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How To Walk With Good Bowling Footwork

Accuracy in bowling can be linked to learning how to walk with good bowling footwork.  Good footwork, particularly those who are working at improvement provides the core of a solid foundation and transportation mechanism to the foul line.  If you wish to improve by learning how to walk with good bowling footwork, then please consider a few important keys.

1. Length of Steps – Taking steps which match your normal walking stride length usually produces a consistent approach to the foul line.  The strategy is to not bounce or lose balance during your approach so you can make consistent and precise deliveries.  Try and make sure you finish your steps with your sliding foot only 6 inches or less from the foul line and pointed as closely straight to the pins as possible.

2. Direction of Steps – An extremely important key to accuracy and to consistent approaches is the direction you walk to the foul line.  It cannot be emphasized enough how vital walking consistent lines to the foul line is in achieving accuracy in your deliveries.  A good objective is to walk a straight to the line as to end on the same board with your sliding foot as where the foot was positioned originally in your set-up position.  Regardless of where you position yourself laterally on the approach for spares or for a strike ball delivery, it is a good goal to not drift away from where you began.

3. Heel To Toe Technique - One old and proven technique is to try making steps (other than the final sliding step) in a heel to toe fashion with your knees flexed slightly to accommodate good balance.  A heel to toe technique ensures a steady walking pace of steps. An example of maintaining a steady pace using the heel to toe method of bowling steps is a comparison to military troops marching in formation and remaining in synchronization during the march.  Try and walk very lightly yet smoothly and at a steady pace to the line and avoid digging in too hard with your steps. Please try to avoid bouncing during the steps so your torso remains balanced and ready to make a good delivery of the bowling ball.

4. Sliding Step - If you retain a slight amount of knee flex during your first steps, then you will not have to increase your knee flex as you begin your final sliding step.  The sliding step should begin with the bowling shoe on your slide foot contacting the approach smoothly and with an equal amount of pressure on both the sole of the shoe and the heel of the shoe.  If your legs are too stiff with no flexing motion on your initial steps, then will be difficult to enter into the sliding step and transferring your body weight onto the sliding step while still maintaining good balance with your upper body while you are sliding.

5. Straight Foot Alignment - Try and take straight steps with your shoes aligned in a parallel manner, or very close to parallel, with the boards on the lane.  Your sliding step should slide toward the center part of your body so you can maintain good balance while delivering the bowling ball.

If you are an experienced bowler looking to improve, practice your footwork in a disciplined fashion so you can improve your balance and pace during your approach.  Good footwork will help you improve your accuracy. While you are here at our site, please take some time to examine our extensive list of bowling products and kindly be reminded that our discounted prices are available with free shipping on every item at  When you are ready to make your purchase, simply follow our easy online order instructions as our store is open 24 hours per day, each and every day.  Thank you for visiting