27 Comments on “How to Throw a Strike with Any Bowling Ball.”

  1. How can I get a copy of the score sheets Shannon uses for her players during matches? I just need to see one please.

  2. Just figuring out that this is what I should have been doing last week on league night. Making speed adjustments instead of just changing balls.
    Though one shot I did whip my Ice spare ball for a strike. πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„

  3. Great tip. You can also do this with a ball that you know is a really bad idea for the lane condition you are on, in order to make it even harder!

  4. Where are you looking on the lanes prior to releasing the ball? Pins, arrows, or dots? I find looking at the pins I roll a better ball but am not consistent. When I look at the dots I am consistent but my balls doesn’t roll as smooth. Thanks.

    1. I find nothing funny about his question. He is asking whether different targeting is better for consistency. And the answer is complicated. There are many targeting methods and no one method is the best. It’s finding what worked for you. There are professional bowlers that look at the dots and plenty look at the arrows, some the break point and some the pins. Some use a three point targeting system, some a two point and some a single point. I personally find looking at the pins for spares is best but not first shots. I prefer to eye briefly where I believe my breakpoint should be and follow that path back to the arrows. Does it work? For me it does if the shot I have chosen is the correct one. It’s what you are the most comfortable doing. I met a bowler who glances at the pins and then looks at the dots on the approach. Weird? Yes. But he bowls a mean game.

  5. I’m confused, usually if I’m leaving ten pins that means I’m hitting behind the head pin so I move back half a step as an adjustment to hit more flush… what does moving forward that much do???

    1. It slows your ball speed down.

      If you’re trying to hook plastic, you need to lower the ball speed to give it a better chance of reading the lane and catching friction. That gives you a better chance of getting the hook you want, and therefore, angle into the pocket.

      If you don’t slow the ball speed… if you throw your normal shot that you’d use with reactive… you’ll find that plastic ball ZINGS down the lane like a rocket and doesn’t hook at all. THAT may help you on spares… but it won’t help you get any hook and have any angle into the pocket.

  6. In practice I like to use every ball in my arsenal if possible.. and even throw my spare ball as a strike ball. I have scores of 200+ with everything I own currently, racked up a 223 with my spare ball, RotoGrip Bullseye. Never know when having the comfort of trusting everything you own will come in handy to get points and wins..

  7. Also helps you know what your spare ball will do across the lane for spares.
    Great tip Shannon.

  8. I have been trying to emulate you since I started a few years back t a late age. As well as Norm Duke. The best thing is every coaching lesson from you is a master class. You are the best and a classy lady.

  9. I’ve done this a few times to test myself. I was at a demo night and grabbed a ball I knew was too aggressive for my shot just to see if I could make the adjustment for it. It taught me a lot, and I’ve definitely gotten better at making adjustments as the lanes change. My biggest hurdle now is knowing when to ball change. I was in a tournament a few weeks ago. We were on a pattern I had never shot before and actually started out well. After the first two games we swapped lanes and I was completely unable to find my shot as the lanes were drier. I kept fighting but just wasn’t getting the results.

    I think I was so determined to make it work that I didn’t even think about grabbing one of my other balls. In hindsight I know it would have made the right difference and I wouldn’t have had the bottom fall out.

  10. Great tip πŸ™‚ I have been throwing a plastic ball on my third game during practice πŸ™‚ and it has definitely helped my game. I have noticed my accuracy improve because of it πŸ™‚ Love hearing and watching your tips πŸ™‚

  11. So…what I am hearing is that you are giving us permission to buy another bowling ball! I will go and tell my wife that I now need one more. πŸ˜€

  12. I use that time to do target distance practice. WOrking on targetting the dots, and working right to left *right hander) moving two boards at a time and targeting whatever depth it takes to strike. Once striking twice in a row, I move two more boards to the left and repeat the process across the lane to 20 board. You can also start at targetting arrows and moving from left to right and moving your feet right. Adjusting your primary target up or down the lane to strike again. Once striking twice in a row, move two boards to the right and repeat.

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