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Technique


BALL SPEED: Click on the video to see how you can learn to change your ball speed.


TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BOWLER


CHANGING BALL SPEED: We’ve discussed this at length in previ- ous issues, but in order to throw the ball slower, move up on the approach and decrease the tempo of your footwork. To throw it faster, move back a foot or so on the approach, and increase the tempo of your footwork and your momentum to the line.


PRACTICE DRILL:


HAND POSITION Click on the video to learn how a change in your hand position affects your shot.


Don’t focus on striking. You simply want to see what the result is when you in- crease and decrease speed. Line up to where you are hitting the pocket with your normal speed. Using the same tar- get, increase your speed on one shot and decrease it on the next. Increasing the speed will cause the ball to miss the headpin to the right. Decreasing the speed will cause the ball to almost com- pletely miss the headpin to the left. It’s a great practice drill to better understand the result of changing ball speed.


LOFT


Click on the video to see how adjustments in loft affect the


ball’s abillity to read the lane.


CHANGING HAND POSITION: This is not nearly as daunting as most bowlers think. Many bowler want to use their “A” release on every shot, but chang- ing hand position is pretty easy if you practice it. To create a smoother roll, you want your hand behind the ball, or “up the back” of the ball. This will get the ball to roll more end-over-end and the ball path will be more of a gradual arc. For a roll that skids more and then grabs sharp- ly at the back end, release the ball with


PRACTICE DRILL:


Again, begin with your normal release, then try a few throws with your hand more behind the ball. Watch its reaction. Try a few shots with your hand on the side of the ball at release and gauge its reaction.


CHANGING LOFT: Loft is simply a matter of where you lay the ball down at the foul line. If you want to increase loft, stand a little straighter at the line and allow the ball to be released slightly higher than normal. To decrease loft, get a little lower on your release. The earlier the ball gets on the lane, the earlier it begins to read the lane. (Increasing loft doesn’t mean “throw-


ing” the ball farther out on the lane. Your release point should still be at your ankle. Obviously, if your normal release lays the ball down right at the foul line, there’s nev- er going to be an instance in which you want to decrease your loft.)


PRACTICE DRILL: As above, begin by using your normal


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your hand more on the side of the ball. Remember, this is the hand position at


your normal release point. The changes in your hand position change the angle of the spin on the ball, which causes it to grab the lane diff erently. Adding more angle is important as you


move further inside. A more gradual arc will be preferred as you move closer to the gutter.


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