So, you have been invited to your first bowling event with the company, which can be exciting and no wrecking at the same time, especially for those who don’t have as much experience with bowling. Of course, you wouldn’t want to look like a complete idiot who has no idea what to do with the ball or how to at least knock over some pins and let’s face it, and some companies can get very competitive when it comes to games such as bowling.
Therefore, to give you the best possible opportunity to impress your coworkers, we’ll give you some of the best tips for bowling as a beginner. These tips are simple, straightforward and are sure to give you an edge from the very first round you play. All you need to do is focus on these steps from your very first turn.
Choosing a Ball Size: Keep to 10% Rule
The best way to choose a bowling ball as a new player is to use the 10% of your body weight rule. This might not be 100% accurate, but it would at least provide a good starting point and give you the opportunity to make small adjustments. You wouldn’t want to play with a ball that way too heavy or too light as it wouldn’t allow you the control required.
Some bowling allays provide a wide range of different balls, some offering different hole sizes with the same weight, which is great! The size of the holes is also important when it comes to control. You wouldn’t want your fingers to fit tightly, but they also should be able to wiggle around too much. If there are many different sizes, pick it up and feel if the ball slips too easily when you swing your arm.
The spacing of the holes also make a big difference as your hand shouldn’t need to stretch to reach all the holes. Instead, there should be a big enough gap to fit a pen between your hand and the ball, indicating a comfortable fit.
Your First Blow: Keep it Simply
As a beginner, you would want to keep blowing as simple as possible without trying to add any special curving ticks that are only supposed to come much later. Once you’ve got the perfect ball and it fits comfortably, you’d want to keep as much of the focus on your blowing hand as possible.
Most blowing allays have five arrows, showing you the centre with the middle arrow. As a beginner, you’d want to position your blowing hand over the centre allow so you can keep your arm straight as you let the ball go. With the ball in your hand, you’d want to relax your wrist but keep it tilted outwards that allows your thumb to point in the direction you want the ball to go.
Keep your arm in this position and try to keep your arm in a straight motion. Let go of the ball when it reaches your ankle and focus on keeping your arm in the same position to ending in the handshake position after the ball has been released.