Bowling Tips: How to Hit Your Target (2023)


When Bowling, hitting your target is crucial to throwing lots of strikes and bowling high scores. In this video, we discuss strategies and tips such as visualization and balance to improve your accuracy and hit your target.


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All right everyone welcome back to the Brighton kal channel and today we're gonna be talking about some of the basic fundamentals about bowling targeting stay tuned, so Brad.

When we talk about bowling targeting, there's some key fundamentals that we need to be aware of, because without the proper targeting system, without really understanding how to get lined up bowling is very difficult, and you know some of these fundamentals.

People may not necessarily be aware of or they need to refresh on.

So what is the first fundamental that we need to be aware of when we start talking about bowling targeting well before you can actually execute a good shot? You have to know what you want to happen.

You have to visualize it in your head before you can physically pick up the bowling ball and execute, and visualization is something that we we sometimes forget, or we forget to do on one shot or we get lazy on it.

But having that mental picture of where you want the ball to go down the lane, how you want it to go down the line? How everything feels all that picture that goes on in your head is the first step it's essential, because we can't execute without it.

So once we have our visualization down, which it could be anything like, whatever picture you put in your head of what you want to do, it has to be there, regardless of what that picture is.

So once we have the visualization what's next yeah.

So what I like to do to help me visualize the shot is there's three sections of the lane that we need to pay attention to.

You have the front part of lane around the dots.

Also called your lay down point.

You have the arrows the mid lane a little bit farther down, and then you have your break point, which is gonna, be down lanes.

So when you're visualizing the shot I like to really try to paint a picture of what my ball is gonna, where my ball is going through on each section as it's going down the lane.

So where am I laying it down? Where is it at in the mid lane? Arrows is one of my focal points and down light.

How far is the ball getting left to right when I'm trying to visualize a shot, I really try to pay attention of these now? These are also focal points to look at some people.

Look down Lane some people look at the arrow.

Some people look at the dots.

It really doesn't matter, there's no right or wrong.

We're not gonna.

Tell you half the look of dots.

You have to look at the arrows because I will get the arrows and I know guys like Westmont, looks right at the ground, I look at the dot and he looks at the dots exactly so it's no right or wrong, but what we all have in common is we have already visualized that shot.

That way.

You know we know exactly what's gonna happen and as long as you know, you're producing the right thing.

It doesn't matter what you're looking at it's just all about accuracy, all about what you're comfortable with so once we visualize a shot.

You know you have your kind of frames of reference of what you're trying to look at as far as your focal point Brad, what what's cut? What's next I mean we visualize a shot? What's next on the target? Well, I mean you said it in the order.

You know you, someone told me a long time ago that they they visualize, where they wanted to lay down where it's gonna be in the Midway and then where it's gonna be down the breakpoint, and then they draw that line back yeah, that's just a visualization that isn't mandatory, but that's just their own way of visualizing right, so everyone's got their own way, sometimes going in order front middle back and then draw back down before you actually start your shot.

Maybe that's a great process for you, but before we can actually execute out there a throw a get shot.

We need to be good with our feet before the ball can be good.

We need to be good with our body and there's a lot of accuracy that comes out to that.

So, when you're lining up when you're, when you have your shot, visualize and you're lining up, you want to start in the exact same spot as you did the last shot, because that there's the accuracy it's impossible for your ball to be accurate if you're physically not being accurate in your process, and it's amazing when we coach that I'll coach people don't say where are you standing I, don't know, I, don't know you have to stand in the same place every time once you're lining up, and you don't know that you don't need to know the number you don't need to know the number of the boards.

You don't need to know the number of boards down there.

Well, you need to know the spot yeah like you need to know it doesn't help that out.

So it's yeah, you have to stand in the same place so say so once we're standing in the same place what's next well, at the end of the shot, there has to be a good framework.

There has to be balance right because, if you're throwing a shot and one shot, you're in perfect balance, the next shot you step off.

Well, you went through the the visualization.

You have your targeting system, you know, or you want the ball to lay down you know or want to go to, but that execution from bad balance.

How are you supposed to throw the same shot? You just did with good balance, with bad balance, so at the end of the shot balances everything.

So when you do your visualization make sure when you're, when you're in the process of executing that shot, that you end the exact same way that you want to every single time yeah and sometimes when you're bowling tournaments.

Your bow on a lot of games fatigue sets in yep, you know and that that's that's kind of the hard part but bouton every single time.

You visualize your shot.

You have to think, make sure I'm in balance a shot, because that's how you produce an accurate picture, an accurate, accurate shot, yeah I.

Think a good statement is what you said is before we can be accurate on the lanes.

We need to be accurate with our body.

We need to be accurate with our feet, so it's extremely important to stand in the same place finish in the same place.

You know if you're not accurate, with your feet and one time you slide on 20 and then the next time you slide on 21 or 22.

That is gonna change.

Your angle, that is gonna change.

