of your thumb with a piece of a smooth surface tape will help avoid skin irritation as your hand exits the ball. Use multiple pieces of tape for very loose holes by layering the pieces on top of one another until a sufficient number of pieces are inserted and the grip area inside the hole is restored to an acceptable size.
8. Placing smooth tape in the gripping portion inside your thumb hole will help you exit the ball very quickly with little thumb drag at the critical moment of release.
9. Bowling tape may be inserted into the finger holes as a space filler regardless of the use of inserts or not. The tape may be inserted in either the front or back of the finger holes, if preferred, to tighten the hole slightly for improved finger releasing action.

10. Cleaning the hole when preparing to replace old tape with new pieces may be done with any ball cleaner substance you carry in your accessory pouch. has become the No. 1 e-tailer of choice for bowling accessory products by the consumers of America. Ordering is an easy process by following our simple online instructions. Thanks for visiting

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