How To Fix a Bowling Ball Hook

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To fix a bowling hook, first you need to know how to correctly throw a hook. Fix your bowling hook with help from a professional bowler in this free video on bowling.

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Hello, I'm Mike Rhodes, house pro here at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, we're going to talk about how to fix your hook, if you're the throwing improperly. In this clip, you will need fingertip bowling ball, bowling shoes, bowling lanes. Any time you're trying to throw a hook ball, you've got to stay behind the bowling ball and rotate from behind it. And once again, this is a very common malady I see especially, among new bowlers. Where their hand is not staying behind the ball but actually turning around with their wrist. All the power in bowling comes, not from your wrist but from your fingers. That is the last point of contact you'll have that bowling ball, when it comes out of lane, if you're throwing the ball properly. If you're turning the ball early, you really need to concentrate on getting your hand behind the ball and keeping it underneath the ball. And letting the fingers be the last to rotate out, underneath the ball. If you're doing this too early, then you really need to work on it through your stance. If nothing, just stand at the settee area and just constantly feel the ball coming from behind your hand. Once again, bowling is a game of feel, it's a game of repetition. If you get into bad habits, sometimes you cannot fix this on your own. My next advice would be, go to visit your local house pro and let him work with you on straightening out those improper releases. The other bad release that you would want to cross, is sometimes people want to spin the ball like a top. In other words, when you're trying to do too much at end and turning over and what I mean is, your hand is coming over the top of the ball. And it's going to completely kill, that you're going to have a whirly bird going down the lane, that is absolutely not going to hit the pins very hard. Hand position is every thing, keep your hand in a proper position. And that's how you fix an improperly thrown hook ball.

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