Wrist Support in Bowling

The first question is: do you even need a wrist support? You are going to notice that many of the top bowlers do, indeed wear wrist supports. For them, wearing a wrist support oftentimes only gives them a tiny advantage, but that tiny advantage can mean a lot during a tournament.

Some reasons why you might want to use wrist support are: you have had a wrist or hand injury in the past; you want to get a feel for the proper positioning of your wrist so that you can bowl better without the glove; your wrist flexes too far and too much for a good and proper release; your wrist is too small and/or too weak. Your wrist and its movement are key when it comes to bowling!

Wrist supports, like bowling balls, can be divided into three main categories: beginner wrist supports, mid-range wrist supports, and high performance or advanced wrist supports. The closer to advanced your wrist support is, the more it is going to cost you!

So, let’s take a look at beginner wrist supports, first. These are the least expensive, and they can still be quite effective. Before you decide to spend a ton of money on an advanced wrist support, you should most definitely take a look at some of the beginner ones

A beginner wrist support offers support by holding a piece of metal on the back of the support, and sometimes on the front, as well. It does not have any moving parts. If you are not going to be bowling a ton, this might be the perfect support for you – of course, if you know that you are going to bowl a lot, you should step it up and get a mid range wrist support. The beginner support can weaken over time – the metal can often get bent, ruining the whole purpose of wearing the glove.

Mid-range wrist supports are a bit better, and therefore generally a bit more expensive – they cover the whole area from the wrist to the fingers (and/or sometimes the first joint of the fingers) and can keep your fingers from flexing when you are about to release the ball. The metal used in mid-range wrist supports is more durable than the previously mentioned metal used in beginner wrist supports.

Advanced wrist supports are the most expensive and can cover the entire finger. These gloves are the most adjustable – you can adjust how much your hand is cupping or how straight it is. There can be big differences between different advanced wrist supports.

If you have read this article and have found it informative, then most likely you are going to want to wait before you try out an advanced wrist support. Before you try one of the advanced ones, you want to make sure that you can feel the differences between each glove and thoroughly understand which one will help you the most.

It is likely best for you to buy a beginner or a mid-range wrist support. Buy the latter of the two if you know that you will be bowling a lot – it may be a bit more expensive, but it will simply last longer.
And realize that even more important than the price of the wrist support is how well it fits. Be sure to buy a wrist support that fits your hand perfectly, otherwise it could do more harm than good. Some wrist supports are easily adjustable so that you can fit it to your hand, specifically. Many wrist supports come in multiple sizes, too.

Clear Bowling Balls

The clear bowling balls look magnificent and unique, as their outer cover is made up of transparent plastic, and can be fabricated using different means. One way is to paint its inner sides so as to look like a specific object. Most commonly used ones are skulls, professional logos, can be made to look like other sports balls like the basketball or the tennis ball, or may even contain funny designs or superheroes if they are meant for the kids or beginners. These inner painted balls have no cores, so they are not suitable for spinning the ball.

Cores play an important role in any ten pins game. The balls are made so that it has a core, which is either deformed on a side, or not in the centre making its centre of mass destabilized. This creates an imbalance, thus making the cores make each ball roll and move, as they tend to turn in that directions trying to stabilize its core, making it spin. As normal clear bowling balls have no core, a different version of them actually keeps the object inside, this behaves like the core. And the different shaped object used inside allows each ball to behave differently.

If you are a professional bowler, you should choose the balls with a core rather than the ones that are inner painted, which are mainly used to let others see how interesting it looks. Those balls use different shapes on cores, which can be cylindrical or cubical, and needs to be personalized with a particular design, as all designs don’t look equally good on a specific core shape. So choosing the core and designs are most important.

Be a Good Bowler

Mostly an aerobic form of exercise, bowling helps in burning of calories and working of muscle groups not usually exercised. Other than promoting weight, loss the game also works ligaments, joints, tendons, and muscles in the arm. Moreover, as is the norm with other sporting activities, this one helps psychosocial behavior that is attributed to forming of friend bonds.

Either the balls are rolled on a wooden or synthetic surface into objects called pins or to get close to a target ball, points are earned this way. It might seem easy but just as any other sport, the sport requires some prior warm up before getting on the pitch. This is done to avoid sudden stitches and muscle pulls once inside the pitch.

Since the balls are heavy and vary in size, one bowling tip is that they should be picked up in both hands, and while doing so, one knee should be bent to avoid back injuries owing to uneven weight distribution in the player’s body. They also do have a returning mechanism after they have been released from the player’s hand. It is advisable that nobody has their hands on them when the balls are rolling back to avoid cases of fractures and broken wrists.

Most people tend to think that bowling is an indoor game. Surprisingly enough, the game is at times usually played in a lawn outdoors. In this type, players attempt to put the ball closest to a designated spot. It is worth noting that in this type, the balls are eccentrically heavy and could therefore easily cause injuries if not well observed. A bowling tip to be observed is that care should be taken during outdoor events to minimize accidents such as hitting passersby with the ball.

