How to Bowl a Strike
So, you want to know how to bowl a strike? It's simple, roll the bowling ball down the lane, knock down all 10 pins and put an X on the score sheet! Man, only if it was that simple to bowl a strike. Sadly, an article like this can't teach you or show you how to get a strike. There are so many factors that come into play that at the end of the day practice makes perfect. However, I will provide some tips below on how to understand the mechanics of getting a strike and hopefully make it easier for you. If you would like to add something below you can contact me.
- Accuracy - This is where practice is important when learning to bowl a strike. There are several different angles you can hit the pin set to successfully knock them all down. However, to hit those angles you'll need to be able to throw a bowling ball accurately. The more you bowl the more your accuracy should improve thus making it easier for you to hit the "hit the pocket" and get a strike.
- Speed - Speed is another important factor when trying to bowl a strike, it can have a huge effect on your accuracy. While you might think throwing the ball as hard as you can is the best method, it really isn't. As you increase force you lose the ability to accurately throw the ball since most of your effort is going towards force and not form. Work on throwing the ball slowly at first and increase your speed as your accuracy and results improve.
- Find the Pocket - In bowling you'll hear the term "the pocket" used quite often. This is the area of the 10 pin set that when hit correctly will give you the greatest chance for a strike. The pocket is different if your left handed or right handed. If you're a right handed bowler your pocket is the spot between the headpin and the pin immediately to its right, the 1 pin and 3 pin. If you're a left handed bowler your pocket is the spot between the headpin and the pin immediately to its left, the 1 pin and 2 pin. This is the spot where accuracy and speed is critical to bring together to successfully get a strike.
- The Right Bowling Ball - To have accuracy, proper speed and to hit the pocket you'll need the right bowling ball. To be honest, this is why you need to purchase your own personal bowling ball with finger holes specific to your hand size. House bowling balls, or the balls you can use when bowling, are usually low quality, beat up and almost never fit your hand the right way. By using a bowling ball you've practiced with you'll have the best chance in knocking down all 10 pins in one throw.
- Avoid Emotionally Responses - If I had a dollar for every bowler I saw get mad and react poorly to a bad frame I'd be very rich. When you let emotions take over you'll find that your accuracy and technique will start to fall apart. You won't have a good game every time and you need to remember at the end of the day this is just a game. Bowling should be fun and you don't want to ruin the game for everyone else by acting poorly.
I really wish there was some way I could say "Hey, if you do this you'll get a strike every time!" but it would just be a lie. Even with practice and years of experience you'll still have to work to get a strike. The goal is obviously to bowl a perfect game, which is 300. People with high hopes of a perfect series would be aiming for 3 perfect bowling games totaling 900. You might want to read my article on bowling technique and see if you can find something that works for you.