10 Bowling Tips For Beginners
If you have recently joined the more than 50 million bowlers in the United States, this article listing 10 bowling tips for beginners can assist you in establishing a good foundation in the basics of the sport. If you want to enhance, and enjoy your time on the lanes, then read on.
- Do you want to be an average, good, or excellent bowler? How serious you are about bowling will determine how good of a bowler you will be. The more practice time you put into the sport the more proficient you will be become.
- Find a good bowling facility in your area. Some of the items to look for when choosing a good bowling alley are well maintained lanes, a knowledgeable staff, hours of operation conducive to your schedule, and if there is league team play available.
- Bowling equipment. Get fitted for a good bowling ball, and do some practice rolls with each ball until you find one that feels comfortable. Next, get a padded bowling bag, then a good pair of bowling ball shoes with a slick sole that are ½ size larger than your regular shoe size.
- Learn how to keep score. Most bowling alleys have electronic scoring, but it's still a good idea to learn the fundamentals of score keeping. Familiarize yourself with a score sheet, bowler name column, the ten frames to record scoring (two balls per frame to knock down all pins), the two small boxes within each frame in upper right-hand corner to (record number of pins knocked down, a strike "X", or spare "/"), and the total score column.
- Learn bowling terminology. Do you know that puddle is a gutter ball, railroad is a gaping split, a yank shot is when the bowler hangs onto the ball too long before delivery, and a turkey is three consecutive strikes? Learning bowling terms will add to your legitimacy as a serious bowler.
- Do warm up exercises. To avoid injury or back strains, take five to ten minutes to stretch, warm up, and loosen your muscles. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
- Join a bowling league or club. The camaraderie of fellow bowlers can make the time at the bowling alley more enjoyable. Another perk of being a member of a league is that members can critique each other.
- Mental Preparation. As with most things in life, when mentally prepared, a task goes smoother. Take time to imagine the approach, stance, and roll of the ball.
- Practice the approach. Will you take three, four, or five steps before releasing the bowling ball down the lane? Practice the three, four, and five step delivery, and use the one that feels comfortable. If you are right-handed, release the ball after it passes over your left foot, and the reverse for lefties.
- Throwing strikes. If you are right-handed, aim the ball at the pocket; between the pin #1(the head pin) and the #3 pin. For the lefties, the pocket is between the #1 and #2 pin (or slightly to the left of the head pin.)
So, here you have ten bowling tips for beginners who want to enjoy their bowling experience. Could there be a perfect game in the future?