• Rotation Practice

    Bryan O’Keefe, USBC Gold Coach and Director of Coaching at McKendree University, provides a simple at-home solution to diversifying your release. With a dowel, drill and a 6-pound plastic ball, you can practice hand positions that create different rotations for any lane condition thrown your way. Just find your PAP (Positive Axis Point), drill a… Read more »

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    Do you know what to do with your balance arm? Odds are, you’ve never given it a serious thought, because most amateur bowlers don’t think about how they’re using their balance arm when they go through the motions of their bowling stroke. For many bowlers the opposite arm does what it wants, and it’s just… Read more »

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    If a bowling coach told you to step up to lane and roll your best shot with your best bowling swing mechanics, and then asked you how many times you swung the ball in order to throw it down the lane, what would you say? Obviously once, right? That’s what we thought, too, until we… Read more »

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    Every bowler, beginner and professional alike, has their own bowling personality. Where they release the ball, what their target is, how they attack the pocket — each component of a bowler’s game adds up to make a unique personality. According to USBC Gold Coach Mike Dias, assessing your bowling personality can be extremely important for… Read more »

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  • 009343f_Q6530u_c Getting to the Right Part of the Lane

    We all have our comfort zone on the lane. Whether it’s intentional or not, bowlers often navigate back to their sweet spot where they feel they can hit just about any shot. But in certain situations, reverting to the comfort zone can come back to haunt you in the later frames when what you really… Read more »

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  • 009342f_Q6529u_c Shoulder Rotation

    Bowling is a sport that cannot strictly adhere to a one-size-fits-all model. To be a successful bowler, you have to adapt the components of your stroke to suit your capabilities and style. For instance, your natural rev rate and launch angle determine where you should release the ball at the foul line, as well as… Read more »

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  • 009340f_Q6527u_c Versatility Practice

    In sports such as bowling, the key to continuing to improve your game and reach higher levels of competition is versatility. If you can make the necessary adjustments to your stroke to accommodate changing lane conditions and find your target, you give yourself a better shot at reaching your goals. That’s why bowling coaches stress… Read more »

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  • 009338f_Q6525u_c Precision Alignment

    In league and tournament bowling, you don’t often have the luxury of taking multiple frames to find your optimal angle to the pocket. The most successful bowlers are those who can determine how the oil pattern on a lane is affecting their alignment and make a confident adjustment to hit their target in the span… Read more »

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  • 009336f_Q6523u_c Finish Position & Pivot Step

    The release is one of the most essential components of a good bowling stroke, but for many bowlers it’s also the least trained component. With so much happening in a short period of time, it can be difficult to hone and improve your bowling finish position unless you slow it down and focus solely on… Read more »

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