Your trajectory and your ball is gonna, go over a different path, so it's extremely important that you know once we have our targeting system that we have the proper fundamentals to get to the same place every time yeah.

Well, it's all the process right so like we want to throw strikes.

We want to play the lanes correctly.

We want to shoot high scores and be accurate and be all that great jazz, but there's a process that comes to us and the process happens right here.

This is your wheelhouse, so the process is visualization and then executing the shot and then executing the shot.

Revolves this this this framework.

Right here, it's your body and you have to be accurate with your body have to be comfortable with your body.

You have to be confident with your body that all doesn't include down there.

So right here is, is the most important part you yourself and your body.

In your mind, that is what's going to lead you to become a better bowler and visualization and then executing a shot and then great balance.

You got that balance.

So those three things.

So why don't you give us a shot here? Okay, talk us through your visualization talk to us about how you're getting lined up what you're kind of looking at what you want your ball to do like there's oil on the line, but it's invisible.

So when we talk about painting that picture of the visualization, the picture includes the oil pattern, so we can't see that, but in our heads we're seeing something or else we wouldn't know where to throw the ball.

So you're painting your own picture that his pictures of the oil pattern is different than my pictures.

Your visualization process starts with what the oil pattern is and where you want the ball to go so when I'm standing up here, I'm thinking, okay, there's uh, there's hook here and hang here and I need to fit my ball in between that right and so I.

Take my ball.

I stand and I just make sure that my mental picture of the oil pattern weathers hook, whether it's hanging, you know whatever picture I put together, I just make sure that I start at the beginning of the lane and then I kind of draw a line to where I want my ball to go down Lane and between the you know those yet hook and and then, when I make sure I'm solid on that I put my ball up, get ready, make sure I got my target down Lane and then I.

Look at the arrow, so I make sure I got my target down lane but I when I execute my shot.

I look at the arrows.

Okay, so make sure I got my target down.

Lane, look at the arrows and then I go try not the flat.

In balance.

It was easy to bounce that shot right there, but after eight games of a tournament it isn't so easy to bounce that shot right there.

So there you go guys super basic fundamentals of the bowling.

Targeting you have your focal points, be accurate with your body.

Repeat shots you get that stuff down visualize your gonna be accurate and you're already on the right track on how to get lined up in throw strikes.

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Bowling Tips: How to Hit Your Target? ›

Use the Arrows

Keep your eye on them, not the pins. While most people would believe that aiming for the centre arrow is the key to getting the head-on strike, it's actually not the first choice. The ideal arrow to aim for is generally the second one from the centre, on whichever side your bowling arm is.

How can I improve my bowling aim? ›

Use the Arrows

Keep your eye on them, not the pins. While most people would believe that aiming for the centre arrow is the key to getting the head-on strike, it's actually not the first choice. The ideal arrow to aim for is generally the second one from the centre, on whichever side your bowling arm is.

Why do I keep missing my mark in bowling? ›

Three common reasons for this are: 1) the ball is too heavy to let it swing through a full arc, 2) the bowler has early timing in the start so the ball is ahead from the beginning, or 3) they do not let the ball swing enough behind them because they are intentionally trying to get the ball to the line too soon.

Is there a trick to bowling? ›

One of the keys to how to bowl a strike is your stance and positioning. Your stance should be straight and upright, with a slight bend in your knees and your feet slightly apart. You should hold the ball on the same side of your body as your bowling hand. Keep the arm relaxed for a natural swing.

Should I look at the pins or arrows in bowling? ›

Ideally, depending on how low you want to release the ball, you will look either at: The arrows. A third of the way down the lane there are seven arrows in the shape of an arrow pointing towards the pins. Most people are going to lean towards looking at the arrows, just from what I've seen.

How do you get a strike every bowl? ›

The first step and absolute key to getting strikes is hitting the “strike pocket”. The strike pocket is between the 1 and 2 pins for left-handers and between the 1 and 3 pins for right-handers. Hitting the pocket consistently with the right amount of speed and hook will lead to repeating strikes and much higher scores.

Why do I keep getting 9 in bowling? ›

The reason we leave pocket 8s, 9s, and 10s (7s for lefties) is poor entry angle – either too much or too little. Entry angle is the angle that the bowling ball needs to enter the pocket in order to carry a strike.

What is the hardest thing to do in bowling? ›

“The dreaded 7-10 split,” an announcer intones. “In bowling there are 1,022 spare leads. And this, the 7-10, is by far the most difficult.”

How do you know if you're good at bowling? ›

A beginner bowler usually averages between 50-70 points in their first game while someone who is average can score between the range of 130-150. Those that are pretty good at bowling can get up to 200 points during their game. At this point you're starting to reach professional level bowling as well.

How can you get 300 points in bowling? ›

In bowling games that use 10 pins, such as ten-pin bowling, candlepin bowling, and duckpin bowling, the highest possible score is 300, achieved by bowling 12 strikes in a row in a traditional single game: one strike in each of the first nine frames, and three more in the tenth frame.

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