Have you ever been a casual, intermittent, or recreational bowler for quite a while now?
Whatever the case might be, there’s help available for you–and it starts right here!
I have been an avid bowler for more than thirty years; and supplying bowling tips for beginners gives me the greatest coaching satisfaction. Whether the beginner is a little child who’s taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and needs to enhance, folks who really want to learn can improve right before your eyes, particularly those at the novice level. I have a few simple tips which might drastically change their match.
I remember when I was at the stage of the match, many moons ago… I was a fairly athletic child and got frustrated quickly if I couldn’t catch on to a sport fast. If I did not feel as though I was getting better immediately, I was likely to package it up and move on to another thing.
Luckily for me, once I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was lots of help available. Every Saturday morning my friends and I would carpool to the bowling all with one of our parents (THANKS PARENTS). The league for 13-18 year olds started at 8:30 am.
Once we settled in on our set of lanes and began bowling, the coaches could begin making their way up and down the bowling center, helping everybody that appeared to need it along the way.
I remember one particular coach, not by title but because he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He did not have any children of his own in that league but he bowled at the Seniors league after us and would get up early to help all of us. What a great guy, and fantastic coach! The tips that I will share with you’re the first ones that I recall him giving me. He saw one Saturday morning how frustrated I was getting, pulled me aside and broke down these 3 basic bowling principles.
1. Use the right weight ball for your size.
Choose the heaviest ball you are able to throw without undermining your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, fantastic rate, rather than cause you to lose balance or drop the ball . A good guideline to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 lbs of body fat, then add or subtract 1 pound. For instance, if you weigh 120 pounds begin with a 12 pound ball. It can seem to heavy at first, but as long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it does not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight accordingly.
2. Use the lane to help you target.
When you stand on the approach ready to start your shot, as you look at the lane you will observe a variety of markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a set of arrows that point toward the pins. Many bowlers look at these arrows as opposed to the pins when aiming. Why? Simply stated, it’s much easier to hit a target that’s nearer to you. Thus, begin bowling and watch your ball roll over the arrows, ensuring you are standing in the identical position to begin every time–use the dots on the front of the lane to position your feet. This will be your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of every frame , it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.
3. Do not worry about strikes.
Nobody gets a strike every time. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will enable you to improve. As soon as you build the mark mentioned in tip #2, be certain that you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you hit it and the end result is consistently different, look at developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
Have a fantastic time out on the lanes!!!