40 Comments on “Dots On Bowling Lanes Explained! How to Line Up Properly to Bowl Your Best.”

    1. It really depends on your comfort. I’m a righty and line up with inside of left foot. There’s no right or wrong just consistency.

    2. @Anthemius Augustulus III So I seen a video from JR Raymond and he explained the rule of 7 some people were saying left foot and vice versa. His diagram had the left foot on 17 and going to 10 etc….

    3. I’m a righty, and I was taught to line up inside of left foot. But who knows if that’s a universal thing. And then there is drift…. for me I drift left 4 boards…. trying to correct it.

    4. Left foot for a right handed bowler, and right foot for a left handed bowler. Whatever works for you though as long as you do it the same way every time.

  1. Question for the lefties: since there’s only 39 boards on a lane, so do you call the first board (from the left) as board 1 or 2? Or do you call it as board 39 and have a completely opposite alignment with the righties?

    1. Why would a lefty ever call the board closest to the left gutter the 2 board?

      For a lefty the board closest to the left gutter is the 1 board, and for a righty the board closest to the right gutter is the 1 board.

      The only board that both righties and lefties give the same name to is the 20 board.

      Since the naming of the boards is for a mental model why would you care what is going on in the mind of an opposite handed bowler.

      It is important that your mental model agrees when you are trying to communicate with a fellow bowler about a specific location on the lane and you apply math to the naming system.

      For example when someone makes the claim (which I disagree with) that the pocket is the 17.5 board. Where exactly is the 17.5 board? Is it the center of the 17 board? Or is it 17.5 boards from the gutter?

      If you claim it’s the center of the 17 board, then where is the 1/2 board?

    2. @Mike White chill bro, I got confused for a sec due to the odd number of boards on a lane. Just realized that what the lefties and righties see are an exact mirrored image. Thanks for the explanation!

  2. It’s not good to assume the middle dot on the approach will line up with the middle dot on the lane.

    It’s been a number of years (on wood lanes) but I’ve bowled (once) at a place where they were off by a couple of boards.

    Who knows what goes in the minds of people who do installations.

  3. Dear Mrs. O’Keefe,
    I would really love a video of you going into detail on how to line up, aim, and correctly deliver a spare shot for the 10 or the 6-10.
    Thank you very much,

    1. That is awesome. Glad you can take something from our videos and have success. That’s after all the main reason we post these tips. Keep on!

    2. @InsideBowling that video you had about moving the pointer and pinkie finger to get less rotation on the ball or more rotation on the ball really helped me today in my practice session, my best three game series today was a 619. I had a 200, 235 and a 184. Thanks for that tip

    3. @InsideBowling while I was watching this video I noticed that Shannon was staggering her feet before she started her approach to release the ball. What is the purpose of staggering the feet?

    4. These people are awesome honestly. Ever since I started watching these people and taking notes from there tips im trying to become a PBA bowler πŸ₯Ί honestly it aint going so good especially with my anger issues 🀣 and I also almost have a 200 average and ive only been bowlin for 2 an a half years. An ofc theres gonna be that one person that doesn’t believe but ive already bowled more games then a PBA an im still practicing so one day I can become a PBA I have a lot to work on still but im getting there. Slowly πŸ₯Ί

  4. I’ve ran into the different dots one time and it completely threw me off. I couldn’t get lined up right all night. It was just bowling for fun so it wasn’t a huge deal, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it and it annoyed me.

    1. @machine thesun from the foul line to the dots isnt a set distance. for instance in one house we bowl in the dots are a different distance on one side of the house then the other. so using them as a reference is fine but knowing the actual distance of where you line up and making it consistent is important.

      its good to step off the distance from foul line to where you line up if a good thing to do and make it consistent on your start.

  5. I grew up in a house with 5 dots, and no down lane range finders. Most people take that kind of stuff for granted today, but they are actually fairly new additions to the lanes, only being added to many houses as they’ve upgraded to from wood lanes, or from older synthetics, to newer gen synthetics in the past 10-15 years.

    1. Most of the time a bowler would wear a glove/wrist band for extra support of the wrist and to help keep it from getting into a weaker position through the swing and release. I’ve also worked with some bowlers that wear them do to a previous injury. Thanks for the question and thanks for watching our videos!!

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