Bowling Tips for an Effective Spin

In order to be a good bowler it is very important to learn to spin the ball. When talking about 10-pin bowling, deliveries come in two categories. Straight shots are the fundamental shots in bowling and hook shots are a little more advanced. You need to master both to become a great bowler.

Obviously, if you’re trying to throw a straight shot then the bowling ball should follow a straight path to the bowling pins. In the other category is the hook shot, which curves as it gets closer to the pins. A hook shot looks like a straight shot at the beginning, but then it starts to curve before it reaches its target.

That sudden curve of the ball will cause it to spin on its axis. It will continue to do so until it comes in contact with the bowling pins. A spinning bowling ball will roll down the lane just like a ball that isn’t spinning. The change comes when it starts to make a slight tilt when it gets close to the end of the lane and then alters course. Before you can learn to hook your shots you must first learn how to spin the ball.

1. You have to have patience and skill to learn how to do a powerful spin. The correct kind of ball is also important. Generally, all bowling balls have the ability to spin on their axis when you release it. Keep in mind that if the reason you’re trying to hook the ball is because you’re trying to known down a few scattered pins you will need either a reactive resin or urethane bowling ball.

What is the reason for this? Bowling balls covered with a urethane or reactive resin cover stock are more capable of gripping the dry area of the bowling lane than plastic balls are. It is extremely difficult to throw hooks using plastic balls, but it is possible. It can be very frustrating, especially for an accomplished bowler.

2. It is important to learn how to release the bowling ball while you are still in motion toward the foul line. Some bowlers will stop for a fraction of a second before their release. There really isn’t anything wrong with this approach, but it is much easier to spin the ball if you are still in a forward motion. That little bit of extra momentum will help your bowling ball to spin on its axis.

3. Make sure to grip your bowling ball in such a way that you can release it easily. You should also make sure to develop a delivery that keeps your arm straight during both the forward and backswings. You don’t want to “muscle” the ball too much during the release or the downswing.

Your body’s momentum as you move forward is the best kind. According to the laws of physics, as long as you are still in motion, that same motion will be transferred to your bowling ball.

4. To make the perfect hook shot just pivot your hand or your wrist just before the final release of your bowling ball. Pretend like you’re turning a key to the three o’clock position. Release the ball just as you rotate your hand and there you have it. The perfect hook shot!

3 Bowling Tips for Beginners – Let the Fun Begin!

Have you been a casual, occasional, or recreational bowler for some time now?

Maybe you finally decided to take the plunge and join your first league.

Perhaps you crumbled under the peer pressure from your office mates and joined the company bowling team?

Whatever the case may be, there is help out there for you–and it starts right here!

I have been an avid bowler for over thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the greatest coaching satisfaction. Whether the beginner is a small child who is taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and wants to improve, folks who really want to learn can improve right before your eyes, especially those at the beginner level. I have a few simple tips which may drastically change their game.

I remember when I was at that stage of the game, many moons ago… I was a pretty athletic kid and got discouraged quickly if I couldn’t catch on to a sport fast. If I didn’t feel as though I was getting better quickly, I was inclined to pack it up and move on to the next thing.

Luckily for me, when I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was plenty of help available. Every Saturday morning my friends and I would carpool to the bowling all with one of our parents (THANKS PARENTS). The league for 13-18 year olds started at 8:30 am. Kinda painful to us after going to school all week, but we really had a good time.

Once we settled in on our pair of lanes and started bowling, the coaches would start making their way up and down the bowling center, helping everyone that seemed to need it along the way.

I remember one particular coach, not by name but because he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He didn’t have any children of his own in that league but he bowled in the Seniors league after us and would get up early to help all of us. What a great guy, and excellent coach! The tips that I am going to share with you are the first ones that I remember him giving me. He saw one Saturday morning how frustrated I was getting, pulled me aside and broke down these three basic bowling principles.

1. Use the correct weight ball for your size.

Choose the heaviest ball you can throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good rule of thumb to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 pounds of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but as long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight accordingly.

2. Use the lane to help you aim.

When you stand on the approach ready to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will notice a variety of markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a series of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows rather than the pins when aiming. Why? Simply stated, it is easier to hit a target that is closer to you. So, begin bowling and watch your ball roll over the arrows, ensuring you are standing in the same position to start each time–use the dots on the front of the lane to position your feet. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows when you hit the head pin. This will be your “mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of each frame first, it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.

3. Don’t worry about strikes.

No one gets a strike every time. If you put that kind of pressure on yourself you won’t have any fun. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will help you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, make sure that you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you hit it and the result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.