Have you been a casual, occasional, or recreational bowler for a while now?
Maybe you finally decided to take the plunge and join your first league.
Maybe you crumbled under the peer pressure from your office mates and joined the company bowling team?
Whatever the case may be, there is help available for you–and it begins right here!
I’ve been an avid bowler for more than thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the greatest coaching satisfaction. Whether the beginner is a small child who is 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 improve, folks who really need to understand 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 recall when I was at the stage of the match, many moons ago… I was a fairly athletic kid and got discouraged quickly if I couldn’t grab on to a game fast. If I didn’t feel as though I was getting better quickly, I was likely to package it up and move on to the next 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. Kinda painful to us after going to school all week, but we really had a fantastic time.
Once we settled on our pair of lanes and started bowling, the coaches would begin making their way up and down the bowling center, helping everybody that appeared to need it along the way.
I recall one particular coach, not by name but since he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He didn’t have any children of his own in that league but he bowled in the Seniors league after us and would get up early to help all of us. What a terrific guy, and fantastic coach! The tips that I am going to share with you are the ones that I recall him giving me. He saw one Saturday morning how frustrated I was getting, pulled me aside and broke down these three basic bowling principles.
- Use the right weight ball for your size.
Pick the heaviest ball you are able to throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, fantastic speed, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball . A good guideline to follow is to roll 1 pound of chunk per 10 lbs of body fat, then add or subtract 1 pound. By way of instance, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but so long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight accordingly.
- Use the lane to help you target.
When you stand on the strategy prepared to start your shot, as you examine the lane you will observe many different markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a set of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows as opposed to the pins when planning. Why? Simply stated, it’s easier to hit a target that is closer to you. Thus, begin bowling and watch your ball roll over the arrows, ensuring you’re standing in precisely the identical position to start every time–use the dots on the front part of the lane to place your toes. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows once you hit the head pin. This is your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of each frame first, it gets somewhat more technical when trying to get spares.
- Do not worry about strikes.
No one gets a strike every time. Focusing on technique can enable you to improve. As soon as you build the mark mentioned in tip #2, make sure you actually watch your ball roll over it each time. If you hit it and the result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and find those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
Have a great time out on the lanes!!!