Ways to Get More Hook in Your Game

 Ways to get more hook in your game is on the mind of every hook bowler. I have some interesting tips, as well as products I have used for ways to achieve higher scores, in real life bowling alleys,on house shots,and in tournaments.In this article I am sharing a few of my ways to get more hook into you game.

This is the result of years of practice, and trial and error in the pursuit of ways to get more hook in your game.

In the unreal world of the pros, they can have another ball drilled to match the conditions.You and I don’t have that option. We must find away to make what we have work. Sometimes that can be quite a challenge.

The Release

One thing that must remain constant is the release. If we change the release of the ball, then Picture of a modern bowling alleythe game is changed without any other factors involved.Hand position is crucial. A small change in hand position, changes the release.


Over the years, the interpretation of the rules has changed a lot,  and now allow approved products to be used during the game.Not so long ago, no cleaners were allowed to be used on the ball once you had started bowling in sanctioned play.

Products on the Market

Now, this is allowed,provided it is an approved product. And believe me there are tons of products out there that help improve the balls ability to hook, or even delay the hook, so maybe I can help you sort through all of them, and try to find the ones that really do work.

You can also simply buy a finishing product today to put any type finish on the ball you want right in the bowling alley. This is more or less a temporary fix as it will have to be continually applied to keep the same surface on the ball. Also,not all products are the same, so it is a trial and error method to find the one that works for you.This is a source good selection for bowling products and free shipping!

Physical Hand and Finger Adjustments

Also, in the next few weeks I will be discussing various  ways I have been taught and learned from others to change the way the ball hooks on the alley, and ways to increase you score using various hand,wrist, finger and visual adjustments on the lane as you bowl. I hope you stick around and learn what I have learned and use it to help your game.

One pointer that us very useful is adjustments you can make for the ten pin. If you continue to leave a ten pin shot after shot, then a simple move may help to correct this problem. Move up a few inches or back a few inches, with your feet, from the spot you are starting from. This will allow the ball to go just a inch or so farther down the lane (if you move up) or get the ball to hook just a bit sooner on a move back. this may be all you need to start getting strikes, instead of leaving the ten pin. I talk about this and have a video displaying what happens in my post. The Dreaded Ten Pin in Bowling.

Change the Surface on the Ball

One of the most effective ways to get more hook into your game is to put a more aggressive or dull surface on the ball you are using. Depending on what kind of ball you use, and how experienced you are in bowling, there are several ways you can accomplish that.

For years, bowlers have taken a simple scuff pad, similar to the green fiber scouring pad used to shine metal pans, and ruffed up the surface to get the ball to hook more. The best way to do this is to use a ball spinner to put a uniform finish on the ball and it will also give you a way to clean the ball better as well as maintain and resurface the ball back to it’s original condition.

This is a longer lasting change to the ball surface than using the commercial products to apply shine or dull the surface of the ball.

Deep Cleaning your ball also helps restore the cover stock to the original condition, that created more adhesion on the lane to generate hook as well. if you are sanding or scuffing the ball, that is a great time to deep clean the ball. Sanding opens up the pores allowing for a hot water bath to release the oil trapped in the ball.

The Innovative Ball Spinner.

The ball spinner on the other hand allows for a more durable and longer lasting finish on the ball.

So, if you are looking for an edge in getting more hook, it is the best option out there, next to buying a ball for every condition. Not all of us can afford to do that, I know I do not have the resources and can’t possibly keep doing that.

I would recommend to anyone who is a serious bowler and wants to get a hands on approach to their game, that a ball spinner is the way to go. Try one for yourself and see.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Thank You




4 thoughts on “Ways to Get More Hook in Your Game”

  1. Wow, these are good tips. I am always bowling and it is just a fun hobby but I like to play around with controlling the ball in the lane. I do this with pool to. I think the projection layout envisionment is what gets me. I like seeing what I want to happen in my head then it coming out in reality. it makes me feel like a fortune teller. like using the force.

    One of the cool things pros do is put a hook on their throw. I love to watch the ball change direction randomly. some crazy physics going on there.

    I am really into martial arts and find many similarities between forms

    Overall thanks for the tips. do you know any exercises to do that will increase the muscle memory need to use your tips effectively?

    • Hi Darren,
      I am glad you liked the tips, and hope you try some when you are practicing.Bowling is much the same as pool in trying to envision your shot. Just as you use the marks on the cushion for your bank shots, Bowlers use the dots, arrows and finder bords th project how their ball is going to get to the pocket.
      Wheh you watch the pros and the hook the put on the ball, it is a very predictable angle that the ball is going to take to the pocket, and a defined break point on the alley where this is going to start to happen. The only variable that is truly unknown is the oil pattern.But we have many things we can do wrong in delivering the ball to the pins also, such as bad arm swing, bad release, throw too hard or too slow.
      Any physical exercise, especially martial arts helps to keep us in top shape, but the best exercise for muscle memory, is practice, practice, practice. Thanks for taking the time to comment,fell fre to ask any more questions if you like.

  2. Hello Chas,

    I never played bowling but I will like to try it someday. Who knows maybe I will enjoy it. I am looking to read your website and hope I can learn a few tricks from you and you will make me wanna go and try them out into a bowling place.

    All the best,

    • Hi Cristina,
      If you have never tried it, I would recommend you speak with the pro shop in your local bowling alley. They can help you with ball selection, shoes, ect that you will need to start bowling.They may also recommend a mentor for you, to instruct you one on one, on the basics of the game, your footwork, where to stand on the alley, how many steps in your delivery and work with you with house equipment before you spend money on a bowling ball of your own.Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I hope that helps.


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