Tips on How to Bowl a Strike - Every
A strike is akin to the Holy Grail in the game of
bowling. It means that a player was able to knock down the
entire set of ten pins with the very first
Bowlers whose score sheets show more "X" notations than any
other scoring are quite coveted within the bowling leagues.
Of course, some beginners are seen that can knock down ten
pins the first time out, but keep in mind that the measure of a
true bowler can be seen in how often she or he can repeat this
To this end, below are some helpful hints on bowling a strike – again and
First and foremost, foot placement is vital! You might
be surprised to see just how many bowlers do everything else
right, only to wonder time and again why they seem to be
incapable of reaching that magic number ten, when in fact their
stance is way off.
To ensure that you set yourself up for success, make sure
that – if you are right-handed – your left foot is aimed
directly at the frontal pin. Your right foot is obviously
located to the right of the frontal pin.
Some bowlers feel that this will place them at a
disadvantage because they have a natural tendency to approach
the pin with their right foot, yet this has proven to be a
If you are not certain about your footwork, ask someone to
videotape your approach to the pins. The odds are good
that you will notice that while your right foot is aiming at
the frontal pin, your shoulders are trying to make up for this
stand by twisting – which may account for some shoulder or back
Once your stand is proper, the bowling ball should be held
in your right hand in the backward starting position. The
first step that you will take is with your right foot. As you
take your second step with the left foot, you will need to
swing your ball backwards. At this point, gravity should
be guiding you.
Take your third step with your right foot as the ball
reaches the top of your backswing. Slide your left foot on your
fourth step, and swing the ball down into the release. This
moment of letting go may be a moment of truth for those who
have not given much thought about how to release a ball
Novice bowlers make the mistake of releasing the bowl either
too early – usually which the arm is still in the midst of the
movement that brings it forward – while some wait too long, not
releasing it until the upswing has been completed. Both
techniques lead to balls that will most likely not make it past
the mid-lane with any strength left to reach the pins.
Instead, plan on releasing the bowling ball as you begin the
final upward motion.
Many bowlers do a great job up to that point, only to lower
their eyes and watch the ball depart. They are unaware
that it is not just their eyes that move, but also their
shoulders and even the upper torso. This, in turn,
affects the trajectory of the ball, and many a gutter ball has
seen the light of day because of this maneuver.