How to Practice Bowling Away from the Lanes

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There are many things you can do to improve your bowling game away from the lanes including practicing your steps to visualizing consistent strikes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape
  • Nerf football

The First Step

  • Find a place with a vinyl, tile or hardwood floor similar to the bowling lane.

  • Make a "T" with tape to mark your starting position.

  • Place your toes at the top of the "T".

  • Figure out your ideal first step, and mark that spot on the stem of the "T".

  • Practice your first step while visualizing bowling a strike.

  • Repeat your ideal first step so that it is exactly the same everytime. You shouldn't have to look down at your marker to know where to step.

  • Understand that a good "first step" is the key to good approach. A good consistent first step equals a good consistent approach.

The Back Swing

  • Stand in your normal, comfortable, start position without a ball.

  • Visualize the lane in front of you and fix your gaze on a specific spot in your imaginary lane.

  • Swing your bowling arm back in a mock backswing.

  • Do fifty to one hundred of these mock backswings.

  • Realize this process will help you groove out your backswing so that the motion of your arm becomes very familiar.

  • Make sure your thumb is pointing down at the top of your backswing.

  • Visualize bowling a strike with each swing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do this exercise holding your ball. Integrate the beginning of your backswing. This will also help strengthen your arms.
  • Practice your release by tossing a nerf football underhand and rotating it in a counter clockwise spiral (clockwise for left handers).

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