This is a continuation of my Blog Posts from 1/3/22 and 1/10/22.
There are generally three types of Bowling Styles previously discussed in my Blog Post from last week, 1/10/22. They are "Cranker", "Stroker", and "Tweener" Styles. How a bowler walks on the approach, the amount of revs placed on the ball, the balls' speed, and a bowlers arm swing, will all determine the kind of bowling style a player has. Today I'll be discussing the style of a "TWEENER".
This name "TWEENER" almost sounds like "In-Betweener" which is exactly what it is. It's a bowling style that's not quite a "Cranker" or a "Stroker", but a combination of the two. Because of this, this style can vary quite a bit from Tweener to Tweener.
Steps 1-5: The majority of Tweeners play a little more towards the center of the lane and walk fairly straight on the approach, but occasionally you will see one walking at a slight angle toward their target. They have a nice slide on their last step and the shoulders are usually square to the target (but like the other styles a bowler may open up the shoulders at times for a little extra power when needed). The backswing is usually shoulder height which will produce an average ball speed.
Hand & Wrist Position:
1. Insert all three fingers into the bowling ball.
2. Will use a straight wrist position with or without a wrist device.
3. Thumb position can be anywhere from a 4:00-11:00 at the stance for a right handed bowler (8:00-2:00 position for the lefty).
4. At the release, they use a small wrist rotation. A modest axis tilt is applied which allows the thumb to exit the ball first followed by the fingers. Then the fingers apply the rotating action from the side of the ball which creates a moderate amount of revs with a moderate hook. The ball speed will be about 20 mph and the thumb will finish at the 10:00 or 11:00 position.
Tweeners have a controllable and very effective ball motion which allows them to be able to play well on different lane conditions. They can crank when necessary to get some extra power, or they can tune down the larger hook when more accuracy is needed.
To sum things up: Parts 1-3
CRANKERS give the ball a lot of side rotation which causes the ball to break and hook very sharply at the pins. They tend to start more to the left side of the lane. The professional bowler, Mark Roth had this Cranker Style.
The STROKER rolls the ball more forward and smoothly without a lot of spin, which creates a gradual small hook that is easier to control and they tend to start on the right side of the lane. The professional bowler, Walter Ray Williams has this Stroker style.
The TWEENER is a hybrid of these other two styles which gives you several options to choose from. The professional bowler, Jason Belmonte has a Tweener style.
I developed and learned the Stroker style and averaged over 200 for several of my bowling seasons. If you are just starting out, I advise taking a few lessons from a professional coach or pro at the pro shop and let him help you decide which one you should develop to get the most out of your games. If you are very athletic, you may have the strength to develop the Cranker Style for example, but learn from someone who has mastered that style to help you get over the problems more quickly so your scores will be high.
There are two other styles that aren't used as often but they are the "Straight Ball and Back-Up Ball styles which I'll be discussing at a later time.
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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.