How to get a good start in bowling: part 2

Royce Agustin, a bowling instructor at San Jose State University, offers these simple tips to help new bowlers develop good technique and overall bowling game. If you practice what you learn here, your consistency should go way up.

Video tips from Royce


How to get a good start in bowling: part 1

After giving it some thought, you decide to try and take bowling more serious. You want to have your own ball, learn how to curve or hook the ball, and to be able to bowl consistently over 100, at least. Or maybe you have a kid who’s caught the bowling bug. Either way, this series of articles, called “How to get the best start in bowling,” will describe several important processes one must go through to get to that level. In this article, part 1 of the series, I will discuss some helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing your first equipment, namely a ball and shoes.

The first thing to consider is the weight of the ball you want to throw. The range of weight options in a pro shop is generally between 8 pounds and 16 pounds. Ric Hamlin, the outside sales specialist at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes, located near Sacramento, CA, suggests purchasing a ball weighing approximately 10 percent of your body weight. This formula works especially well for young kids, but becomes less precise when it comes to older kids or young adults, as muscle compensates for body weight. It’s important, Hamlin says, in order to be successful, to have a balance between how fast you throw a ball, how accurate you are, and how many revolutions you put on the bowling ball.


The Brunswick TZone is an example of a plastic ball, which is good for beginning bowlers.


An intermediate bowler may want to purchase a low-end reactive ball, such as the Storm Tropical Breeze.

Once you’ve determined the weight of your ball, the next choice to make is which one (out of hundreds) you want to purchase. Lindsey Wong, owner of Off the Sheet Pro Shop at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, CA, recommends Continue reading