How to Hook a Bowling Ball
When everyone first begins bowling, the bowling method most of us probably used is
"straight bowling". In this style of bowling, we simply roll the ball as straight as possible towards the pins and
pray that it struck as many pins as possible.
While bowling this way is perfectly suitable for beginners and allows them
to get a good or okay score, it leaves too much to luck and chance.
If you are committed to bowling or want to improve your score, you have to increase your
repertoire of skills and include more advanced techniques into your game.
One of the first more advanced techniques people turn to is the hook ball.
This technique can tremendously increase your scoring potential by giving you a lot more control
over where your ball ends up and more precision in which pins you knock down.
Although straight bowling keeps most balls out of the gutter by sending them down the center of
the lane, it is highly unlikely to give you a strike, unless of course when you get lucky and the pins knock each
Another problem in rolling the ball down the middle of the lane is that it is more likely to
split the pins in half; you'll knock down some, but there will almost always be a few pins left on either side
leaving a gap right in the center.
It will be near impossible to knock the rest of them down on your second turn unless you are a
professional with a higher level of skill. Even professionals try as much as possible to avoid such a scenario.
But suppose by a sheer stroke of luck you do manage to grab yourself a spare on turn two, the
spares most probably won't win you a game if you're playing against opponents who are more consistently getting
This is where the hook bowling should come in handy.
The advantage of the hook ball technique is that it allows you to put a little bit of spin into
your shot and to be able to angle the ball to aim exactly where you want it to. However, the secret to throwing a hook ball is all in the release.
With the right amount of spin, the ball should travel in a straight path until it reaches the
"break point", which is the point in the lane where the ball starts to turn towards its target. When the break
point is reached, the ball should gradually arc out and then curve back in directly towards the pins you are trying
If you want to throw a perfect hook ball, you will need to know your axis rotation and axis tilt
habits. These terms refer to the amount of vertical and horizontal spin you tend to put on your shots. You can get
a general idea of these by looking at the position of your hand when you release the ball, but the best way is to
get someone else to watch you throw a few shots.
If you know your axis tilt and rotation styles, then you can make corrections to your game, plus
you can use the best kind of bowling ball for your bowling style.
There are certain types of bowling balls that are more suited to throwing a hook ball. Their
texture helps you a lot in getting just the right spin on the ball.
Once you have the right ball, then all you need is plenty of practice.
Learning hook balls can be a timely investment, but this investment will sure be repaid in
dividends when your average score improve greatly. You will no longer have to depend much on luck to win a game
when you have the skills to pull off hook balls.