Talking of pins, there are four main variations, but there are many others in other parts of the world. The ten pin is the heaviest and largest of all pins, found and used in South America. In addition, just as the name suggests, the candlepin is tall and thin and is usually bowled with a hand held ball. The other is a duckpin that is still bowled with a hand held ball only that it is short and squat. Mostly found in Canada, the five pin is between the candle and duckpins in diameter, but spots a rubber girdle.

Mid Range Bowling Balls

Overall, if you are looking to step up your game, it is a good idea to move onto a mid range bowling ball. To go straight from a basic urethane ball (like the house balls at a bowling alley) to a high performance ball may hurt your game more than it can help it.

A mid range bowling ball, on the other hand, might step your game up just the right amount… and it is going to cost you less money! Mid range bowling balls can be very aggressive without being too aggressive.

A mid range bowling ball is going to give you a much better breakpoint reaction and greater hook. Not until you have mastered a mid range bowling ball should you move up to a high performance ball.

It is possible to find a great range of mid range bowling balls by all of the greatest manufacturers. Something in the $75-125 price range is generally a good bet.

What kind of mid range bowling ball should you get?

  • A polyester ball does not grip the lane – it is not going to give you much hook.
  • A Reactive bowling ball has better traction. Also, if you bowl in different bowling alleys that have different lane conditions, you are going to notice that difference whenever you bowl with a reactive bowling ball.
  • A particle ball is going to have a lot of hook to it. Nonetheless, many people say that they are easier to control than reactive bowling balls.

Good luck on your search for the perfect mid range bowling ball!

How To Hone Your Hook In Bowling

  1. Make sure you are using the right bowling ball. Both the size and weight of the ball must be in perfect proportion to the shape and strength of the bowler. If you are not using the proper ball, you will not hit your target.
  2. It is vital to have a good grip on the bowling ball. You always want to bowl with your dominant hand. If you are right handed, bowl with your right hand. If you’re a leftie, then use your left hand. Some players tuck their “pinky” underneath their bowling ball for additional support and to increase the force when releasing the ball.
  3. When you bowl, you must remain focused and visualize where you want the ball to go. Some bowlers use the arrow markings as a guide when judging the ball’s path.
  4. Your release needs to be perfectly timed. Some bowlers take four steps, with the third being a half step to make sure they are in the correct position for release. To get perfect timing, swing the bowling ball while you are taking your steps, and start to release the ball when your ankle touches the ground and you begin sliding. Release the ball when you stop sliding.
  5. The swinging and release of the ball is the last step. If you want to use the hook, the trick is to make the bowling ball rotate as it rolls down the lane. To make this happen, you have to bend your elbow during your swing and straighten it out as you release.

Basics to Achieve a Strike

To further ensure that a strike is achieved certain factors have to be looked at. The lane for starters can dictate how your bowling ball will behave and this being the case it is important to look closely at the lane. Take for example a dry lane; this can lead to a sticky surface that may lead to the ball not rolling as smoothly as one would want it to. Likewise an oily lane provides the bowling ball with the ability to roll smoothly, this although at time might prove challenging when it comes to the ball control. Having this knowledge one has to know how best to approach the game and what best way should be used when throwing the bowling ball. For on to know how to bowl a strike, practice has to be done to achieve perfection. By one being able, to do this he or she will in the process be able to have a natural and all so familiar way of throwing the ball to achieve a strike. This will in time lead to a calculated move in which every time it is done will lead to a strike.

Every game requires a plan for one to win and this is no less. By having, a plan one will be able to dictate on where ball is to go. When throwing that bowling ball for a strike, it is advisable that a straight throw is thrown. This can further maximize the chances of hitting a strike if the wrist is relaxed and the ball gets to be thrown with minimal spin. Here a plastic bowling ball can really come in handy since it has a much higher chance of going strait. Another factor that makes a plastic ball the ideal one for this fit is its easier control in the different types of lanes. With this in check, it is important for one to also try and use the different types of bowling style available to know which best fits their game. With these steps followed closely, one can be able to achieve a strike, double, or even triple very easily. In the event of a strike a player gets to not only get 10 points but he also get the added advantage of having bonus points awarded to them from the two balls that are yet to be played.

Cricket Bowling

In bowling, a combination of natural ability, good technique and practice is the recipe for good bowling, whether it is fast, slow or spin.

Here are some tips that will help your bowling and when implemented correctly your bowling speed:

The basic grip to hold the ball is to keep the seam vertical and to hold the ball with your index finger and middle finger either side of the seam with the side of your thumb resting on the seam underneath the ball.

In your approach/run in, try to stay:

  • Smooth,
  • Balanced,
  • Economical,
  • Rhythmical,
  • Consistent and stay relaxed and try not to tense up.

