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Pressure Bowling Tips

Knowing a few pressure bowling tips will help you perform well under the heat of competition, regardless of your average or abilities. Good bowling performances originate through dedicated and purposeful practice. If your game is well practiced, it becomes much easier to bowl in pressure situations.

bowlingball.com wishes to present these seven simple pressure bowling tips:

1. Think about a good start to your approach and then a good finish. Between, focus sharply on your selected target on the lane.

2. Focus on making one good bowling delivery at a time.

3. Use on a consistent pace or tempo of footsteps without hurrying the final two steps of your approach which are very critical to good shot-making. Fast steps will cause hurried and inaccurate releases.

4. Hold your form at the foul line after releasing the bowling ball. Balance during and after the critical release of the bowling ball is vital to accuracy and good results.

5. Minimize arm and leg tension while you bowl. Relaxed muscles move smoothly, quickly, and effectively.

6. Practice often with a purposeful commitment. Key on the most critical components of your game and spend time addressing these keys to success.

7. Make your alignment decision before stepping onto the approach. "Plan your work" off of the approach and "work your plan on the approach."

Often we see bowlers trying so hard, almost in desperation, to win a tournament in the first game of the event that we see them lose their focus and energy later before the conclusion of the event. In fact, that bowler may have "spent his powder" before arriving at the bowling center. One wins the tournament in the last game, not the first game.

Pace yourself, store your energies to use the entire duration of your sessions on the lanes, and repeat tip #2 above.

If you are gearing up for an important competition, consult your bowling coach/instructor when you practice to make sure your important physical game fundamentals are well tuned.

Practice by moving pairs of lanes across the bowling center. Prepare using all of your primary bowling equipment. Try to practice bowling on similar lane conditions as you will encounter in your competition.

If you think there are some great secrets to bowling well under pressure and you wish to consult with the great "Swaami of Tenpins" or spend money on sessions with world famous sports psychologists, be our guest. If you wish to read books written by the great thinkers in history, go ahead and do so. But if you simply want sensible pressure bowling tips, then build the above listed tips into your bowling scheme today.


Keep it simple. Success comes from developing good physical game fundamentals and then applying them in competition.

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