Basic Bowling Mistakes Beginner's Make
If you want to improve your bowling game, you'll need to know and avoid basic bowling mistakes beginners make. If you let basic mistakes creep into your bowling game and make them into habits, they can become hard to fix later on. It's always best to learn how to bowl correctly when you first start.
- Bad timing. In order to throw a bowling ball successfully, you must time your throw with your approach to the lane. One basic bowling mistake by beginners is moving too fast without leaving yourself time to release the ball. You can correct this problem by practicing your approach. Take small steps--no larger than steps you'd take if you were walking normally--and release the ball as you lower your foot to the ground for your last step.
- Improper ball fit. Most bowling alleys have balls you can borrow, but if you're serious about improving your bowling game you'll need to get your own ball. Beginners make the basic bowling mistake of not realizing how a ball is supposed to feel in the hand; this can lead to holding the ball improperly, which means you won't get a good grip or a strong release. If you get your own bowling ball, you can have an expert drill the holes to perfectly fit your hand, allowing you to get a proper hold on the ball.
- Poor stance. Having a poor bowling stance will result in a weak throw. Beginners make the basic bowling mistake of leaning the shoulders too far forward. This throws your body off balance, making it hard to release the ball on target. Keep your shoulders straight, and instead bend slightly at the waist. A related mistake is being too tense. Remember that you're not throwing the ball as you would a baseball or football; you're rolling the ball along the ground. Relax your muscles and let gravity do most of the work for you.