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

Image 2

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.

One of the Advantages of Bowling

One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball. – Don Carter

Advantage of Bowling

Stay focused, go bowling! That’s how we roll!
Ruidoso Bowling Center – Ruidoso New Mexico

Benefits & Features of Different Types of Bowling Balls

Not all bowling balls are created equal. A bowling ball can be made of rubber, plastic or urethane. If you would like to improve your game, order a custom bowling ball that fits you instead of always borrowing or renting one from the bowling alley.

Bowling balls are made of distinct materials to provide a different reaction on the lanes you are bowling on.  The performance of each will also vary depending on the floor surface.

Bowling balls can be easily ordered from in different weights, colors and price ranges as well different performance levels.

Below are few different types of bowling balls that are great for new bowlers to more experienced bowlers.

Entry Level Bowling Balls

Entry Level Bowling Ball - Tropical Breeze

Storm Tropical Breeze Carbon/Chrome

An excellent entry level bowling ball for new bowlers and/or casual league bowlers is the Storm Tropical Breeze.

The total hook to this bowling ball is low in comparison to other entry level balls making it an excellent choice for newer bowlers or more experienced bowlers in need of a dry lane ball.

This ball offers as much hook as the Breeze Solid and more than the Pearl Breezes.

 High Performance Bowling Balls

High Performance Bowling Balls - Brunswick Nirvana

Brunswick Nirvana

For the more experienced bowler ,the Brunswick Nirvana is designed to give a player the most amount of hook potential on medium to oily lane conditions.

This high performance bowling ball features a coverstock called Enhanced Composite Segmentation (ECS) designed for lanes with medium to heavy oil.  ECS expands the soft segments of the polymer chain producing improved friction and wider sweet spot resulting in fewer adjustments. ECS technology generates a faster refresh rate and a longer performance life for the coverstock.

Spare Bowling Balls

Brunswick TZone Caribbean Blue

The Caribbean Blue Brunswick TZone

The Brunswick Tzone is always a great spare ball to have in the arsenal. This is a plastic ball with very little hook potential (25 on a scale from 10-175).

The reason why a plastic bowling ball is good for picking up spares is a plastic bowling ball will not provide any strong hook potential, but rather exhibit a long ball skid and a controllable, modest ball motion on the back end.

It’s always good to pick up your spares! This ball will allow for pinpoint accuracy to help pick up those challenging spares.  It is available in a variety of assorted colors and patterns at very a affordable price.

Plastic bowling balls are used by top PBA Tour players and by top amateur bowlers in the country. Choosing a plastic ball for a beginning bowler (or bowlers of all skill levels) can certainly be a useful idea.

No matter what bowling ball you choose, proper care must always be taken to ensure the bowling ball is in great condition at all times. This means it should never be dropped, kept in your car or anyplace where there could be considerable temperature/humidity change.

Store your bowling ball at room temperature and in a bag when it is not being used to prevent stress. Give it a polish it from time to time or take it to the pro shop to be refinished.

The customized bowling ball should only be used by the owner. The big reason is because the finger holes are going to be measured to only fit the fingers of the user and no-one else.

There are many bowling balls to choose from and the price of them range from $100 to $300. They come in many colors and designs which will stand out in the bowling alley. By looking at the conditions of the bowling alley, the bowler will find the right ball to get the job done.

It is always recommended that you consult with your pro shop professional or a local bowling instructor to help you build and choose your bowling equipment arsenal.

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


How to Deliver a Bowling Ball – Approach to Release

How to Deliver a Bowling Ball
Bowling may seem to be a pretty darn simple game. You knock down pins, score points, trying to knock down as many pins as you can to get a good score. Simple enough right? So why is it so hard to knock down all those pins?

The fact is, it is difficult to throw a bowling ball consistently. More times than not, a new comer to bowling will get frustrated and eventually lose interest.  Let’s face it, bowling is funner when you are hitting more pins.

One of the biggest problems facing new bowlers (and even experienced ones) is developing a consistent set-up, approach and delivery. Also referred to as muscle memory, creating a consistent, dependable approach and delivery is the successful foundation of every good bowler.

