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Tips for Beginner Bowler



  • It takes some time in practice and adjustment, so do not give up, even if at first it is difficult.
  • Keep your ball near the ankle when firing. Throwing is a question of leverage. The closer the ball is to your ankle when you release it, the more your fingers will be under the ball. As your hand is spinning around the ball, your fingers must “catch” the holes, causing a force upward to spin the ball.
  • Watch other more experienced or skillful players you can see in your regular club. This will help you. More often than you think, they can give you good advice if you are interested in their game.
  • When throwing the ball, it is important not to force the shot. It must be like a clock, it is the gravity that manages the movement. If you need more or less speed, hold your ball up or down before throwing (up for faster and down for slower). Trust your ball, no need to force.
  • If your ball has too much speed, it will be harder for it to adhere to the dry part of the track, thus losing the desired effect. If your ball does not have enough speed, it can hang in the beginning, taking a wrong path.
  • While big throws generate more power, it’s important to note that generally, the stronger the throwing, the harder it will be for a beginner to control it. Find a suitable middle ground that does not compromise your balance. Then you can refine your shot by adjusting it to the conditions of the track.
  • In addition, there is Sarge Easter. This decision is not common and really advanced. Made to help powerful players control their shots by increasing their tilt axis, this helps to delay the friction of the ball. Also, to have a more advanced take you can advance the little finger and change the position of your index, but obviously these are details that are not suitable for beginners.
  • You should think about having a teacher to help you and see what works best for you.
  • Try not to twist your wrist when you release the ball. You will not be able to aim at the pocket thus touching keel number 5 or worse that ends up in the gutter. Keep your hand under the ball and lift with your fingers.


  • The conditions of the track can determine your potential to adhere the ball. If you can not touch the pocket or cross the shooting side “Brooklyn” it may be because of the condition of the track, so do not try to put the blame on the ball, learn to adapt. This is the most important thing in bowling!
  • Be really careful when trying the first time. If you can, use a lighter ball, just for the feeling of throwing. It may be a good idea to have a more experienced player, watching you while you try.
  • This game is prone to injury if not done properly, so be careful and go easy. Like golf, less is more. It’s more a question of good moves than of strength. If you force too much, you can hurt your wrist, elbow and shoulder.
  • Like most sports, no textbook replaces a good teacher.

Necessary equipment:

  • A resin bowling ball with a moderate adhesion rate, ideal for beginners
  • A towel, preferably microfiber to wipe the oil between shots. The resin ball absorbs the oil with each shot. Wipe it regularly and use a degreasing product between each session, this will increase its longevity. Otherwise it will lose some of its adhesion and consistency after a hundred parts
  • If you are having trouble keeping your wrist straight, you may also need a wrist strap to prevent injury and keep your wrist straight. In addition, the bracelets help to make a more uniform shot, as they limit the wrist effort. Consult a specialized store seller to see which size and model would be best for you
  • Bowling shoes. It is important to have shoes made exclusively for bowling to better control your balance, speed and sense of rhythm
  • A bowling video can also help you. For example, this video of Walter Ray Williams Jr, in 3 lessons: Walter Ray Williams Jr. video
  • A teacher. It is important, especially for beginners to have a coach. Training without sometimes can lead to bad habits. Some lessons are a good way to learn for someone who has just started bowling. The coaches are like a living manual, they allow you to chase bad habits and keep the good ones

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