How to Bowl
Bowling is one sport that everyone has surely done at least once. Most of the time, bowling is just for fun, and accuracy and score aren’t all that important. However, others take the sport very seriously and join teams and competitions. Whatever your interest level, it is important to know a few techniques about the sport of bowling.
Every sport has its own technique on how to learn the game. As for the sport of bowling, even though it is not that difficult to learn, there are techniques to help the beginner to learn the nature of the game quickly. These bowling techniques are very easy to apply and any beginner can aptly execute them in no time.
Finding the Right Bowling Ball
First, find the right bowling ball for you. Choosing the right ball is the most important thing to do on the list of bowling techniques. The sport of bowling requires timing and coordination so it is important that a bowler select a ball that is easy to handle. The bowling ball should not be too heavy or light, and should feel comfortable and natural on the bowler’s hand. The thumb of the throwing hand should fit into the hole provided for the thumb and rotates with only minor friction. To measure a proper grip, the bowler’s two middle fingers should be stretched over the finger holes.
Most bowlers use a natural and relaxed four-step delivery method; that is taking four steps on the approach and aiming at the pins, and then gliding while releasing the ball toward the pins. In determining your proper starting position, your feet should stand at the middle of the foul line, facing away from the pins and then taking four-and-a-half steps forward. You should then turn and face the pins, memorizing their proportionate position to the target markings. Every time you step up to make a throw, you should start the delivery from the same spot. As you gain experience, lesser adjustments can be made for comfort or preference.
After finding the correct starting position, you should face the pins–focus on them, and with the fingers of the throwing hand in the holes, let the weight of the bowling ball rest on the opposite hand somewhere between the shoulder and the waist. For right-handers, the ball should be held slightly to the right side, or left side for left-handers. Most experienced bowlers keep their feet reasonably close together with the lead foot slightly forward, and the knees gently curved.
Throwing a ball using a four-step delivery:
Move the ball and right foot down and forward in a slow, short movement.
Keep your arm close to your body, take a step with the lead foot and let the ball swing backwards.
Take a step forward with your trailing foot as the ball reaches the top of the backswing, the ball should be a little above the waist. Your opposite arm should be extended for balance.
Shift your body weight from your trail to lead foot while bending your lead knee and let the ball swing naturally forward. You do not have to do anything more afterwards.
You should glide with your trail leg extended back as your bowling arm lifts the ball over the foul line and releases it toward the pins. After the release, your follow-through should be a continuation of the arc that started with the backswing.
Concentrate on tossing the ball at the front pin and develop a smooth, and relaxed delivery. The common errors incurred by beginners are overswinging, concentrating too much on pinpoint accuracy, and not releasing the ball close to the floor.
Also, always wear the proper shoes. It can be difficult to find rental shoes that fit well, but shoes that are too big or too little will interfere with your concentration, and may even cause you to fall. Check the soles of the shoes to ensure they don’t have anything stuck to them and that they glide smoothly.
Professional bowlers have an amazing level of skill and control with their bowling ball that comes with years of practice. That level of expertise is certainly not required to bowl for the fun of it, but you do need to grasp the fundamental techniques so you don’t get all gutter balls when you bowl.
From the bowling techniques discussed above, if followed properly, you will greatly improve your bowling performance and with constant practice, you will surely become very good at it.
Important bowling techniques include finding a bowling ball that fits your hand, finding the proper starting position, and releasing the ball close to the floor.