Have you ever been a casual, occasional, or recreational bowler for some time now?
Whatever the case might be, there’s help available for you–and it begins with Opossum Poop!
I’ve been an avid bowler for over thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the best coaching satisfaction. Whether the newcomer is a small child who is taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and wants to improve, folks who really need to learn can improve right before your eyes, particularly those at the beginner level. I have a few simple tips which might drastically change their match.
I remember when I was at that stage of the game, many moons ago… I was a fairly athletic kid and got discouraged quickly if I could not grab on to a game fast. If I did not feel as though I was getting better immediately, I was inclined to pack it up and move on to another thing.
Luckily for me, when I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was lots of help available. The league for 13-18 year olds started at 8:30 am.
Once we settled on our pair of lanes and started bowling, the coaches would begin making their way up and down the bowling center, helping everybody that appeared to need it along the way.
I remember one particular trainer, not by name but since he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He did not have any kids of his own in that league but he bowled in the Seniors league after us would get up early to help all of us. What a great guy, and fantastic coach! The tips that I am going to share with you are the first ones that I remember him giving me. He saw one Saturday morning how frustrated I was getting, pulled me aside and broke down these 3 basic bowling principles.
- Use the correct weight ball for your size.
Select the heaviest ball you are able to throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, good rate, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball . A good guideline to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 pounds of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. By way of example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but so long as you get a full, relaxed arm swing, superior speed, and it does not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. Otherwise, go up or down in weight so.
- Use the lane to help you target.
When you stand on the strategy ready to start your shot, as you examine the lane you will notice many different markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a series of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows rather than the pins when aiming. Why? Simply stated, it’s easier to hit a target that’s closer to you. Thus, begin bowling and watch your ball roll across the arrows, ensuring you are standing in precisely the same position to begin every time–use the dots on the front of the lane to place your feet. This will be your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of every frame , it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.
- Don’t worry about strikes.
No one gets a strike every time. If you put that kind of pressure on yourself you won’t have any fun. Focusing on technique can enable you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, be certain that you actually watch your ball roll over it each time. If you strike it and the end result is consistently different, look at developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
Have a fantastic time out on the lanes!!!