How To Bowl
The Basics Of Learning How To Bowl
Learning how to bowl is in some ways similar to learning how to throw a football, or a baseball, or how to hit a tennis or golf ball. First you try to do it, which is the easy part. Then you learn how to do it well, with a definite purpose in mind, which can be much harder. You learn to throw a football, and then learn how to throw it in a tight spiral, with good distance and pinpoint accuracy. You learn to throw a baseball and then learn how to throw it accurately, or throw a curve, which is much harder. The same applies to tennis and golf. You can throw a bowling ball down the lane, and maybe even knock a few pins down on your first try, but to place the ball where you want it, consistently, takes good technique and lots of practice.
Two things you'll need from the start are bowling shoes, which can be rented, and a bowling ball that fits your hand. A ball that fits has the right weight for you, and with a hole configuration that allows you to have a comfortable grip. A ball that is either too heavy or too light can be difficult to control, plus a ball that is too heavy will become tiresome to work with in a short time. Proper bowling shoes will have a sole that is not slippery, but still will enable your feet to slide slightly as you deliver the ball. Street shoes usually won't work, will generally be less comfortable, and may even mark up the lanes.
The object is to knock down as many pins as possible in the course of the game. In learning how to bowl, you need to learn how to deliver the ball in a manner that will best accomplish this. It's not easy. You need to start with a comfortable stance, approach the lane with correct footwork, know how to target the pins, and how to properly deliver the ball. Of course during your first attempts, you may accidentally lob the ball once or twice, which everyone will hear, or throw a gutter ball, which is more or less to be expected.
In learning how to bowl, your first victory will likely be keeping the ball on the lane and knocking down a few pins. Your next victory, and a very satisfying one, will be getting a strike, knocking down all ten pins at once, or picking up a your first spare, knocking down all the pins left standing from your previous attempt. You'll discover that these victories quickly become contagious.
As you progress, you'll learn how to target the pins. That means determining where best to place the ball to knock down all the pins still standing. This will be at different spots, depending upon which pins are standing. You can target by looking at the pins, or by using the little arrows on the lane as guides. Targeting takes some practice, but eventually will become second nature.
Part of the game is knowing how to keep score. In most newer bowling alleys, this is done electronically. But in the event of a system failure, it may be necessary to revert to the old pen and paper method. Scoring is not difficult to learn, and you can easily learn how to do it simply by watching, whether it's being done electronically or manually.
There are some rules of etiquette associated with learning how to bowl. You take your turn, you don't disturb a person who is getting ready to deliver the ball, and you don't start preparing to deliver the ball when someone in an adjacent lane has already started their own delivery. You should step back, and wait until that person has thrown their ball before you step up to the line. Almost all bowlers practice good etiquette. After all, everyone is there to have a good time, and by learning how to bowl reasonably well, you will also.