Bowling Instruction - Needed Or Not?
Most likely, the vast majority of recreational bowlers have had little or no formal bowling instruction. Most have improved their game over time by practice, watching more experienced bowlers, picking up occasional tips, or just asking for help now and then. If one is bowling for fun, and more or less satisfied with his or her scores, formal instruction may not be necessary, and probably is a waste of time for the occasional bowler.
Still, if one is in a league with other bowlers who are very good at the game, peer pressure, or simply the desire to not be the worst bowler in the building, may prompt one to look for one type or other of bowling instruction. This could consist of hiring a professional instructor, buying a DVD, reading books on the subject, or taking some lessons from a friend, willing to spend some time to bring you up to a higher level.
There are many things to be taken into account to become an advanced bowler, and any program of bowling instruction should cover all the bases. Though not the most athletic of sports, certainly not a contact sport, or one requiring the ability to run fast or jump high, some basic athletic qualities are needed. Being in good physical condition will of course help you do your best, but bowling is a sport that many, with one or another type of physical handicap, can still participate in and do quite well.
Bowling instruction should include subjects such as proper breathing, and learning to focus and concentrate. The techniques of approaching the lane, footwork, and delivering the ball, including the follow through, are of course once learned, can always be improved upon. A good instructor will catch bad habits which can hinder your ability to improve.
Most bowlers focus on getting strikes. Accumulating strikes result in high scores and there is always the elusive 300 game, where all you have to do is throw 12 consecutive strikes. A good instructor will not only teach you how to best deliver the ball to get strikes, but every bit as important, will teach you how to target and deliver the ball to pick up spares, especially the more difficult spares. If you consistently can pick up spares, you will get good scores. Throw in a few strikes and you will get some great scores. In this respect, your mind set towards the game can become of great importance, and your instructor can help in this area as well.
Instruction should also cover such things as using a ball that is of the right weight for you, and has hole spacing that best fits your grip. There are plenty of "little" things a good instructor can pick up on, that will benefit your game. If formal bowling instruction is not for you however, books and DVDs on bowling will invariably contain tips which you will find that can definitely help improve your game.