Are you an occasional bowler who, although you enjoy bowling, gets a bit frustrated because your scores usually, well how can I say this delicately… stink? Do you find that you can’t seem to consistently hit the head pin with the first ball? Help has finally arrived-simple steps to take to keep your bowling ball on target.
How to aim a bowling ball-that’s a question that experienced bowlers occasionally have a hard time answering. Their problems are usually much more technical than the advice in this article can fix. Here, we will discuss the basics of how to aim a bowling ball with the intent of raising your scores. These techniques are not difficult; they just take time and practice to master.
Recreational bowlers usually start off with aiming at the pins. I absolutely agree with the logic; see target-hit target. But there is actually a better way (for most) that can really improve your success on the lanes.
When you stand on the approach ready to begin your shot, look down the lane, you will notice a variety of markings. About 15 feet from the foul line there’s a series of arrows that point toward the pins. Many bowlers aim for these arrows rather than the pins when bowling. Why? Simply stated, it is easier to hit a target that is closer to you. So, as you bowl, make sure you are standing in the same position to start each time and watch your ball roll over the arrows. Experiment aiming at different arrows until you hit around the head pin consistently. When that occurs, make a mental note of where you were standing and which arrow you rolled the ball over. This is what is referred to as your “mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of each frame first; it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares–that’s another article.
I realize that this may sound a bit complicated, however with a little practice; you will find that it gives you a solid foundation to work from. You will soon begin scoring higher more consistently; and maybe even having just a little more fun on the lanes. After all, that’s really what it’s all about, going to the lanes and having a great time!