Bowling Tips For Beginners

Bowling Tips for Beginners

Given all the information available about the sport, what are the best bowling tips for beginners? In the opinion of many, preparation and a good mental attitude count for more than all the expensive equipment or lessons one could buy.

Bowling has been called the sport of the common man, and why not? Bowling alleys continue to flourish, their appeal as much social as physical. And who hasn’t taken a turn or two, trying to knock over those white pins?

Part of the mystique of bowling lies in its deceptively simple setup: Throw a ball and knock over ten pins, arranged in a pyramid. Nothing could be simpler, right?


Just ask anyone who’s visited a bowling alley for the first or third or fiftieth time, thinking, “This’ll be the night I get five (or ten) strikes in a row! It’s only 60 feet from the foul line to the pins. How hard can it be?”

But after a few tosses of the big ball, they realize there must be more to the game than first thought, and they give up, heading for the snack bar, or- if the game was bad enough- to the bar itself.

If this is you, don’t despair. While most folks will never bowl a perfect game, let alone make seven or eight strikes in a row, there are a few simple things you can do to greatly improve your bowling game- and gain some hard-earned respect at the local alley.

The first question you should ask yourself is, how serious am I about bowling? If you’re the poke-it-with-a-stick type that only bowls once every two or three months, don’t expect to rise very far above the level you are at.

But if you truly want to improve your skill, make a commitment this very day to do the following:

Visit a few alleys in your area. Find one you feel comfortable with, taking into consideration the staff, lane condition, and operating hours. Try to find one that has a pro shop and openings for league or club play.

Once you’ve decided on the alley, schedule time every week when you can go practice for one to two hours.

Go to the alley’s pro shop and get fitted for a ball. The salesperson will help you find the right fit for your hand, as well as the proper size ball, based on your own weight and strength. (Rule of thumb is a ball that’s 10% of your body weight.) And speaking of thumbs, a professionally drilled ball will ensure that your thumb not only supports the ball correctly, but is also released at the right time. Prices for a starter ball are as low as $60-70.

Then there are the shoes. The main features to look for are a slick sole and comfortable fit. Make sure the shoes are a half size too large. Your feet need room to move around, just not too much. Bowling shoes can be had for as little as $30-40.

Unless you want to be stared at every time you walk into your alley (or anywhere else you may go), get a tote bag (with padding), for your ball. Bags start at $30-40, but make the ball easy to carry, and also protect it from chipping and scratches.

With the preliminaries out of the way, contact your alley and find out how to sign up for a beginner’s league. Belonging to a league has many benefits, the major one being that you will be practicing on a weekly basis with others who can help you learn the essential bowling tips for beginners, such as: how to properly approach the lane, aim, hold the ball, and deliver it. Besides helping refine your skill and technique, league bowling is a great way to meet people and make new friends. The standard weekly fee for league membership is around $15.00, which covers three games, league expenses and a prize fund.


Practice, practice, practice. As you learn new techniques, you will need to try them out, but away from partying friends and other distractions. It is no shame to bowl alone, especially if the occasional solo session helps your game grow by leaps and bounds.

If you don’t want to join a league just yet, there are plenty of online lessons and tutorials to choose from. On top of that, your bowling alley may offer lessons for beginners at little to no cost. Also, there are always workshops and low-cost non-credit classes offered by local community colleges.

The most important element in any new endeavor is commitment. If you are committed to becoming a better bowler, you should be using your own equipment, on your own time. With the addition of a little training and a lot of practice, you can and will be knocking down those strikes in no time. Soon you’ll be sharing with others those hard-earned bowling tips for beginners, along with a few more of your own.