Are you having trouble with your timing? Maybe you’re having trouble hitting your mark consistently?
These are just a few areas in your game where having a proper setup in the bowling stance will benefit you.
If you are a beginner who hasn’t received this instruction, or an advanced bowler that can’t quite figure out what’s going wrong with your game, a proper bowling stance is an element of the game everyone can work on – no matter the skill level.
Silver Level Coach Dan Triske demonstrates how to achieve a proper set-up for the bowling stance and what an improper setup in the bowling stance looks like.
When diagnosing an improper setup for the bowling stance you should look for:
- Standing straight up at 90°
- Shoulders are straight at 90°
- Both bowling hands are improperly placed for holding the bowling ball
- No knee bend
- Feet are improperly positioned
In order to get into the proper setup for the bowling stance, make these adjustments:
- Spine to 15° forward tilt
- Tilt or lower your throwing arm shoulder
- Place your non-bowling hand more underneath/side of the ball
- Place your dominant hand underneath the ball
- Bend your knees
- Bring your non-slide foot back behind your slide foot
It’s difficult to fix other areas of your game if the bowling stance is improper. What happens at the start is a direct effect of what happens at the pins.
The effects of making these adjustments will impact every part of your game. You’ll achieve better timing, a straighter arm swing, a stronger finish position, and you’ll hit your target more frequently.
The next time you are at practice, slow down, get yourself properly set-up in the bowling stance and then go through your shot. You’ll notice the difference in an hour, and realize you’ve used muscles you probably haven’t used in a while.
Be sure to check out other great physical game and lane play tips and techniques from our coaches at National Bowling Academy.