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Two Handed Bowling Beginnings

bowlingball.com 3/30/2017

What made you begin bowling two-handed and what does it take?

Every bowler has a story, so what’s yours? What made you begin two-handed bowling? Was it from watching other two-handed bowlers and inspired you to do the same? Were you mechanically bad one-handed to where you gave two-handed bowling a try? My story goes along those lines, and is the one big question I’ve received ever since I began “Project Two Hands” nearly 2 years ago.

As most of you readers know from my bio here at bowlingball.com, I was a one-handed bowler for roughly 10 years. I’ve had my fair share of injuries that a kid could go through that had set me back, from an ankle sprain that sat me out two months or a sprained back from a bloody nose I sustained in a tournament and wasn’t allowed to take a break without getting zero for a game or disqualification. These things made my game suffer and made me question the start of the two-handed technique that has taken the bowling world by storm. I fought on, and one day everything went south. Threw the ball bad, timing way off, spare shooting suffered. One day my dad had told me, “pick out everything legal for a two-handed bowler to throw and try it in a tournament.” I bowled the next day and finished 5th, and from then on I haven’t looked back. I drilled three new bowling balls, traded in around the 12 I had, and started everything over from scratch.

Most of my peers thought I was crazy​. They said, "you’re throwing time away, you won’t have the same success and you’ll regret this decision for quite some time". I answered them by accepting this challenge that I laid out for myself. I went to a bowling alley roughly 3-4 times a week to work 2-3 hours a day the mechanics needed to master this craft. I began seeking advice from every which way on what are the best drills to use in practice, and what the best equipment was for two-handed bowling. I’m going to be one to admit I studied a lot of film watching Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa bowl. I studied their approaches to the two-handed style, Osku being speed-dominant and Belmonte being more of the more in tuned two-handed player. The one thing that they have in common, as all great bowlers do, having the consistency and accuracy to repeat over and over again.

Now another question I receive is what does it take to be a two-handed bowler? There are many different answers to this question but the big answer I give is to have a love and passion for the sport of bowling and to not be afraid to accept a challenge. Two-handed bowling is just as hard as mastering the one-handed game. Both styles require consistency and accuracy as stated above and having the proper mechanics of course. Being in good shape will also help too, having no lower back problems and good strength. Anyone can bowl two-handed if they set their mind to doing so.

I want to hear from you, the viewers, the readers, my fellow two-handed bowling, high revving, pin crushing, sport loving bowlers, what made you begin “Project Two-Hands”? I look forward to reading your comments online here at bowlingball.com, it’s where bowlers go.

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