Bowling is a sport of cause and effect. If your technique is correct and you hit your target, more often than not you’re going to get the result you’re after. On the other hand, if one component of your stroke is out of sync with the rest, chances are you’re going to miss your target and leave yourself a difficult shot for spare.
In the case of amateur bowlers just getting a handle on their technique, the effect is clear but the cause isn’t always so easy to determine. For instance, many bowlers who are tinkering with their footwork and release will notice a bowling ball hook creeping into their game that leads them to miss high of their target. It can be frustrating to figure out what exactly causes that bowling ball hook, so in this lesson we’ll teach you the common mistakes bowlers make in their stroke to develop an untimely bowling ball hook.
How to avoid the bowling ball hook
First things first, we see the dreaded bowling ball hook happen to bowlers all the time, so keep in mind that you’re not alone in being frustrated by the hook. Similar to golfers experiencing the yips, the bowling ball hook can be cured with a little bit of practice and some focus on technique. In this video, expert coaches explain why bowlers tend to pull the ball and miss their target, and then give you a few tips for working the bowling ball hook out of your stroke.
For most bowlers, the bowling ball hook is a product of your upper and lower body falling out of sync. When your feet move faster or slower than your arms, your approach will be mistimed and you will release the ball at the wrong spot on the lane. Thus, according to our coaches, you have to train your bowling position and footwork to avoid pulling the ball. They also explain why the bowling ball hook becomes worse when you utilize proper bowling setup and stance but try to hook the ball instead of letting it do its job. Put more stuff on it and fix your footsteps, and we guarantee you’ll lose the bowling ball hook!