The beauty of the fingertip bowling ball is the hook that you can create with it. Highly favored by advanced bowlers, this amazing shot rockets the ball into the pins at an angle with higher levels of control and velocity than a conventional ball can muster. PBA's Pete Weber's childhood bowling idol, power bowler Mark Roth, inspired the youngster to develop what became a lethal curving hook shot that propelled him into the men's leagues at age 15. "I knew what I wanted to do," he recalls. "I loved the sport. I loved winning, and I thought I could be the best at my game." Weber hooked his way to a phenomenal 300 in his first men's game.
Grasp your fingertip bowling ball with your fingertips. Slide your thumb all the way into the thumb hole. Slip the your middle and ring fingers into the finger holes so that the first knuckles are barely covered by the ball.
Hold the weight of the ball in the palm of your other hand. Scoot your palm slightly behind the ball.
Swing the ball backward and downward into the backswing. Keep a firm grip with your thumb to control and support the ball. Flex your wrist slightly with the motion of the ball.
Thrust the ball into the forward swing. Rotate it quickly by about a quarter turn with your palm immediately before releasing it. Turn it clockwise if you're throwing left handed, and counterclockwise if you're right handed. Your thumb should be positioned at the side of the ball just prior to the delivery.
Release the ball from your thumb first, then from your fingers while your hand is still at the side of the ball in a handshake position. This is the motion that will cause the ball to spin and hook. If your thumb is at the top of the ball when you deliver it, you've waited to long. The ball will cut too sharply across the lane and ruin your hook shot if you wait until your thumb is positioned atop the ball.
Increase the motion of your swing as you release the ball and follow through.
Observe your ball's track as it travels down the lane. If you haven't rotated the ball enough, it probably won't hook noticeably. If you've spun it too far, it will cut across into the gutter quickly without ever reaching the pins.
Practice adjusting the amount of rotation you put on the fingertip ball until you're consistently hooking the ball and achieving the desired results.
- Wear a bowling wrist support glove while you're learning to throw your fingertip bowling ball. It will help to keep your wrist from tipping backward and your thumb from releasing the ball too soon during your delivery.