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    as I have been advancing a bit with my bowling I had a question regarding fingertip grip versus conventional grip. I have heard before that a fingertip grip may not be ideal for someone who suffers from Arthritis. is anyone aware of the validity of this and offer any suggestions? I would like to get a new ball fairly soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdpeters View Post
    as I have been advancing a bit with my bowling I had a question regarding fingertip grip versus conventional grip. I have heard before that a fingertip grip may not be ideal for someone who suffers from Arthritis. is anyone aware of the validity of this and offer any suggestions? I would like to get a new ball fairly soon.
    I have not heard this before, and not being a doctor, physical therapist, or pro shop operator, I can not say if itís true or not.
    I would suggest going to the PSO with the best reputation for fitting customers. They will assess your flexibility and adjust your pitches accordingly.
    John

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    I got back into bowling almost 9 years ago and have used exclusively fingertip grip. What I found was that after several years of practicing and league bowling sparingly was causing me some discomfort at my fingertips. Especially at the last joint of my middle and ring fingers. The solution was to change from a zero pitch on the fingers to some reverse pitch which has solved the irritation completely.
    If I look at the difference of gripping ability of my fingers of my left and right hands, there is a definite viewable difference. My right hand fingers can't bend like those on my left hand anymore. You should likely discuss this topic with your local pro shop operator/owner. He should pay special attention to the flexibility of your fingers.
    While I was at it, I talked to my PSO about thumb hole pitches, too. I tried several variations as I had previously had a tendency of dropping my ball at times. Too many times. The thumb hole was reverse pitch (away from the palm of the hand) and so we tried a few moves forward (toward the palm) which led to my relaxing my hand much more. Less stress on the fingers and the thumb is a good thing.
    Hope this helps...

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    thank you all for your help. sounds like finding a good PSO is the key.

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