The first question is: do you even need a wrist support? You are going to notice that many of the top bowlers do, indeed wear wrist supports. For them, wearing a wrist support oftentimes only gives them a tiny advantage, but that tiny advantage can mean a lot during a tournament.
Some reasons why you might want to use wrist support are: you have had a wrist or hand injury in the past; you want to get a feel for the proper positioning of your wrist so that you can bowl better without the glove; your wrist flexes too far and too much for a good and proper release; your wrist is too small and/or too weak. Your wrist and its movement are key when it comes to bowling!
Wrist supports, like bowling balls, can be divided into three main categories: beginner wrist supports, mid-range wrist supports, and high performance or advanced wrist supports. The closer to advanced your wrist support is, the more it is going to cost you!
So, let’s take a look at beginner wrist supports, first. These are the least expensive, and they can still be quite effective. Before you decide to spend a ton of money on an advanced wrist support, you should most definitely take a look at some of the beginner ones
A beginner wrist support offers support by holding a piece of metal on the back of the support, and sometimes on the front, as well. It does not have any moving parts. If you are not going to be bowling a ton, this might be the perfect support for you – of course, if you know that you are going to bowl a lot, you should step it up and get a mid range wrist support. The beginner support can weaken over time – the metal can often get bent, ruining the whole purpose of wearing the glove.
Mid-range wrist supports are a bit better, and therefore generally a bit more expensive – they cover the whole area from the wrist to the fingers (and/or sometimes the first joint of the fingers) and can keep your fingers from flexing when you are about to release the ball. The metal used in mid-range wrist supports is more durable than the previously mentioned metal used in beginner wrist supports.
Advanced wrist supports are the most expensive and can cover the entire finger. These gloves are the most adjustable – you can adjust how much your hand is cupping or how straight it is. There can be big differences between different advanced wrist supports.
If you have read this article and have found it informative, then most likely you are going to want to wait before you try out an advanced wrist support. Before you try one of the advanced ones, you want to make sure that you can feel the differences between each glove and thoroughly understand which one will help you the most.
It is likely best for you to buy a beginner or a mid-range wrist support. Buy the latter of the two if you know that you will be bowling a lot – it may be a bit more expensive, but it will simply last longer.
And realize that even more important than the price of the wrist support is how well it fits. Be sure to buy a wrist support that fits your hand perfectly, otherwise it could do more harm than good. Some wrist supports are easily adjustable so that you can fit it to your hand, specifically. Many wrist supports come in multiple sizes, too.