If you are new to bowling, learn the fundamentals first and you will find that you will progress quicker than most. Even for novices & pros, it is necessary at times to “go back to the basics” to straighten things out.

For this reason it is important to learn the basics of bowling from the footwork to the release of the bowling ball.

Bowling Tutorials may help a person be more precise and exact with striking more pins. What you will discover is mostly all of them will dedicate a considerable amount of time on “The Delivery of the Ball”. Why?  Because approach and delivery are the two most important fundamentals of bowling.

If you are able to consistently and accurately address and release the ball you will start hitting strikes more often.

As in any sport, consistency must be practiced and it is very true in this sport as well – that is why you will often here other bowlers say, “bowling a game of repetition“. Equally, practice does not create a perfect bowling shot, perfect practice does. And this brings us to.

Finding a Good Bowling Coach

In any bowling alley you are likely going to find great bowlers, though great bowlers are not always great coaches. The best coaching at first should come from watching the better bowlers. Listen, analyze and apply what they are doing into your own bowling game.

Believe me, you will have no problem finding someone to try to help your bowling game. If you are bowling to get better, any good bowler will be willing to help. The coach will find you, but at the same time be careful who you listen to.

You are you and you have your style, no doubt about it. A good coach will never try to change your style, but they will teach you the basic bowling techniques and apply them to your style. The art of a good coach being able to match proper technique with a unique style.. you.

Below are some basic & common bowling lessons in an attempt to teach intermediate bowling techniques to anyone. Techniques that will help any person consistently “hit your mark”, resulting in hitting more pins, more often.

In this lesson below, I have broken down the entire bowling shot from picking up the ball to releasing the ball. Eliminating a lot of the variables that can create inconsistency, I have broken down the shot into 4 separate common steps that all good bowlers can work on.

  1. Picking up the Bowling Ball to Address
  2. Your Pre-Shot Checklist
  3. Delivering the Bowling Ball
  4. Releasing the Bowling Ball

So here you have it;

The Basics of Delivering a Bowling Ball – Approach to Release

1) Picking up the Bowling Ball to Address

Be ready when it is your turn to bowl, pick up your ball* and walk towards your starting position. Stop on a consistent, pre-determined spot, (though this spot may change overtime or even during a game) and get into position.

This is referred to as your starting and/or address position. In most sports they have what they call an “athletic position” where an athlete finds a starting position that is center of gravity solid. Though in bowling this athletic position is a little different, the basics are the same… so in this case, this is where you get into your “bowling athletic position” and hold it while you go through your checklist described in step 2 below.

The exact spot you stand is very important, so you will want to line up at the same spot until you are consistent enough to adjust.  There are marks on the lane to assist you with this. If you need help finding your starting spot, don’t be afraid to ask a better bowler in the alley. To help, find your spot and use the tip of your big to toe to align yourself on your spot. (right toe for righties, left toe for lefties) so you are always aware of where you are addressing your shot from.

2) Your Pre-Shot Checklist

Freeze… breath… relax. Now that you are in your solid, balanced, consistent, bowling athletic position, look up, find and concentrate on that precise mark you are aiming for on your lane. Freeze… breath… relax.

Do a short mental checklist of the basics: Ball Position: Is the ball to the side of your body and not out in front**? Shoulders: Are your shoulders square to the lane? Thinking: Focus on a smooth approach and delivery, hitting your mark. The idea here is to simply make sure everthing is in the right position before your start your first step.

The “pre-shot checklist” you come up with may be different from other bowlers, over time you will discover what works best for you. For some bowlers it may be as simple as taking a deep breath and saying something to themselves like “find your smooth“.  Find what works best for you and use it to become a more consistent bowler.

Visualize the ball going exactly where you want it and move to Step 3 below.

The more you practice this, the shorter the time it will take you from approach to delivery.

3) Delivering the Bowling Ball

Once you have completed your mental pre-shot checklist, you are ready for launch! One last time relax, breath in – breath out – relax. (In an effort to take away any tension and pressure in your body that could affect your ball delivery.)

