How to Decrease Bowling Ball Force for Better Results

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Bowling is a complex sport, and as such it’s often difficult to determine what you need to correct or improve when things don’t seem to be going right with your stroke. Typically, though, we’ve found that one of the most common reasons bowlers are missing their target is that they’re throwing the ball too hard.

When you throw the ball too hard and apply too much bowling force, the higher speed of your ball is actually counterproductive. That’s because throwing a ball too hard causes it to react improperly on the lane. The key to a solid stroke is pairing good technique with the right bowling force to achieve the ideal reaction, i.e. your ball hooks and skids when it needs to in route to your target. In this lesson, we talk about what happens when bowling ball force is too high, and introduce some simple solutions you can use to slow down your approach and improve your technique to find the right ball speed for your game.

Decreasing bowling ball force for proper lane reaction

Most amateur bowlers might not realize how important it is for their bowling ball to be able to react to the lane. In order to follow the appropriate path and attack the pocket from the ideal angle, your ball has to hook and come back toward the pins. Finding the pocket requires putting the right technique and bowling force on your ball to allow its unique core and surface to follow the line you set out. Using too much bowling force can generate too much speed and throw the ball off its intended path, causing it to hook too late and miss the pocket.

Thus, we’re going to help you figure out how to get strikes in bowling by reducing the amount of bowling force you apply and slowing down your ball speed. Bowling coaches Rod Ross and Kim Terrell-Kearney introduce some of their favorite ways to decrease bowling ball speed and achieve the reaction you’re looking for from your ball. You’ll learn how to practice better bowling force by throwing the ball at different speeds, manipulating your approach and adjusting your swing technique.

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2 Responses to “How to Decrease Bowling Ball Force for Better Results”
  1. Charlie

    I’m 31 years old, I’ve always thrown a fast ball usually clocked between 25 and 30mph on the lanes. My approach always aims at the 2 arrow right side (right handed) and can hit the pocket or can go Brooklyn with effective results based on the ball.

    I’ve never been able to slow my arm down and I use a 3 step short approach. My armswing goes no higher than my waist, I have to wear a brace because my wrist is destroyed, I’m not intentionally throwing it hard but slowing things down result in ball dropping or nothing but gutter balls.

    What do I do so I can keep bowling without doing more damage? I’ve searched and searched but everyone wants to speed the ball up not slow it down.

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      Customer Service

      Hello Charlie,

      If you’re measuring 25-30 mph on the lanes you have plenty of speed and there’s no need to throw it faster, in our opinion. From what’s being described a short three step approach could be contributing to the fast ball speed. Perhaps developing an approach with more steps to allow the arm swing to slow down would contribute to better accuracy.

      What’s most important, in this scenario, is that you have a certified coach to evaluate your overall game and make suggestions as needed. We recommend using video to record yourself and review if you choose not to work with a coach, although a second set of eyes may be helpful in this situation.

      The “Find A Coach” feature of is one of the best ways to locate a certified coach in your area. Visit use the “Find a…” tab to locate Find A Coach, enter your zip code and a radius then click “search.” Also visiting a pro shop professional, one with coaching experience, can be a great start and having a certified coach can increase the chances of making the right adjustments.

      To locate a certified pro shop operator in your area, use the IBPSIA website and search by using your zip code. Here’s their web address

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