Here are the good tips throughout my blog that I'm summing up for you to add into your notebook and to check on from time to time:
* Use a slightly weaker release---don’t use a lot of turn and lift which will cause to much hook.
* If you can, increase your speed on the approach which will increase the ball speed and lessen the
3. To help you READ the lanes more accurately:
* Always start in your normal spot when league practice begins. I usually start on the 20th board which is the center of the lane, and adjust from there, to the right or left, but only by a few boards at a time.
4. Make sure you have a good GRIP on the ball. the thumb hole should be snug but not too tight so you can release the ball smoothly. Check tape in the thumb hole often since fingers can swell occasionally.
5. Have a relaxed swing, and one smooth movement. Let the ball go out (on the push away) and down naturally into a nice pendulum swing. Don't use a muscled swing.
6. Have a smooth Release like landing a plane on a runway. Don't let the ball crash down on the lane hard. It isn't good for the lane, your ball, and the ball will lose some of it's power by the time it hits the pins!
7. Have good balance on the release, don't be all over the place. Touch your back to insure good loft and hold the position until the ball hits the pins.
Observe the ball and determine where it breaks. If you slow down, the breakpoint will begin sooner. Each lane is slightly different, so pay attention. I’ve been on pairs of lanes that had a 5 or more board difference where my stance and target were. When I was a beginner, it was confusing trying to remember everything and where to stand and what arrow to release the ball over, so I started writing it down on a piece of paper so I wouldn’t forget. I would make sure I glanced at that piece of paper just before it was my turn to bowl so I wouldn’t get confused about which lane I was bowling on, especially if I was talking to someone about something unrelated to the game. A beginner can get easily sidetracked and forget.
8. As the golfer makes the mistake of “looking up” before hitting the ball, don’t make the mistake of looking up at the pins immediately after the ball is released. Instead, keep your eyes fixed on the ball and the target so you know if it went over the correct board or arrow. After the ball passes the target, follow it's path though the pins to make sure that is correct. There will be plenty of time to watch the pins fall afterwards.
9.Learn to bowl each frame separately! Try and focus on good execution and do not get caught up on a frame if you had a poor shot. Just realize what you did wrong and move on. Remember when you’re worried or angry, you can’t focus on the frame coming up!
10. When you are bowling your first ball, aim from the foul line to the arrows, and when you’re going for spares, aim from the arrows to the pins. Spotting farther down the lane helps with accuracy.
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Hello!! My name is Joanie. Although I'm not a professional bowler, I have loved the sport for more than 45 years, averaged over 200 for several seasons, and learned quite a bit with research and experience.