Staying In the Pocket

Duration: 1:53

Minor adjustments forward and backward can help a bowler stay in the pocket from shot to shot. Karen Pullman and Kim Terrell-Kearney analyze a bowler’s shots and make suggestions for movement. Every pin counts, so it is important to make the moves that are going to get you as many pins as possible.

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3 Responses to “Staying In the Pocket”
  1. Stephen

    Confused. “Lengthen the lane”…seems to imply that you don’t end up at the same spot on your approach, relative to the foul line. Also, seems to conflict with other tips that say that if you want to get more hook/drive, you move up, which shortens your momentum, which would give you more hook…direct conflict with the advise in this video.

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      Hi, Stephen. You’re correct. In this example of “lengthen the lane” Coach Karen’s suggesting the bowler finish further back from the foul line than usual and lay the ball down closer to the foul line giving the ball more lane to roll on. Getting more hook or drive by moving up on the approach typically slows down the ball speed which is one way to get more hook/drive. Both methods will give a ball more time on the lane increasing the potential for hook. Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.


    I would like to point out that it is different from bowler to bowler. This is a more old school tip and the concept of moving back on the lane reduces hook is more new school. Both are true depending on the bowler. Some bowlers will end up further or closer to the foul line it move their starting point. That is when this tip works best. When a bowler ends in the same place no mater where they start, they are increasing or decreasing the length of their steps and changing their speed. They will have more success with the new school tip. Try both and observe which works for you.