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.
One thing that must remain constant is the release. If we change the release of the ball, then the 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 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.
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