I actually come from a ten-pin background, but I really want to take advantage of the 5 pin lanes we have here. And I get a kick out of manual scoring. Speaking of manual scoring, it's interesting to see how it becomes a major part of the game. One thing I've noticed in the 3 weeks I've been there, each score card has its own style. One lady on my team writes the names for all 3 games in very nice cursive writing has quite a refined system for keeping track of the game and score. I know it sounds crazy, but I really enjoy this part of the game. Everyone at the end gathers around with calculators and pencils to find out the winners, and the "no no no you added it wrong" can cause quite the stir... lol
That was the first problem I had, over hooking the ball. Very common from a ten-pin bowler bowling 5-pin. You would actually be surprised how many 5 pin bowlers would prefer to have slight hook on their ball, but have a difficult time with the release.
Common mistake, gripping the ball with your full hand - like palming a basketball. This can cause abnormal hook. You want to hold the ball with your fingers, leaving a pocket between the ball and the palm of your hand. Concentrate on rolling the ball of of your fingers.