Bowling a Strike on the Other Lane

Ever had one of those days.. I mean when the guy next to you bowls a strike for you?



Where to Move to Pick Up More Single Pin Spares

Where to Move to Pick Up More SparesOne of the challenges many bowlers have is knowing where to move or how to adjust to pick up spares. Here is a big hint.

Want to pick up more spares? Of course you do, all bowlers want to pick up more spares. Picking up your spares can make all the difference between a good game and a great game.

Once you have figured out where you stand for your strike ball and what mark you are hitting to hit your strike, there is a rule of thumb to where to move to pick up your spares.

shot adjust in bowling


It doesn’t matter what board you are standing on or what mark you are shooting at to hit your strike, to pick up your single pin spares, this rule of thumb will apply no matter what shot you are using.

It’s a simple rule of thumb for a number of reasons, the biggest being it applies to everyone, it’s all based on what board you stand on and what mark you are aiming for to hit your strike ball.

For example, if you are a right handed bowler and you find that to throw a strike ball you are standing on the 20 board aiming at the 10 mark (image 1, red line) or you are a right handed bowler standing on the 23 board aiming at the 15 mark to hit that pocket strike ball (image 1, white line), it all applies. (left handed bowlers, simply reverse it).

Picking Up The 7 Pin Spare

Adjustment to pick up the 7 pin

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Let start with the 7 pin spare. What would you do to pick up the 7 pin? With this rule of thumb, it’s easy to adjust. Move 7 boards right keeping your same mark.

Again, this rule is true no matter what board you stand on to hit your strike ball.

To pick up the 7 pin, the person who started on the 20 board aiming at the 10 mark to hit a perfect pocket strike ball simply moved 7 boards right to the 13 board, keeping their same 10 mark. (image 2, red line) 

The person who started on the 23 board aiming at the 15 mark to hit a perfect pocket strike ball simply moves 7 boards right to the 16 board, keeping their same 15 mark. (image 2, white line)

Try it! It works! Change nothing but where you stand. Keep the same mark, keep the same shot.

Picking Up Your Single Pin Spare Shots

Here is the complete chart that will help you pick up more spares!

Remaining Spare Pin Board Adjustment
1 Pin Strike Ball
2 Pin  2 or 3 Boards Right
3 Pin  Strike Ball
4 Pin  4 Boards to the Right
5 Pin  Strike Ball
6 Pin  10 Pin Shot or 6 Boards Left
7 Pin  7 or 8 Boards Right
8 Pin  2 Boards Right
9 Pin  1 Board Left
10 Pin  Whatever works.

Notice there is a pattern to help you remember this. All these adjustments (with the exception of the 8, 9 and 10 pins spare), you simply move the number of boards of the spare pin you left.

ie: You leave the 4 pin, you move 4 boards, leave the 6 pin, you move 6 boards. (Whether the adjustment is to the right or left will become obvious.)

We hope this will help simplify your bowling game and help you pick up more spares! Good luck!

Stay focused, go bowling! That’s how we roll!

Why Abralon Pads for Bowling Balls

Get ready to tune your bowling ball to the lane condition with Abralon Pads!

Why Abralon Pads for Bowling Balls

Fall bowling leagues are more than half over, are you still a little short of the goals you set for yourself this year?

As some of you are aware just hitting the pocket alone won’t always do the job. Those pesky corner pins can turn a great game into a mediocre game. Entry angle and surface are everything in today’s game.

Angle is important and surface can help create angle. As little as 30-60 seconds on a spinner will change that surface/angle and can improve your carry by 20 to 40%. A little more surface can increase the angle and a little less will decrease the angle.

The following paragraph is a true story to illustrate my point about Abralon Pads for Bowling Balls.

True Story  # 1 – Abralon Pad Testimonial:

I was recently practicing at our local bowling center, the house pro and a very good young bowler were watching and kibitzing as I consistently left a 10 pin on about 5 out of every six shots.

The younger bowler finally made a comment on all the 10 pins. I could fix that I said but I am practicing for a smooth consistent arm swing and release so the 10 pin doesn’t matter.

The house pro made that all inclusive negative comment “right”. “Ok” I said, “I’ll show you”.

I went back to the pro shop and hit the ball with a , back on the lanes and left 3 more 10 pins.

Back to the shop and used a , left 3 out of 5 ten pins but all 3 of them wiggled. I commented almost there it wiggled every time. Another “RIGHT”.

This time I used a worn 500 grit probably equal to about a 750 grit. Back on the lanes and threw 7 strikes in a row with the same ball on the same line. The pro walked off in a snit and the younger bowler was in hysterics.

Don’t believe in Abralon pads for bowling balls? Look up the specifications on about a dozen balls most of them and perhaps all of them will represent their surface in terms of Abralon grit. If the ball manufactures use it, then it must be right.