Welcome back to the third article in our series on how to bowl like a pro. In our first two articles, we covered the essential equipments and basic positions you need in order to follow in the footsteps of your favorite pro bowler.
This week, we’ll take a look at some signature styles and explore how you can adopt and adapt one to make all your own.
Here are some of our favorite bowling identities you can take on, and the tips and tricks that go along with each:
Master this one before you get too fancy. The stroker is about timing and consistency. It gives you more stability on the release, letting the ball do most of the work. Push away just as your front foot steps forward. Keep a straight arm and a normal backswing, and bring the ball through to release with control.
Unlike the stroker which lets the ball do most of the work, the cranker is about opening your arms out wide and delivering the ball with muscle. This style gives you less control over the ball, but more power and speed.
Combining the accuracy of the stroker and the power of the cranker, this bowler doesn’t fit perfectly into either category. The tweener stands out somewhere between full arm leverage and controlled ball release.
Much like the cranker, this one is delivered with some power. What’s different is that the bowler will slightly twist his wrist and create a spin in the ball’s release. This one is advised for lighter weight balls as spinning with heavy balls can cause injury.
The shoveler wears two hats - as either the two handed bowler, or the one-handed no-thumb bowler who pushes the ball down the lane without too much arm work. The shoveler generally doesn’t make up a large population in pro-bowling, but some notable pros do use this style.
Whatever your style, use the tips here and in our previous articles to help perfect your game!