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Throwing the Perfect Shot at the Bowling Alley

Part of the Bowling For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Throwing the perfect shot can lead to a higher bowling score; throwing lots of perfect shots can lead to a perfect game — a score of 300. To achieve a perfect hook shot:

  1. Straighten the wrist of your bowling hand.

    Your bowling hand, not surprisingly, is the one that’s holding the ball. Be careful not to bend or flex your wrist.

  2. Hold your hand straight while you swing the ball out and back.

  3. Begin to rotate the wrist, hand, and fingers on your bowling arm toward the opposite side of your body as the ball comes forward.

    If you’re left-handed, rotate your wrist toward the right. If you’re right-handed, rotate your wrist toward the left.

  4. Let go of the ball near your ankle and finish with your hand in the handshake position after you release the ball.

    You know your hand is in the handshake position when your thumb is pointing up and your palm is facing the inside of the lane.

To throw the perfect straight shot:

  1. Keep your bowling hand directly underneath the ball and your wrist straight.

    The main difference between a straight shot and a hook shot is that you keep your hand straight all the way through the backswing and the release of the ball.

  2. Swing your bowling arm out and back.

  3. As the ball comes forward, release it onto the lane when it reaches your ankle, keeping your hand straight and palm up the entire time.

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