Add Ten Pins Or More Onto Your Bowling Average With A Spare Shooting System
I know spares are boring, everybody wants to throw the big strike ball like Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, or Tommy Jones. But did you know that each spare represents about an additional 11 pins towards your score? Don’t we all want to increase our average? The easiest way to do that is to make spares. You can easily raise your average from 150 to 170 just by making 2 more spares a game. Most league bowlers (and even a few professionals) do not have any system or method for shooting spares. They just grab their spare ball off the rack, step up on the approach, and fire away usually missing what’s left from the first delivery.
The Easy Spare Shooting System For Bowling
Here is an easy simple method for shooting spares. We are going to use the middle arrow for the 2, 4, 7, 3, 6, and 10 pin. For a right handed bowler shooting the 10 pin, place your left foot on 35, and roll the ball across the middle arrow. For the 6 pin it is a simple move of 3 boards to the right and place the center of your left foot on 32, but again using the middle arrow as our target for the ball to cross. For the 3 pin, it is again another 3 boards to the right from the 6 pin position and still using the middle arrow as our target. For the 7 pin we are going to place the center of our left foot on 13 and roll the ball across the middle arrow, and for the 4 pin, a simple 3 board move to the left, but again using the middle arrow as our target. For the 2 pin, another 3 boards left with our feet and roll the ball across the middle arrow.
For a left handed bowler, the targets are the same except you would use the center of your right foot to spot on the approach.
For cluster spares, you want to use the pin closest to you as the object pin to hit. For example, if you leave the 6-10, you would use the 6 pin position with your feet. For the 2-4-5, you would use the 2 pin position with your feet. One note to also remember. Not only do you want to place your feet in the right place shooting spares, you also want to angle your body in the same direction that you shooting the spare. Example, if you are shooting a 10 pin and are standing to the left, you must angle your body slightly right. The reason is you always want to be square to your target, and not the lane. For a 7 pin it would be the opposite. You are standing to the right to shoot a left side spare and therefore angle your body to the left so that again you are square to your target. I hope this makes spare shooting a little easier. Like anything, it takes practice to become more proficient at anything. If you are still struggling, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or seek out a USBC certified coach in your area.