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A Good Bowling Arm Swing — 16 Comments

  1. I enjoy bowling but don’t do it often enough.  Your website is very informative.  I had no idea of the intricacies of bowling.  I found your advice on bowling shoes very helpful.  Although I am not sure I bowl enough to warrant buying bowling shoes, I dislike rental shoes enough to make buying shoes worth it.  Your article inspired me to try to control and use my hook which is erratic to say the least.  Thank you for this article.  I am going to be bowling more often.

    • Hi Anastazja,

      I love to hear people enjoy bowling.  If you don’t bowl that often, it is hard to justify buying your own shoes. But,if you dislike those bowling rental shoes, then the comfort may be worth it to you! I disliked the thought of everyone else having their feet inside those shoes…uggh! 

      If you are trying to throw a hook, you need to join a league where you bowl every week. I find it more enjoyable to throw the hook, but it requires almost constant practice for me to maintain good control with it. Another article you may find helpful is Hook Bowling and Getting Started.

      Thanks for leaving a comment!


  2. Reading about the good bowling arm swing brought back nostalgic memories for me. I remember when I used to be huge on bowling. But I bowled only for fun with my Polish friends who introduced bowling to me. while I enjoy a good game, I was always poor with the arm swing. 

    Its funny but after reading this article a good bowling arm swing, I can actually see all the things I was doing wrong. The improper balance, muscling up just did me in every time. I did try to get the proper fit for the balls but still didn’t get those shots.

    This article has ignited again, my love for bowling because I am interested in putting some of these tips into use. Nice one, Chas.

    • Hi Vapz,

      So, I took you down memory lane, eh? Wonderful! I love to hear stories of people all over the world who enjoy the game of bowling! You can tell when people love the game because the try to read up on the sport!

      You are welcome, Vapz! Hit those lanes and have some fun! you can read more tips in Hook Bowling and Getting Started

      Thanks for leaving a comment and Good luck with your game!


  3. Hi! That was quite a lecture on bowling. Reading through your article, with the way you aptly put it down, opened my eyes to the importance of having a good arm swing and how this helps me to be consistent and accurate.

    The causes of bad arm swing you listed are so true, especially the improper footwork, it can throw me off balance for sure.  I struggle with my footwork and balance on the slide step. I am always falling off my shot, and that affects my arm swing.

    Thanks for your tips, focusing on one’s target can lead to a better result.

  4. Good job in posting this review on a good bowling arm swing. I must say that your time and effort to put this review together is really appreciated. I also read your article on Bowling with Middle Finger Pain, and wondered if it could also cause a poor arm swing? I agree that imperfect fit is really a cause for a lot of pain. 

    I know personally, pain in the middle finger can take a while to treat and heal. As a result, pain and improper fit may impede a good bowling arm swing. Your article is really informative and educative and I have bookmarked your site for further reading. Thanks for sharing.  

    • Hi Fortune,

      Thanks for the kind words, and I am glad you liked the article. I suppose you could have you focus distracted by a lot of pain, and you may clench the ball tighter.

      This can definitely affect all the mechanics in your bowling game. The Release in Hook Ball Bowling is another part of the game affected by poor fit and finger pain.

      Thank you for your comment and I welcome you returning in the future.


  5. This is  very detailed information on a good bowling arm swing.  It is also very timely, I have been watching some  videos about my arm swing lately.  I personally love the game, so I really took the time to carefully read through the article.

    With the guidelines you outlined,  I have really learned a lot, I must confess.

    Thanks for also highlighting the causes of bad arm swing.

  6. This is such a great and timely article for me.  My husband just joined a Bowling league, and some of the ladies and I are going to pick up games here and there while the guys are bowling.  I don’t wan t to fully commit to a league, but I do enjoy bowling.  My husband is actually pretty good, but me, not so much, but I’m going to have him sit down and watch this video and read this article with me, and thanks so much.

  7. I have always loved bowling and it has always been a fun sport for me and I must say, I am a good bowler but this article made me realize that I lack some basic skills. After reading this article, I will definitely practice more and work on training my arm swing to become a good bowling arm swing! Thank You!

    • Hi Linus,

      When you find a sport you love to do, you will enjoy practicing to improve your skills to get better. And I can tell you, that by improving some basic skills your game will improve dramatically.

      Thanks for leaving a comment, and please come back soon!


  8. Awesome post! I’ve been bowling for about a month now, after starting my new job and finding out that the sales team goes bowling every Wednesday night!! 

    I must admit, the first two weeks I started bowling I was pretty terrible, but now that I’ve been researching the fundamental bowling techniques and been practicing them, it really has made all the difference. 

    I’m the kind of person that does well to read about something and have the mental mechanics down before I try it physically, so i’m benefiting a lot from your blog!  

    Thanks so much for the in-depth instructional technique of a good bowling arm swing, I will try to apply what I’ve learned next week when I go back out in the lanes 😉 

    • Hi Koda,

      Thank you, I am glad you found the article helpful.You will find the more you research the game, the better you will become. You may also enjoy reading Hook Bowling and Getting Started for more tips.

      Thank you for all your kind words. Check out the other articles in the beginners section for Free Advice On Rental Bowling Shoes and learn about those rental bowling shoes!

      Thanks for the great discussion and leaving a comment,Koda. Please stop back soon for more advice on your bowling game. Good Luck!


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