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Practising The Explosion Or Release

October 14th, 2005

You can have a smooth delivery and a wonderfully coordinated approach, but if the manner in which you release the ball isn’t right, then you are going to be just another duffer. Practice the proper release. You can even do it at home.


Keep your wrist straight and firm. Here’s the “perfect” wrist following release.

You don’t have to make any delivery; just practice releasing your bowling ball into a pile of pillows or an old chair or sofa. It’s crucial for you to learn to release properly.First of all, remember to keep your wrist straight and firm; don’t let it break, or you’ll lose control of the ball and will spoil your accuracy. Secondly, keep the thumb at about a twelve o’clock position certainly never below nine o’clock.


The “nine o’clock” hand position.


The “shake-hands” position.

Be sure to release the ball over the foul line; the thumb comes out first.

It’s a position 1 like to call the shake-hands position. Put your right hand up as if you were going to shake hands with a friend of yours. Look at your hand now that is the position it should be in when you release the ball.

As you release the ball keep your head down, and your eyes on your target. The thumb comes out first, and then the fingers. The fingers stay with the ball for an instant to give lifting action.The ball should always be released over the foul line that is, at a point three to four inches beyond the line. Reach out with the ball this encourages a good follow-through motion.


This is where the ball should strike the lane.

Comfortable Sport Dresses

October 9th, 2005

The sole of the right shoe is rubber, to help you to brake or slow down as you approach the foul line; it also gives you the necessary traction as you start. The sole of the left shoe is leather, allowing that foot to slide on the fourth or final step.You’ll also need a bowling bag to carry your equipment in, and these range in price from $7 to $40 or $50. You can purchase a small bag, for carrying the shoes alone, for about $2.50.

Any good comfortable sport shirt is fine for bowling. Just be certain it gives you full freedom of movement, and that it doesn’t hamper your armswing at all.

For women bowlers I recommend a blouse-and-skirt combination, or a blouse and slacks. Many manufacturers are now turning out special bowling sportswear for milady. Dresses are available in such attractive styles and pleasing colors today that they must be difficult for women bowlers to resist.

A word to the women about skirts. Be sure your skirt isn’t too tight, or it will restrict your freedom of movement. And watch that it is not so full that you strike your arm against it in the downswing. Semi-flared skirts are the best.
On the market today, and available in almost every bowling center, are many kinds of devices designed especially to help you score better.

There are gloves to protect your thumb, and gloves to help you support the ball; devices to support and position your wrist and special grips, as well as sprays and ointments of all varieties. Before deciding on any of these, experiment with them in a practice session. They may or may not help you. But quite often they give you a psychological boost that does help better your score.

Use The Fingertip Styles

October 5th, 2005

Professional stars you meet may be using a fingertip or semi-fingertip ball. But I recommend the conventional grip (the one I’ve described above) for almost every bowler. Pros use the fingertip styles to get more hooking action in their delivery; but unless you completely familiarize yourself with all of the subtleties of “lift” and “turn,” don’t use it.I hesitate to make any recommendations about proper pitch, since so much of this depends upon the individual bowler’s style of delivery and the size of his hand.

Let the man who fits and drills your ball recommend a proper pitch.I’m also hesitant about recommending a specific weight for your ball. I say this: if you can deliver a sixteen-pound ball with ease, without hampering your accuracy or control, then use it. But if this weight isn’t comfortable, switch to something lighter. The most important element in achieving high scores is accuracy not the particular weight of the ball you’re using. So, by all means, sacrifice weight for accuracy.

The same applies to women bowlers. I’ve seen 5’3″ gals, who couldn’t weigh more than 120 pounds, handle a sixteen-pound ball with the ease of Sylvia Wene, current Women’s All-Star champion. And I’ve seen real husky gals have trouble picking up a ten-pound ball from the rack. Why? Because they are poorly coordinated. Your own physical make-up and ability to coordinate will help you decide.

The two-finger grip, shown above, has become something of a rarity, and I don’t recommend its use.

Almost all bowling balls today are of the three-fingered variety, although at one time two-fingered balls were the only kind used. Nowadays the two-fingered style is something of a rarity, although a couple of the leading pros still use them. Ed Lubanski of Detroit won the 1958 World’s Championship with a two-finger grip. But generally it’s felt that the three-finger style is easier to hold; it’s more comfortable and it’s controlled a lot more easily.

I recommend that you own your own bowling shoes too. They range in price from $7.50 to $10, or even $20 for a really elegant pair. Bowling shoes are of a special variety.

