Having knowledge of bowling techniques is what makes a great bowler. There are many factors that come into play in the game, including those that individuals don't even think about on a conscious level. Each bowler has his or her own specific technique, and several of these will be mentioned below.
- Choose the right bowling ball. Most casual bowlers will grab a bowling ball based on its weight and even just based on color. A more serious bowler, especially those in leagues or who compete in tournaments, are more discriminating than that. While the weight of the ball is important, its reaction on the lanes is absolutely essential. Do you want a ball that hooks early, or one that goes long down the lane and then makes its big move at the end? Choosing the perfect ball is one of the most important bowling techniques.
- Proper approach stance. Once on the lane, a bowler must have a good stance for their approach. Some people bend slightly forward while others stand ramrod straight. This is a technique that all boils down to the individual, and what makes them comfortable.
- Use good arm-swing. A bowler should always have a good arm-swing to ensure that they have a good release of the ball. Whether you throw a hook, a straight ball or a backup, an essential bowling technique is to follow through. This means the bowler's arm extends back and up, beyond their body and then out forward with their bowling swing upon release. Ball reaction is completely dependent on this, so if a bowler accidentally or consistently shortens their arm, they may find that the ball isn't doing what they want it to.
- Don't rush down the lane. Sometimes, bowlers think they have to rush their shot in order to have a better result. The opposite is usually true, as rushing will throw off the shot, and the ball may actually not have a good release. A good bowling technique ensures that your arm and legs move at the proper speed to work together. When you rush, your arm may move faster than your legs, or vice-versa. That can be detrimental to your game.
- Use a spare ball when necessary. A lot of bowlers have a big hook or backup shot. Many of these individuals find it difficult to make corner pin spares with their first ball, which is drilled to have that big hooking reaction. A good technique to better ensure that the 4-, 6-, 7- and 10-pin spares can be converted is to purchase a plastic bowling ball. Plastic balls are meant to be straighter as they travel down the lanes. It can have a huge impact on a bowler's game.