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#157923 - 11/09/11 09:26 PM How to target for less hook?
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I cant believe I actually have to ask this question, but apparently watching Jordan and listening to his coach, and reading Coach Jim's advice to him has helped my release tremendously and now I am having trouble staying right of the head pin.

I was wondering by moving my target left but keeping my feet where they are will that help kill some hook? I really dont want to try different releases yet until this one is built into my muscle memory. But I start having issues as the oil goes away. I have controlled it somewhat by holding my ball higher and adding speed but that only works for so long of course. By the last game in either house I am bowling in I am hooking several boards with my Tropical (not heat) looks pretty but does not score well lol . So I thought why not ask the experts?
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#157925 - 11/09/11 10:00 PM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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If you move your target left but keep your feet the same one of two things is probably going to happen. The first is you will drift left in order to hit that target at the correct angle, when it would have been better to have just moved your feet anyways. The other thing that could happen if you do happen to not drift is that you hit your target but possibly at a straighter angle and then when it reacts to the dry on the back end the ball hooks through the head pin.

That's why you need to move the feet and target left when needed, at least on a house shot. I've also heard you can target further down the lane as it is suppose help delay the hook. I've never had much success with that the few times I've tried it though.

The other options are change hand positions. Cup/cock the wrist less, move the index finger in or the pinkie out or both to change the angle of the rotation of the ball.
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#157926 - 11/09/11 10:47 PM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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I've been told that targeting further down the lane will decrease hook. I've never tried it honestly, but you might give it a try.
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#157936 - 11/09/11 11:55 PM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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Target further down the lane and loft the ball pass the heads.

#157944 - 11/10/11 02:28 AM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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I target farther down the lanes, my normal targeting area is about 4 ft from the foul line. If the lanes are burnt up I will target at the arrow's. Works alittle bit it won't take away a ton of hook but usually enough for me
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#157945 - 11/10/11 03:08 AM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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You can move in a parallel move inside. Say two with your feet and two with your target. But my first option is to target further down the lane. It will get your ball into a later roll and decrease hook. Move your primary target further down the lane. As I have said before you can test this in practice so that is becomes a "pearl" in your arsenal.


#157949 - 11/10/11 06:30 AM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Atochabsh]
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Thanks all, I cant believe I forgot all about parallel moves, I usually move 3 and 2 left never even dawned on me to switch to 2 and 2. I will try the target farther down the lane as well.

Unfortunately, fortunately,I am buried again at work so practice time went back to zero. But I will try this in my Friday night league my last games scores are so bad it cant hurt anything anyway. Thanks again. smile
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#157952 - 11/10/11 07:10 AM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: Rocket]
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I don't usually like to move too much from my original position in a game, so I usually move one board over up until three boards over. If it is still going high, I start to speed my ball up a bit in hopes that it will be too quick to hook. If that still makes it hook too high, I then target farther down the lane. If all of that fails, I go back to basics and see what happens.
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#157959 - 11/10/11 09:50 AM Re: How to target for less hook? [Re: champ]
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Originally Posted By: champ
I've been told that targeting further down the lane will decrease hook. I've never tried it honestly, but you might give it a try.

Targeting down lane should get more length as your arm will come through the ball more completely. Hook shouldn't change much. Just start later.
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