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Practice & League Bowling

If you are a brand new bowling just starting out in the game, then every time you bowl you are practice bowling, social bowling.

If you are presently in one or more bowling leagues, then you are competitively and socially bowling.

Although some leagues are great places to practice your techniques, the best time to work on the techniques of your game is during non-competitive practice sessions.

Practice bowling is not for everyone. Some bowlers simply do not enjoy practice bowling whatsoever and will do so only when drilling a new bowling ball or preparing for an important event.

Some of you will bowl on a social basis only, with family and/or friends.

Some of you bowl in leagues only.

Tournament bowlers are serious bowlers who usually compete in leagues while occasionally practice to work on their games.

If you wish to improve your game regardless if you are a league or tournament bowler, you must spend time on the practice lanes to develop techniques which will lead to progress.

If you are a relatively new bowler, we know something about your game without watching you bowl. We know that you need to develop a reliable spare shooting system.

If you can afford the time and money to use the services of a bowling instructor, then not only can you work to develop good physical game techniques, you can work to build a sound method of shooting spares.

The quickest way to raise your scores and your average is to improve your spare shooting.

If you bowl in a league or leagues, try to space an interval between your league sessions and your practice sessions.

It is good to bowl at least one time each three days on average to keep a fluid routine in place.

Prepare your own practice checklist containing a simple outline of key physical components of your game. An organized practice structure is a "game plan" and is a good way to practice.


Establish a dedicated amount of time during each practice session focusing on each sub-element in your game plan outline.

Pace yourself in practice instead of merely jamming as many deliveries as you can in as short amount of time as you can.

Avoid pressing the reset button for full racks of pins if you do not strike.

Use your practice frames wisely and with purpose.

Develop your practice plan, set your budget accordingly, and dedicate sufficient time working on your game.