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Bowling Tips for Beginners

Bowling Tips for Beginners

by November 30, 2019 Individual Sports

Bowling as a hobby can be very rewarding but if a beginner doesn’t approach the learning process with a few sometimes overlooked facts, it can get very discouraging in a hurry. It is my intention to point out a few of these without dispiriting an enthusiastic beginner. First let me present my credentials; I am almost 59 years old and have been bowling since the ripe old age of 10. Although in my nearly five decades of experience I have never achieved the ever elusive “perfect” or 300 game I have many games in the high 270’s and several 700 series. My lifetime average is 180+ which for a non-professional is quite high.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the game of bowling to a beginner is having to find a ball that not only fits your hand but also is not too heavy or light. Too heavy tires the bowler easily and too light can be just as deterring because pin action is sacrificed. Many people quit this game before they give it much of a chance simply because they can’t seem to get consistent results from a “house ball” (loaners that the bowling establishment keeps for non-regular bowlers). If you are serious about giving bowling a chance, a house ball is not the way to go. The purchase of a good ball is essential. Before some of you go ballistic and scream about the outrageous prices of balls at your local bowling alley, let me point out that the bowling alley is not the only place to buy a ball and bowling balls not only come in many weights from 10 pounds to 16 their price range starts as low as 40 dollars. Are you going to get a top of the line professional ball for 40 bucks? No! But what you will get is a ball that is drilled to fit your hand at a weight you can handle which I believe is half the battle.

Finally, a beginner needs to invest in a decent pair of bowling shoes. Like bowling balls, the bowling establishment provides bowling shoes to the occasional bowler at a small rental fee. The problem with this almost parallels the problems with using loaner balls. First there is the problem of hygiene which I believe the dangers are obvious. The main problem I see with rental shoes is that you never know what physical condition the shoe is in. The last bowler to use the rental shoes you have rented may have stepped in a puddle of water on the floor just before he turned the shoes in to the establishment. Wet soles on bowling shoes make for some very rough bowling since a shoe that is designed to slide on the approach of the lane will stick if wet.

These two tips should provide the beginning bowler with enough information to at least give the sport an honest try as a hobby without the discouragement that many beginners experience and then quit prematurely. An adequate ball and decent shoes will cost less than 100 dollars combined and this will not break the bank even if you decide bowling is not for you.

These are all the basic tips and tricks for the game. You can visit to learn more about the game and see all the accessories and stuff that is relevant to the game of bowling.