Bowling with a finger tip ball uses the second of two basic grips in bowling. These grips are the conventional grip and the finger tip grip. Bowling with a finger tip ball is more commonly used by advanced bowlers, as opposed to beginners because of the lack of depth of finger hold. Some people who have tried bowling with a finger tip ball have stated that it lessens their secure feeling of holding the ball with full finger contact. The finger tip grip enables more surface coverage of the ball which increases the lift during your delivery and release of the ball.
League bowlers and professional bowlers who are accomplished in the sport are those that usually prefer bowling with a fingertip ball since they have already mastered the basics of bowling and prefer bowling with a finger tip ball for producing better hook balls.
The balls used when bowling with a finger tip ball are specially drilled to allow only the bowlers’ finger tips to fit into the finger holes. This particular grip enables bowling with a finger tip ball as a way of exhibiting more control over the ball’s rotation during the release.
If you prefer to bowl for fun and not for competition, bowling with a finger tip ball might not be what you are looking for. However, if you are able to control the ball well, but you just need a way of improving your hook, then you should try bowling with a finger tip ball.
Bowling with a finger tip ball consists of the thumb being fully inserted into the thumb hole, and the additional fingers (middle finger and ring finger), of the bowling hand, are inserted into the corresponding holes which have been drilled to a depth of the first joint. By bowling with a finger tip ball, the bowler is able to gain a significant increase in the number of revolutions of the ball when released. Finger tip bowling balls are always custom drilled, so in order to find yourself a ball, you’ll need to go to a local pro shop to have them measure your hand and do the fitting.
Because of the distance between the thumb and fingers being increased when bowling with a finger tip ball, there is a slight decrease in the release of the thumb compared to the fingers, resulting in a ‘spinning’ motion. If your intention when bowling with a finger tip ball is to deliver a better hook, then bowling with a finger tip ball should help.
Bowling with a finger tip ball is not only for delivering hook balls, but also for a better means of control throughout your game. Bowling with a finger tip ball basically enables a higher number of rotations of the ball which could also benefit the speed of your ball, as well as controlled movement.