Common Faults and Solutions of Bowling

by : rhusain

When playing the game of bowling there are common faults that all the players commit, whether they are men or women. The faults may be caused by anything, but there are always remedy to the faults. These remedies can help you to correct yourself in order to play the game. Read more to find the remedies of the common faults that you may commit as a player.

Even the experts bowl badly at times, but one of the chief differences between the top-score and low-score bowlers is that the former learn to recognize their faults and get rid of them. Following is a list of the more common faults and what to do about them.

Improperly facing pins at start.
By this we mean having one shoulder ahead of the other, not standing in an easy, relaxed style or not facing the target you desire to hit. As a result, you do not go up to the foul line in a straight line. If you are crouched tensely, you will probably finish with a sidearm explosion instead of a smooth, easy delivery. REMEDY. Take a relaxed, easy position, with your eyes directed straight forward and your shoulders parallel to the foul line. In your starting position, check yourself to make sure that you are facing directly forward.

First step out of line
A bad beginning that almost always results in a poor ending. If your first step is out of line, you will proceed toward the foul line in zigzag fashion, or go toward your target at a bad angle. You may wind up delivering the ball from the center of the alley instead of from the corner where you intended to release it. REMEDY. Be deliberate on your first step. Make it short and make sure your step is directly toward your target.

Allowing the right shoulder to be pulled back
The right shoulder may be dropped (as the weight of the ball makes itself felt on the downward swing), but the ball's weight must not be allowed to pull the shoulder back so that you are turned to the right instead of facing the target. REMEDY. As the ball swings downward and backward past your right leg, make certain that your body and head are directed straight forward, and that the ball is taken straight back. By using the right shoulder as the pivot base for the arm swing, you will not bring the ball back too high.

Not keeping the arm close to the body
This probably applies more to women than to men. If one allows the ball to swing outward and away from the body during the back- swing, it will cause the forward swing to take an outside-in arc, making the bowler deliver either a "backup" ball or an across-the-body ball that is very inaccurate. REMEDY. Remember to take the ball straight back not out- ward. Keep the right arm close to the body in a natural manner.

Too high a backswing
Probably one of the cardinal sins of bowling. It causes the bowler to throw the ball instead of roll it, forces him off balance at the delivery, and makes him hop at the foul line. REMEDY. Let the ball swing backward naturally in a smooth, easy motion. Do not try for speed. Concentrate on timing and rhythm. As a general rule, do not take the ball back any higher than your shoulder. All you are seeking is enough momentum on the downswing to allow the ball to roll the alley distance at natural speed.

Not enough backswing
This fault is committed more by women than by men. If you do not take the ball back far enough you will have to push it on the delivery, you do not have natural speed, your follow-through is poor, and the ball may be pulled out of line, which results in inaccurate shots. REMEDY. Let the ball swing back naturally as far as it will go. When it has reached the peak of its arc, let it come forward on the downswing with the weight of the ball furnishing the necessary power for a smooth delivery.

Now you must know what kind of faults that you could commit and you also know now what you can do to solves the common problems you might have in playing the bowling games in a better way. These remedies could be of good use if you follow them to improve your game. You can go ahead in confidence to apply these remedies.