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How to Bowl a Strike for Beginners
So as a beginner, how do you get those strikes? You need to start with the basics of bowling and knowledge. The obvious first part is your equipment. And by equipment, I mean specifically your bowling ball and shoes. To make this as simple as possible, you have two options for each. You can use the house ball and shoes or you can bring your own. If you have brought your own equipment, I am guessing you are not a beginner, but you may still benefit from remembering the basics.
You should find a house ball that feels fairly light. The easiest two ways to find the right weight is to either find a ball that is 10% of your body weight or to hold the ball away from your chest with two hands. So for 10% of your body weight, if you weigh 100 pounds, you normally will use a 10-pound ball. The other method is to take the ball with both hands and extend your arms out forward away from your chest. If the ball starts lowering immediately, it's too heavy, if you can hold for only a few seconds, it's the right size. However, if you can hold it for a period of time, it is too light.
As for shoes, I prefer to find a shoe that is about a half size big. This gives you enough support and comfort to bowl.
So you are wearing those fashionable brown with sometimes red or orange bowling shoes and the pink house ball, now what? You need to find your starting spot. Walk up to the foul line (the line where you can't cross) and turn around with your back to the pins. Next, take 4 1/2 steps away from the pins. This normally lands people at the spot where there are dots on the ground. If not, make a note to where your starting point is. Your non-dominant foot should be forward and start at the center.
As you start walking forwards, keep your eyes, shoulders, and feet facing forwards. Towards the end of your final step, release the ball while walking forward when it reaches your ankle. The momentum of this is all you need to get the ball down the lane for a strike, if you think that making your ball go 90 MPH will help you, you are wrong. You will probably end up with more pins up than down.
What about your aim? You need to learn the phrase "strike zone" or "pocket" which is either pin on each side of the head or middle pin. You will focus on and aim for the dot or pin on either side of the head pin. Keep your focus and aim there the entire time. Even when you release the ball and are watching it roll ever so gracefully down the lane, continue watching. And follow through. Your arm should continue following the ball to an extended position with palm up. This is crucial for accuracy.
If you miss your strike and hit too far to the right, next time move over one dot to the right and vice versa. Through your natural tendencies and practice, you will find your proper technique for those strikes.
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How to Bowl a Strike with a House Ball
Once you have technique and basics down, you may be ready to really focus on turkeys. The birds you eat for Thanksgiving? No, a turkey is 3 strikes in a row. However, if you are like me, I am not going to invest my hard earned cash for a bowling ball if I am just starting. So if you are using a house ball, you can still get those strikes, but it may not be as consistent as with your own ball. House balls are bought of lower performance but made for durability and longevity.
Find a ball with the right weight as we discussed earlier. Also, find one that fits your fingers properly. A house ball has what's called a conventional grip that is made to reach your second knuckle. So find one that isn't too light or heavy and fits your fingers up to your second knuckle.
Next, check the ball for any noticeable damage. What I mean is, are there any chips or distortions in the ball? If there is, there will not be any way to be consistent and you should grab a different ball.
Use the basic skills from above to do some practice turns and find your groove. After that, you should have no problems getting that strike.
Just keep in mind that if you are really focused on those strikes, you should invest in your own bowling ball. They are specially made for you and your hand. It should literally fit like a glove. There are a lot of options for bowling balls, but here is a good guide for your buying needs.
Science of Bowling Strikes
I won't get into too many details, but there is a science behind bowling that will help you as you expand your abilities. As for ball release, you need to learn about axis rotation and axis tilt. You will also want to learn the bowling ball's chemistry and coverstock and also what material it's made of or its core for the physics portion. And we must not forget about all the different variables of the playing field such as the environment and oil patterns. As a professional or well-informed bowler, knowing how these things work with bowling will help you get that perfect score.
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Bowling Tips and Techniques
Here are a few tips and techniques to remember as you become that amazing bowler. Be flexible with your learning curve because even years into bowling, some tip from someone may immensely help your score. Keep all parts of your body forward or you will end up with gutter ball after gutter ball. And finally, practice and have fun.