Continued from August 30,2021 post:
19. After releasing the ball, try to think of your forearm going up towards the ceiling to insure getting a good LIFT on the ball.
20. As you lift up your arm after the ball release, try to FEEL the elbow through the line of your target.
21. Don't try to flick the ball on the release, just feel a nice SMOOTH PENDULUM SWING bringing your arm up towards the ceiling with a good FOLLOW THROUGH.
22. Keep your head STILL and FRONTWARDS, not sideways, and KEEP your EYES FIXED on the TARGET for a few
seconds. It's the same way in golf. People tend to look at the fairway immediately after they swing at the ball. But you need to keep your head down and eyes fixed on the desired target, otherwise how will you know if you really hit the correct target if you are looking at the pins instead?
23. Most bowlers hold the ball out directly in front of them and then have to push it out slightly to the side of their body to allow for body clearance so they don't hit the body on the downswing. Sometimes the bowler may go out more to the side than other times and we want to be as CONSISTENT as possible. The best way to avoid being inconsistent is at the stance. After you are set up on the approach, swing the hand holding the ball slightly out to the right side (for righty'y and to the left for the left handed bowler) to allow for body clearance. Keep the ELBOW somewhat CLOSE to the BODY and then you will always put the ball out to the same amount by doing this before you begin the walk on the approach.
I know there has been a lot of information here in parts 1-4 on the important things to remember, but you can review them the day before or on the day of your league so you can refresh your memory about these important BASICS. The more you remember, the more you can incorporate into your game, and the better your bowling is going to be.
Most of all, don't forget to have FUN! Sometimes there are so many things to think about at once, it becomes difficult. If this happens to you, then only work on one or two new things at a time in your practice sessions . As you become better at these, they will become what's referred to as "MUSCLE MEMORY" and you'll only have to concentrate more on the TARGET and the ADJUSTMENT you need to make as the lanes change.
Join me next week when I'll be explaining "How To Keep Score in Bowling".
Good Luck and high scoring!
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.