Common bowling problems for men are often easily corrected. Whether bowling regularly, with a league, or just for fun, common bowling problems can affect men both physically and in their bowling ability. The following are some common problems male bowlers encounter, with suggestions for correcting the problems.
- Holding the shoulders too far ahead of the body when bowling:This type of bad form is caused by the man bending forward at the waist. He is also not likely bending his knees which can lead to lower back pain after bowling. To correct the form, work on keeping the shoulders back, the spine straight, and bending lower with the knees.
- Balancing on the toes rather than the heels when bowling:Bowlers are not ballerinas. There is little need for toe-dancing in bowling, and by keeping the weight supported on the toes the knees are often reluctant to bend sufficiently which will lead to the earlier problem of the shoulders pushing forward and lower back pain. Just as with walking, the feet should go heel-toe, heel-toe, heel-toe, and so forth. This will provide greater strength in bowling for men as well as help improve form, technique, and reduce pain experienced after bowling.
- Using the arm muscles too much when bowling:Another common bowling problem for men involves using the arm muscles to guide and release the ball rather than the shoulder. While flexing the arm muscles is a reflex due to the weight of the bowling ball, it is also a common problem for male bowlers that can result in over-use of the arm muscles, pain after bowling sessions and other physical ailments in the arm. To correct this problem, work on relaxing the arm muscles during bowling. Swing the ball from the shoulder joint rather than working at the elbow and wrist.
- Taking strides that are too long or out of sync when bowling:Men, especially taller men, will often take strides that are too long when bowling which can be a problem. The male bowler may run out of space to step or he may have the arm motion out of sync with his stride which can reduce the power or force when the bowling ball is released as well as produce an awkward feel when bowling. Avoid approaching bowling like you need a running start. Instead, start with a regular step about two to three feet long. By starting with a natural step, the other steps should follow at the appropriate intervals or stride.