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Category Archives: Bowling-Techniques

How High Should My Backswing Be in Bowling?

For many bowlers who are still looking to improve (and let’s not kid ourselves, who isn’t!?), the backswing is a frequent target of worry and at times confusion. Many ask how they can get a higher backswing. But this isn’t really the right question. There’s no “correct” height for a bowling backswing, and I’ve heard…

Rev Rate vs. Rotation in Bowling: What’s the Difference?

When you’re analyzing or troubleshooting your bowling shot, there are a few different numbers you’ll hear getting thrown around. There’s the shot’s revolutions, which means how much the ball revolves on its journey towards the pins. But there’s also the rotations that your ball makes as it heads down the lane. These may sound like…

Rev Rate vs. Rotation in Bowling: What’s the Difference?

When you’re analyzing or troubleshooting your bowling shot, there are a few different numbers you’ll hear getting thrown around. There’s the shot’s revolutions, which means how much the ball revolves on its journey towards the pins. But then there’s also the rotations that your ball makes as it heads down the lane. These may sound…

What Are the Effects of an Offset Thumb Hole in Ball Drilling?

What effect does moving the position of the thumb hole have when your ball is getting drilled? A number of bowlers recommend an offset thumb, where the thumb hole is drilled slightly to the side of center. There are diverse reasons why a bowler might be curious about trying it. For example, one bowler who recently…

What Makes a Good or Bad Shot? Choking vs. Making a Mistake

In bowling, we always step up to the lane hoping to succeed. But our shots, of course, don’t always go according to plan. We might miss our target badly, watch as a bad entry angle leads to a split, or fail to pick up an important spare. We could even throw a gutterball now and…

5 Tips to Convert More Spares

In bowling, strikes are the shots that often get the most attention. And this makes some sense: they are the most impressive to watch, they give us the most pins added to our score, and they usually give us the most happiness after we get one. But if you’re looking to quickly make a big…

Can You Bowl a Hook With a Conventional Grip? Curve With A House Ball?

Hooking the bowling ball is something that the majority of us strive to do on the lanes. But what if you bowl with a conventional grip instead of a fingertip grip? Can you still generate a good spin on your ball? And for that matter, what about newer bowlers who don’t have a brand-new ball…

Tips for Controlling Your Hook in Bowling (Video)

Most serious bowlers wish to develop a hook shot but their motivations may be varied. First, the hook is the best way to achieve consistency and the pocket is the best spot to hit if you want to maximize pin carry and get more strikes. Others might simply wish to hook because it looks much…

Two Finger Bowling Explained, and Tips on Hooking the Ball

After you’ve bowled for a little while, it’s natural to want to learn how to bowl with a hook. You’ve might have seen people in the adjacent lanes putting a huge curve on the ball and smashing it into the pins for strike a strike. We certainly don’t blame you; who wouldn’t want to do…

Should You Use the 4 Step Approach in Bowling?

The approach is crucial to a bowling shot, and there are a few different variations on the footwork. They are referred to, rather intuitively, by the number of steps taken by the bowler as he or she prepares to throw the ball. There is the 4 step approach, the 5 step, and even a 3…