How To Get Extra Hits In Bowling: The Final Information
When we talk about improving our bowling game, one of the most desirable outcomes is getting more and more hits.
We encourage you to focus on other areas as well in order to become a round bowler (such as understanding oil and lane conditions and practicing picking up your spares). However, this article is all about the fun and exciting roles that destroy all ten pens in one attempt. The strike, of course.
The question, “How can I get more hits?” May seem like a simple question, but it really touches on a variety of aspects of bowling, from your technique to your equipment. This article serves as a crash course for more strikes and thus for higher scores.
Tips for consistent bowling of strokes
As we've said before, anyone who bowls can get a hit every now and then, thanks to just luck and the likelihood of hitting the pegs the right way.
So it's consistent punches that we're looking for and then the feeling that every time you roll your shot, you have a good chance of striking.
How do you get to this point of consistency?
Hook bowling for more punch potential
One of the best ways to get a smoother throw is the hook bowling technique. This means that the ball curves on its way down the lane.
Why is this leading to more strikes?
Basically it gives you a better angle too bag, the key point between the 1 and 3 pins (to the right of the head pin) if you are right-handed; and the 1 and 2 pins (left only) if you are left handed.
We cannot stress the value of a hook ball enough. The benefits include more force on impact and increased pencil support.
Best of all, a hook will get you more hits with the revolutions of your ball even if you don't find the pocket perfect.
To roll a hook, you'll want to use a fingertip motion, swing on a pendulum, and at the time of release, lift your fingers as you twist (or move) them sideways (counterclockwise if you are right-handed and clockwise if You are left-handed).
Check out our article on How to Roll a Hook for more step-by-step instructions.
How to throw punches with a straight ball
However, this doesn't mean you can't get hits without a hook, as almost any straight bowler can attest. (If you've been bowling for a while, you have to hit it every now and then, no matter what style you use.)
If you're new to bowling, the straight shot is almost always what you want to learn first.
So then what are some tips to get more hits when throwing a straight ball?
As we said with hook bowling, a straight bowler will also want to try to hit the pocket with his shot as this will still give them the best chance of knocking down all 10 pins.
If you hit the head pin straight, you won't get proper pin action and also risk leaving a difficult split.
It is also important to work on where you are aiming. Don't try to align yourself directly with the pins, use the lane indicators, arrows, and dots to aim your shot.
Other good things to remember are to keep your wrist straight, keep your hand strong during the release, and get into a handshake position.
Best types of bowling balls for strokes
After bowling with a hook, the next important factor in beating is the equipment you are bowling with. What Exactly Are The Best Bowling Balls For Strikes?
House bowling balls that you can find on the racks in the alley are made of plastic. Regardless of how you throw them, they can't hook as much as custom balls made from other materials.
Urethane bowling balls have a much larger hook potential and are recommended for serious bowlers who want to learn to hit more consistently.
Other advanced cover material materials like reactive resin balls are slightly more costly investments but can more than pay off for the more serious bowler.
The weight of the ball is also an important factor, but not always clear. First, a slightly heavier ball (like stepping up from 13 to 14 pounds) can help you carry extra pen.
But you don't want to overdo it and try to roll a ball that is too heavy for you and difficult to control and can even lead to injury. It is therefore important that you balance these two principles and choose a weight that suits you: a little heavier if possible, but not too much.
Read our article on Choosing Your First Bowling Ball to discuss these ideas in more depth.
Mastery of the oil and roadway conditions for further strikes
When bowling for strikes, it is important that you understand the road surface conditions, also known as the volume and location of the oil that is being applied to the lane.
The bowling ball hooks more on a lane with little oil (dry) and less on a lane with more oil (wet).
This is more important when throwing a hook ball as your ball will come more over the lane and thus hit more (or less) oil. If you're a straight bowler, this aspect isn't that important.
Read our article on bowling alley conditions for more tips on these complex areas of the game.
We hope that this article has given you some action elements that you can implement into your game to increase your hit potential.
As you've read, your technique is important, but far from the only factor. To consistently improve your bowling game and throw more strokes, you also need to consider your equipment and the conditions that you will find on the lane.