How to Bowl a Strike

Strike bowling is an exceptionally difficult game, and it’s not always easy to tell if a ball has been bowled. So how exactly do you bowl the perfect strike? It all starts with your power source. The secret is in your grip!

“How to Bowl a Strike” is an instructional article that will teach you how to bowl a strike. It is for beginners, so if you are not a beginner and want more information, please visit the “Bowl Basics: How to Bowl a Strike.” Read more in detail here: how to bowl a strike for beginners.

Vintage man playing bowling ball.

Bowling has a long and proud tradition as a macho sport.

But, if you’re anything like me, your contribution to this tradition of manliness hasn’t been very noteworthy. That is to say, I was a terrible bowler for much of my life. I like going bowling with my pals and enjoying some macho camaraderie, but as a competitive guy, it was difficult to enjoy a game when everyone else was beating me.

I also didn’t get to feel the pure delight and ecstasy of bowling a strike very often. There’s nothing quite like witnessing all 10 pins vanish from the alley. So I’ve been attempting to improve my game recently. I’ve been able to enhance my strike ball with some practice, reading, and guidance from men that bowl strikes on a daily basis. By no means am I bowling flawless games, but I can now get three or four strikes in a game.

So, in order to assist my fellow stumbling bowlers, I’ve put up a few pointers on how to bowl a strike.

Be adaptable. Because every lane you bowl on is different, flexibility and the capacity to adjust are key for consistently bowling strikes. Why? Have you ever been on your butt when you crossed the foul line? That’s because bowling alleys are oiled, and the quantity of oil used and how it’s applied varies from lane to lane. Even a single lane’s oil pattern might shift during the game. Your ball may shatter differently depending on the quantity and pattern of oil used. As a result, be ready to change your strategy.

Bowling ball pins diagram.

If you’re right-handed, go for the pocket between the 1 and 3 pins with your ball.

The key is tucked away in the pocket. Angle the ball into the “pocket” to get regular strikes. The pocket for a right-handed bowler is between the one-pin and three-pin. It’s a toss-up between the one-pin and two-pin for a lefty.

Select a softer ball. Yes, I am aware. You want to demonstrate your macho might by flinging an 18-pound ball down the lane like Tor, the god of thunder. It’s great to see the pins fly through the air when a heavy ball strikes them, but if you want to bowl strikes, lighten up a little. You want the pins to hit each other rather than merely fly up in the air when bowling hits. Pins fly in the air when heavy balls are used; lighter balls cause pins to collide. Because of the advantages lighter balls bring, several professionals have begun utilizing 14 1/2 or 15 pound balls these days. So go ahead and do it. Make full use of that female ball.

Concentrate on anything other than the pins. Your objective is the pins, but you don’t want to concentrate or aim for them. Instead, attempt to make your ball roll directly over one of the arrows in the centre of the lane. Aim for the second arrow from the right if you’re a right-handed bowler. Aim for the second arrow from the left if you’re a lefty. Because the majority of the lane oil is in the centre, throwing your ball to the outside will give it extra grip all the way down the lane.


Prepare your approach. Three rows of dots parallel the lane, one immediately before the foul line and two rows back from it, are visible just before the foul line. To line up your approach to the foul line, choose one of these last rows (which one you choose is determined by how many steps you take before releasing the ball). Place your left foot just to the right of the central dot if you’re right-handed and have a small hook. If you’re a left-handed person, position your right foot just to the left of the middle dot.

You’ve identified your strike ball if you regularly hit the pocket with that approach. Continue approaching from that location. On the approach, if you’re missing left, move a little to the left. If you’re missing a step to the right, take it. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive, but a right-handed bowler will miss to the left because his ball hooked too early. The same may be said for a lefty. Moving in the direction you’re missing the arrow will send the ball farther down the path before connecting with the pins. Give it a go. It’s effective.

Fred Flinstone play bowling ball with tippy toes.

It all starts with the toes.

Make your decision. Begin your approach to the finish line. The four-step method is the most popular among professionals, but if the Fred Flintstone twinkle-toes method works for you, go for it. Maintain constant focus on your goal arrow and ensure that you’re walking in a straight path.

Maintain a straight arm. Keep your arm straight and close to your body on the backswing. Bring your hand up to shoulder height.

Powerful step! The power step is the second-to-last step in your approach, and it adds velocity to your body, increasing the leverage of your armswing and resulting in a stronger ball release. Your power step will be with your right foot if you’re right-handed. With the left, with the left, with the left, with the left, with the left, with Your power step leg should be bent in a way that allows you to slide on your left foot. Make sure you don’t go beyond the foul line!

At the bottom of your downward stroke, release the ball. You’ll want to timing the release perfectly. If you release the ball too soon, it will lose velocity; if you release it too late, the ball will bounce.

It should be curved. Remember, we want the ball to hit the pocket to bowl strikes, and to do so efficiently, we need some curve in our throw. To master this, you’ll need some practice, but here’s some basic tips to get you started. As you release the ball, move your thumb to a 10 o’clock position if you’re right-handed. Rotate your thumb to the 2 o’clock position if you’re left-handed. As your ball hurtles towards the pins, this will give it a little spin.

Vintage man playing bowling ball.

The ball should curve into the pocket.

Carry it out. Many rookie bowlers make the mistake of not following through after releasing the ball. Failure to complete the task affects ball rotation and, as a result, accuracy. Keep your arm moving in a pendulum motion after you’ve released the ball until your hand is above your head.


Follow in the footsteps of Frank. Take it easy on yourself. Take your time. It’s easy to get caught up in a rush, particularly when you’re stressed. Approach and release slowly and smoothly.

Air pistols/fist pump/Jesus Quintana Dance With a jubilant fist pump, enjoy the lovely sound of a strike. Alternatively, you might use the traditional Pistol Pete air guns and pretend to fire all the pins down with your fingers. Do the Jesus Quintana Dance from The Big Lebowski instead:


Poster by Art of Manliness about how to bowl a strike.



“Bowling more strikes” is a phrase that has been used in the past to describe bowling a perfect game. This is done by getting strikes on every single frame of the game. Reference: bowling more strikes.

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