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Beginning The Bowling Pushaway Motion

If you are new to the game or someone trying to gain more skill in bowling, it helps to understand that a good arm swing is triggered with beginning the bowling pushaway motion. Two key components of an effective bowling arm swing are tempo and direction. Tempo and direction have always been keys of successful arm swings but it all starts with beginning the bowling pushaway motion effectively to sequence the swing cycle and produce an accurate bowling ball delivery.

The first movement of the bowling ball is sometimes referred to as the "pushaway" motion. Smoothly "pushing" the ball toward your target on the lane will initiate the swing cycle. Here are a few important keys in beginning the pushaway:

1. Hold the bowling ball in your stance position with the center of the ball positioned in front of your bowling shoulder.

2. Regardless if you prefer to hold the ball knee high with your arm extended downward and the back of your hand resting on your leg, if you hold the ball waist high, or if you hold the ball shoulder high, hold the ball as close to your body as comfortable. The ball will feel lighter holding it closely to your body than extended away from your body.

3. Begin the swing motion by moving the ball smoothly toward your target on the lane. Visualize handing the ball gently to a small child and sequence the beginning movement of the ball slightly ahead of your first step of a four step approach.

4. Place the ball into motion by allowing your bowling arm to extend fully in order to develop a full radius arm swing path.

5. As you begin the first movement of the ball, simultaneously release your support hand from the ball so the weight of the ball will swing freely, smoothly, and uncontrolled into your back swing.

6. Once you have moved the ball into motion toward your target, your ball will swing naturally and smoothly with the force of gravity allowing your bowling arm to be fully extended as your arm begins the back swing cycle.

7. Use as little tension as possible in the muscles of your bowling arm when you begin the "pushaway" motion.

8. Avoid a quick and "jerky" motion when beginning the swing.


9. Your "pushaway" can be shaped slightly into an outward and downward rolling motion if you hold the ball waist level or higher.

10. It is important to begin the swing cycle smoothly and allow your feet to match the pace of your arm swing while maintaining alignment with your target on the lane.

We hope these tips help you understand the beginning of the bowling pushaway motion. If you have any questions about arm swing techniques, we recommend you seek consultation with a certified bowling coach or with a top amateur/professional player in your area to work at improving the effectiveness of your arm swing.

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