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How To Swing A Bowling Ball


The key components in learning how to swing a bowling ball are consistent speed control and accuracy to your target and are most commonly referred to as “tempo” and “direction.”

Begin the swing by moving the ball held in front of your bowling shoulder about waist level in an outward and downward motion toward your target. Try to sequence the beginning movement of the ball with the first step of a four step approach or slightly before the first step. Seek a free, smooth, and uncontrolled back-swing along your target path allowing the ball to reach shoulder level or slightly higher than shoulder-level directly behind your shoulder at the completion of the backswing.

The forward swing should move downward and under your shoulder arriving next to the ankle of your slide foot with about one inch of space or less to avoid hitting the ankle as your hand begins the releasing process. Ideally, the front part of your bowling arm (where blood is normally drawn in a laboratory) should be facing the pins at the “moment of release.”

The forward-swing continuing motion after the release, known as the “follow-through”, should also maintain a target orientation. Your bowling arm should “follow-through” high enough as to allow the elbow of your bowling arm to attain shoulder height or higher each and every delivery. These quick tips will help you learn how to swing a bowling ball and achieve an effective, overall swing motion.

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