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How Often Should You Practice Bowling


Frequently, bowlers 160 average and below will practice without any game plan or without any useful practice structure. If you wish to learn how often you should practice bowling, please consider the following keys to guide you in saving money and getting results:

All successful coaches will work with you in developing an organized process to guide your bowling practice. This process will help you to get the most use out of the allotted amount of practice you set aside each week.

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The most successful players practice with the end in mind! Professional bowlers, for example, practice with an intent to focus on specific areas of their games to best benefit from the time spent on the lanes. If you are among those bowlers who have not yet developed a practice routine (an outline with keys to working on important components of your game) then we at bowlingball.com highly recommend you do so.

Prepare your own checklist containing a simple outline of key physical components of your game. An organized practice structure is a "game plan" and is a good method in learning how often you should practice bowling.

Establish a dedicated amount of time during each practice session on each sub-element in your game plan outline. For example, when working on physical game elements, develop perhaps four keys to your game and spend about 10-15 minutes per key element each practice session without paying attention to score. Work on specific techniques your coach has suggested to strengthen those elements of your game to set you on a path to progress.

Create an outline heading for "footwork", one for "timing & arm-swing", another for "balance & posture", and then one to work on your "release & finish position". You may wish to place two or three elements under each heading such as "tempo", "direction", "length of steps", and so on until you fully develop your practice outline.

Spend five minutes practicing the techniques necessary to strengthen each element under the four headings. Each component in all four headings should be addressed each practice session to get the most out of your physical game skill-drills. Of course, you can modify the time spent on each component per practice session but it is important to rehearse each component key to your overall improvement under each heading of your outline each time you practice!

Practice in regularly spaced intervals or days of the week built around your competitive bowling schedule. By doing so, you will train the memory of the muscles in your body to repeat automatically. If you bowl one competitive league per week, for example, then try to get at least one practice session scheduled perhaps three or four days apart from your league day. Practice for about an hour using the frames of the practice games you pay for wisely.

Since score is not an issue when you practice, it is certainly useful to train your physical game elements in your outline regardless if you have a full set of pins standing or if only a few are standing. Each game of bowling has 10 frames with the final frame allowing for an additional delivery. If you do not try to roll a strike when a full rack of pins are standing, then you should be able to get 20 deliveries per game of practice to work on your outline training components.

In three games of practice, you get about 60+ deliveries. If there are three elements placed under the four headings of your training outline, then you can dedicate at least five deliveries to each element. A system such as this helps you address the key elements in your physical game without stretching your budget for practicing bowling too severely. Of course, if you have the time and can afford to practice more frequently than once per week, then you have a very good chance of developing your skills at a fast rate.


It is, of course, a great idea to work with a certified U.S.B.C. coach in your local area or with a skilled and experienced pro shop professional to help you identify the important elements in your game. The cost of professional instruction is far less than the cost of bowling balls, in most cases. Also of importance is to ask bowling center management if any special practice offers are available to save you money. There may be certain times of the day when you can rent lanes for an hour at a reasonable price, as example, and get a lot of practice bowling to work on your game.

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