How to Throw a Good Curveball in Bowling

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In bowling, there are several ways to throw a good curveball, including a motion that mimics shaking hands with a person. Learn how to curve a bowling ball by cupping it with help from a professional bowler in this free video on throwing a curveball in bowling.

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Hey how are you doing today? My name is D.C. Knight, general manager, pro shop operator of Cardinal Lanes Beach Bowl here in Wilmington, North Carolina. We are here today to talk to you about how to throw a good curveball. There's several different ways to throw a curveball. The first way is put your two fingers in the hole, and in your thumb. Then when you come back with the ball, and release it your thumb comes out first, and then you fingers up the side of the ball as if you were shaking hands with somebody. Another good way to throw a curveball is to cup the ball. You are going to put your fingers in without your thumb, cup it in your hand, and then when you release it the ball comes off your wrist, and your fingers again come up the side of the ball. The third way they have is a new way Jason Valmonte is doing on the PBA tour is a two-handed grip. He puts his fingers in the hole, cups the ball, brings it back with two hands, then as he releases it his wrist and hand come off the ball, and his fingers come up the side of the ball. It is recommended that you just use one hand preferably the first way. This is a house ball it has got a conventional grip, which means you are only putting down to the second knuckle of your finger. To get more of a curve you can buy, you can get a urethane ball, which has more hook. Or a resin ball, which has even more hook than the urethane ball. They have a fingertip grip, which means it is only going down to the first set of knuckles on your fingers, and gives you more control of the ball, and helps you get more hook.

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