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• In this week's video, Shannon breaks down grip pressure, when it tends to happen, and gives you some drills to improve your overall grip pressure!
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13 Comments on “Grip Pressure Explained. Squeeze it Less and Bowl Higher Scores.”
This is SO important! On a scale of 1-10, grip pressure should be around a 3. I prefer mine even less, and a good fit combined with a snug thumb hole will get you there.
Thanks for watching!
Probably the best tip video so far. A question though : isn’t it unavoidable that the pressure increases at least to the the thumb as the ball gets more vertical ? When i get into a swing i often feel like the whole ball is hanging from my thumb even if i don’t squeeze it. (and thus i try to squeeze with the base of the thumb)
Great question. Everyone is going to have some grip pressure, it is impossible not to. Yet, if you feel like the ball is falling off your thumb and you feel like you have to squeeze it, you may want to get with your pro shop operator and check your fit. You should never have to feel like you have to squeeze the ball. Thanks for the kind words and thanks for watching our videos!
@InsideBowling Thank for the reply. It’s not a filling that the ball will fall, but it does feel like it hangs and pulls the skin of the thumb. I have no calluses or anything, but i don’t feel comfortable dropping the ball into a swing either. Weird ?
I used to squeeze the ball a lot. I knew better but it seemed to be a part of me that I had no control over. Then I videoed myself in slow motion and discovered I had almost no third step in my five step delivery. As you all know the third step should be the longest one so the ball has time to complete its swing. When I lengthened the third step the squeezing magically went away. Good tip.
Same here. Except I haven’t been able to lengthen that step yet.
Great tip! I for one need to go see my proshop person and get my grip reassessed! Thanks for the help, Happy Holidays, Stay healthy and safe to All.✌🍻
Really great video I just had my span redone and it is amazing. Also could you do a more in depth video on the wrist support you use? Thank you
Riga Kalfas really good lefty from Central Region taught this to me and it is good to see here, fixes many flaws.
Hey Shannon i went bowling today and i hit really high in the pocket left lot of nice shots but most of the time missed a couple of easy spares that i should have spared
Great tip. My thumb gets extremely sore after a competition. It’s even calloused 😟
i know i grip a tiny bit mainly when i feel my fingers are sweating bad.