Should you bowl traditionally or with a two-handed style?
Two-handed bowlers have achieved great success in recent years from youth bowling and all the way to the pros. If you’re new to the sport, or want to make the switch, Gold Coach Ron Hoppe has some two-handed bowling drills for you to experiment with that will help you make the most informed decision on which way to go.
One of the differences between the traditional style of bowling and the two-handed style of bowling happens during the release. Hoppe explains that traditional-style bowling has more of a lifting motion at the point of release, while the two-handed style bowling incorporates more of a rotation in the hand-off of the ball at the point of release.
To begin this drill, start by kneeling on one knee at the foul line. Place your fingers underneath or at the bottom of the bowling ball. Next, swing the ball back and forth a few times, and when you are ready to go, roll your fingers around the ball as you release it.
This drill isolates what it is like to be in a proper finish position for the two-handed style. Start by getting into a finish position at the foul line. Position your slide foot facing towards the pins. Your other foot needs to be behind you, parallel to the foul line. Similar to the kneeling drill, begin swinging the ball back and forth, and when you are ready, roll your fingers around the ball at the point of release.
Position yourself two to four feet behind the foul line. Put your slide foot in front of your body towards the pins and your other foot close to your slide foot, parallel to the foul line. Unlike the traditional style bowler, your entire body will face the gutter, whereas the traditional bowler’s body is squared up to the pins.
Start with the ball down by your knees with your arms fully extended. Next, raise the ball up to your chest. Then begin your slide towards the foul line and release the ball, getting your fingers around it.
This drill puts all the pieces of the puzzle together from the previous drills. It will help you understand the two-handed bowler’s timing. Standing upright around five to seven feet back from the foul line, place the ball like you would in your stance. Step outward with your slide foot simulating the pivot step. Then, do a quick shuffle step while raising the ball to your chest and begin your slide and release. After you have worked on these drills, it’s time to put the whole thing together. If you are transitioning from the traditional style of bowling to the two-handed style, one of the hardest things to learn is the footwork and release.
It will seem like a brand-new game at first. Remember to have fun with it. The results in the long run will outweigh the hurdles faced while transitioning to the two-handed style.