Sports Asked on November 11, 2021
Several years ago, I learned how to bowl by palming (I have two fingers inside, but my thumb and the rest of my hand supports the weight of the ball) the bowling ball.
At first, I could bowl toward the right side of the lane and it will come back and hit most, if not all, of the pins. This was predictable and reliable.
However, as my arm got stronger, the same technique I used before resulted in a straighter path. If I bowled toward the right side of the lane like I used to, I would throw a gutter ball. If I bowled toward the head pin, it will dive left before it hits a pin. It has been tough to be consistent and to find a predictable, reliable stroke.
What steps do I need to take to (re)gain consistency in my bowling stroke? In addition, how do I adjust my bowling stroke to accomodate for one-pin spares?
This is the sort of thing much better conveyed in person than online, I think, but I'll give it a whirl.
Here are some steps for you to take to build a consistent, reliable stroke, eventually get a hook/curve back and pick up single pin spares.
Things to keep in mind when you're getting familiar with your new grip / ball:
This should give you a nice hook. As you get comfortable with this, it's easily tweaked to enhance the hook to a point where you feel most confident. But, for now, it's baby-steps.
In order to minimize the hook for single pin spares, you will want to spread your index and pinky fingers away from your middle fingers, allow your wrist to bend backwards, follow through 'straight up' (no handshake) and throw directly at your pin.
Answered by Jacob G on November 11, 2021
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