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Old 09-14-2011, 06:29 PM
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Tucking your pinky

Saturday nite I was strugglin on the shot and my buddy suggested to tuck my pinky against the ball. So I did and shot 6 in a row! I am going to start doin it every time now, I got great lift and more revs. Anyone else do this?
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Sometimes if I need just a touch more to get the carry but I do not do it all the time.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:03 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I use to tuck the pinky all the time. Now I still do it, but sometimes I don't.

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Old 09-14-2011, 07:40 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

i tried it, that crap hurts my finger, idk bout about you guys... but forget that!

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:17 PM
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I dp it if I'm leaving too many 10 pins. A couple yrs ago I told a team mate to try it when he was leaving too many. He liked it, and next week he rolled 300 at another house with it tucked under.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:40 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

i dont do it. hurts. and overtime, ive been told, can cause injury to the pinky finger.

i preffer to use other adjustment to change my reaction such as adjsuting the guide fingers in and out to add more control, or more revs, or whatever
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:38 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I've had no ill affects from tucking my pinky. On tour Sean Rash tucks all the time...

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:42 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

Tucking the pinky requires a slight change in your span, because of the way it hikes your outer hand up on the ball. I would not recommend it long term, unless you were fitted for a tucked pinky.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I've been tucking it for as long as I can remember... it's just more comfortable to me. Every now and then I won't do it if it suits the shot better.

I've had no problems physically with my pinky, other than the surface of some balls causing more of a callus than others.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:12 PM
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:54 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

i tried it before. It did not feel comfortable.

Am I right in saying: " The end effect more or less is greater axis tilt. The ball speed also increases as the balls weight is shifted towards the point finger."

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Old 09-14-2011, 11:49 PM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I tuck my pinky in when I want more length on my shot with a sharper backend move to increase entry angle. I leave it out to get the ball to hook more in the midlane and when I need to swing the lane more.

I agree that it might hurt some if their span is maxed out. I had my span shortened to accomidate a wrist device so tucking my pinky creates no discomfort whatsoever. I actually find tucking it in gives me more control (probably due to the increase in span), is more comfortable, and gives me less wrist pain.

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Old 09-15-2011, 12:03 AM
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I did it for awhile never had any problems. Even had an inserton my pinky while tucking it in. Now just do it on and off depending on carry.

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Old 09-15-2011, 12:06 AM
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seems to push my break point back a bit....I will do it if I continue to come in high.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:00 AM
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Ahhh...good 'ol finger dancing

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I've been told tucking your pinky, is a good way to increase axis tilt. The only drawback i see with tucking pinky while releasing, puts a bit of stress on my ring finger when utilizing a tucked pinky on a daily basis when bowling.

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Old 09-15-2011, 09:56 AM
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I do it from time to time to change my reaction and roll.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:44 AM
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I dp it if I'm leaving too many 10 pins. A couple yrs ago I told a team mate to try it when he was leaving too many. He liked it, and next week he rolled 300 at another house with it tucked under.
Then next week I hope I will be posting that I just bowled my first 300!
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Re: Tucking your pinky

I do from time to time. I use to all the time as a youth bowler. I have strained my muscle in my arm from tucking my pinky. So I only use it from time to time.

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I used to do it until I learned to add more revs to the ball. It developed one hell of a callous on my first knuckle of my pinky and realized that it wasn't worth it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:11 PM
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I used to tuck my pinky, but then I found it was more fun to puck my tinky! No seriously,with a Mongoose wrist support you can velcro-wrap the pinky in with your ring and middle fingers, automatically "tucking the pinky" without any effort or strain. I stopped doing it when I realized my problem wasn't too little hand, but too much hand for my speed.
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.......It developed one hell of a callous on my first knuckle of my pinky and realized that it wasn't worth it.
Same here. The bump/callous kept getting noticeably bigger, especially after I started doing 3 leagues a week last year, so I finally quit tucking my little finger. After almost 6 months that bump is almost gone. Now, however, I'm getting a callous on the inside edge of the tip my little finger where the nail starts, and it gets a little sore sometimes. I'm thinking about taping it when I bowl or wearing some type of finger cot on it to see if that helps. Any ideas?

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Re: Tucking your pinky

For many years I tucked my pink all of the time and then quit for what ever reason for 4-5 years, but now back to tucking it again about 50% of the time. Some days I tuck it and others I don't, depending on my timing and how the ball is coming off my hand that particular day.
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I used to tuck my pinky, but then I found it was more fun to puck my tinky! No seriously,with a Mongoose wrist support you can velcro-wrap the pinky in with your ring and middle fingers, automatically "tucking the pinky" without any effort or strain. I stopped doing it when I realized my problem wasn't too little hand, but too much hand for my speed.


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So far this seasohn I've been having control problems, can't keep up the speed on my shots. Last night after 2 so so games I switched to my XXXL Starburst, tucked my pinky under and went 202. Not a great game, but a big improvement.
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Re: Tucking your pinky

Properly tucking the pinky leaves the nail touching the ball. Tucking the pinky SHOULD NOT HURT, unless a bowler has a physical/medical limitation OR the bowler wears a type of wrist support limiting hand movement. If it does, your grip is off. Tucking the pinky may result in a blister on the first knuckle if the pinky has never been tucked the first time or two a bowler tucks. I've seen very flexible younger bowlers fold the whole little finger into the palm but this would be difficult on a properly fit ball.
This said, using the index and little fingers (along with the wrist) to control/vary skid, roll and breakpoints are common methods to overcoming changing/adverse lane conditions without changing balls and giving up the pocket. Having never heard the phrase before, I assume this is the 'finger dancing' referred to in a few post I've seen on this site.
It's worth learning how differently a ball reacts to tucking/spreading the pinky and spreading.

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Re: Tucking your pinky

I do it because it helps me get around the ball if I need to hook it more.

It is part of the different hand and finger positions when bowling
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I do it all the time. It gets me major revs on the ball and allows my thumb to come out before my fingers perfectly during release
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