Part 1: Master the technique
1. Visualize the line that you will take on the way.
Depending on where you throw the ball, this can vary considerably, but stay focused on the usual conditions: most of the oil is at the beginning, leaving about 8-10 relatively dry laths to be used. These slats can be both good and bad for you. It all depends on the amount of oil and how your ball reacts to the different conditions of the tracks. You will want to align your feet slightly on the left side of the track. Once familiar with your throw, you can adjust your setup as needed.
Start by putting your right foot on the middle point at the beginning of the track. This is a very good way to test track adhesion. It is important to keep your feet close to maintain alignment.
2. Stay several inches from the foul line with your heels.
Make your approach steps away from the track to determine your starting position. If you have a 4-step approach, take 4 steps, etc. Then make sure to throw the ball on the arrows of the track. The best way to aim is to use these arrows or points just before.
- For this tutorial, you should start by aiming at about the second arrow on the right, letting the ball roll on this arrow, being some bands of the channel. Then throw the ball from the dry area of the track (about 10 12 meters from the firing line) to touch pins 1 and 3, the so-called pocket (keel 1, first in front and keel 3, just behind right).
- For the left-handed, you will have the opposite, throw the ball on the second arrow on the left, to touch the pins 1 and 2, so the left pocket.
3. Run the throw.
It is recommended to make a 4-step approach, however it is possible to do as well 1 as 8 (although more than 4 steps are often a synchronization of movements where the ball does not move). For a 4-step approach, do the following.
- Start the stage with your right foot if you throw with your right hand, putting the ball forward.
- For the second step, hold the ball parallel to your ankle and begin to bend your knees.
- Be at the peak of your momentum movement in the third stage.
- Bring your arm forward and release the ball to complete this last approach.
- The 5-step approach is almost the same, the only difference is that you will have to start with the left foot and without moving the ball.
4. Keep your arm straight, extended, while throwing.
If you have your arm bent or too far from the body, you will not be able to control the trajectory of the ball. It is easier to keep your arm extended if you hold it close to your body.
- There are many different styles for throwing the ball, such as folding the pelvis (Walter Ray Williams Jr. or Wes Malott) or opening your shoulders (Tommy Jones or Chris Barnes) by bringing your arm back for the momentum, but it’s always better to use basic techniques when you’re new to the game.
- Remember, the ball must adhere well when it arrives on the dry zone at the end of the track, but before reaching it, it will have to roll relatively straight, varying more or less some slats. Once again, everyone has their own style so choose the one you are most comfortable with.
5. Timed the release of the ball.
At the moment you throw the ball, the palm of your hand should make contact with the bottom of the ball and facing up. Now, as the ball approaches the ankle, rotate it so that when you release it, your hand is placed on the side of the ball and slightly below it, as if you are throwing spiral a football. Continue as if you had to shake hands with the pins!
- A good way to practice this technique is to use a soccer ball with the hand placed underneath and to throw in a spiral (the effect making the ball spin on itself when throwing). You can also use a tennis ball. If you do it right, the ball will follow a straight trajectory and then suddenly will spin on itself.
6. Do not forget the accompaniment.
Accompanying the ball with the arm is as important a movement as throwing it in itself. It is important to accompany forward and not upward. Your fingers will move upward without lifting the ball.
- An easy way to remember this, the former ESPN sports channel commercial: “Roll the ball and answer the phone. “Hoping, on the other hand, that you’ll have a better technique than the guy in this ad. And remember, fluidity is essential here: do not tremble with your hand, take a short break and then accompany the ball well, all in a fluid movement. A good accompaniment of the ball is crucial for the speed and accuracy of the shot.
7. Make the necessary adjustments.
Once you’re comfortable with your pitch, and do it right with the basics, you’ll need to learn how to place your feet in sync with the pitch. Do it to adjust the trajectory.
- For a right-handed person, if your ball touches a little high (ie on the left of the first keel), try to move your two-legged feet to the left while maintaining the same trajectory as before.
- On the other hand, if your ball hits the right pocket, try moving your feet to two battens to the right while maintaining the same trajectory. It is important to move your sight when you move your feet.
- Otherwise, you may end up playing with wrong shooting angles. When you become a little more expert and play on more difficult tracks, the right and left movements will be more important and you will also need to adjust the speed of the throw.