An Overview Of Hook Bowling For Beginners
Are you a beginner bowler who wants to improve your game by learning new bowling techniques, such as how to hook a bowling ball? Below I have provided a variety of steps to teach you how to effectively hook a bowling ball.
First and foremost, like any sport, you need to have the right equipment. In order to hook a bowling ball it is imperative you need a bowling ball that can catch the friction of the lanes, also meaning you need to make sure your ball is made from a product called Reactive Resin, which will work on even the worst lanes. There is no doubt that you need the right equipment to play your absolute best.
Most professional bowlers bring a variety of balls in case of one being damaged, or if they need to perform a specific technique that requires a ball in a different weight category. Reactive Resin balls are the best to use for strikes, spares, or to hook a bowling ball. It has been proven that most generic bowling balls that you get from the bowling alley do not hook very well. Even if you have a top-of-the-line bowling ball, be sure to ask the lane attendants if the lanes you are using are damaged in any way or have been oiled recently; for that makes a large difference in how your ball rolls.
Next, make sure you have a good grip with the ball, this has to do with your ball being drilled correctly, and making sure the holes conform to your fingers. In order to hook a bowling ball you must grip your middle and ring finger of your dominant hand – the placement of your fingers varies depending on what type of technique you are trying to use. A new up and coming product in the bowling community is Vacu-Grips, these are used to expand and contract to your finger width while your bowling, (used mostly by frequent, professional bowlers).
Visualize the line that you plan on taking across the lane. Typically, depending on your lane, the condition will typically be oiled especially if you are playing professionally in a league, the alley will not give you an un-oiled, damaged lane. Use the arrow markings to guide your throw. Start with your right foot on the middle dot on the approach, this proven to be a great way to test how the lanes are hooking. Also, keep your feet closely together.
Make your swing, although a 4-step approach is recommended, take as many as eight, or what you are comfortable with. Push off the ball on your first step, and make sure you have a good follow through, your follow through is just as important as the release itself to hook a bowling ball. After that, you can make any necessary adjustments as to what you can fix during the next frame, depending on how your ball is working with the particular lane that day.