How to a Throw a Hook With a Bowling Ball

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Throwing a good hook ball in bowling takes a lot of finger dexterity and practice. Pick up more spares with tips from a professional bowler in this free video on throwing a hook with a bowling ball.

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Hello, my name is Mike Rhodes. I'm a House Pro here at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, North Carolina and today, we're going to talk about the proper way to throw a hook. For this clip, you will need a bowling ball, bowling shoes, bowling lanes. When I'm going through the house, most beginners, what I see is they want to take the bowling ball and just hold it with two fingers and cup it like that to get a hook. Now, with these plastic balls, that really is about the only way you're going to get much of a hook. But a lot of problems unseen with that. A lot of what happens is when a person goes to let the ball go, they end up bending their elbow and coming around the ball. What that does is that creates a spinner shot that does not grip the lanes properly. Secondly, your accuracy will not be where it needs to be. If you plan on moving up, you really should see your house pro about learning some pointers because the proper way to throw a hook, you want your hand to be somewhere in the nine to ten o'clock position. If you see my thumb, pretend this is the face of a clock, and when you come out with the ball, you want your thumb to come straighten up and your fingers to come out like you're shaking hands. That will keep your hand in the proper power spot and keep your elbow in line with your target creating the necessary roll. For most people, two fingers I will not recommend. If you want to do that, that's fine, that's fun; but you will not stay twenty years old forever. If you want to take this up as a lifetime sport, it is good to get the strong fundamentals because even those top tournament pros such as Jason Belmonte, he throws the two finger release; keeps their hand in the proper position at all times. Hand position and proper position is imperative to throwing a proper hook. And that is how you start to throw a proper hook.

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