"The Bowling Book"
||7 Tips for the Advanced Bowlers
Once you have mastered bowling's fundamentals, you will find that there are
many subtleties of the approach and delivery that still may be something of
a mystery to you. Be heartened by the fact that even the most advanced bowling
stars have scoring problems. Some of the most common of these are listed below:
- ALLEY SENSE
Bowlers too often "fight" the lane. The ball either hooks too much or
it won't hook at all, so try to adjust to lane conditions.
If you feel you are releasing the ball properly and the ball still
won't hook, there are a number of adjustments you can make:
- Move slightly to the right of your normal stance position
- Attempt to slow up the speed of your ball, thereby giving it
- Try changing your target to a point inside the second
rangefinder. You may move it in as far as the third rangefinder
(from the right). Experience will show you the proper adjustment
If the ball is hooking too much try one of the following:
- Move your starting stance slightly to the left using your
- Try picking a spot further down the lane to use as your
- Increase the speed of your ball.
- TEN-PIN LEAVES
When the ten pin remains on what seems to be a good pocket hit, the
fault generally lies with the bowler. Experts in the sport feel the
reason for it is that the ball doesn't have enough rolling action
when it strikes the 1-3 pocket, or the ball may be traveling at too
great a speed when it hits the pins. If you are bothered by ten-pin
leaves, try giving the ball more roll, less spin, and less speed.
- POCKET SPLITS
Many bowlers are bothered by troublesome splits that occur on what
should be 1-3 pocket hits. If this happens to you, it is an
indication that the ball is "quitting"failing to finish in the proper
rolling fashion. Usually this is caused by the thumb coming out of
the ball too late. As a result, the ball is given inadequate finger
lift. To overcome this failure, shift the position of your thumb in
the ballbring it up to at least nine o'clock.
Speed really isn't an all important factor in getting your scores.
Control and accuracy are much more important.If you are rolling a
ball that is too fast, I suggest you shorten the approach by two or
three feet in order to cut down your backswing. Junie McMahon, Hall
of Fame star, had almost no backswing at all, and he became one of
the East's all-time stars. If you want to generate more speed, simply
increase the height of your backswing. Or, a change to a lighter ball
will work, too.
- SPARE SHOOTING
Many of the more advanced bowlers stand to the left of the approach
area when attempting to convert pins remaining on the left side of
the lane. This is done to diminish the possibility of "chopping," and
I don't recommend it to newcomers. The left side of the lane can be
troublesome unless you have a precise understanding of just how the
ball is going to react.
Drifting simply means failure to approach the foul line in a straight
line. The remedies for this malady are simple. If you are drifting to
the right of the approach, I suggest you keep your first step more to
the left than is normally proper. If you are drifting toward the
left, step off a bit to the right on your first step.
- BALL ROLLING OVER THUMB HOLE
A ball that rolls over the thumb hole sometimes causes loss of
direction and thereby inaccuracy. Usually, a ball rolls in this way
because the bowler turns or breaks his wrist at the time of his
release. Or, again, it may be simply a case of the thumb hole not
fitting properly. Always, the Index finger should be placed on the
ball. But don't be overly troubled by this. Just let your finger
relax over the contour of the ball in a natural way.
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