Posted by Tenpin at 9.30 on 12 September 2013
Tricks to bowl faster
Ever visited Tenpin and been bowled over by a group of
talented bowlers getting all the attention from the speeds of their
bowling? Onlookers can only stand with gaping mouths admiring
speeds they probably haven't seen since Superman
Here's a helpful checklist you can use to increase the speed
your ball travels down the alley.
Bowling is all about physics, (go figure). How you position
yourself, how you use gravity to your advantage and at what angle
you throw the ball. Before you start, you must make sure you
choose the right bowling ball.
We've highlighted 4 key things that will have you whizzing balls
down the lane in no time, so think F.A.S.T.
F is for Focus
We see no end of people checking out the talent on the lane next
to them, or looking down at the floor as they bowl. We occasionally
see people looking up at the ceiling, but the less said about that
the better (bowling balls and ceilings don't mix)! Focus on
the pins! This will help keep your head up and momentum going
forward as you release the ball. More momentum = more speed,
A is for Angle:
The height at which you raise the ball is a major deciding
factor that determines the overall travelling speed down the lane.
As you approach the Foul line, raise the ball high behind you,
using a straight arm. You're looking for a nice steep angle (a
number of pro's aim for 45 degrees) so that gravity can work its
magic on the ball, accelerating down into your swing. Release the
ball right at the bottom of your swing, and follow through with
your arm afterwards*.
S is for Spin:
Actually it's for Spin Less! (We couldn't make it too easy now
could we?!). Backspin on the ball makes it 'fight' the forward
momentum, slowing it down. To get a reliable action for that
elusive strike, many bowlers put an element of side spin on the
ball. For pure speed though, you want forward rolling balls only!
Bounce will also kill your speed. Be smooth. (There's a bumper
sticker slogan if I've ever seen one!).
T is for Take:
'Take an extra step'. OK, OK so we're clutching at straws with
the 'FAST' acronym! Anyway, taking an additional step helps
increases your momentum to the Foul line. As we saw in the
letter 'F' above, more momentum = more speed!
Good luck! Leave us a comment on facebook letting us know how
you get on and remember to post your top speeds too!
*Disclaimer: you will need shoulder and chest flexibility
when raising the ball up, so build yourself up to a comfortable
level. Never hold the ball over your head. Tenpin accepts no
responsibility for injury or accident occurring as a result of this
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