How To: Curve or hook a bowling ball

Curve or hook a bowling ball

In order to curve-hook a bowling ball, you will need the following: a bowling and a bowling lane. You should start by buying your own custom ball to fit your hands. The balls available in bowling alleys aren't designed to curve-hook. Start out as you normally would. Take your preparatory steps to the lane. Swing the ball back, as you normally would. The secret is in the release. For right-handed individuals you will need to twist your wrist to the right, when you swing it back. Then, you will need to twist it to the left, in the moments before you release it. Left-handed individuals will do the opposite. This will make your ball spin. You will need to practice in order to decide how much force you want to use, in order to get the hook that you want. Practice until you have the desired results.

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Just watched a video on how to hook a bowling ball. The author is obviously not an instructor but a novice with a video camera and too much spare time. He uses some footage of a bowler circa 1940's who is throwing a rubber ball and using a style that is totally outdated. Bowlers today use reactive resin balls and their technique for imparting serious hook is completely different than the old gentleman given as an example. It's sad that anyone with a video camera and some time can pretend to be experts but for those who want to learn to actually throw a hook they can watch Fred Borden a current and well respected coach who has helped many of today's professionals.

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