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How To Control Bowling Ball Loft

If you are a new bowler or someone just learning the game and taking it seriously and would like to learn a little about how to control Bowling ball loft, then there are a few tips will which help get the ball over the foul line consistently. Your ability to understand how to control bowling ball loft will help you regulate the moment you deliver the bowling ball, control your bowling ball speed, control your ball direction to your target, and maintain a consistent rev-rate, all of which will work in helping you improve your scores.

Controlling your ball loft can accomplish a great deal as stated above. Some experimentation on the practice lanes will be necessary to pin-point the precise delivery method you need to help you get the ball over the foul line, control the distance of your loft, and avoid under or over lofting the bowling ball resulting in errant deliveries.

Here are a few tips to help you control your loft:

1. It all begins with a good set-up position on the approach. Make sure your knees are both flexed at least one inch before beginning your approach. Maintain a minimum of one inch knee flex throughout your approach. Use more knee flex so your legs are bending perhaps 45 degree to 75 degrees if your physical level of flexibility allows you to do so. Tilt the torso of your body forward about 10 to 15 degrees forward so you attain an athletic posture before beginning your approach.

Some senior bowlers cannot bend their legs much so we recommend a slight knee flex, perhaps one or two inches. Maintaining knee flex throughout the approach and slide will help with good balance while you are delivering the bowling ball if an athletic posture with a slight body tilt forward is maintained during the delivery process.

2. When your bowling ball exits your hand, focus on releasing the ball just prior to your ball reaching the back heel of your sliding bowling shoe. Repeat this three to five times during practice sessions.

3. Deliver the next series of 3 to 5 shots releasing the bowling ball as it arrives at the bottom of your swing when your bowling arm is perpendicular to the floor and as the ball reaches the shoe laces of your sliding shoe.

4. Deliver the final 3 ot 5 practice deliveries by releasing the bowling ball as your hand passes the tip of your bowling shoe toe.

5. Check the approach floor near the foul line and watch for ball skid marks behind the line. If you see a pattern developing of your ball falling off your hand too quickly and contacting the approach behind the foul line, then you are likely releasing your ball too soon in relation to your sliding shoe and need to focus on either Step #2 or Step #3 above. Any chance at maintaining an effective roll on the ball is eliminated if you consistently drop the ball behind the foul line.

6. Follow through fully on all deliveries in an effort to get the ball to land on the lane surface at a desired angle of entry. Follow through and hold your form until the ball passes the target on all deliveries. With some practice, you will develop a good bowling release and control your loft distance beyond the foul line.

7. If you are dropping the ball behind the foul line, a more common occurrence among lower average bowlers than one might think, one good practice technique is to place a bowling towel on the approach floor at the foul line extending beyond the line in the area where your ball contacts the lane surface. Make sure the towel does not interfere with your sliding shoe when you slide into the foul line and release the ball.

Practice delivering the ball so the ball clears the towel and lands out onto the lane surface without moving the towel from its position at the foul line on the approach floor.

If you can easily clear the towel 10 consecutive deliveries, then you will avoid the problem of dropping the ball too soon and you will control your loft distance.

If the towel moves, replace the towel in the same position on the approach floor and try another delivery until you are able to release the ball successfully and routinely with out disturbing the towel.

You can adjust the distance the towel is relative to the foul line and practice varying degrees of loft control.

8. Another technique to help you get the ball over the foul line is to increase your gripping pressure with your bowling fingers slightly and also work to delay your delivery as Steps 2 & 3 above indicate.

Some of the best players in the world vary loft control from just beyond the foul line, perhaps 6 inches to as much as 4 feet beyond the line, when they wish to control ball skid distances. Once you are able to control a consistent loft distance past the foul line and maintain a regulated ball speed, then you can work at controlling and fine-tuning loft distances. In any cases, avoid releasing the ball so soon that it does not clear the foul line.

Make sure you always maintain a consistent ball speed regardless of how much loft you use.

With some practice, you will develop a good bowling release and control your loft distance. We recommend you consult a local certified bowling instructor to help you improve your loft techniques.

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