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Hannah1617

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I finally got several videos of myself bowling and posted it to youtube -- check it out ---> https://youtu.be/XcwVkfcoNdQ -- You can comment on the video, or reply back here. 

P.S. check the description of the video on youtube. I added my scores.
Hannah1617

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I finally got several videos of myself bowling and posted it to youtube -- check it out ---> https://youtu.be/XcwVkfcoNdQ -- You can comment on the video, or reply back here. 

P.S. check the description of the video on youtube. I added my scores.
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There's a lot to unpack here.  And rather than getting into all the nuances, I would just say that your best bet is to find a coach locally.  Not just a coach at your school, but one who has been around bowling for a long time and knows what to look for.

Okay, with that said, I will focus on just one or two things, as I suspect we could be here a while unraveling all the things you could work on.  But for starters, there's this:

You need to straigten out your swing.  Despite what modern power players will say, ACCURACY remains the single most important part of bowling.  And to be accurate, you have to have a straight, pendulum swing.  Your swing wraps behind your back and then circles around your torso to...who knows where (one time it goes left, one time it goes right).  (And there's likely a reason for that inconsistency as well, which I'm certain has to do with the lightweight ball you're throwing.  You're old enough and big enough to be throwing 14 pounds.  10 pounds (or even 12) is too light for you.  You need to be throwing 13 at a minimum, and probably 14.  If it's drilled properly for your hand, it won't feel that heavy.  Because your ball is so light, it's too easy for you to manipulate it during the swing.  You want to feel the weight of the ball.  That ball looks like a feather in your hand.  It's much too light, and I can see that by the way your swing plane changes during the swing.  A heaver ball would at least enable you to have ONE swing plane instead of several during each shot.

Now, back to this wrapping of the swing behind your back.  When the ball gets behind your back, there's no place for it to go but AROUND your torso (because it's not going to go THRU your body, it has to go AROUND).  You want that swing to be STRAIGHT.  Straight back, straight through, in a straight line.

Practice swinging the ball while you watch either a line on the floor (like a crack between linoleum tiles, or some artistic line in the floor, or even the boards on a bowling lane). Try to swing the ball so that it stays straight and in line with that line on the floor.  Your swing is currently anything BUT straight.  And quite honestly, without a straight swing, any other advice I might give you won't matter much.  Without a straight swing, nobody can bowl.

Work on that.

And seriously, get a coach.  There's only so much folks like us can do from afar, even with video.

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Originally Posted by BowlingOldies

There's a lot to unpack here.  And rather than getting into all the nuances, I would just say that your best bet is to find a coach locally.  Not just a coach at your school, but one who has been around bowling for a long time and knows what to look for.

Okay, with that said, I will focus on just one or two things, as I suspect we could be here a while unraveling all the things you could work on.  But for starters, there's this:

You need to straigten out your swing.  Despite what modern power players will say, ACCURACY remains the single most important part of bowling.  And to be accurate, you have to have a straight, pendulum swing.  Your swing wraps behind your back and then circles around your torso to...who knows where (one time it goes left, one time it goes right).  (And there's likely a reason for that inconsistency as well, which I'm certain has to do with the lightweight ball you're throwing.  You're old enough and big enough to be throwing 14 pounds.  10 pounds (or even 12) is too light for you.  You need to be throwing 13 at a minimum, and probably 14.  If it's drilled properly for your hand, it won't feel that heavy.  Because your ball is so light, it's too easy for you to manipulate it during the swing.  You want to feel the weight of the ball.  That ball looks like a feather in your hand.  It's much too light, and I can see that by the way your swing plane changes during the swing.  A heaver ball would at least enable you to have ONE swing plane instead of several during each shot.

Now, back to this wrapping of the swing behind your back.  When the ball gets behind your back, there's no place for it to go but AROUND your torso (because it's not going to go THRU your body, it has to go AROUND).  You want that swing to be STRAIGHT.  Straight back, straight through, in a straight line.

Practice swinging the ball while you watch either a line on the floor (like a crack between linoleum tiles, or some artistic line in the floor, or even the boards on a bowling lane). Try to swing the ball so that it stays straight and in line with that line on the floor.  Your swing is currently anything BUT straight.  And quite honestly, without a straight swing, any other advice I might give you won't matter much.  Without a straight swing, nobody can bowl.

Work on that.

And seriously, get a coach.  There's only so much folks like us can do from afar, even with video.



I understand. I was just asking for tips that could possibly help me without coaching, considering I can't have a coach near me every time I bowl and want to practice. That being said, we do have a coach for the bowling team at my school, however, we haven't practiced over the summer because he said he would text everyone when he's available to practice with everyone. But he also focuses more on the people who play really good, mostly during the varsity games, but then again that would make sense so he could help them out during competition.
On the bright side though, I have signed up to go to a bowling camp this weekend. It's only two days, but where we signed up, it said they would check to see if our bowling ball fit (such as the right size) and so we will see if I need a heavier ball. The only thing I hate is that my grandmother just bought me this ball for my birthday and I would to hate to get another one already.
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You don't have to have a coach watch over you every time you bowl.  Bowling coaches won't generally do that anyway.  What I'm talking about is getting with a bowling coach for a lesson or two.  He/she can give you better guidance in person than we can from afar.

That said, I stand by my remarks about straightening up your armswing.

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The main thing is to keep it fun.Bowling has lost the fun aspect for me and
I'm just about ready to give it up.

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The main thing is to keep it fun.Bowling has lost the fun aspect for me and
I'm just about ready to give it up.


Why are you about to give it up?
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You want to learn how to get better and when you get in leagues
people see how bad they can bowl to steal money in jack pots.
Wonder if some people cheat in curling.


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