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camokid

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Hi guys, new to the forum here. I have a quick question, I can't seem to get an answer out of the guy I bought my ball from, but my thumb hurts pretty bad after 1 game of bowling. It hurts in the muscles ( I think its the muscles) at the base of my thumb. I am pretty new too bowling and the ball I have now is drilled to my hand. Maybe its not right for my hand? This is my first decent ball. I do not bend my thumb either, I keep it as straight as I can all the way through. Any ideas would be great, thank you!
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Pain at the base of the thumb?  Is it possible that the thumb hole is too sharp, or perhaps you're squeezing the ball?  I had issues with the nerve in my thumb causing pain when I bowled, and it turned out that I was squeezing the ball pretty hard (and didn't even realize it).  Tightening up the thumb hole so I could relax the thumb solved the problem.
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I think I may squeezing the ball, I am not sure the correct way to not do it tho. It seems so natural to hold on tight. What can I do to not squeeze it?
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It took me a long time to get the feel of the thumb hole right.  Basically, if you put your thumb in straight (with the thumbnail bent slightly backwards so it just touches the inside of the thumb hole), you should feel a modest amount of friction around your whole thumb.  Kind of like the "fit" you get when you put on a winter glove...you feel it against your thumb, but it's still easy to slide your thumb out.

By having this fit, all you need to do is apply slight forward pressure with your thumb (while keeping the thumb straight) to hold onto the ball.

This fit is best achieved by having the thumb hole slightly larger than your thumb (which sounds to already be the case), and putting bowlers tape in the hole to make the fit perfect.  This will allow you to adjust the fit if your thumb swells or shrinks (which it *will* do).  Use white bowlers tape on the fingerprint side of your thumb hole to give you some grip, and black tape on the back of your thumb hole to help fill the gap, yet keep the back of the thumb hole "slippery". 

It'll take some getting used to, but once you know what the thumb hole SHOULD feel like, it'll be an epiphany.



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I take it you've never had this problem before?

You might want to have the thumb hole beveled, which rounds and smooths the edges of the hole.  More seriously, the span (distance of fingers to thumb) might not be right, or the pitch of the thumb hole might not be right for you.  I would recommend taking the ball to another proshop, and have them give you a second opinion to see if the ball is drilled right.

And by the way, welcome to the forum! 

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Alright, I am going to work on the correct squeeze as well as go to a different pro shop. I really do not wish to hurt myself to the point where I need surgery or anything like that so I have got to get it fixed.

The problem may be me being such a noobie to bowling. With this being my first ball, when I had it drilled I really did not know how "good" was suppose to feel. I guess im learning the hard way lol. I am not quite sure what the pitch of the thumb hole is but I will look into it. And my span is pretty long right now and im thinking that may be my problem. Thanks for the info guys!

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Hey, camokid. and welcome.

The term 'pitch' in relation to your thumbhole, indicates the 'direction' that the hole is drilled into your ball, in other words, forward pitch would indicate the the top of the thumbhole is farther away from your fingers than the bottom of the thumbhole is. Reverse pitch would  be the opposite. Same principal with right or 'under-palm' pitch (bottom of thumbhole is closer to the palm of your hand than the top is), and left or "away from palm' pitch (bottom of thumbhole is farther away from your palm than the top). This is based on a right-handed bowler.

If any of these 'pitches' are not matched to the fairly natural direction your thumb will go into the ball, then that could result in some physical problems with your thumb. Ideally, and if the ball is drilled properly as far as the 'pitch' is concerned, your thumb should go into, and come out of the ball with little friction, and no discomfort.

Now it could just be a matter of the actual hole being a bit too small for your thumb, causing it to 'hang up' a bit at your release, or being slightly too large, causing you to have to 'squeeze' the ball to keep it from coming off of your hand too early. All of the above scenarios could cause some discomfort to your thumb. But, as Kieth  posted above, a thumbhole that isnt beveled properly at the opening can certainly cause you some grief. I think you are doing the correct thing by taking your ball to another pro-shop to check it out.




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it could be the pitch or the span come proshops have diff ideas about what span is " right "i used to have the problem but it was just the pitch of the thumb i got it fixed with getting a slug at a diff pitch

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I totally agree with what's been said. In almost all cases of bowlers with hand pain I've known the span/pitch was off

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Thanks for everything guys! And hopefully this is helpful to other bowlers reading this as well
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