Joined: 17 Sep 2012
Location: Seminole, OK
High ball speed help
I recently (this season) returned to bowling and my first league after a 15 year hiatus.
About 3 weeks prior to the start of the season I purchased a Cyclone in 14 pounds and went with a fingertip drill. I can't really say much more other than I have fingertip inserts, a thumb plug drilled oval, and the pin (i believe) is above my ring finger.
My problem (from what i can tell and that the pro shop owner has noticed) is: 1) I have an extremely high back swing (even when I hold the ball low) resulting in very fast ball speed, 2) Pro shop owner says i should be using a 15 pound ball, and 3) even though I am trying I really have no hook (I believe it it because of the very fast ball speed because I hardly ever see it make any move towards the pocket but more directly where I aim it at).
I am trying to find a ball that can benefit from my high ball speed without having to sacrifice my ball speed to get my ball to respond to the lane, ie slowing down my ball speed.
5 step approach, steps 1 & 2 are for timing only
I use the React/R glove
5 feet 8 inches tall
usually bowl 1st right arrow off center and generally leave 1 pin standing on ball one always and only very rarely end up going Brooklyn
Also, i am not sold on going heavier since when I bowled last I used a 12# conventional drill, and now went to a 14# fingertip and still get occasional pain (like over extending) immediately above my elbow after bowling
Ray de Leur