One of the best places for kids birthday parties is the bowling alley. But in order to bowl your best game and impress all of the other kids’ parents, you need to consider the state of your skills at the moment. Frankly, are you any good? It’s one thing to show up to the local bowling center and roll a few balls for fun.
It’s quite another for the bowling alley to be a place where the competition is fierce and your competitors are there only to motivate you to work harder, work longer, and put in the time and effort to sharpen your abilities and take your game to that all-important next level.
But not to worry, you don’t need to be a wily veteran to put these five tips and techniques into effect, all of them can be just as effective for giving those first-timers a leg up on building a strong foundation on which to build your skill.
1. Pick the Right Ball
Everything about your game is predicated on having the right ball in your hand. You simply cannot improve your game for a better bowling score if the ball you’re using cannot be controlled properly. The best way to achieve that control is to have a ball that’s not too heavy and has the correct size finger holes.
2. Correct Form
If you think you can send the ball down the lane without the right form, you’re just wasting your time. Your form dictates how you deliver the ball down the lane and exactly where you are going to place it to hit the pins. So, consider your form, analyze your shots, and think about where your adjustments can be made. Are you rolling it too hard? Are you rolling it hard enough?
3. Get on Your Routine
Correct form does not come without establishing a smart and sensible routine. We define the routine as everything you do prior to your release of the ball. It’s in how you step up to the line, it’s about the way you walk, it’s how you swing your arm to release the ball. You determine your own routine. You decide how you want to walk, swing, etc. but what you cannot dispute is the fact that you must do all of these exactly the same way, each and every time you are ready to play a frame.
If you hop one foot, spin around, and swing the ball with your arm at a ninety-degree angle (not that any of these things are necessarily going to improve your score), you need to repeat these same movements and motions every time you bowl.
4. Don’t Underestimate the Spare Frame
I know we all want to hit that strike. But if you’re too focused on trying to make every frame a perfect ten, then you’re not focused on getting the points that can also help you win. When you miss a spare, you lose ten pins off your game. So, if you miss that strike (and chances are you will if you’re just getting started) don’t lose your concentration. Aim true and stay determined to knock down every pin.
5. Go Practice
It’s that simple. Go bowling whenever you have a chance. An hour, all night. The more time on the lanes, the better you’ll become. Period.