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Bowling Tips and Tricks — 16 Comments

  1. Thank you for this article Chas!

    I haven’t bowled in many years, but this article would have saved me some unnecessary embarrassment if it had been around then. The techniques you mention, The 3 Point Targeting System and Carefully Considering Adjustment are excellent tips for the new or veteran bowlers.

    Thanks again,


    • Hi Karen,

      Well, maybe so!  If you were a regular bowler, then it may have helped some. If you were just bowling once in awhile, then you probably wouldn’t get much out of the article. My article Hook Bowling and Getting Started would be helpful for beginners.And a good read and study of A Good bowling Arm Swing couldn’t hurt either!
      I know before I got into leagues, I just looked at the pins and threw the ball. I didn’t know any better! 

      The three point system is good to use, but it also takes time to develop the accuracy and skill to use it!

      Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to leave a comment,


  2. It’s been years since I’ve bowled and I’ve really wanted to start it again. You’ve got some great tips here. 

    I remember when my dad was teaching me how to bowl. A lot of these tips he taught me. There’s a lot that goes into getting your hook right.

    I used to watch bowling on TV and it amazed me how these bowlers hooked the ball!But it’s more than skill. The bowl and lanes must be right and you have to get it down to a science.

    I like how you talk about cleaning the ball and having the correct swing too. I just may take up bowling again. Thank you!

    • Hi Rob, 

      Thanks Rob! You have to put some time and get the right equipment, and set it up properly, that’s half the battle.Check out Hook Bowling and Getting Started. It explains how to use the arrows on the lane for determining where you want roll the ball on the lane. It’s a great place to start.

      The drilling set up and fingertip inserts are what helps the ball to hook. These new high tech bowling balls are also what makes these balls hook so much. But, you have to know where the ball is going and that takes some practice for sure.

      These new coverstocks on the ball drink up the oil, so you have to keep them clean! When you are spending $150 for a bowling ball, you want it to last at least the entire season! Yea, these new balls are done after one season, and sometimes less!!Because they clog up with dirt and oil. What really does help to clean the ball well is the Bowling Ball Rejuvenator They work!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!


  3. I do not personally know a lot about bowling. This was a lot of useful information, I will have to go back and read the basic.  My ex on the other hand would love to read this article as he was a very avid bowler.  He was also in a bowling league when he was younger.He tried to teach me how to bowl but I just know the basics, not too bad for a begginer I guess.

    • Hi Shy,

      Thanks for reading, and if you need some basic information, there is more articles to read here. If your ex was on a bowling league, he might think of taking it back up again after reading all this information!..lol Ok, I’m kidding!

      Bowling is like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. I bowled for 30+ years, pretty much from the time I quit bowling in my late teens for 10 years! Then, a coworker talked me into learning how to hook the ball and the rest is history.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment,


  4. I liked when you talked about carefully considering your adjustments when bowling. It makes sense that understanding this can help you get the results you want to have a great time. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to do their homework and find a bowling alley that is well maintained and where they can get tips on how to have a great game.

    • Hi John,
      A well maintained bowling alley is a must. You can learn adjustments in league bowling as well, but it is harder under the pressure of teammates that want you to score well. Practice and visiting your local bowling alley for coaching and talking to the pro shop are key for sure. Thanks for stopping by John.

  5. Wow, there is a lot more to bowling than I would have thought. I knew there were tricks with spinning and such, but not to such a degree as this. Next time I go bowling, I should see if I can work on implementing some of these strats, because I learn better by actually trying to do things.

    • Hi Sarah,
      Glad you liked reading my article and learning a few things! I have enjoyed talking to and bowling with older bowlers and having them describe the different ways they bowled, so I had to research it and I learned a bunch also. This game is really simple, but there are a lot of different ways to do it! Did you know that in Japan they have UFO spinner bowling where they oil the lanes from foul line to the pins, and throw a light plastic ball spinning at the pins and try to get the ball to deflect along the outside of the pins? YouTube has some videos.
      Video for ufo spinner bowling. Watch the second bowler, he does it well! Enjoy! Thanks for taking the time to comment! If I’m ever down your way, I’ll check out your lanes!



    • Hi Ann,
      Thanks for pointing that out. I had overlooked the control buttons on the download.I think you will like it better now. Thanks Again.

  6. Can you tell me what the surface is made of, if not the old wooden lanes ? In this small town, Spencer, KY that is the only option. Are you close to Spencer ? You must be one of us left handed bowlers?I am hoping to tech my children to bowl when they are old enough What age should they start learning to bowl?

    • Hi Ann,
      Welcome back! The newer lanes are synthetic lanes, basically plastic sheet material applied over wood underneath, with the look of wooden lanes. I am not close to Spencer,and sorry,I am a right handed bowler. The consensus today is, start the kids as soon as possible!Get them equipment custom fitted for them as well.It seems kids who start later are trying to play catch up when they start playing in league play.

    • Hi Ann,
      Well, yes! By floor, I think you mean the lane surface.If you bowl in alleys that have the old wooden lanes, sometimes the boards are so worn you can’t see the markings on the alleys, especially on the right side of the alley, where all the right handed bowlers are throwing their strike ball. That is why the lanes have an extra set of dots right at the foul line. You would have to use them as a reference point and use your eyes to extend out to where you want to target your ball.You can also use the arrows farther out on the lane as a reference as well, at least the ones visible the count the boards away from it. every five boards has an arrow, so if the ten board arrow was missing, you could count 5 boards from the first arrow and that would be the ten board. Good question, thanks for asking!

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