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Quick Tips – Release

The legendary Earl Anthony, the first bowler in history to reach forty professional tour titles, was often quoted giving this key release tip to his pro-am partners: “let your hand follow your ball toward your target.”

When your bowling ball exits your hand at the moment of release, allow your hand to continuing moving toward your target down lane following the ball path. 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. Your bowling fingers should rotate slightly after your thumb exits the ball without the entire arm rotating. The bowling fingers should rotate perhaps two hours on a clock dial, from six to four o’clock as example for a right handed bowler, so you will create enough bowling ball axis tilt to produce a positive hooking motion.

Once the ball leaves your hand, follow through in the same direction as the ball travels toward your target. Prevent your bowling hand from moving in a different direction than the ball is traveling with your elbow also following the ball directly behind your hand so you avoid deliveries left or right of your target line. The forward-swing continuing motion after the release, known as the follow-through, should also maintain a target orientation. Hold your form until the ball passes the target. Now, please, practice!

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