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Bowling Wrist Lag

Commonly known as a term relating to the downswing in golf, bowling wrist lag refers to the wrist action entering into and during your bowling release.

In golf, the key is in the retaining of wrist lag so the unhinging of the wrists just prior to impact with the golf ball will add distance.

In bowling, we can add power (more revs) by adding wrist lag in the forward swing.

Adding wrist lag in the forward swing requires a couple of arm and hand action moves so you get into position to uncoil your wrist as your thumb exits the bowling ball producing an increase in your rev-rate.

The first point to focus is the beginning of the downswing. The 1st 12 inches of the downswing should begin by allowing of gravity to smoothly let the ball drop into the downswing.

The next move is to slightly cradle your ball prior to the release. Power players do this naturally. It is a difficult move but an effective technique if you wish to generate increase wrist lag and more revs on your ball.

The cradling effect causes your bowling elbow to break slightly while your bowling hand scoops under the bottom of the ball. Scooping the bowling ball gets the palm of your hand under the ball.

In this wrist position, as your thumb exits the ball, you will have enough hand and fingers left in the ball to create revs as if you used no thumb to hold the ball at all.

As your wrist uncoils, your fingers apply a snapping action while as you continue to follow through. The result is increased from adding wrist lag is increased ball revolutions and overall power.


Two handed bowlers use this technique to the maximum extent and thereby gain maximum revs.

Caution must be taken to practice this difficult lag release. It is advised to learn to add lag while using the services of an experienced bowling instructor to prevent injury and to ensure the proper technique. Adding revs may also necessitate a swing change to best match with your new delivery angle.

Becoming a power player is not for everyone. There are as many, or more, successful players today using fewer revs than do power players.

The modern bowling ball technology allows players using adequate revs to be formidable in competition.

Also, using an adjustable wrist support device is another method of adding wrist lag and increasing revs.

Add lag and add revs.