Mar
14

Proper Orientation of Bowling Tape

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Proper orientation of thumb tape can be the difference between a clean exit of the thumb hole and one that drags.  One common mistake I see is putting bowling tape in upside down.

The Wrong Way

This mistake stems from the fact that the thumb tip is shaped like the end of the tape and the assumption is that the tape is to be positioned like the shape of the thumb.  The real reason the tape is rounded at the top so you don’t feel or peel up the corners as your thumb is inserted or exiting the hole.

The Correct Way

When done correctly the round part of the tape should end up near the top of the hole.  I suggest placing the first piece just below (1/8″-1/4″) the beveled part of the thumbhole.

The Finished Product

As you can see from the pictures I personally use white textured tape in the front, but I also use 2 black pieces offset in the back.  Feel free to experiment with your tape textures and placement until you get a feel that is comfortable for you, but white in the front should be a good starting point for most people.

I am yet to meet a bowler that wouldn’t benefit by using bowling tape.  If tape doesn’t fit in your thumb hole (becomes too tight), get it opened up a bit so you can at least get a couple pieces in there.  You don’t want to be surprised the first time your thumb swells as it will inevitably happen during competition and you’ll have no easy options in place to fix it.  How delightful it will be when you can just remove a piece of tape and continue knocking down the pins effortlessly.

If you don’t have any tape you can grab some at your local pro shop or online here.

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Comments

  1. Smokey says:

    For the “vast majority” of bowlers, your advice is correct. However, there are some bowlers (i.e., myself) who need the tape “upside down” to ensure a clean release. In my case, it took me a few years to realize “things work best” with the tape inserted “upside down”. :)

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