Beginner Bowling Mistakes
It is important to know what to do when taking up a new hobby, but it is also important to recognize and avoid making beginner bowling mistakes. Knowing what not to do can be just as important as knowing what to do. With that in mind, we compiled a list of mistakes beginners often make when learning to bowl.
- The biggest beginner bowling mistake to avoid is not recognizing the importance of the ball. Most beginners do not want to shell out the money for a ball of their own, but finding one at a bowling center can be a challenge. With some help from the staff, you should be able to find one though. Fine one that fits comfortably in your hand, and that you can swing without difficulty. It is too hard to control a ball that is hard to lift, and it is hard to control one that is too light. Experiment until you find the right one.
- Another big mistake beginners make is trying to throw the ball. You do not throw a bowling ball obviously, but the idea is to roll the ball as smoothly as possible. The key is to learn to swing the ball and let it work for you, instead of using your arm muscles to try to power the ball down the lane.
- Failing to learn from others. Another big mistake beginning bowlers make is trying to learn to bowl on their own. You should watch other bowlers and learn from them. Many bowling centers have a coach that can help as well. Also ask other experienced bowlers for suggestions.
- Trying to be too fancy. Top bowlers can hook the ball, or make it curve, and do many things to make a tough shot. Trying to do this as a beginner will likely hurt your game more than help it. You need to learn to be consistent with a plain good shot down the middle at first, before trying to do things beyond your skill level.
- You need to learn to let the ball work for you. Forcing the ball will not work, and even advanced bowlers realize this and do not try. Trying to roll the ball with a lot of force causes you to lose control. Let the ball flow from your hand, if your body is aligned correctly, and if your arm swing is straight, the ball will hit its target.