Though not always true, but most commonly if a person is right handed, they would use their right foot as their first step and a left handed bowler would use their left foot. These positions are to favor the strong side of the body so that you can deliver the ball comfortably. So find what is most comfortable for you, you will be using this approach always.

As you are learning your approach, it also important to understand that there are bowlers that take 3 step, 4 step and even 5 step approaches. How many steps you take is more about your mechanics and style to create a smooth and consistent delivery of the ball.

FIRST STEP - Push the ball out as you take your first step.

Push the ball out as you are taking your first step.

Using a 4 step technique, (but the motion is true no matter how many steps) on your first step, holding your bowling ball away from your body and to the side, make a consistent out motion directly down the line of your mark. This push out should coincide with your first step.

Then on your second step, (continuing into your third step) take a smooth down movement with the ball, again keeping the ball directly on the line of your shot. This out and down may be more or less, depending on your style. Some bowlers will use the out motion to generate more speed. The most important part is that you are consistent, using your arm is more as a pendulum.

On your fourth step, the ball should be in the downward motion toward your target.

On your fourth step, the ball should be in the downward motion toward your target.

Your fourth step, the ball should now be starting on its way down and towards your shot. Your left foot will be planted and your arm will follow through till release.

Think of your entire body (shoulders, hips, feet) as going straight down a set of rail road tacks, (you can use the boards on the bowling lane as the track). Your shoulders, hips and feet need to all be square with the foul line and remain on your set of rail road tracks. Doing this, as well as keeping your ball and arm motion in a direct line with the track, will keep your shot going straight down your release line to your mark.

4) Releasing the Bowling Ball

Releasing the bowling ball is where everything comes together. How you release the ball depends on the amount of hook you want to achieve. Though there may be several ways to release the ball, one thing will always be consistent.. do not grip the ball. Most of the grip pressure will be with the pads of your bowling fingers with almost no pressure.

Applying the right amount of (little) pressure allows the thumb to come out of the ball first, slightly before your fingers. Using a very light grip pressure with your thumb, keep your the thumb in the ball straight with no knuckle-bend to allow a quick and smooth exiting of the thumb from your bowling ball. You almost want to feel like the ball is floating in your hand through the entire swing until you release, having all the pressure then on your finger tips as the ball is releasing towards your mark.

Be sure to follow through on your shot. A good thing to think about is after the ball is released from your hand is to continue your arm swing straight out & up, keeping you hand as if you were getting ready to shake someone’s hand.

If you are trying to hook the ball, remember it is the fingers and wrist that create the ball spin, not your arm.

When you have found yourself consistently hitting your mark, now you can adjust. You may have to move right, left, forward or backward so that the ball is hitting the pocket.

The biggest mistake people can make is to move your starting position when you are not hitting your mark in the first place. If you are not hitting your mark, moving around in most cases will only make things worse. Work on hitting your mark first before you adjust.

We always recommend you consult with a certified coach so you can sharpen your skills and develop a smooth bowling release. We hope these tips help!

* It is always best to use two hands when picking up a bowling ball to reduce strain on your wrist and elbow.

** It is not advisable to position the ball in the center of the body; it is better if the ball is held your side. This will make it easier for you to execute a straight, consistent arm swing.

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How Many People Have Bowled a 900 Series?

900 Series Bowling Records
You would think that bowling 3 perfect games in row by a professional bowler would be pretty common. You would also maybe thing that since bowling has been around since ancient Egypt that the first perfect 900 game was done along time ago… but was it?

Take our short quiz on the famed 900 series in Bowling and you may learn a few things you did not know about the who, when and where’s about the 900 series.

Common Reasons for Leaving the 10 Pin in Bowling

This bowling tips article is on why we leave the ten pin bowling. This is for right-handed bowlers, you lefties will have to reverse everything for the 7 pin.

First we must understand that there are two basic reason we leave 10 pins:

  1. Hitting Heavy
  2. Hitting Light

Hitting light sends the 6 pin straight backwards, hitting heavy causes a Ringing/Wrap 10 pin.

