Two Handed Bowling – Spare Bowling

Duration: 2:58

Spares are an important component of every bowler’s game. Bowling coach Stephen Padilla highlights the key aspects and tricks of spare shooting as a two handed player.

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4 Responses to “Two Handed Bowling – Spare Bowling”
  1. Andrew k Stackhouse
    Andrew k Stackhouse

    my ball speed is 16 mph and my ball won’t hook anymore need help

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      Hello Andrew,

      Consider several factors that contribute to the balls ability to hook including, surface of the ball, lane surface, oil pattern, ball layout and physical game affects such as revolution rate, axis rotation and tilt.

      Have a pro shop professional assess the bowling ball surface to see if it needs to be reconditioned. There are several tools and systems on the market for restoring the ball surface for hook performance. Also have them determine if the ball speed is liability and needs to be adjusted. Sixteen mph at release may be 13-14 mph by the time it hits the pins or if this is measured down lane closer to the pins could be 18+ at release.

      Look into finding a local coach for analysis so they can keep up with your game regularly. The “Find A Coach” feature of is one of the best ways to locate a certified coach in your area. Visit and use the “Find a…” tab in the top right corner to locate Find A Coach, enter your zip code and a radius then click “search.”

      Look for an IBPSIA Pro Shop professional and work with them to increase your average. To locate one use the IBPSIA website and search by using your zip code. Here’s their web address ( .

      Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy,

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    I’m a beginner two-handed bowler and I always struggle with the 10th pin spare. Some times releasing the ball straight works for me and sometimes keeping the speed high helps. Thoughts?