Protection Tape. What? Why? How?

Protection tape, also known as bowling tape or thumb tape, is a specialized adhesive tape used by bowlers to enhance their grip and provide protection to their hands while bowling. It is commonly used on the thumb or fingers of the bowling hand.

Why should you use protection tape? Here are a few reasons we think you could benefit from using protection tape whether you’re a bowling beginner or a pro bowler:

1. Enhanced Grip

Bowling tape can improve your grip on the bowling ball, which is essential for a consistent and effective release. By adding tape to your thumb or fingers, you can create a more secure and comfortable fit, preventing the ball from slipping or sticking during your delivery.

2. Consistency

 Having a consistent grip is crucial in bowling. By using protection tape, you can achieve a repeatable grip and release, allowing for better control and accuracy in your shots. It helps eliminate variables that could affect your performance, such as excessive moisture or sweating.

3. Injury Prevention

The repetitive nature of bowling can put a strain on your hand and fingers, leading to discomfort or even injuries like blisters, calluses, or skin irritation. Protection tape acts as a barrier between your skin and the ball, reducing friction and minimizing the risk of developing these issues.

Here’s how to properly use protection tape:

1. Select the right tape for you and your needs

Protection tape comes in various materials, thicknesses, and textures. Experiment with different types of tape to find the one that suits your grip preferences and comfort level. Some bowlers prefer textured tape for enhanced grip, while others opt for smoother tape for a more relaxed release.

2. Apply the tape

Start by cleaning and drying your thumb or fingers thoroughly to ensure proper adhesion. Cut a small piece of tape, usually around an inch or so, and place it on the desired area of your thumb or fingers. Press it firmly to ensure it sticks securely.

3. Adjust the fit of the tape

The tape should provide a snug fit without being too tight or uncomfortable. If you feel any discomfort or the tape restricts your movement, you may need to readjust or remove some tape until you find the right balance.

4. Experiment and refine as needed

As you start using protection tape, pay attention to how it affects your grip and release. Make small adjustments to the placement and amount of tape to find what works best for you. Some bowlers prefer using multiple layers of tape for a custom fit.

5. Replace the tape as needed

Over time, the tape may wear out or lose its adhesive properties. Replace the tape regularly to ensure optimal performance and protection.

Remember, using protection tape is a personal preference, and what works for one bowler may not work for another. It’s important to experiment, seek guidance from experienced bowlers or coaches, and find the right combination of grip and comfort that suits your individual bowling style.

Join us for open bowling at Richmond 40 Bowl to test out your protection tape!