The light hit is caused by the ball’s lack of energy when entering the pocket, or a poor angle of entry. Conversely, a heavy hit or ringing ten (seven for lefties) is caused by a ball having too much energy left or a very severe angle of entry. Both shots can leave the same result, the dreaded 10 pin.

1) Hitting Light

Leaving Light10 PinWhen you are hitting light, the 3 pin hits the front of the 6, sending it to the left of the 10 pin.

This can be recognized by watching your strike shot and what would look like a very solid hit, will leave the 10-pin due to the fact that the 3 pin is hitting the 6 pin to far to the right, sending the 6 pin to the left of the 10 pin.

You can recognize you are hitting light by watching the 6-pin. If the 6 pin is missing the 10 pin to the left then it is likely that you are hitting light.

2)  Hitting Heavy

Leaving a Heavy 10 PinWhen you are hitting heavy,  the 3 pin usually heads straight back, which sends the 6 sideways to lay in the channel.

We leave the 10 pin because the ball lost energy before it enters the 1 -3 pocket and the ball will hit heavy (more on the head pin). This could be because a few things.

  • The ball is all rolled out and has rolled early and then hits flat.
  • The ball hits a spot of conditioner carry down on the bowling lane and it come in week or late.

Typically you will  see the 6-pin lying in the gutter after you shot or “ringing” the 6 pin around the 10 pin.

How Do We Fix Leaving the 10 Pin?

From the above, recognize the type of ten pin you are leaving, then make the proper adjustment to solve it.

1) Fixing Hitting Light

The perfect strike ballIf you are leaving 10’s by hitting the 6 pin to the left of the 10 pin, you probably need a earlier roll into the pocket.

This can be accomplished by changing hand position, reducing ball speed or changing to a ball that has a earlier roll. When you are hitting light, the flat 10 requires a change in entry angle.

First, try hitting the 1-3 slightly higher to send the 3 more to the right, which helps the 6 do it’s job.

Here are two simple methods that will help the fix hitting light:

  • Move 1 to 21/2 boards right on the approach but keep your same target.
  • Move 4-6 inches backward on the approach but keep your same target.


2) Fixing Hitting Heavy

If you are leaving ringing 10’s by hitting the 6 pin to the right of the 10 pin, you probably need a later roll into the pocket and/or change the angle the ball is hitting the pocket.

Here a two simple methods that will help fix hitting heavy:

  • Move 1 to 21/2 boards left on the approach but keep your same target.
  • Move 4-6 inches forward on the approach but keep your same target.


While bowling, take note of what the 3 and 6 pins are doing. If you see the 6 going in front of the 10, you’re most likely coming in heavy, and if you see the 6 going to the left of the 10, you’re probably coming in light.

  • Depending on lane conditions, you may need to move both your mark and your stance equally.
  • If you are not hitting your mark, don’t change anything until you hit your mark. To many bowlers will move on bad shots when there is no need to move because you never hit your mark in the first place.
  • The ringing 10 can simply be considered bad luck, it is the better of the two foes. Most of the time you don’t have to adjust much to fix the ringing 10.

Learning how to recognize and adjust will help stop leaving that dreaded 10 pin and will greatly improve your bowling score.

Remember, practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

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

Is There a Time Limit for Approach and Setup in Bowling?

Time Limit foTime Limit for Approach in Bowlingr Approach in BowlingIn league bowling, is there a time limit for how long it takes for you to actually bowl after you have setup?

For some league bowlers, there is nothing more annoying than when someone is not even at the lane when it is their turn to bowl, but what about the time it takes to setup and deliver your ball?

Interestingly enough… There is no USBC/ABC/WIBC/YABA Rule on this.

From our research, we found some people saying that the PBA/TV imposed a 25-30 second implementation, but we can’t find any real proof of that other than it would make for bad TV, (and that could be for both shots combined).

