If you are looking to become a professional bowler or even just want to join a recreational bowling league, it is recommended that you practice your bowling skills well in advance to formally enrolling in one of these programs. There are a number of drills that you can perform from the comfort of your own home in order to master your bowling techniques. We have outlined some of these drills below, in order to assist you in mastering your bowling skills prior to enrollment.
1. Swing Start Drill
For this drill , you will practice the act of walking towards the bowling lane and also of releasing the ball. This drill consists of four steps. The very first step is to move the arm that is holding the ball steadily outward and downward before taking the first step with your right foot.
While taking your step, be careful to step only far enough to move steadily forward a reasonable amount for the first step. Be careful that your arm does not swing too high up to knock you off balance and that your step reaches just the right amount of distance forward, too.
2. Foul-Line Drill
This drill consists of multiple steps and is sure to help the novice player develop his or her bowling skills, as well. The goal of this drill is to master the hand placement on the ball and also is to help the novice bowler with developing follow-through on the swing. You begin the drill with your index finger facing forward and slightly underneath the ball.
Beginning in this position allows you to create more revolutions of the ball because as you slowly release the ball, you pull your index finger back to create a spin on the ball. Once the ball is released, you will realize just how effective this subtle motion of the fingers can be as the ball will soon much more than had you not pulled your index finger slightly backwards.
3. Swing and Slide Drill
The swing and slide drill is an excellent drill to practice bowling at home in order to further develop your bowling skills, specifically in relation to your stance and footing. In this drill, you begin with your right leg only very slightly in front of your left leg and the knee of your right leg bent. You lean very slightly to your right hand side and lower your arm toward the ground while imagining that you are actually holding the ball.
This is one of the best bowling drills out there. You put your left arm out straight perpendicular to your body and practice swinging your right arm up toward your left hand so that it meets the thumb of your left hand. Your left hand acts as a barrier to help remind you of how far your left arm should be swinging upward. You do this a few times in a row to really get a feel for what the swing should be. Then, on the final swing you push your left arm out horizontally perpendicular to your body and completely swing the right arm forward to complete one full swing.
4. Timing Drill
This is a way that you can practice bowling at home, in the comfort of your own living room or common space. Make sure that you have adequate space in whichever room you choose to practice, as you will be swinging your arm and taking steps forward.
You practice taking steps towards the bowling lane and set up rubber bands on the floor spaced apart as far as each step toward the lane should be spaced apart. You then practice taking each step forward and far as the length it takes to step toward the next rubber band. You will need to be able to do this while looking straight ahead, eventually, so it is wise to observe where the rubber bands are spaced apart and develop a muscle memory for how far one proper step should feel like with your footing.
You should be bent at the waist so that the top half of your body is perpendicular to the bottom half. Additionally, your arm that you swing the ball with should be raised up to be parallel with the bent over top half of your body. You should practice your seeing while pacing the distance of each of the rubber bands. After an hour or so of doing this drill, you should have a good feeling for how much one even step is and how to perform even steps while stepping toward the bowling lane.
5. Footwork Drill
This drill consists of practicing the footwork that you will do when swinging the bowling ball in your actual practice at the bowling alley. You start out with one step that will take approximately one second. The next step should also take about one second. You should practice counting one second while performing these steps. You should eventually have no trouble taking these steps without counting, yet properly performing then in a one second part strip timing.
After this, you should do your final two steps, which should be taken slowly at the one second pace and with care. These two steps are the most important two steps because they determine how you will swing the ball and if your swing will accurately hit the bowling pins, in conjunction with how you use your arm to swing the ball of course.
6. Hold at the Foul Line Drill
This is an exercise where you focus your eyesight on the foul line at the end of the lane. You do this while completing all other motions that are required of the standard swing. You will walk even one second paces toward the lane while slowly swinging your arm forward from the standard position, all the while focusing your gaze on the foul line in the distance. This will help you to perfect your swing and your gait as you move toward the lane to swing the ball.