Most bowling enthusiasts dream of getting the perfect score of 300 in a game or beating the world record of 47 consecutive strikes that is currently held by Tommy Gollick. While seemingly an elusive aspiration, there are techniques involved in a person’s success in strike bowling. These methods, paired with steady consistency, are sure to improve a bowler’s points.
Know your ball. Before you even begin to play, you need to make sure that the bowling ball you’re using is the right weight. The basic rule of thumb is that the ball you use should be 10 percent of your body weight. But if you feel that it is too heavy, you can move down a pound or two. Ideally, you should be able to hold the ball out with your arm bent like an “L” for a few seconds. Once you have found a ball you’re comfortable with, stick with it. Remember that in bowling, using the wrong ball is like going to war with a spatula.
Posture up. When bowling, having the correct stance makes a big difference. Start by making sure that your shoulders are parallel with the foul line. Hold the ball with only your dominant hand and the other just supporting it. Next, align your ball and hand to whatever you are aiming at. Note that your arm should be at a 90-degree angle, close to your side. As you walk forward, use your knees to lower yourself closer to the ground but keep your upper body upright. If you follow this technique consistently, your average score should increase exponentially.
Swing the right way. There are three fundamental throws in bowling. These are stroking, which highlights the smooth release of the ball, cranking that relies on heavy wrist action to deliver a powerful stroke, and tweening, which is a combination of the two other styles. Although different athletes use different forms for their swing, there is a general assumption that stroking works best when aiming for more repeatable and accurate shots. This consistency is highly valued in strike bowling, as you would like to regularly get a strike.
Master the art of ball release. Novice bowlers usually make the mistake of either releasing the ball too early or too late. This causes a big problem in terms of the aim, because if you don’t let go at the right time, chances are the ball will proceed off course. It’s best to release the bowling ball as you begin the final upward motion of your swing. As you do this, don’t make the mistake of lowering your eyes to watch the ball depart. Doing so moves your shoulders and upper torso that, in turn, affects the trajectory of the ball (which might just be heading to the gutter at that point).
Adopting a good technique will certainly get bowlers far but it is consistency that will get you even further. It is not enough to simply know the style and be able to perform it once or twice. To be victorious in strike bowling all of the tips mentioned above have to be thoroughly practiced, perfected, and executed consistently without exception.
The author has been bowling for over ten years and is happy to share his know-how on strike bowling. Visit http://strikebowling.org for more tips on ten pin bowling.
Raffy Chan is a writer and internet enthusiast, based in California. He enjoys doing research, writing, and website/s creation. He is the originator of the QuidErgo Group: a community of professionals, authors, artists and computer enthusiasts who come together with the common aim of communicating with the online world.