Training the Two-Handed Bowling Approach

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Two-handed bowling is a style that has developed and grown within the last few years, and is now a common choice for young bowlers looking to gain more power in their stroke. If you’re interested in adopting this style of bowling, Stephen Padilla and professional bowler Anthony Simonsen discuss and demonstrate some of the key components of the two-handed bowling approach.

Essentials of the two-handed bowling approach

Coach and player begin by talking about the pros and cons of two-handed bowling as well as advise what it takes to switch over from one-handed to two-handed, as you’ll need an entirely different technique for both styles. Then Anthony walks you through his routine for two-handed bowling, from pre-shot preparations to release form, and the guys discuss some of the key differences that you should look for and practice.

Starting with the grip: while bowlers who opt for one-handed bowling have to pay particular attention to where they place both hands on the ball at the start of the approach, with the two-handed bowling approach, the setup on location of the support hand is generally more about comfort. Try different spots and grips and find the form that works best for your game.

Adapting to a new technique

The biggest differences you’ll notice in the two-handed bowling approach are posture and footwork. In order to accommodate for a higher rev rate and an off-center upper body, the feet of a two-handed bowler have to move much quicker and take on a different path to maintain balance and center of gravity.

Stephen also debunks one of the myths of two-handed bowling, which is that the bowler uses both hands to release the ball down the lane. However, similar to a basketball shot, two-handed bowlers use the support hand to guide the ball, but only one hand is used in the release.

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