Bowling Tip #26

Replace your finger grips whenever they become worn. Some people do that about every 60 games and some much more often. When they are worn, they won't afford you that same good feel you had when they were new. Use yellow (the first color the human eye notices) or white or some light color that you can easily see rolling down the lane. This will help you to watch the roll of the ball and learn how different releases can affect ball roll and therefore pin action.

Bowling Tip #27

You will not ever be able to release the ball in a consistent and effective manner if it doesn't fit. Bowling is not supposed to hurt. A ball properly fitted to your hand will not cause injury. If you only bowl once a week, you might not notice that your fit is incorrect. But what happens once a year when you go to the state or city tournament and you bowl six games in a day? If your hand, fingers, or shoulders are sore, get your fit checked by an IBPSIA Certified Pro Shop Technician. An improperly fitted ball can cause severe tendon damage in your fingers and elbow.

Remember that the ball is supposed to swing your arm. Your arm does not swing the ball. If your ball doesn't fit right, you tend to squeeze it so you don't drop it or to muscle the ball instead of allowing it to free-fall into your swing. These compensations for a bad fit can cause shoulder problems and prevent a consistent execution of the shot. There can be pain on the inside of the elbow or the outside of the elbow or down the forearm or in the wrist. This is both frustrating and painful and it doesn't have to be that way if the ball fits your hand like it should.

Remember that the ball is supposed to swing your arm. Your arm does not swing the ball. If your ball doesn't fit right, you tend to squeeze it so you don't drop it or to muscle the ball instead of allowing it to free-fall into your swing. These compensations for a bad fit can cause shoulder problems and prevent a consistent execution of the shot. There can be pain on the inside of the elbow or the outside of the elbow or down the forearm or in the wrist. This is both frustrating and painful and it doesn't have to be that way if the ball fits your hand like it should.

Bowling Tip #28

Bowling etiquette is important to your enjoyment of the sport as well as others enjoyment. Don't ever put your hand in another person's ball. The feel of the bowling ball on the hand is a very personal thing as well as part of great execution. You wouldn't want someone who uses rosin or slick powder to put his or her hand in your ball and leave a residue.

Bowling Tip #29

If it's not your towel, don't touch it. No telling what's on it that could get on your hand.

Bowling Tip #30

When your ball comes back, don't reach onto the ball return to get it until the folks on either side of you have started their approach. They can see that movement peripherally and it can be very distracting.