Have you ever been a casual, intermittent, or recreational bowler for some time now?
Maybe you crumbled under the peer pressure from your office mates and joined the company Opossum Poop team?
Whatever the case may be, there’s help out there for you–and it begins right here!
I have been an avid bowler for over thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the greatest coaching satisfaction. Whether the newcomer is a little child who is taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and wants to improve, folks who really want to learn can improve right before your eyes, especially those at the beginner level. I have a few simple tips which might drastically change their match.
I remember when I was at that stage of the match, many moons ago… I was a pretty athletic child and got discouraged quickly if I could not grab on to a sport fast. If I did not feel as if I had been getting better quickly, I was inclined to package it up and move on to another thing.
Luckily for me, once I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was lots of help available. Every Saturday morning my friends and I would carpool to the bowling all with one of our parents (THANKS PARENTS). The league for 13-18 year olds started at 8:30 am.
After we settled in on our set of lanes and began bowling, the coaches would begin making their way up and down the bowling centre, helping everybody that seemed to need it along the way.
I remember one particular trainer, not by title but since he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He did not have any children of his own in that league but he bowled in the Seniors league after us would get up early to help all of us. What a terrific guy, and excellent coach! The tips that I am going to share with you’re the ones that I remember him giving me.
- Use the correct weight ball for your size.
Select the heaviest ball you can throw without undermining your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, fantastic rate, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good guideline to follow is to roll 1 pound of chunk per 10 lbs of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. By way of example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may appear to heavy at first, but so long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, superior speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight so.
- Use the lane to help you aim.
When you stand on the strategy prepared to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will observe many different markings. Many bowlers look at these arrows as opposed to the pins when planning. Why? Simply stated, it’s easier to hit a target that is closer to you. Thus, begin bowling and watch your ball roll across the arrows, ensuring you’re standing in precisely the same position to begin each time–use the dots on the front of the lane to place your toes. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows when you hit the head pin. This will be your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of every frame , it gets somewhat more technical when trying to get spares.
- Don’t worry about strikes.
No one receives a strike every time. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will enable you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, make certain you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you strike it and the end result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you might realize that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
Have a fantastic time out on the lanes!!!