More often than not, when a bowler feels stuck and can’t seem to improve their average any further, it’s because their ball doesn’t fit their hand properly. We see bowlers all the time who go to their local bowling ball pro shop looking for lessons and wonder why they’ve reached a ceiling in their game, and nine times out of 10, the problem is their bowling ball fit.
When your ball doesn’t fit correctly, you squeeze to maintain a good grip, which puts too much pressure on your hand muscles and causes an unnatural stroke. To avoid discomfort, pain and that dreaded score ceiling in your game, you must have your ball properly fit to your hand. In this lesson, we visit the bowling ball pro shop of USBC Gold Coach Ron Hoppe to take a closer look at the keys of good ball fit, and bust some of the most common myths of ball fitting so you can get exactly what you want when you walk into your local bowling ball pro shop.
Tips to the trade at the bowling ball pro shop
Ask any manager of a bowling ball pro shop what’s the most important aspect in the process of becoming a better bowler, and they’ll say the fit. If you don’t feel comfortable with your bowling ball in your hands, you simply can’t improve. Fit comes first. To help you get a sense of what goes into proper fit, USBC Gold Coaches Ron Hoppe and Stephen Padilla introduce the essential components of good bowling ball fit, and teach you how to leave the local bowling ball pro shop with a well-fitted and effective new tool for your arsenal.
The coaches begin their demonstration by talking about some of the myths and misconceptions of bowling ball fitting. They teach you about the difference between adjusting pitch to create a more comfortable hand feel and to maximize your stroke, and they explain why having a bigger span does not always translate to a higher rev rate.
You’ll also learn how to ensure you get an accurate bowling ball fitting by completing a self-measurement prior to visiting the bowling ball pro shop. This quick test will show you the approximate span you’ll need for a comfortable fit, so you can confidently talk to the bowling ball pro shop manager if something doesn’t feel right. With these expert tips for finding your right fit, you’ll be well on your way to improving your game!