Bowling is a popular and entertaining sport that requires the development of a lot of skill. Of course, just like any other skill based pursuit, you need a lot of practice to develop your abilities in bowling. One of the most common pitfalls of a beginner bowler is a gutter ball – that is, when the ball doesn’t go straight to the target pins but veers left or right and eventually going to the gutter. A gutter ball is a common mistake in bowling and, in fact, even expert players still commit them sometimes. But a gutter ball can be remedied with practice and the proper techniques.
The first thing you need to do is to stand on the line where the alley’s foul area is located. From this location, move back for steps. This is to ensure that you have leverage in the alley. Remember this area because this will now be your starting point every single time you play. One of the most common mistakes of beginner bowlers is not identifying their starting point. They just randomly start at different points before the foul line. This means the bowler will constantly compensate and will not develop a uniform approach and timing for the ball release.
Holding the ball is also crucial. You should hold the ball firmly using both hands before the approach. Stand with your feet slightly apart and bring the ball close the chest. One hand should have the fingers firmly in the holes while the other hand serves as support. You can either bend the knees slightly or stand straight depending on your style but make sure your arms are in a line as you lift your elbows to your side.
You should now build momentum as you begin your approach. Take the first step using the foot that is aligned with the hand that holds the ball. This means if you are holding the ball with your right hand, then your first step is with your right foot. Make sure you have a firm grip on the bowling so you won’t step awkwardly, or worse, drop the ball.
Now take your second step. Bend your knees a little as you begin aiming the ball with your hand. With the third step you should be swaying the ball towards your back or behind you. Try to do this as far as you can reach back. In order to preserve your balance, bend forward a little.
With your fourth step, it is the time to throw the ball. Bend your knees more. When aiming, locate the space between the first and second or the first and third pins, depending on which hand you use. This way, the ball will roll more or less within the center of the alley.
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Thanks! I’m a horrible bowler so I always get gutter balls