Why Try Bowling With a Glove?
Bowling with a glove, why would anyone want to do that? I was watching a video that showed Pete Weber bowling, and his glove caught my eye. I wondered, could bowling with a glove help my game? I have an impact injury, from years ago, to the nail bed of my middle finger that causes it to swell and it gets tender and sore as I bowl.
I use finger inserts and the constant pressure on it from the tight fit of the inserts makes for some uncomfortable bowling sometimes. The idea of getting some relief from the painful swelling sounded interesting so, why not give it a try?
Over the years I have accumulated quite a few bowling balls,(24 not so long ago) and lately I have been trying to reduce them to a number much easier to deal with. A few have some fond memories associated with them and well I just hate to toss some of them out.
Anyway, this is about changing to bowling with a glove, and what I need to do. I looked over all of the remaining balls,(14 now) and decided on the Ebonite Gameplan as the one to use for my prototype. I then took the ball to the local pro shop for the changes.
Since this is a complete hole change for me anyway, I went a step further and decided to change the way the ball was drilled as well. Why? Well, to keep things simple, I wanted to try a pin placement under my fingers layout to see if I liked the change in the ball reaction. I expect it to take some snap out of the block flip and smooth out the path of the ball as it gets closer to the pocket.
The Gameplan had been a ball that I was not particularly fond of over the years, and one very good bowler I knew heard me say I didn’t like the ball. He told me he loved his, picked my ball up and said “You need it drilled differently, It will work better for you drilled with the pin located under your fingers.” Well, I scoffed at the remark at the time and it has bugged me ever since! So I figure the best way to find out, is to try it.
A YouTube Video of Pete Weber Bowling With a Glove:
I left the ball at the shop and went looking for a glove to use. From the video above, it appeared Pete was using his own version of a bowling glove. His glove has all the fingers intact, and the thumb removed, while bowling gloves have the two middle fingers cut out, and the thumb cut away also.
My plan was to keep the fingers intact, and remove the thumb, just to try what Pete is doing. Since the whole idea is to protect my finger, I need the fingers intact. I removed the thumb so I can get a better feel with the thumb, and allow for tape adjustments if necessary.
This is not a new idea at the local bowling alley either, several people already have gloves dressed in the same manner for a variety of reasons. I had asked one bowler I knew who was using one, what type of glove he had bought to use.He had told me a batting glove is what he settled on, so that’s what I went looking for.
I found that in July all the stores had sold most of their baseball batting glove stock earlier in the spring and now had only a limited supply of batting gloves, so I found a golfing glove to try. It was similar to the batting gloves, but may not be as durable. We shall see.
It took about a week to get the ball plugged, cured and drilled, and throw the first pitch. I found myself like a kid on Christmas morning, all giddy over my new glove for bowling! I stuck my gloved hand into the newly drilled ball and to my surprise,it felt pretty good!
The first two pitches were strikes, even with a very tight thumb,wow, the ball carried all ten pins. The ball traveled in a much straighter path to the pocket, and the erratic snap was gone! The block still turns over and changes the path of the ball in about the same place, but milder and with more control.
And the glove is wonderful! I didn’t notice any pain at all, in fact if anything it felt more like relief to be able to bowl in comfort.The release of the ball used to create finger pain whenever I would put turn on the ball, now that appears to be gone for now.
I tried a full game just to see what it might feel like after continued bowling. Nothing, no pain at all, so for now I am excited about bowling with a glove. I will say, with the ball not having finger inserts, it does seem to be harder to put the same amount of turn on the ball.
I am willing to give the trade-off of less turn for pain free bowling. I have to admit the bowler I scoffed at years ago, who suggested the pin under drill lay-out, may have been right all along. Time will tell.
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