This is my special pro model bowling bag. Bags may range from to $50.

Equipments Needed For Bowling

September 30th, 2005

Although it isn’t necessary to own your own equipment in order to enjoy bowling, I strongly recommend that you do. All bowling centers have “house balls” available for use at no charge to customers, and your local bowling center will rent bowling shoes. But you’ll find your scores mount when you have equipment fitted to your individual specifications. When you buy a ball your bowling proprietor or his pro shop will drill it for you at no charge.

If you’re really serious about bowling, you should buy your own ball and have it drilled for your own physical make-up. It’s like buying a tailor-made suit. It will fit you perfectly; it’s yours alone. Today bowling balls come in almost all colors and weights. There was a time when almost all balls were black, and their weights were always sixteen pounds or very close to it.

Now that women have taken up the sport however, bowling balls come in almost every hue; and the weights range from ten pounds to sixteen, though never more than sixteen. Black models retail for about $25; other colors and mottled balls are slightly more than that.Bowling balls are made of hard rubber.

The lighter weight balls contain a cork center, and cost about the same as the sixteen pounders.Here’s a good test to determine whether the thumb hole fits properly: place your thumb in the ball and turn your hand back and forth, clockwise and counter-clockwise.If you feel just the slightest bit of friction, the thumb fit is a good one. The thumb shouldn’t stick at all; it should be a bit on the loose side.The finger holes of a well-fitted ball will be neither too tight nor too loose.

Here’s how to test the span of a properly fitted ball: the second or middle crease of the fingers should lay directly over the finger holes.

The span the distance between the finger holes and the thumb holes can be determined in this manner: insert your thumb fully into the thumb hole and then extend the two middle fingers over the finger holes.

The second, or middle, crease of these fingers should be directly over the finger holes if the ball’s span is a proper one for you. You can also test the span by fully inserting the thumb and the fingers. If the second or middle crease of the finger extends beyond one-half of the ball, the span is too narrow. Conversely, if the second crease does not reach the inner edge of the hole, the span is too wide. Remember, an ill-fitting bowling ball will feel twice its weight.

Introduction to Bowling

September 26th, 2005

Bowling wasn’t always as it is today. It wasn’t too long ago that the sport with its unreliable pin boys and its dark and cloistered settings was on a social par with love-making on the front stoop. In Old Forge, Pennsylvania (my home town), and in just about every other small American town, one never bowled if he valued his reputation. Pursuing the sport was particularly difficult for me, for I was a school teacher in the local high school and in that position, I was regarded as one of the social pacesetters of our small community.

But I bowled; the criticism came, and it wasn’t very pleasant.As the years passed the criticism waned a bit, and the sport came to have the high degree of social acceptability it enjoys today.This is why this book is a source of great personal pride. It’s a kind of literary “I told you so.”I hope, in taking up the views on bowling instruction presented in this book, that the reader will attain some of the supreme enjoyment from the sport that I have.I first took up bowling in 1935 when I was a frustrated student at the University of Scranton.

I say frustrated because I stood only 5’1″ and my prowess as an athlete in basketball and football in that sports-minded town could be compared to that of Fanny Brice.I did become a cheerleader (and I had no trouble making the squad) but I wanted something more than that, and so I took up bowling. It’s a sport that requires no outstanding physical stature, no particular muscular development.

It was fine for me and from the first I enjoyed it immensely. Itfilled not only a physical need but, I’m sure, an even greater psychological need.So I hope this book either introduces you to the joys of bowling, or, if it happens you are already accomplished in the sport, perhaps it will serve to increase the pleasures that are already yours.

In the following pages I will describe and explain what I believe to be proper bowling form. You will learn what I mean by the “pushaway,” and how to execute it; you will learn about the four-step delivery, the pendulum arm swing, and the proper hand position, to name a few. All of these things are essential elements of good form in bowling and good form means higher scores.

I will also describe the possible deviations from proper form that may or may not suit your physical make-up and already-developed style, and I will explain how and why they may be good for some of you and not for others. I will tell you what the pros do; what is suitable for the average bowler; and I will help the beginning bowler to learn correctly from the start. I will describe some of the principal errors, and suggest ways that they may be corrected; I will explain the intricacies of the hook ball, spare shooting, and of course getting strikes.

Proper form and good style are essential to high scores in bowling. By helping you to improve your form, I’ll help you to the higher scores that must naturally result. I have seen this result over and over again, as I’ve traveled the country conducting bowling clinics and giving instruction to bowlers at every level of skill and experience.And now we’re ready to go bowling.