How to Throw the Bowling Ball

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The first step to throwing a bowling ball is learning where you're starting in your standing position and repeating that every time. Get more strikes with tips from a professional bowler in this free video on how to throw a bowling ball.

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Hello, I'm Mike Rhodes; Ten Pin Alley, Wilmington, North Carolina. We're going to talk today about how to throw a bowling ball. For this clip, you will need a bowling ball, bowling shoes and bowling lanes. Most people get up there and they just run off and fire off with the shot and have no clue what they're doing. The very first step in being a good bowler is learning where you're starting in your standing position and repeating that every time and learn to make your adjustments from there. So, what I do is, for a beginner bowler, is I would find the spot on the lane, one of these dots and target my second arrow. Once you have found that your starting position line up with whether your left or right foot; different people have different methods, I use my left foot for my line up point, the middle of my foot. You want to grab the bowling ball; different people have different methods, some like to hold it up really high and some really low. As a beginner or anybody just getting started out, I recommend something along waist level. If you get it up really high, think of a pendulum. If it's really high, you're almost going to swing the length of where the height is and when it gets really high, it pulls your shoulders off balance. If you have it too low, it's hard to generate good speed and you end up trying to muzzle it. So, start the ball around mid-level and when you push away, put, think like you're laying the ball out on a platter. Just reach straight out and let the ball swing from that point and start taking your steps. And that is the proper way to throw a ball in bowling.

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