Bowling Adjustments: Tips For Moving On The Lane

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The most successful bowlers know when to make positive bowling adjustments on the lane, whether in regards to their foot placement, wrist position or the spot they choose to target. As a lane starts to dry up after repeated use and the motion of your bowling ball is affected, it becomes highly important to stay one step ahead of the changing conditions, rather than having to play catchup.

When to make bowling adjustments

Today you’ll learn what to look for on a lane in order to decide whether you need to make a change, and then what exactly that change should be. There are many signs that a change might be necessary, some of which include missing high or coming in light on the head pin. Bowlers who firmly know their stroke and the action of their ball can better recognize when changing lane conditions are affecting each shot and make on-lane bowling adjustments accordingly.

How to make the right adjustment

Once you’ve determined a bowling adjustment on the lane is necessary, it’s vital that you’re aware of the array of changes you can make so you pick the correct one for the specific situation. The changes you might make are numerous, and can range anywhere from lowering or raising the ball, cocking your wrist or moving on the lane left or right, forward or back. Adjustments can be made in the approach, initial hand positioning and release.

By the end of this video, you’ll have discovered what each of these slight bowling adjustments will do for your stroke and how you can employ them according to your goal. Our demonstrator Blake attempts to roll a strike with each adjustment, and our hosts explain why the adjustment might be needed and what it will do for his stroke. When you think you have a good grasp of what these bowling adjustments can add to your game, try practicing them the next time you’re out on a lane with changing lane conditions.