Where To Stand On The Approach When Bowling For Beginners


How To Line Up When Just You Are Just Getting Started In Bowling

By BowlersMart IQ Metro Detroit Head Instructor – Mike Calhoun

So you went bowling, you enjoyed it enough to laugh, smile, and have fun but when you were bowling you really didn’t have a reference or starting point, you just grabbed the ball and went. Let me shed some insight that will help you on your next time or if this is your first time bowling I hope this helps either way.

Where to stand when bowling on the approach and using the dots

The common thing I witness is the first time or every once in awhile bowler is unaware where to start, unaware of the proper beginning body position to give them the best experience while they are enjoying this amazing game. So if you are one of these bowlers or just looking to go back to basics here is something I have put together. If you notice there are two sets of dots on the approach, some centers have 5 and some have 7. These dots are spread out in zones of every 5 boards(that will come into play later). For this point of reference, we will be using the BIG DOT or center dot is some refer too. Also known as board number 20.
So a good starting point for right-handers is placing your left foot on the big dot and left-handers do the same with your right foot. Right-handers take your right foot and move it behind your left foot around 2-3 inches or whatever is comfortable. Left-handers take your left foot and do the same. Now, this is just a reference to help as we move forward so keep an open mind, some of you will alter this because every bowler is different.

A Basic Start For Your Body Position In Your Stance When Starting Your Approach

Your body position should be relaxed and remember balance. Bend your knees slightly and just focus on free and loose. Keep your head up and still and leave your eyes on the target. Keeping your head still is extremely important because our body tends to follow our head movements, the last thing we want is to have too much movement during our approach and during our swing, this will make consistency and being able to repeat shots more difficult.
Thank you for reading our 3 part series on how to become a better bowler. AND AS ALWAYS BOWL GREAT- MIKE CALHOUN

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