Bowling Faults and Their Solutions

by : rhusain

These are the continuation of the above mentioned common faults that as a bowling player you could commits and you like not being able to concentrates, playing wrong angles for strikes, playing wrong angles for spares.

I cite these examples just to show some instances of how inconsequential and unimportant details can clutter up your mind and keep you from concentrating on the really important things. The position of the index and little fingers on the ball and the "what to do with the left arm" are things that one settles naturally for himself. REMEDY. Don't try to make the game any harder than it is by looking for things that don't matter anyway. Put all your concentration on things like footwork, backswing, facing directly forward with your shoulders parallel to the foul line, etc.

Playing wrong angles for strikes
If you roll a straight ball, you have a better percentage of success when you play your ball from the proper angle in this case, the right-hand corner of the approach. Your chances of carrying the 5-pin are increased if you hit the desired 1-3 pocket. On the other hand, if you play it from the improper angle, say, from the center of the alley, your chances of leaving the 5-pin are increased because of the deflection of the ball after striking the 1-pin. Conversely, playing a hook ball from the right-hand corner of the alley decreases your chances for strikes, because in many cases it comes into the pins too strongly from an outside angle and tends to leave standing either the 4-pin or the 4-9 setup. One should move more toward the center for a hook delivery.

Starting a curve ball too far to left of center results in "closing the angle" on the 1-3 pocket and thus increases the chances for the 10-pin to remain standing. That pin is left standing often enough (as I can attest), and there is no point in magnifying this disadvantage. REMEDY. As a general rule, roll a straight ball from the right- hand corner, a hook ball from a three-quarter angle, and a curve from a point near the center. Bear in mind that changing alley conditions will force you to vary the point of delivery. In other words, suppose that you roll a hook ball and you find that your ball is not coming up to the 1-3 pocket but instead is hitting the 3-pin practically dead center. If you are satisfied that you have been throwing your normal ball, your way of correcting this is to move farther over toward the right-hand side and deliver your ball more directly toward the 1-3 pocket. On the other hand, if your hook ball has been "crossing over," or hitting the 1-2 pocket or left-hand side, you should reverse the above procedure. This time your move is farther toward the left of the alley and you direct your ball a bit farther to the right than before. The same thing, with variations, is true of the straight ball and the curve ball.

Playing wrong angles for spares
While this has been covered in our chapter on spare bowling, we might mention again that our idea in shooting spares is to hit each one dead center. Playing spares from the wrong angle increases the chances of missing them. REMEDY. There are three basic spare angles the 7-pin, the 5-pin, and the 10-pin angle, with slight adjustments for individual spares. These angles are shown in the accompanying diagram. On it you will see the orthodox manner of correctly playing these basic angles, and you can make your own adjustments depending upon your type of ball and the setup of the spare.

Now you have the remedy for not being able to concentrates, and playing wrong angles for strikes and spares, etc. Practicing them can help you to overcome them slowly and improves your game.