The only reference to “Time Limit” in the 2015-1016 USBC Rulebook is:

111f. Time Limit for Bowling
Pre-bowled/postponed games must be bowled as follows:
1. Prior to the date of scheduled competition for final team standings for the season or each segment
of a split season; or
2. Within seven days when the postponement is granted for the last day of a segment
(split season leagues); or
3. Within seven days when the postponement is granted for the last day of the schedule

So it appears that lane approach time falls more into the Bowling Etiquette category, rather than a rule. So if you are one of those bowlers that gets frustrated because someone takes a little longer than others to bowl, there is really nothing you can do about that other than to remind them of Lane Etiquette.

So, let’s take this moment to review Lane Courtesy and Lane Etiquette of Bowling.

  • Wait for the bowler to your right to deliver his/her ball if you’re both bowling at about the same time.
  • Remain behind your fellow bowler while he/she is bowling.
  • Confine your bowling to your own lane. (Keith E.)
  • Observe the foul line, even in casual play. Play fair.
  • Never bowl in street shoes. (Hans D.)
  • Avoid using someone else’s ball without permission.
  • Limit swearing and bad language as much as possible.
  • Be ready when it’s your turn.

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

Bowling Etiquette, Bowling Courtesy and Bowling Safety

Bowling Etiquette - Bowling Courtesy and Bowling SafetyOne of the things that frustrates experienced and/or league bowlers is when other bowlers, not familiar with bowling courtesy, jump out in front and bowl when they are preparing to bowl. Not only is this against proper bowling etiquette, but it is also dangerous.

In most sports there are common courtesies that should be learned and obeyed to make the sport more enjoyable for everyone participating. Golf has many of them, and so does bowling.

While we are all trying to encourage bowling to everyone, there are obviously lots of newcomers to bowling who are oblivious to the rules of bowling etiquette.

A lack of understanding or ignorance of when to be on the approach, knowing how and when to yield to an adjacent bowler is understandable and forgivable, because it’s not obvious to many beginners.

Unsafe bowling behavior needs to be corrected immediately. Just like a four-way stop sign, bowling etiquette has its rules as well.

When someone that is directly to your right or left bowling lane, what are the rules of bowling etiquette? Wait for the bowler to your right to deliver his/her ball if you’re both bowling at about the same time.

When a bowler is prepared to bowl and on the approach, if there is someone on either side of them, the general rule is that the first one on the approach bowls first. If there’s any question as to who was up first, the bowler on the right should bowl.

A bowler already lined up in their stance and ready to bowl should not wait, they should just go. Standing on the approach is not the place to talk with friends.

Etiquette in sports is more of showing good manners, however, if you don’t show proper bowling etiquette, not only do you make yourself ignorant to the rules (and to others), but it could also force the management of the Bowling Center to shut your lane down, loosing your bowling privileges. (As with any other sport.)

On your next bowling adventure, consider and learn the following bowling etiquette to help everyone’s bowling experience be an enjoyable one.

Bowling Etiquette Information

Below is what the USBC has in their Official Bowling Rulebook for Bowling Etiquette:

A few simple guidelines to help make your bowling experience more pleasurable:

  1. Be ready to bowl when the pins are set, but wait until the pinsetting machine has completed its cycle and the sweepbar is raised to make your delivery. Throwing a ball before the machine is ready may damage the ball or equipment.
  2. Observe one-lane courtesy. The bowler on the right should bowl if both reach the approach at the same time. Stay off the approach while you wait.
  3. Taking too long to aim or get set up when you are on the approach delays the game.
  4. Try to remain in your approach area while delivering the ball.
  5. Step off the approach once you have delivered the ball.
  6. Good bowling requires concentration. Have fun, but keep in mind excessive movement or noise could be distracting when others are up to bowl.
  7. Excessive “lofting” hurts your game and damages the lane.
  8. Get permission to use another player’s ball.
  9. Refrain from using abusive language or obscene gestures.
  10. Play the game to win, but be a gracious loser. Good sportsmanship is always the key to a successful game.
  11. Wet shoes are a safety hazard. Watch where you are walking.
  12. If you make a mess, clean it up! Take your unwanted snacks, empty cups, and other debris to the trash can where it belongs!

Hope this helps familiarize yourself with some of the common courtesies of bowling. Good luck, have fun and go get your strikes while showing some bowling courtesy!