One of the most important parts of a bowling shot is the way you hold the ball. There are three different bowling grips, and this article will introduce them to you.

In order to use them properly, you should ideally have your own bowling ball that is fitted to your hand. If this isn’t possible, you should at the very least take some time to choose the most appropriate house ball.

Beginning Grip = Conventional

The most common bowling grip, especially for beginning bowlers, is known as the conventional grip. It is a great first grip because it provides the maximum amount of stability and control.

All you have to do is put your thumb all the way into the thumb hole, and insert your middle finger and ring finger directly into the finger holes. (It will usually reach the second knuckle.)

The biggest advantage of the conventional grip is that it is highly stable. Having more of your fingers inside the finger holes makes it easier to control. The disadvantage, however, is the fact that a conventional grip will make it very difficult to bowl a hook shot.

Intermediate Grip = Fingertip

The second common grip in bowling is known as the fingertip grip. This is primarily for those who have their own bowling ball, more experience with a conventional grip and isn’t recommended for beginners.

It is similar to the conventional grip in that you put your thumb all the way in the thumb hole, but you only insert your two remaining fingers up to their first knuckles.

The result of this is a ball that is slightly more difficult to control. On the other hand, the fact that your fingers are only partway in the holes allows for more lift and a stronger hooking action.

Semi-Fingertip Grip

In addition to the two main grips, there is a third class, known as the semi-fingertip, which takes a little bit from each. You put your middle finger and ring finger to about the middle of the first and second knuckle, not as deep as the conventional but deeper than the fingertip. This gives you a little more control than the fingertip grip but with added lift and hooking potential.

This grip is slightly less common, and not recommended if you have not attempted bowling with the fingertip grip.

How to Choose the Right Grip?

If you don’t have your own ball, then this is an easy choice. The conventional grip is the only one you should be using if you’re using a house ball.

A fingertip grip, on the other hand, will only be possible if the holes are the correct size and in the right places to properly fit your hand. You can choose a good beginner bowling ball and get it drilled to you specifically at a local pro shop.

If you do happen to have your own bowling ball, you should start by developing your stroke using the conventional grip. Only when you start aiming consistently and finding the pocket should you consider adopting the fingertip grip.

Even if you have purchased your own ball, you should work for a while on improving your accuracy with a conventional grip before attempting the fingertip.

Just about all advanced bowlers do use the fingertip grip, though, so if you wish to bowl competitively you should make it your ultimate goal.