How to Increase Bowling Ball Forward Speed & Spin

by Luc Braybury
Speed and spin control are two primary factors in successful bowling.

Speed and spin control are two primary factors in successful bowling.

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Maintaining complete control over the behavior of your bowling ball is the key to successful bowling. Two of the most important skills in ball control are speed and spin control. Increasing the speed of your ball allows the ball to strike the pins harder, resulting in better scores. Controlling spin allows you to approach tough pin positions with skill. Both speed and spin control also aid in adjusting to differing lane conditions, which may be oily or dry, giving you the skills to overcome these potential obstacles.

Step 1

Choose a bowling ball with a low radius of gyration (RG) and a matte-finish, as these features factor into how much the ball will spin.

Step 2

Set your bowling ball higher than is usual for you. Hold it up further by about the height of the bowling ball. Ideally, the ball should be held at about shoulder level. The higher swing increases the momentum transferred to the ball.

Step 3

Start your swing with an upward motion. Aim it slightly outward until your arm is fully extended.

Step 4

Keep your arm and leg muscles as relaxed as possible during your swing. Looser muscles move more quickly than tense muscles, increasing your swing and consequently, the ball's speed.

Step 5

Rotate your fingers quickly, right at the moment you release the ball from your hand. Rotate your fingers in a counter-clockwise motion if right-handed, and a clockwise motion if left-handed.

Step 6

Remove your thumb from the ball before your fingers during the release of the ball. Rotating your fingers will aid in this maneuver.

Step 7

Accelerate your arm through your follow-through motion to ensure the ball is released effectively.

About the Author

Luc Braybury began writing professionally in 2010. He specializes in science and technology writing and has published on various websites. He received his Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

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