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Bowling Hot Tips Part 2

This is the second in a two part series of bowling hot tips, part 2 designed to help you sharpen your skills and prepare for competition. Since we know you are an advanced player experienced in bowling competitions such as scratch leagues and tournaments, you might need to straighten out a few things in your physical game so check out these bowling hot tips, part 2.

First, let's discuss spare shooting. Regardless of your skills, being a very good spare shooter helps your scores and your insight into playing the lanes as you watch your ball react from various delivery angles on the lane. There are numerous spare systems which can help you organize a system of aligning to any spare you might leave. These systems are taught by successful coaches throughout the world.

Many times, the simplest system works best. It is easy to get fooled into using techniques we watch used on television by the greatest bowlers in the world. In some cases, pros will roll the ball very hard to decrease hook at corner pin spares or to try and convert splits. Using very fast speeds to make spares requires a lot of practice, timing, and strength. This type of system may not be the best course of action for you.

Instead, try using a system whereby you may roll the same speed as with your strike ball delivery so your muscles in your arm and legs are conditioned to repeating consistent deliveries. Use your strike ball for easy spares when the lane oil guides your ball easily to the given key pin in your spare combination. Use a spare ball, usually a plastic coverstock, which minimizes surface friction and hook when rolling at the corner pin spares, particularly the ten pin for right handed bowlers and the seven pin for left handed bowlers.

Next, building discipline in a few other key areas of your physical game and your strategic planning will also help you sharpen your skills and allow you to tune up properly before any given important competition. One key is being certain you are regulating your ball speed each delivery which will help control the skid length of the ball as well as help you develop a consistent release action with your bowling hand. Releasing your ball at the appropriate angle toward your chosen target down the lane is another factor in developing accuracy.

Another key is to focus your eyes on your target on the lane from the set-up position on the approach and throughout your entire approach to the foul line. It is important to commit to a specific target where you wish to contact with your bowling ball and remain committed to the target while releasing the ball. Simply put, your eyes send the signal to your brain where the target is positioned and your brain signals your hand where to release the ball. Full commitment in hitting your target must be applied to each and every delivery.

It is surprising how many errors in the physical game stem from the final two steps of your approach to the foul line which are extremely critical in making accurate deliveries. Do not hurry the final two steps, or any steps for that matter, so you can make a consistent and decisive release of your bowling ball.

One key which is seldom articulated is to swing your bowling arm freely and without excessive muscle tension until the ball reaches the release zone and continue your swing to a full follow through position. Try to maintain a consistent tempo with your back swing and forward swing on each delivery so you can regulate ball speed and have time to make an effective delivery to your target.

Follow through with your bowling hand releasing the ball in the precise direction of your specific target on the lane. Your hand controls the release of your bowling ball so make a fully focused effort to release the ball directly at your target.

Hold your form at the foul line and keep your eyes on your target. Maintain good upper body balance during your approach, particularly while you are making the critical release of the ball. Good balance is vital in helping you improve your bowling accuracy. Keeping your head and shoulders very steady and without excessive motion during your approach and release will help you maintain good balance.

We recommend you consult with your personal certified coach/instructor or a local bowling professional at least one time when beginning preparations to compete in a tournament or other important competitions. Your coach can help you monitor the key components of your game and help you achieve the level of feeling needed to compete. Use your practice time wisely and work on the keys which have proven to work for you in the past. Focusing only on what you are doing incorrectly will not sharpen the components of your game. Work on your strengths and your weaknesses will reduce.


A disciplined hour of practice working on key components of your physical game will help you improve your technique. Practice as often as possible if you expect good results! We hope these tips help you win!

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