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8 - April 2018 Why Spread Your Fingers on the Ball? Which way do you position your fingers on the ball? Or do you really know where you position your fingers? I have talked to and watched many bowlers deliver balls. And I’ve seen hand posi- tion ruin a delivery. Can you believe that? First, you must determine whether you roll a full-rolling ball or a semi-roller. Consistency in delivery is something we all strive for—to roll the ball the same each time. So if your delivery is consistent, your ball develops a track or marking on it in the area where it rolls. This is caused by the friction of the ball sliding, rolling and hooking on the lane’s surface. There are two areas of ball tracks related to the full-roller and semi-roller types of balls. Look to see if the track is in the center of the ball rolling at an angle between the thumb and finger holes. If the track is there, you are delivering a full-roller. Most bowlers roll a semi-roller (or three-quarter). The track from a semi-roller will be out- side the three finger holes and at an angle. This gives the ball the lean into the pins with three-quarters of the ball doing this. It seems easier to deliver a semi-roller and many of the pros have changed from a full-roller to a semi. The reason is the rotation of the hand in delivery and follow- through seem to be more natural. Let’s analyze the relation between finger positions (see photos) and what good and bad can result from them. For a full-roller, spread the little finger, keeping the others close together. Why? Because you have to rotate the hand (thumb) from right to left. Therefore, the little finger helps to lift and rotate. If you want better pin action and a better ball, try this. Be sure to keep your thumb pointed toward the audience in the backswing, then rotate it in a right to left motion. Your thumb, remember, must come out of the ball at the release point at the 10:00 or 11:00 position no matter what kind of ball you roll. If your thumb is at 10:00 or 11:00, then your two lifting fingers (knuckles) will be at 4:00 or 5:00. If you have a ball that has a definable mark behind the two finger holes, learn to use it. How? That mark when it hits the pins will be in the position where your thumb came out of the ball. Thus the mark, when it hits the pins, should be at 10:00 or 11:00. If the ball is thumping down the lane, it should tell you that your thumb came out at 12:00 and the ball will not be effective because there is no hooking action into the pins. Your thumb controls the hook and no matter what kind of ball you roll, the thumb should come out at 10:00 or 11:00 (for right-handers). Now to get to the semi-roller. Spread the forefinger to achieve this. As indicated, more people can deliver this type more naturally and, it seems, with better results. It’s easier to control and there is less possibility of ―thumpers‖. The thumb or hand rotation in the forward swing is from right to left (for right-handers) with the thumb still coming out at 10:00 or 11:00. So you see, no matter which type of delivery you prefer, the secret of a good re- lease is getting that thumb out at 10:00 or 11:00 and knowing it. How? After you release the ball, stay at the foul line. Where is your hand and thumb and in what position is the thumb? Good luck with either delivery. The main thing is, try what comes naturally. Brush- up hint: Firm up all fingers to keep your wrist straight, so you feel lift at the delivery. Helen Duval’s Bowling Tips “My Memories and Stories of PBA Hall of Famers” PBA HALL OF FAMER LEN NICHOLSON’S NEW BOOK, NOW AVAILABLE As PBA Director of Lane Maintenance beginning in the 1970s, PBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson experienced the PBA Tour from a unique perspec- tive. Many of his personal insights involving some of the sport’s greatest stars are now available in his new book, ―My Memories and Stories of The PBA Hall of Famers.‖ The book is available for $25. To order, send a note to Nicholson at f or details. Get your copy from author and PBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson t oday! Send a $25 check to Len at 7474 Adorno Way, Sacramento, CA 95829 Reviews: 5 stars, cannot put it down. Have to read book! April 26-28, 2018 PWBA Las Vegas Open South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV 89183 May 3-5, 2018 PWBA Sonoma County Open Double Decker Lanes - Rohnert Park, CA 94928 May 10-12, 2018 PWBA Fountain Valley Open Fountain Bowl - Fountain Valley, CA 92708 May 16-22, 2018 USBC Queens National Bowling Stadium - Reno, NV 89501 May 31-June 2, 2018 PWBA East Hartford Open Silver Lanes - East Hartford, CT 06118 June 7-9, 2018 PWBA Louisville Open Fern Valley Strike and Spare - Louisville, KY 40228 June 14-16, 2018 PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open ABC West - Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 June 23-30, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open Boardwalk Bowl - Orlando, FL 32817 July 26-July 29, 2018 PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Copperfield Bowl - Houston, TX 77096 PWBA Schedule April 26 - July 29, 2018