Have you ever been bowling? Whether it’s a competition or just a fun activity, bowling is a sport for everyone, young and old, beginner or expert.

Even if it’s just a friendly game, we all want to perform well and score as many points as possible. By improving your technique and avoiding certain mistakes, you too can impress the other players in your bowling match.

In this article, we present 10 mistakes that are sometimes made by bowlers. By taking note of these mistakes, you’ll certainly be able to improve your game and score more points!

1. NOT HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

The key to a successful performance is confidence. If you have self-confidence and a positive attitude and thinking, it will show in your results. Don’t forget that a negative attitude could also damage your image in the eyes of other players.

2. GO BEYOND THE FOUL LINE

It may sound obvious, but under no circumstances should you go beyond the foul line when making your shot. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, because your shot will be automatically disqualified, which will affect your overall score. Secondly, because the foul line also marks the start of the oil zone. By putting your foot on this very slippery area, you could fall and injure yourself more or less seriously. Safety first!

3. DON’T WARM UP

Bowling is a sport (yes, yes!) and, like any other sport, it’s a good idea to warm up before you start. Fingers, wrists, shoulders, neck, ankles: a proper warm-up (especially for the joints) will help you avoid injury.

4. POOR POSTURE

In bowling, posture has everything to do with the success of your throws. Adopting the right posture will not only give you better technique, it will also help you avoid injury by making the wrong movement, for example.

For proper posture, make sure your dominant foot is at the front of your cast. Lean forward sufficiently and bend your knees slightly to maintain good balance. The shoulder of your dominant arm (the one with which you make your throws) should be slightly lower and slightly behind your other shoulder. When throwing your ball, be careful not to rotate your body too much to avoid injury.

5. NEVER PRACTICE

It’s not rocket science: to improve your bowling performance, you need to practice! By practicing regularly, you’ll be able to focus on certain aspects of your technique that can be improved, and thus perform better in your next games.

6. FIXING THE PINS ON DELIVERY

More advanced players will tell you: never stare at the pins when you’re throwing. Instead, aim for a board on the ground or an arrow on the lane, so that the bowling ball goes where you want it to go and hits its target.

7. GIVING YOURSELF TOO MUCH MOMENTUM

To reach the triangle of pins at the end of the lane, your ball needs to reach a certain speed. But there’s no point in carrying your backswing too far or too high, as this will result in much less accuracy. Instead, we recommend stopping the swing below waist height for a more accurate shot.

8. MAKING SUDDEN MOVEMENTS

Sudden gestures are detrimental to your throw and can affect the accuracy and speed of your bowling ball. Instead, opt for fluid, relaxed movements. This will certainly help you improve your technique and score more points.

9. NOT CONCENTRATING

Like any other sport, concentration is essential during a game of bowling, especially when you’re throwing. The more concentrated you are, the better your shots will hit the triangle of pins and the more accurate your actions will be.

10. TAKING A BALL OF THE WRONG WEIGHT

At the big pins, bowling balls weigh between 6 and 16 pounds. That’s why it’s so important to use a ball of the right weight to avoid injury.

At BoulZeye, we only have small bowling lanes. The weight of a ball varies from 3 lbs 6 oz to 3 lbs 12 oz. The circumference also varies from 4 and three-quarter to 5 inches. Small bowling balls are therefore suitable for the vast majority of people who don’t bowl professionally. In fact, it’s a good idea to start with the small balls and then, if you’re looking for an extra challenge, try the big bowling balls.

BOWLING PRACTICE IN MONTREAL

If you’d like to bowl more often to practice your shots and improve your technique, book your bowling lane at BoulZeye! Our team awaits you with 16 bowling lanes, including 4 private lanes for your special events.

Come and enjoy a new experience at BoulZeye and show your friends and family what you can do!

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