During your approach and action, your head position is very important. Make sure that as you approach the wicket you are running at a steady, consistent speed, and increase strides. Aim to keep your head as steady and level as possible, looking towards your target.

Pull your front arm down and through the target area, making sure you complete the delivery with a full follow through.

Try to keep everything in the same direction, towards your target, keep your hips and shoulders parallel/in-line, and follow through the delivery in the direction where you intend the ball to go.

Also as a bowler it is very important to stay in great shape, as you’ll enjoy the game more and perform better in the latter stages if you have good stamina. So incorporating some light weight sessions in to your training is important.

Also aim to try and run 3 times a week to keep your cardiovascular system in top condition and to improve your stamina. South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, is well know for running 10Km every morning, even on match days!

Bowling Shoes Have Gone Hi-Tech

Bowling shoes are really specialty shoes, they are constructed specifically to perform certain functions, as well as protect the approach surface. For a right-handed bowler, the left foot is your final step toward the foul line; the left shoe is designed to slide to the foul line. The right shoe is designed to provide traction to facilitate the push off that starts your approach. For a left-handed bowler just reverse the above.

Just a few years ago you had very few style choices, your shoes were either black or white and had a leather slide pad on the slide shoe, and no modifications to the push-off shoe.

That has changed; today there are now more manufacturers of these shoes, offering many new styles, and a wide price range. If you are a recreational bowler, you will benefit from having your own shoes just because you will have a consistent fit and feel. You will become used to how they slide and have a more comfortable and natural approach.

If you are bowling in a league or if you are a competitive bowler you will want a bowling shoe that offers more features. These made for competitive bowlers offer such “accessories” as changeable slide pads, and changeable heels on your slide shoe, this allows you to customize your shoe to exactly how you would like it to perform, or to make adjustments for changing approach conditions. The traction shoe is equipped with a positive traction toe or sole, which will promote solid consistent, push off to start your approach. One top company even offers a “shuffle” shoe style for those bowlers who tend too shuffle their approach steps. These are going to cost a bit more, however they will also give you years of performance.

Many bowlers will use a “slide sock” that is designed to slip over the slide pad to allow for more slide on sticky approaches, this device is especially useful on synthetic approaches.

There are also “wet socks” available to slip over your slide shoe when walking outside of the bowling approach area, this protects the slid pad from getting wet. If your shoes are ready to be replaced, or if you are looking to make a first time purchase, check with your pro shop for your choices.

Bowl Better by Making Spares

Today it’s a lot different. The fingertip (your index and ring fingers only go in to the first knuckle) resin reactive balls are more efficient for getting strikes but will leave a lot of ten pins or seven pins if you’re left handed. This is because the ball enters the pocket (1-3 or 1-2 if you left handed) at a sharper angle causing the 6 or 4 pin to fly around the 10 or 7 pin. Now this where a spare making plastic ball comes into play. I personally use a plastic ball to make all my spares whether they are on the right or left of the lane. I revert back to the day when all balls were alike and had to throw straight at whatever was left. It makes sense that less hook the more chances a bowler has of making that spare. My plastic ball is drilled fingertip just because it’s easier to throw. I don’t think that flip flopping back and forth between a conventional and fingertip grip is a good thing.

The industry has come a long way since I learned how to bowl. The equipment is better but the fact remains the spares haven’t changed. The formula for a great game is to make your first shot a good one so the spares you leave are one pin spares. Strikes will happen on their own and making your spares will drastically improve your score. So my advise is to get yourself a plastic ball for those spares and practice, practice, practice.

Improve Your Bowling Game

I am going to give you some tips that you can use to improve your bowling game drastically, go ahead and give them a try.

Keep that arm swing loose

Remember first and foremost, keep your grip relaxed in the ball. To avoid the muscled arm swing don’t squeeze your fingers or thumb. To avoid this it’s best to head down to a pro shop and get a ball fitted and drilled correctly so you can have a relaxed thumb. Like I said, you don’t want to have to squeeze the ball because your thumb doesn’t fit.

Finish close to the foul line

The closer you are to the foul line the less energy you will have to use. When you’re all the way up to the foul line, you’ll want to have the ball a short distance over the foul line, which will result in the ball making contact with the lane further down and it’ll preserve energy so you can knock down all the pins. The further you are from the foul line the more energy you will have to use.

Relax your thumb and come through with the ball

If you over lift, or turn the ball during the release it will cause muscling or misdirection of your arm swing. So remember relax your thumb and release the ball with the free arm swing, finish close to the foul line and make sure you have good lower body leverage.

Bowling is all in the mind!

Visualize the lanes in your mind, define your good shots and do them until they’re near perfection.

The drop off method

Instead of pushing the ball away, hold the ball up at the shoulder level then take a small step but do not move the ball just let it drop down into the swing on the second step.

Come up with your own style

Whatever you think helps you make your game better and gets you high scores, then by all means use it. Apply the techniques that work for you.