How to Increase Bowling Ball Speed

by Colby Stream
A faster ball creates a greater carry, knocking over more pins.

A faster ball creates a greater carry, knocking over more pins. Images

As a bowling lane changes, you should, too. Near the end of a game the lane may become dry, something commonly caused by the bowling balls moving around the oil. As a result, the ball doesn't move as fast, creating a poor pin carry when the ball hits the pins. To maintain your normal speed, increase the ball's starting speed. Bowlers use a number of techniques to do this.

Step 1

Maintain relaxed arm and leg muscles on the side you bowl on. Tense muscles move more slowly. Allow the arm to swing freely. Gravity should do most the work as the ball comes down from the holding position at about waist level, swings back and reaches peak and then swings forward.

Step 2

Hold the ball higher, anywhere from 3 to 12 inches above your waist. When you hold the ball higher it increases the speed at which it falls and swings back. This creates more force when it comes forward, increasing the speed of the bowling ball down the lane. The higher you hold it the faster it will go.

Step 3

Add a little muscle behind the ball. Most bowlers don't recommend doing this because it can ruin your form. Done right, however, it can provide a few more MPH to your ball. Keep your arm relaxed as normal on the back swing. Wait until it reaches the farthest point going back and begins to swing forward. Push with your arm until the ball reaches the bottom, letting go as normal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Holding the ball higher may require you to take bigger steps during your approach. Adjust accordingly.
  • Adding muscle to the ball will bring it to the lane quicker. Take faster steps to reach the lane in time. Adjust your stance and approach accordingly.

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