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    Has anyone heard or used an offset thumb hole? This is an interesting video about it and I have to admit it makes sense. Makes me want to try it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4VoAcxuzK0

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    I've used one for about 30 years I have one guy I srill for that uses a thumb that is offset 1 3/4 inches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormed1 View Post
    I've used one for about 30 years I have one guy I srill for that uses a thumb that is offset 1 3/4 inches
    Do you feel like you have a cleaner release with it? Why did you go to an offset thumb?

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    yes. It feels a lot better and a cleaner release. I have a short thick hands and it wasn't comfortable putting my thumb in with a regular T grip. My hands are very stiff so i am 1/4 left and 5/16 forward RH
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    I used to use an offset thumb back years ago when I was younger
    and had around a 600+ rev rate but now days I use just a regular
    finger/thumb span or as some call it a T grip.

    The offset thumb gave me a super clean release that is why I could
    create those high rev rates but now days it seems I'm too old and
    crunched/stiffened up to throw a ball that way.

    I do not remember how much of an offset it was but it was quite a
    bit off to the left side of the ball maybe an inch and a half or more
    off to the left.

    You might as well go ahead and try it you really have nothing to lose
    as you can always have the thumb plugged and redrilled if you do not
    like the way it feels.
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    I've been considering doing this. Getting older and my right hand has really stiffened up. Just naturally my thumb meets the left side my index finger and I have a fairly wide hand so I think I'll need quite a bit. Probably start with the spare ball and see how it comes out.

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    I am definitely going to try it, was going to head over to my pro shop next week to do it but then I thought better of it and I'll wait until league season is over before I experiment. So maybe in June.

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    It's not really a new concept. I read a book called "Perspective Bowling" by Robert Strickland. It was published in the early '80s. He discussed an offset grip, and how to lay it out. I was thinking of trying it at the time, however my PSO talked me out of it. I think it was because it required him to think. He wasn't a great ball driller. I ended up getting my balls re-drilled because the span was way off.
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    Since the offset them is drilled on more of an angle vs. more straight up and down, can you use switch grips with them?
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    yes you can
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    900 Global/AMF Break Down x 2 / Cobra se / Long Shot / Link

    Hammer Taboo Spare
    Ebonite Maxim spare ball
    also waiting to drill 14# special Ops (have to plug thumb for span change) /
    coming soon:Tactical Ops/ After Dark solid & pearl

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