Bowling is a complex sport, and as such it’s often difficult to determine what you need to correct or improve when things don’t seem to be going right with your stroke. Typically, though, we’ve found that one of the most common reasons bowlers are missing their target is that they’re throwing the ball too hard.
When you throw the ball too hard and apply too much bowling force, the higher speed of your ball is actually counterproductive. That’s because throwing a ball too hard causes it to react improperly on the lane. The key to a solid stroke is pairing good technique with the right bowling force to achieve the ideal reaction, i.e. your ball hooks and skids when it needs to in route to your target. In this lesson, we talk about what happens when bowling ball force is too high, and introduce some simple solutions you can use to slow down your approach and improve your technique to find the right ball speed for your game.
Decreasing bowling ball force for proper lane reaction
Most amateur bowlers might not realize how important it is for their bowling ball to be able to react to the lane. In order to follow the appropriate path and attack the pocket from the ideal angle, your ball has to hook and come back toward the pins. Finding the pocket requires putting the right technique and bowling force on your ball to allow its unique core and surface to follow the line you set out. Using too much bowling force can generate too much speed and throw the ball off its intended path, causing it to hook too late and miss the pocket.
Thus, we’re going to help you figure out how to get strikes in bowling by reducing the amount of bowling force you apply and slowing down your ball speed. Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross and Assistant Coach Kim Terrell-Kearney introduce some of their favorite ways to decrease bowling ball speed and achieve the reaction you’re looking for from your ball. You’ll learn how to practice better bowling force by throwing the ball at different speeds, manipulating your approach and adjusting your swing technique.