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Bowling Styles: Stroker


The third bowling style that is rather popular is the Stroker. Before going any further, no technique is better than the other. Each has its benefits and downfalls, and they are each the key for a different situation. Knowledge is power though, so we’ll continue on to the meat of this style.

This month we’ll talk about the “Stroker”:


Bowlers that utilize the stroking technique are the most versatile on many lane condition and angles. They produce modest revolutions of the ball with a small tilt at the moment of release. Strokers produce a medium level of power, between the cranker and the spinner that we have previously written about. Rather than power, they depend on accuracy and consistency with a smooth delivery.

A stroker bowler uses a relatively straight wrist position, with or without a wrist support device. It’s relatively easy to utilize this technique if you want to use it regularly or switch things up. A stroker applies a slight tilt by rotating their hand one or two inches and removing their thumb from the hole quickly followed by the other fingers. Their backswing typically is not higher than parallel to the ground.

This style offers a controllable and effective ball motion. It’s used to control the break point at the same time producing a high percentage of pocket hits and spare conversions. The stroking bowling style can also be excellent for converting spares with their consistent and accurate shots. Straight shots are preferred for single pins. Unfortunately, strokers are at a disadvantage when it comes to lanes with very little oil. Trying to over compensate will actually backfire as a result. It’s key to remember that pin action, ball speed, and entry angle all create strikes.

The stroker bowling style is very common to use by many players from beginners to professionals and youth to elderly. To keep a straight wrist position, yet have a powerful release, contact us to obtain a comfortable wrist support. A consistent and powerful release will increase your average and likelihood for strikes. 

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