Learn How to Play Bowling & Improve Your
Both coordination and athletic ability are crucial
to bowling. For most beginners, it is normal to find it
difficult to roll a bowling ball down the lane without falling
into the gutter and hit the right spot.
The way in which a bowler rolls the ball can vary
differently as each person tends to develop a bowling style
they feel most comfortable with.
There are no fixed rules as to how one can begin rolling the
ball down the lane, but people have come up with a variety of
ways to achieve this.
The first bowling style of rolling the ball that most people
learn as a child is to roll the ball with both hands from
between their legs. Of course, bowling in this manner will not
produce a consistent high score nor is it stylish, but this is
a good technique for small children to start learning the game
of bowling, as the weight of the ball is way too heavy for them
to use the typical single-handed throwing method.
Once children are strong enough, they can start rolling the
ball with one hand, which is a more conventional technique that
will help them get more power behind the ball for striking pins
To use this more conventional bowling style, one simply
holds the ball using the finger holes by inserting the middle
and ring fingers in two adjacent holes and the thumb in the
First holding the ball in front of the body near waist
level, standing upright and using the other free hand to
support the weight of the ball. Take up a position well behind
the foul line.
When ready, the bowler takes a few steps forward while
lowering the ball with one hand down in a backward pendulum
motion behind his body to gain momentum for the throw.
Being careful of not stepping over the foul line, the bowler
then brings the ball forward beside his body completing the
pendulum motion and rolls it down the lane toward the
It takes much practice to perfect this technique since it
involves a great deal of timing to coordinate the movements of
one's arm with the steps. But with the help of a bowling guide,
you'll probably learn faster as you're better equipped with the
When watching professional bowlers on television, you will
notice that they are able to execute shots that curve the ball
down the lane, especially on their first throw of a frame. This
technique is known as a "hook". It allows the more advanced
bowlers to hit the pins at an angle, which has a better chance
of producing a strike.
If you use your wrist and fingers correctly, you can put
spin on the ball to cause it to change direction midway down
the lane. The direction most bowlers spin the ball toward is
their non-throwing hand, so right-handers would spin the ball
to the left and vice versa.
The goal of this technique is to hit the "pocket", which is
an area to the right or left of the head pin (or #1 pin). This
area has been determined to be the best target area to maximize
a bowler's score on their first shot.
Another advantage of using a hook is that it widens the
target area when one is trying to hit a smaller number of
remaining pins on the second throw. By hitting the pins at an
angle, it creates a greater margin of error, thus increasing
the chance of a successful shot.
Find your progress of improvement in
If you don't get expert advice on
how to bowl correctly and only learn through trial and error,
you'll sure improve your game S-L-O-W-L-Y. Don't make this
mistake! You still need lots of practice, but your
progress of improvement might be much faster when you're
equipped with the right knowledge,
probably from a bowling guide or coach.