Practicing bowling drills is a great way to make improvements to your game. A good one should focus on one fundamental technique and should be easy to learn but hard to master. If you’ve been looking for something to reinvigorate your practice routine, then why not give one of these a try?
This drill is designed to get your body used to the extra lateral (side to side) movement your spine experiences during your approach to the foul line. It will ensure that your posture is perfect for bowling a strike as well as keep you safe from a back injury
To begin, get in your normal approach position, except this time, place the ball on the ground below where it would typically hang from your arm. Rotate your forearm until your index finger is pointing forwards and hold this stretch for three to five seconds.
Next, bring the ball up off the ground and into position. If you’ve successfully maintained the posture you had when the ball was on the floor, your spine should be tilting laterally and naturally. The better you get at this drill, the quicker you should be able to get your body into a safe and effective set-up position.
This drill is great for getting used to the balance and form that are necessary for having a perfect release. This drill can be done at the bowling alley, but it’s recommended that you take some time to do this at home in front of a mirror, so you can really work at getting the form correct.
To begin, assume your normal set-up position. Then, without taking any steps, move your bowling ball into pushaway position (out in front of your body with your bowling arm completely extended). From here, let the power of gravity bring your ball down in the style of a swinging pendulum.
When you practice this, you should be focusing on creating a smooth and even backswing without “yanking” the ball down or forcing it into the release. Once you’ve got this mastered in front of a mirror, focus on incorporating it into a real delivery.
Developing Your Own Drills
If you know of a particular problem you have with your bowling game then why not come up with your own personalized drills? To do this, single out one area of your technique that you’re struggling with, and break it down into its most basic components. Who knows—your personal drills might be of use to others as well, so don’t be afraid to share tips with your friends!