Perfecting the bowling shot
As in any other sports, bowling needs time and a lot of practice. But if you learn the following steps and dedicate time to it, they will become habits that will quickly make you the best. Many people don’t know what the dots and arrows on the track are for, which will help you shoot any bolus you want, and once you learn to give the desired effect to the ball the strikes will come alone, making you reach the top of the ranking. Getting a good score depends on your dexterity, technique and accumulating many full and half-full (things that everyone can improve). Keep on reading to learn how to bowl a strike every time.
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1.- Make sure you feel comfortable with the ball in your hand.
All balls are different when spinning and taking effect. Make sure that you can lift and lower it easily, but that it is not light enough to throw it too easily. It is always better to play with the same ball, you will have better results and sensations.
The ideal average weight of the ball for an adult man is 14 pounds and for an adult, a woman is 13 pounds. Toddlers start playing with about 12 pounds, although this will depend on their age and height. (The weight is indicated on the ball with a number).
Make sure that your fingers are firmly inside the holes in the ball and that when you throw the ball they don’t get stuck in you. You shouldn’t force your finger muscles to hold the ball in your hands, but you should so that there is a slight effort.
To improve your consistency you should buy your own bowling ball. We have a couple of articles on how to buy a bowling ball and which are the best bowling balls for beginners, which are the best bowling balls for dry lanes and what bowling ball hooks the most.
2.-Ask for a good pair of shoes.
Your play shoes will have a smooth, regular sole and will adapt easily. Ask for a size bigger than yours so that you feel more comfortable playing in Divernostrum. (We have sizes ranging from 28 to 46).
Just as above, it’s easier to buy a good pair of bowling shoes to get used to the same amount of traction and sliding. Here’s an article on how to choose bowling shoes and which we think are the best 3 bowling shoes for beginners.
3.- Before throwing, maintain an upright and straight posture.
One of the most important things is the posture you have when you decide to throw the ball. Insert your fingers into the holes and hold it at your stomach or chest level, using your other hand to hold the weight. The ball should be slightly tilted to the right of your body. Your knees should be bent and your shoulders relaxed. Your left foot at the center of the court.
Keep your wrist strong so the ball looks like a natural extension of your arm.
4.- Find your mark on the track.
There are seven arrows on the track. Do not aim at the middle as it usually leads to failure. If you are right-handed, point to the arrow to the right of the center. If you are left-handed do the opposite and throw it forward. This technique is the best for plenary sessions.
If it’s easier for you, move your feet to the right or left before starting to approach the line, that will make your feet align with the correct mark, then throw it forward.
Almost all the balls will be directed to the bowling alleys as the lanes are designed for this. You have to look for the ball to go to the first bolus and the next bolus behind it to do full throws.
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5.- Plan your shot so that the opposite foot is just before the line that delimits the track.
The classic technique is that of the four steps consists of stepping with the opposite foot to the arm with which you are going to shoot. For right-handers, step with your right foot and then walk quietly so that the left footsteps on the base of the track. Your right foot will get out of the way, allowing you to throw the ball easily. Practice a few times without the ball until you find a good start to get to the line. There are two dotted lines along the track that are ideal for starting practice.
Practice all four steps, stepping with your left foot before practicing the shot. You could start on the line and take four steps back to finish in the best position before throwing the ball. Do this back if you are left-handed.
6.- Push your arm forward in the first step of the course.
As you make the first step of your approach, carry the ball forward until your arm is fully extended. Use your left hand to support the weight of the ball as you hold it in front of you. The following instructions are for right-handed players.
Remember to keep the ball to your right, not in the middle of your body.
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7.-Take your arm back until it is perpendicular to your shoulder.
As you take your first step with your left leg, the ball will fall until your right arm and left leg are at par. Keep your grip on the ball and let it fall. Your elbow will be slightly bent but gravity will do the most work when the ball falls.
8.- Let the ball continue behind you horizontally to your shoulder.
As you take the next step with your right leg, the ball will continue behind your body and up, reaching its cusp while you step on your right foot. Here you will swing back.
Concentrate on keeping your wrist very strong while doing this, don’t let it twist.
9.- Throw the ball down as you step with your left foot.
Tilt your body down with the ball, trying to leave it while you step with your leg. Your right leg should be behind leaving room for the pitch. Don’t leave it too far behind as a professional player, just enough so you don’t hit the ball.
10.- Release the ball with a movement of the wrist and fingers upwards.
When the ball leaves your fingers, join them together as if you were closing your hand. You should release it as it passes near your leg at its lowest point.
Look at the mark when you throw it. Don’t look at the pins or they’ll distract you and you’ll miss (the arrows are your target and the ball will do the rest).
Remember that you are pointing to the first or second arrow to the right of the center arrow.
11.- Follow the movement.
To protect your arm, continue the movement backward. Think as if you were drinking from a can and make the same movement with your arm and hand.
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Next Steps and Where to Purchase Equipment
When you’re ready to make the leap, you can read these articles to learn what bowling equipment we recommend for every different kind of player and choose what suits you better. We try to review the best bowling equipment in the market every few weeks to keep up-to-date with the current trends.