Learn How To Bowl
For most people, trying to learn how to bowl is an experience filled with rapid up and downs. One roll may be a perfect strike and the next ten could be grotesque-looking gutter balls. When you’re not yet familiar with the sport of bowling, every roll is almost like flipping a coin with the odds stacked against you. But that feeling won’t last long if you devote the time and effort to learning how to bowl. Like any other sport, those who are positive and determined often end up bowling the best. Read on to find out how exactly you can learn to bowl with the best of them.
Things you'll need:
- Access to bowling alley
- Bowling ball and shoes
- Learn the rules of the game. The basic principles of bowling are exceedingly easy and can be picked up in just a couple of games. In a nutshell, you get ten “frames” each of which consists of two rolls. In those two rolls, your object is to try and knock down all ten pins or at least as many of them as possible. The person with the highest score at the end of the game wins. On the more subtle side of learning how to bowl is etiquette. Things like not approaching at the same time a person next to you is and not taking extended rests before a roll are nuances that can only be retained with time and experience.
- Develop a routine for everything. Much like a baseball pitcher has a certain wind-up he uses every single time, bowlers develop their own routines when they’re rolling. It’s beneficial for two reasons. First, the ritualistic nature of the routine puts the bowler’s mind in a comfortable place. Second, those motions done over and over help to trigger the muscle memory needed for a good roll.
- Practice efficiently. When people who are trying to learn how to bowl well practice, they often treat it as if it were an actual game. Though you might think this is the best way to go about bowling practice, it can actually be a real hindrance to progress. By ignoring the scoreboard and focusing on each roll individually, you lift the natural pressure to bowl well. This will allow you to develop new techniques and skills as opposed to using old habits that worked moderately well in the past.
- Develop your own rolling method. In the aforementioned practice method, afford yourself the opportunity to try different delivery techniques. A few popular alternative methods of delivery include backhanded, in which the back of your hand faces the pins and you swing your arm upward and two fingered, in which you keep the thumb out of its hole in the ball in order to facilitate better spin. Whichever method you choose, learning how to bowl well with it is a matter of focus and persistence.