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Perfect Strike Series: Hooked Bowling Shot


You have your approach practiced perfectly, and you have practiced a little to understand the oil patterns better. What’s next? Deciding on the type of bowling shot. Each bowler has their own form, and after getting into the swing of things, you’ll find what’s comfortable and easiest for you. Some people bowl relatively straight, others curve their ball.

As for now, we’ll discuss how to curve the bowling ball.

Throwing a Hook:

As a rule, you want to hit the pocket to obtain a strike, between the 1 and 3 pin or 1 and 2 pin depending if you’re right handed or left handed. Watching the pros, you’ll see a majority of them give some curve to their ball, whether slight or severe. It’s important to aim for the arrow you want the ball to hit, rather than the pins themselves. You need to remove your thumb from the ball before your other fingers. Generally speaking, if you’re right handed, rotate your thumb to a 10 o’clock position as you release the ball. If you’re left handed, rotate to the 2 o’clock position. As mentioned previously, you can always adjust this based on how much you want your ball to hook down the lane.

One key advantage to throwing a hook ball is that it allows you more control. Pros and coaches alike recommend this technique if you’re getting serious, but the disadvantage is that it requires time and money to perfect it. A ball specifically made for hooking from a pro shop is a good investment. Patience to develop the level of hook and spin is key with this shot.

Remember, there is no need to feel the need to stick to one type of shot or style only. A main pattern that has shown up again is the importance of your release in bowling. Along with these strategies, a custom bowling wrist support will assist you in obtaining the perfect release. Our bowling wrist guards are comfortable, lightweight, and durable. 

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