Bowling Hand Positions
The Different Hand Positions in Bowling.
Also How Changing Hand Positions in Bowling Affects Ball Roll.
In this articles I concentrate on the cupped hand position in bowling or the cupped release.
Bowling Hand Positions. - There are many different hand positions in bowling. I am going to start out with a few basic ones. Cupped, Straight, and Broken are the 3 basic vertical hand positions. There are 3 basic horizontal wrist positions which are 12 o'clock, 10:30 position, and 9 o'clock. Using different combinations of these changing hand positions will have an affect on ball roll. This affect causes the bowling ball to have earlier or later roll. It can also cause different angles to the pocket and can cause the ball to hook or roll at different spots on the bowling lane. At times it can substitute for bowling ball speed problems. These basic wrist combinations, along with different finger positions in gripping the bowling ball, may be all thatís needed. Try them before changing bowling lane lines, bowling equipment, or bowling ball layouts.
1. The Cupped Release - The cupped release, or cupped hand position, is when your wrist is curled so that your fingers and hand are angled upward in a 45 degree angle. This causes the bowling ball to roll sooner. It also gives you an earlier break point. I will sometimes use this release if I'm leaving wrap 10 pin or if I'm rolling the ball to hard. (Note: most crankers or high revolution bowlers like this wrist position).
The Illustration below shows and example of a cupped hand position
(Note: these are for right handed bowlers - reverse for left handers).