Proper Setup for Bowling Stance

Subscription Options

National Bowling Academy Membership with automatic renewal

Please select from the available subscriptions above

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Access to our extensive library
  • Videos at all skill levels
  • Knowledge when you need it

Select your membership plan and get our best bowling videos with 24/7 access to tips and techniques from our top experts, automatic renewal and our ‘cancel anytime’ policy.

Clear

Learn More

Are you having trouble with your timing? Maybe you’re having trouble hitting your mark consistently?

These are just a few areas in your game where having a proper setup in the bowling stance will benefit you.

If you are a beginner who hasn’t received this instruction, or an advanced bowler that can’t quite figure out what’s going wrong with your game, a proper bowling stance is an element of the game everyone can work on – no matter the skill level.

Silver Level Coach Dan Triske demonstrates how to achieve a proper set-up for the bowling stance and what an improper setup in the bowling stance looks like.

When diagnosing an improper setup for the bowling stance you should look for:

  • Standing straight up at 90°
  • Shoulders are straight at 90°
  • Both bowling hands are improperly placed for holding the bowling ball
  • No knee bend
  • Feet are improperly positioned

In order to get into the proper setup for the bowling stance, make these adjustments:

  • Spine to 15° forward tilt
  • Tilt or lower your throwing arm shoulder
  • Place your non-bowling hand more underneath/side of the ball
  • Place your dominant hand underneath the ball
  • Bend your knees
  • Bring your non-slide foot back behind your slide foot

It’s difficult to fix other areas of your game if the bowling stance is improper. What happens at the start is a direct effect of what happens at the pins.

The effects of making these adjustments will impact every part of your game. You’ll achieve better timing, a straighter arm swing, a stronger finish position, and you’ll hit your target more frequently.

The next time you are at practice, slow down, get yourself properly set-up in the bowling stance and then go through your shot. You’ll notice the difference in an hour, and realize you’ve used muscles you probably haven’t used in a while.

Be sure to check out other great physical game and lane play tips and techniques from our coaches at National Bowling Academy.

Tags: bowling setup, bowling technique, bowling tips, bowling videos, Dan Triske, how to bowl, Premium Videos