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Bowling Articles Archive

Welcome to our bowling articles homepage! We’ve put together a series of instructional articles that will teach you everything you’ll need to start bowling confidently and successfully. If you find them helpful, we’d really appreciate it if you click the “Like” button below. And please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for another topic to cover.

Part I The Basics of Bowling

1. Why Should You Learn How to Bowl?

2. Bowling Rules, Safety and Etiquette

3. How to Keep Score in Bowling

4. Features and Dimensions of a Bowling Lane

5. Bowling Slang and Terminology


Part II Bowling Equipment: The Tools of the Trade

1. How to Choose a House Ball at the Alley

2. A Guide to Your First Bowling Ball

3. Bowling Shoes: Why Getting a Pair Will Actually Save You Money


Part III The Bowling Shot From Start to Finish

1. How to Grip a Bowling Ball: Fingertip and Conventional Grips

2. Aiming Using the Arrows and Dots

3. Bowling Stance: Where to Stand and Body Position

4. Mastering the Bowling Approach

5. Bowling Release: Proper Technique

6. How to Bowl a Hook With Correct Technique


Part IV Intermediate Bowling Tips

1. How to Pick Up More Spares Using the Target Pin Method

2. The Importance of Oil and Bowling Lane Conditions

3. 5 Common Bowling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


What Next?

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5 Responses to Bowling Articles Archive
  1. W.C. Duncan
    February 28, 2015 | 7:40 am

    Your analogy of comparing the proper release for a hook to the action of throwing an underhand spiral with a football is pure genius. I have been bowling for many years, yet never was sure how the proper release should feel.
    That comparison has really, really helped me be more consistant.

    W.C. Duncan

    • Joseph (BBT Writing Staff)
      February 12, 2016 | 7:58 am

      W.C., great, I am glad you found that comparison helpful. Hope the pins have been falling for you lately!

  2. Richard Fuller
    February 10, 2016 | 1:20 pm

    Hi Friend… So happy I found your site and appreciate you shared passion for the sport of bowling. Been a long time since I bowled regularly and want to get back bowling again. Bowling has changed a great deal and I’m not sure I like all the changes. I hope to try to adjust to the ‘new game’ Hope I can adapt easily if at all. Perhaps you or others might have good advice to help me along. I still have my vintage composition rubber compound 16 pound Brunswick ‘Black Beauty’ finger tip grip which I am working out with to build up my strength again. Making gradual progress. All the new bowling balls are being hyped so heavily and scientifically that it is very confusing. I just want to be to bowl recreationally and have fun again. I will be investing in new bowling shoes and need a new bag too. Whether later on I want to buy a new bowling ball will depend on my progress. Let’s hope I can adapt and really enjoy bowling again like I used to. Wish me well. Thanks ! Rich Virginia USA

    • Joseph (BBT Writing Staff)
      February 12, 2016 | 7:57 am

      Hey Rich, Glad you’ve decided to jump back into the game. I’m sure you’ll be able to adapt with some practice; just getting in as many shots as possible will do a lot. I agree with you that the new equipment can wait until you’ve been at it a while and can make a more complete assessment of your game. Best of luck! And let us know how it goes.

  3. Tony Martinez
    April 19, 2017 | 5:55 pm

    would like an article on starting alignment. I was holding ball to far to outside of my shoulder and missing my mark to the right. pendulum swing was good ,but unable to hit target. Moved ball in aligned with shoulder or a little inside and hitting target.


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