Bowling is a great way to get exercise while also having a fun time. Bowling, while somewhat physical, is not too strenuous for bowling seniors or beginners. Bowling improves strength, posture and coordination. Here are some top tips for bowling seniors, as well as for anyone who has never bowled before.
Find the right bowling ball
Bowling seniors don’t need to spend a ton of money on the latest bowling ball or heaviest for that matter. It just has to be controllable. While having a personalized bowling ball will definitely improve the game and with a fingertip grip, it relieves forearm tension that house balls will often have because of the unsupported grip. When choosing a bowling ball, it’s important to select a weight that is appropriate to the bowler’s strength and ability. This is true at any age. A ball that is too light or heavy will not only affect your game, it can also cause muscle soreness or injury. Too light of a bowling ball will have you throwing it too quickly, which can ‘jerk’ your arm and shoulder. A ball that is too heavy, will take more exertion and drag your throwing arm down, likely resulting in sore muscles or even worse. It is also important for bowling seniors to make sure their fingers fit comfortably in the finger holes of the ball they choose, as well as a comfortable hand span that doesn’t leave them stretching their fingers too much, or crowding them too close together.
Holding the ball correctly
A lot of bowling seniors and beginning bowlers may not realize how important the stance and how a bowling ball is held are to a better game as well as preventing soreness. Many senior bowlers that are new to the game make the mistake of holding the bowling ball at waist level. While this may seem more comfortable, it actually affects both the way the ball is delivered down the lane as well as the back, shoulder and arm.
Holding the bowling ball at the waist has the bowler automatically in position to be leaning forward as they start their approach, which compromise release of the bowling ball and accuracy of the game. It can also put more strain on the back as the bowler bends over more and the arm and shoulder as the bowler will need to use more force to give the bowling ball proper momentum.
Once the bowler is on the approach, the bowling ball should be held at shoulder length of the throwing arm. The ball should be held as close to the body as is comfortable for them. This helps to straighten the posture and will aid in giving the ball the proper momentum and control. As the bowler approaches the foul line to prepare to release, the bowling arm will start its natural swing. The other arm, known as the ‘balancing’ arm, will fling out to the side, helping to maintain balance while the throwing arm swings and releases the ball.
Having a bowling ball at the right weight and holding it correctly at the approach, during the approach and at release will dramatically affect a bowler’s game and enjoyment.