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#198438 - 11/04/17 07:59 PM How to hold the bowling ball
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I'm a 63 year old female bowler who bowls once a week in a league. I have been given some good advice about bowling, especially where to stand. I still am having a problem on where and how exactly do I hold the ball? I recently saw a post that showed for slow speed you hold the ball around the knees, for medium speed you hold the ball around the waist, and for fast speed, around chest high. I have been throwing my ball around 10-12 mph. I'm not sure if it's slow, medium or fast. What is the best possible way for me to hold the ball and where do I hold it.


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#198439 - 11/04/17 10:41 PM Re: How to hold the bowling ball [Re: LindaDelcamp]
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Linda, be comfortable. Don't lean or extend your arms.

Hold the ball in both hands, with your bowling hand in the holes and under the ball, about waist high to start. Move the ball to the ball arm side to push off and clear your body on the side. Move your head over the ball, to look straight at your target. Keep the back of your ball hand straight with your forearm all the way through the swing.

Give the ball a push off, on your first step if 4 or second if 5 steps. Keep your wrist straight, not slackened back, and your arm swing straight as well.

Take normal sized steps at a normal pace. Let the arm swing freely, without any muscle. Your push off will give your swing momentum without using your arm. And, swing the ball from your shoulder.

Changes can be made from that to increase speed by using your legs instead of your arm. Don't force the ball, just relax.

Good luck, and good bowling.

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#198441 - 11/05/17 04:48 AM Re: How to hold the bowling ball [Re: LindaDelcamp]
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There are as many ways to hold a bowling ball as there are bowlers. All can be successful as long as your starting position doesn't impede your ability to swing the ball freely. The best position allows you to hold the ball without creating any tension in your hand, wrist, forearm or shoulder. How much your ball weighs and how much you weigh will also determine the best starting position. What you want to accomplish, whether you push-away or unhinge, is your ball to simply swing freely under your shoulder on the way back and swing freely under your shoulder on the way forward. This will require proper body angle and spine tilt, but will give you the best possible and most relaxed swing.

Here's a 'brief' video of Joe Slowinski making it look really easy;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq6VZXoXMtg

Remember, anything you do that doesn't allow your arm to swing freely is detrimental. This also applies to where you start your ball.
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#198443 - 11/05/17 04:41 PM Re: How to hold the bowling ball [Re: LindaDelcamp]
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Originally Posted By: LindaDelcamp
I'm a 63 year old female bowler who bowls once a week in a league. I have been given some good advice about bowling, especially where to stand. I still am having a problem on where and how exactly do I hold the ball? I recently saw a post that showed for slow speed you hold the ball around the knees, for medium speed you hold the ball around the waist, and for fast speed, around chest high. I have been throwing my ball around 10-12 mph. I'm not sure if it's slow, medium or fast. What is the best possible way for me to hold the ball and where do I hold it.


Here's a link to Ron Clifton's web site where he explains how to hold a bowling ball: http://www.bowl4fun.com/ron/tip7.htm

Ron has a basket full of articles explaining plenty of topics regarding bowling which you may find interesting.
As BOAT has pointed out already, Joe Slowinski has an excellent web site full of topics for you, too. Here's the link to it: http://bowlingknowledge.info/

These sites should keep you busy for quite sometime, but one of the best sources for quick help that is custom fitted for you would be to find a well-qualified bowling coach in your area. You could look at the USBC website at http://www.bowl.com and look for coaching help in your area.

Hope this helps...

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