Bowling Tips to Improve Bowling Skills
If you are a novice bowler, you may find hitting the
bowling alley a little daunting. Being insecure about your own
performance, suddenly the alley can make you feel you are
surrounded by pros, all the time.
However, your first venture into the world of bowling
doesn't have to be a nightmare. All you have to do is to apply
a few basic skills and techniques, and soon you will probably
find that other bowlers are glancing nervously at you for a
"The game is 90% mental" is a favorite saying of pro
bowlers, and that is the first challenge you have to overcome.
Approach the game with confidence. Accept the fact that there
will be some successes and some failures, don't let either of
this cloud your mind, and keep your focus on the game.
Work on developing techniques that help you stay confident
and focused so you can play the game more consistently.
Numerous pro bowlers recommend having a personalized routine or
ritual before taking any shots. This is to help focus your
attention on your shot and block out all of the distractions
found around you in the alley.
The routine can be anything as it differs from person to
person. Some prefer wiping down their ball others practice deep
breathing. Some even develop their own calming mantra, which
they repeat to themselves before taking a shot.
So develop your own routine that will help you remain calm
and confident in order to bowl consistently at your best.
Proper care for your bowling equipment is just as important
as your skills to maintain a good game. Beginners usually use
the bowling balls and rental shoes provided at the alley, but
if you intend to make bowling a serious hobby, you really ought
to put serious thought into buying your own gear.
Visit a professional bowling shop and try out the different
equipment available to suit your own needs. Seek advice from
the pro shop staff. They can help you find equipment that suits
your skill level.
Once you have purchased your own gear, you should take great
care in maintaining their condition. This applies double to
your bowling ball.
Some basic care includes washing excess oil of your ball
with rubbing alcohol after every game, soak it in warm water
and dish detergent (for about 10 to 20 minutes) every few
weeks, and keep it properly sanded (consult a professional if
you're new to this), waxed, and polished regularly.
Usually upon purchase of your own ball, the bowling
equipment retailer should be able to explain in detail the
proper upkeep for your particular ball. Be sure to ask the
retailer should they forget to explain if your ball has any
special requirements in upkeep.
Some people are anxious about being the new bowler on the
block. To overcome this, try spending some time learning the
local lingo so you'll fit in better. Ensure you know the proper
rules of the game. You can learn these from a bowling
guide or simply ask a more experienced bowler.
When familiarizing yourself with the game, the best help you
can get is probably from your fellow bowlers. Get over your
fear of being the least experienced bowler in the alley and
speak up. Check out the way other people play, and ask them for
You can also pick up useful bowling
tips and skills from observing bowlers who seem to be
successful. Don't worry about embarrassing yourself by
approaching more experienced bowlers – most passionate bowlers
that have a genuine love of the game should be more than happy
to share with you.
Find it embarrassing to learn from
experienced bowlers? You can still discover the secrets to bowling like a pro
from a useful bowling guide on the Internet or
in the bookstores, and you
might surprise others with your fast improving
We all started the game as beginners. It is important to
keep your calm and stay cool and confident. Once you've had a
little bit of practice and help from your fellow bowlers, the
game should naturally come with ease to you.