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Bowling Swing Made Easy

Two keys to an effective bowling swing for new or beginning bowlers are ball speed control and the swing path direction. Begin your swing by moving the ball (held with the center portion of your bowling ball in front of your bowling shoulder) out and downward toward your target to get your swing into motion.

Try to sequence the beginning movement of the ball slightly before movement of your first step referencing a four step approach.

Seek a free, smooth, and uncontrolled backswing allowing the ball to reach shoulder level or higher directly behind your shoulder at the completion of the backswing.

Your forward swing should move downward and under your shoulder arriving next to the ankle of your slide foot (with about one inch of space to avoid hitting the ankle) as your hand begins the releasing process.


The front part of your bowling arm should be facing the pocket at the moment of release.

The forward swing continuing motion, after the release, is known as the follow-through and should maintain a sighting target alignment.

The swing should follow-through high enough as to allow the elbow of your bowling arm to attain shoulder height or higher each and every delivery.

This quick tip will help you produce an effective swing motion.