A few tips can go a long way toward improving
your bowling score. Finding the right ball and learning to
aim can improve skills.
a sport where, occasionally, amateurs perform as well as the
pros. With a little training, even the beginner can improve
his or her score. These tips will get you started on your way
toward a higher bowling score. These tips are mainly designed
for the bowler who does not have a hook on their ball, and
whose ball is dropped in the center of the lane.
The Bowling Ball
It will help
your score if you own your own bowling ball. Before you purchase
a ball, bowl with various weights until you find the proper
weight. GO WITH THE HEAVIEST WEIGHT THAT IS COMFORTABLE! Obviously,
you want to be able to comfortably launch the ball without
hurting or straining your back at all, so do not buy one that
is too heavy to lift. On the other hand, you will have more
control over a ball that is not too light for you.
different weight balls at the bowling alley until you find
the weight that feels right. If you bowl three games in a row,
and you are a novice, by the third game your ball may start
to feel a bit heavy. This is normal!
Having your own ball can increase your score because it is made just for you.
In other words, it provides consistency. The finger holes will be drilled
to the right size specifications, and in the proper places. This will keep
your hand properly angled for launching the ball.
Bowling balls are now more affordable than ever before. Check the discount
stores and watch the ads for sales. Before making the purchase, ask if
the store offers a finger drilling service so that finger holes can be
drilled while you wait.
can help your score because they will fit right and offer the
proper amount of slide. And, you won't slide out of them! Shoes
provided by the alley may be too slick, and you may slip, or
they may have too much friction, impeding your natural slide.
Again, check the discount stores for the best prices. Once
you own a ball and shoes, you'll need a bag to hold these items.
Where to Stand
of your feet at the start of the lane will impact where the
ball goes. You will need to experiment with the proper place
to stand. If you are doing well, take notice of where you are
standing and stand in the same spot each time. Lanes are marked
so that you can do this.
If you are
right handed, step with your right foot first as you go down
the lane. End with your left foot as you release the ball.
This will assure proper balance. If this is taking time to
get used to, walk it slowly and release the ball. Practice
at home with an imaginary ball. Eventually, you will get it,
and it will be worth the practice. Some people report a higher
score of 10 pins or more just by using a proper stride.
As you are
looking at the pins, before you start your stride, take aim.
On the first ball, when all ten pins are lined up, many people
look at the arrows painted on the lane rather than looking
at the pins. There is a set of arrows painted on the lane beyond
where you release the ball. Look at the closest set of arrows
and pick one. Tell yourself that you just have to get the ball
to the desired arrow. Some people choose the middle arrow;
while others choose one to the left or right. It will depend
on how straight your ball is and whether it curves. You want
the ball to hit the pins at the pocket, which is the space
between the head pin and the one next to it on the left or
right. If it hits dead in the middle of the head pin, chances
are you will end up with a split!
Taking aim is different for the second ball. While many people aim for arrows
in the first ball, they may aim for the actual pin in the second ball.
If you do this, do not take your eyes off the pin from the time you begin
your stride until after you release the ball. Chances are, your ball will
follow your eyes.
If you have just the corner pin left, and you are a novice bowler, you may
have a tendency to want to throw straight down the lane. This is a good
habit to break for a few reasons. One is that it is too close to the gutter
so the ball may easily drop in the gutter. The second reason is that your
ball may have a slight curve and it may turn away from the pin. Instead,
learn to hit these corner pins by sending the ball across the alley. If
aiming for the left corner pin, for example, stand far to the right, and
aim your ball toward the middle. This will take practice, but eventually
you will learn to hit that corner pin perfectly!
Bend Your Knees
As you release
the ball, bend your knees as far as you possibly (and comfortably!)
can. This puts you lower to the floor and can help control
Watch Your Wrist
bowlers make the mistake of turning their wrists, and their
balls turn toward the gutter. Instead, try to keep your wrist
as straight as possible.
If you have
a spare, you will get 10 points plus the next ball. Therefore,
the next ball after a spare is very important. Try to knock
down as many as possible. Concentrate and put into place your
best bowling skills on these attempts.
Oil on the Ball
If you want
your ball to curve, you will need it to be as dry as possible.
The friction will help it curve. The bowling alleys are oiled,
so the balls pick up oil as they roll down the lanes. To keep
your ball dry, use a towel before each time you roll the ball.
Dry the entire ball throughout the game.
Bowling is a fun sport, gaining popularity with people of all ages. A bit of
practice can send your score soaring!