In this articles I concentrate on the broken wrist hand position in bowling or the broken wrist 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 and 3 basic horizontal wrist position which are 12 o'clock, 10:30 position, and 9 o'clock. Using different combinations of these changing hand positions in bowling will have an affect on bowling ball roll. This affect causes the bowling ball to have earlier or later roll. It can cause different angles to the pocket. It can also cause the bowling ball to hook or roll at different spots on the bowling lane. At times it can substitute for ball speed problems. These basic wrist combinations along with different finger positions in gripping the bowling ball may be all you need. Try them before changing bowling lane lines, changing bowling equipment, or bowling ball layouts.
The Broken Wrist Release - The broken wrist position, or release, is when your hand and fingers angle down toward the ground and your wrist is broken. This release position is used when you want to delay the break point, or if you want to get the ball down lane before it hooks, or to get through the heads. (Note: the heads are the first part of the bowling lane). It can also substitute for ball speed or for drier lane conditions. I have seen famous professionals like Norm Duke and Brian Voss use this release a lot.
The Illustration below shows and example of a broken wrist hand position
(Note: these are for right handed bowlers - reverse for left handers).
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