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How To Convert The Ten Pin Spare


If you are a right handed bowler and wish to learn how to convert the ten pin spare, then follow these quick tips. For the ten pin spare, move to the far left side of the approach with your slide foot aligned with the left edge of the lane. Next, target the center arrow about fifteen feet past the foul line if you roll the ball on a straight line or if you use a bowling ball with a stiff cover which does not promote a hooking action. The opposite move to the right side of the approach will work for left-handed bowlers for the seven pin spare.

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If you hook the ball, sight to the right (right-handed bowlers) of the center arrow, perhaps two or three boards to the right, and allow for the ball to hook slightly and still maintain its direction toward the spare. Be sure to slightly align your hips and bowling shoulder to face the ten pin and maintain that alignment as you walk to the foul line and make your delivery.

One very important key in learning how to convert the ten pin spare is to “walk your line” and do not drift excessively to the center of the approach. Drifting to the center of the approach will reduce an effective angle to the spare and the ball will either miss to the inside of the spare by hooking away too soon or fall into the channel.

The number one reason bowlers miss the ten pin spare is because of drifting off of the desired target path created by the initial alignment on the approach. The other most common reason bowler’s miss the ten pin spare is because of ball speed changes, usually trying to deliver the ball much faster than normal. These tips will help you improve converting the ten pin spare.

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