You’ve rented the shoes, chosen a ball, and have your eye on that perfect spot in the lane. You’re ready to bowl! But wait—bowling is harder than it looks. If you want to impress your friends and family (and rack up some strikes), check out these 10 bowling tips for beginners.
1: Don’t aim for the pins
Seriously, resist the urge! The best way to get a strike is by aiming for the pocket—the space between the 1 and 3 pins, or the space between the 2 and 4 pins. Once you get a feel for the lane, you can adjust your aim accordingly.
2: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart:
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and take a few steps forward so that only your toes are touching the line.
3: When you swing the ball:
Remember to keep your arm straight—bending your elbow will decrease both accuracy and power.
4: As you release the ball:
Curl your fingers so that the ball spins as it rolls down the lane. This will give you better control and accuracy.
5: Timing is everything!
As the ball hits the pins, watch carefully so you can time your next throw accordingly. If you act too quickly, you may end up standing in front of fallen pins (which isn’t fun for anyone). If you wait too long, other bowlers may get frustrated because they have to wait for you to clear the lane before they can bowl their turn.
6: Keep your eye on the ball at all times!
This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s important nonetheless. Once you release the ball, resist the urge to watch it roll down the lane—you need to be able to see where it’s going so you can make adjustments on your next turn if necessary.
7: Make sure your hand position:
This allows you to maintain consistency and improve your accuracy over time.
8: Avoid “cutting” when walking up to bowl
if possible, walk in a straight line so that other bowlers can clearly see what you’re doing and avoid running into you by accident.
Pay attention to how other people are bowling and learn from them! If someone gets a strike, take note of their form and try to replicate it on your next turn. You may not get it perfect on your first try, but with practice, anything is possible.
9: Pay attention:
10: Have fun!
At the end of the day, bowling is meant to be enjoyable, so don’t take yourself too seriously. Enjoy yourself, relax, and let those strikes come naturally.
With these 10 bowling tips, you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone at the party — even if striking out isn’t part of the master plan. Most importantly though, remember to have fun! Bowling should be enjoyable, so don’t forget to let loose a little bit. Who knows? Maybe those gutter balls will start looking like strikes in no time.