Bowling Grips and Thumb Inserts | USBC Bowling Academy

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USBC Director Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and USBC Gold Coach Bill Monce teach you the differences between bowling grips and slugs. Find out what they are used for and learn the benefits of using bowling grips and/or bowling slugs. Also, learn more about the thumb hole and see what options you have regarding thumb inserts. Use these helpful tips to feel more comfortable with your bowling ball and quickly improve your game.

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8 Comments on “Bowling Grips and Thumb Inserts | USBC Bowling Academy”

  1. To each their own, but I prefer using tape inside my thumb-hole and I can put much tape in it or use less depending on temperature and climate change.

  2. prefer no grips now and one less expense and prevents squeezing for me. not for everyone. I only prefer it on new equipment as the epoxy plugging it too slippery if I wanted to plug the grip holes. I like just a slight bevel, slug at 0 degrees up/down and 1/8 left. Usually 1, 1 inch white tape on the front, another in the back if needed.

  3. 2 handed thumb hole question.
    I usually Bowl in a couple or few tournaments at the end of the season, the weather is warmer and I often have thumb problems. I used to be able to just bowl two-handed with my equipment. I have a couple balls with a bad thumb hole fit was wondering if I could have the Pro Shop fill the thumb hole with a thumb Slug and not drill it, and by not drilling the thumb insert would I be able to use that ball or those balls two-handed Thank you

    1. Great question! The Ask an Expert’ section is for members of our online community. I would be happy to send your question off to the experts. To get started, please provide the email associated with your paid membership. Thanks!

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