How to Bowl: Getting Started - Your One Stop Pro Shop!

This beginner instructional video is perfect for the fun night bowler thinking about moving his or her game towards a league mentality.

Coach Erik Vermilyea with Track walks beginners through everything you need to know to get started on the lanes and how to bowl.

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Foul Line
The foul line is the line at the end of the approach and the beginning of the lane. Start by walking up to the foul line with your bowling ball and put your heels to the line, looking back at the settee.

Take four and a half steps back toward the settee. Turn around and face the pins.

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37 Comments on “How to Bowl: Getting Started”

    1. I was playing wii sports bowling on Thanksgiving and got 3 in a row for the first time, which is called a Turkey. Sadly in real life I’m not that good, my balls go in the gutter a lot lol.

    1. Thanks so much! This sport is one meant to be shared between generations. Building memories is what it’s all about!

  1. Bowled perfect game my first time following these steps today. Thank you. I know it it was 75% pure beginners luck but this video helped for sure. Can’t wait to get back and see if I can do it again. Thank you.

    1. @OneTwentyOver80 I can’t tell it it’s sarcasm but I actually went again and bowled awful. So unfortunately it was more like 99% beginner’s luck lol. This time I scared only 170. Still a good tutorial.

  2. Going bowling with some friends tonight for the first time, I was kind of nervous having no clue what to do, but this video helped me so much! Thanks guys!

  3. 1. 4 1/2 steps towards walking area
    2. start on 20th board in middle of lane
    3. Right foot back, bend knees, lean forward from hips
    4. hold ball with forearm parallel to ground
    5. take first step with right foot and simultaneously push the bowling ball

  4. I’m bowling right now and your video got me to hit the pins for the first time in the match, thank you 🙏

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