Summary: Some tips and advices for novice bowlers.
There’s no bigger disappointment than losing in a game you always prided yourself. I know, I often find myself in that situation so that feeling is no stranger for me. And the only solution to that disappointment? Get better.
Bowling is a relatively easy game to acquaint but mighty hard to master. I’ve seen scores of players who got into the game earlier than me but never got far. At some point they always fail.
Play bowling. That’s the only surest way to get a general feel of the game. After a couple of games, you’ll find out your strengths and weaknesses, like your throwing ability and your form. Watch how good players play, particularly in delivery and approach. Subtle wrist movements may miss your eye but if you are especially observant, you will understand the effects those simple flickers will have on the ball.
Bowling Tips: Play, play, play. Practice makes perfect. If you are a novice bowler, concentrate on accuracy first by throwing ‘straight’. After you achieve a respectable accuracy, try a simple hook.
It is a sound decision to get a custom fit ball at this time. Having a personal ball means you can have it drilled to fit perfectly in your hand. If a ball if comfortable enough and provides enough hold, it is possible to deliver a consistent well timed throw. Remember, choose a ball that will compensate your faults and compliment your style. A too heavy ball may add extra power to your throws, but if you have weaker arm strength the ball will severely hamper your throws. Also, if you have a weaker hook, choosing a reactive core might help you get that hook you need. Balls also perform better at varying conditions, like how plastic would match perfectly in a dry lane.
Bowling Tips: Choose plastic for your first bowling ball. This is the standard bowling ball and the most manageable. It is also a great practice for your throwing accuracy since this ball won’t do any fancy tricks like doing a curve.
Shoes might not be as important as the balls but they still define your performance, especially at delivery. Bowling shoes afford a slide, and you need to slide with a foot depending if you are left handed or right. There are others who bowl with tennis shoes or sneakers, but playing with these would totally ruin any chance of proper form learning. Besides, vast majority of bowling centers require bowling shoes. Aside from the savings you get, you don’t have to wear those nasty colored and smelly rental shoes.
Bowling Tips: Get a shoe. If possible, get a Performance shoe. Learning the forms early will also benefit your delivering a consistent throw.