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Category: Quick Tips
Type: Tip


1) Equipment: Purchase a ball and have it drilled by a pro-shop to fit your hand. Have the pro-shop recommend the type of ball and grip that best fits your game.

2) Approach: Some of the bowling purist believe that a good 4 or 5 step approach is the way to go. Others believe that you should feel comfortable in ANY approach you take. Either way is OK as long as the ball and your feet are arrive at the line at the same time. Your push-away is also critical to your game because it "sets" up your armswing and ball speed. The next part of the approach that is very important & which most bowlers have trouble with is staying down. When you get to the foul line, stay down
with a good knee bend and be stable. This allows you to have more control over the shot. If you jerk-up at the line, you may be moving your head too much and pulling the ball. When you "pull-up", it is impossible to keep your eyes on your target.

3) Armswing: Try to hold your ball just outside your body when you set up. This stops your armswing from going inside/out, around your body. As you start your swing let the weight of the ball dictate the speed of the swing as your arm acts like a pendulum exerting no force of its own.

4) Release: The release is probably the most important part of your game. Remember to always try to keep your palm facing upwards when releasing the ball. Your hand almost always rotates around the ball when your thumb
releases. Most bowlers do not understand how to make a ball hook, it's not by "Spinning"'s by rolling end over end by staying behind the ball.

5) Follow-through: The follow-through of your arm after the release is important because it dictates the direction of the ball. Most average bowlers cut their armswing short after releasing. In order to develop good follow-through remember to have your hand end up next to your right ear (for
righties) or practice tapping your right shoulder with your hand.

6) Aiming: During practice select a board or arrow to aim at when throwing the ball...this is known as your "mark". For a right-handed bowler, if you are hitting your mark but the ball is playing to the right of the pocket
move your feet several boards to the right on the approach. If you are hitting too far left, then move your feet left.

7) Lane Conditions: When on a blocked condition, locate where the oil is
(usually from the 10th board to the 10th board) and play just inside of it and allow the ball to "drift" into the dry producing a strong backend reaction. When on a spotty or reversed-block condition (dry inside and oil
outside of the 10th board) try to play straighter. Ball selection is a key in conquering various lane conditions. For example, a urethane ball is preferrable for spotty conditions since it does not "overreact".

8) Tempo: Be prepared to bowl before you step on the approach. Get ready while the person who bowls ahead of you is in the process of bowling.

9) Mental Preparation: Imagine in your head what is going to happen before you throw the ball. Remind yourself of critical tips such as staying down at the line and following-through. And always keep your cool and stay under control.

10) Practice: The only way to be consistent in bowling is through practice. Practice gives us the muscle-memory necessary to throw the ball the same way over and over again. When practicing try not to keep score. Work on those aspects of your game that need addressing. For example, if you are prone to
missing 10 pin spares then practice them repeatedly.

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