Bowling Tip #31

When someone on either side of you is ready to begin their approach, don't rerack. Wait until they have delivered their shot to press the reset button. The pins being reset are in their line of vision.

Bowling Tip #32

Put your hand in your ball to make sure it fits today. Some people swell as they bowl and some shrink. There is never a reason to make bad shots thinking that as soon as you swell up your thumb will fit and everything will be wonderful. You've gotten a bad read off those shots and wasted your effort. Tape is much much cheaper than playing the wrong shot. If it's cold outside, your thumb is probably small and you might need to add tape until it swells. If it's hot and humid, your thumb might be big today. Remember that your thumb size can change but your thumbhole cannot. The size of the thumbhole is easily regulated with tape. Since we can never afford to give shots away and normally your opponent is not going to wait for you to figure it out, it seems a good plan to put a piece of tape in, make good shots, get a good read, swell up and take the tape out.

Another important loosen up technique in to put your hand all the way in the ball and swing it back and forth three or four times. Your thumb feels one way in a ball not in motion and entirely another in the swing. Don't let the first time your shoulder feels the weight of the ball to be when you mean it. Your first shot should be about speed. By about the 5th or 6th shot you should be up to full speed. No athlete in any sport starts out at full speed. That's what warming up is all about, gradually allowing your body to get into the athletics of your sport. (I've often thought I could have a lucrative part-time job throwing everyone's first three shots.)

Bowling Tip #33

I see this constantly and wish I didn't see it at all, ever. It causes so many problems - poor roll, squeezing the ball, killing the shot, dropping the ball, no backswing, grunting at the foul line, etc. Unless you are making a rather sophisticated adjustment, you should always put your thumb completely in the ball. Sometimes people are afraid of sticking in the ball and don't put their thumb all the way in. Your hand was measured by your pro shop professional and your span gauged with your thumb all the way in. If you don't put it all the way in, you won't be able to free swing the ball, will have to control it, and the pins always know when your armswing is tight. I understand that a very common reason for not putting the thumb all the way in the ball is that you can't because you are so stretched. That's another article.

Put your fingers into the ball first and then your thumb. Putting your thumb in first will usually have you feeling like the ball was drilled for someone else! Super tip - This sometimes works well for straightening the ball out for your spare shots.

Bowling Tip #34

I see this constantly and wish I didn't see it at all, ever. It causes so many problems - poor roll, squeezing the ball, killing the shot, dropping the ball, no backswing, grunting at the foul line, etc. Unless you are making a rather sophisticated adjustment, you should always put your thumb completely in the ball. Sometimes people are afraid of sticking in the ball and don't put their thumb all the way in. Your hand was measured by your pro shop professional and your span gauged with your thumb all the way in. If you don't put it all the way in, you won't be able to free swing the ball, will have to control it, and the pins always know when your armswing is tight. I understand that a very common reason for not putting the thumb all the way in the ball is that you can't because you are so stretched. That's another article.

Bowling Tip #35

Bowling is a sport. You are an athlete involved in this sport even if you only do it recreationally. Proper stretching and warming up before you bowl will help prevent injury. There a few stretches you can do before you ever throw your first ball that will help prevent injury.