As you know, getting MORE REVS on the ball will give you more hook and action at the pins, and will help you achieve getting more strikes.
Another very vital part of the bowling game is that of "ACCURACY". Having LESS REVS on the ball will help you to be more accurate when going for your spares, because less hook means your ball will be going more straight and have less chance to hook away from the pin you are aiming for. Practicing getting the ball out and over the same board or arrow repeatedly will help your aim to improve and increase your accuracy.
The less curve on a ball, the greater the accuracy is going to be. If you can learn to throw a straighter ball for your spares for example, you will always be able to convert them when lane conditions change. As previously mentioned, to be able to throw a straight ball, you need to keep a flat hand at the stance, through the downswing, on the backswing, and through the ball release without any turning of the hand or arm. It's also important to keep your body square to the target. You may also want to learn to throw a straight ball if the lanes are dry and your ball is hooking too much!
1. Holding your ball up higher at the stance will help you achieve a higher back swing causing more speed and less hook which in turn will equal more accuracy.
2. If you can use more speed during your walk along the approach, the faster you will be able to throw your ball which will cut down on the hook. If this is difficult, you can try moving back 3-4" on the approach at the stance. This will cause you to walk faster in order for you to be able to reach the foul line in the same amount of steps. (Remember to do this in practice first and once you master changing speed, you can do it in the league when the scores are counting).
3. Lofting the ball out a little farther down the lane than normal will give the ball less lane to travel on, thereby cutting down the hook time. Just look at a target a bit farther down the lane.
4. Oily lane conditions (Tight Lanes) will also make the ball skid more, and will lessen the hook.
5. Keeping the pointer and pinky fingers closer together rather than spreading them out will lessen the hook.
Without ACCURACY, ACTION will not be very effective. If you're not accurate in getting the ball over the proper mark, chances are slim that you will carry a strike. Some people with large hooks that barely touch the head pin can get a lucky strike if they get a good mix on the pins, but luck eventually runs out and I rather be more accurate on getting my ball over my mark each time and getting a strike solid in the pocket!
Practicing doing the same things over and over again, will increase your accuracy! If you are a beginner, you can look at 3 boards instead of 1 for your target which will leave some room for error. As long as you are getting the ball within those 3 boards, you can adjust at the stance. When you get good at rolling the ball in that area, then try narrowing down your target to a smaller area like 1 board or arrow. Remember, Patience is a Virtue", and Rome wasn't built in a day!
I'll be traveling over the summer months so join me back here in August when I'll be discussing "What is a Washout Spare Leave 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.