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Bowling Tips for a Great Spin

Spinning is a key variant for bowling and it’s necessary to master the two categories of bowling deliveries or throws, in standard 10-pin bowling.  Straight shots are the framework for bowling.  When you toss a straight shot, the ball will follow a straight path from point A, your hand, to point B, the pin.  This throw is always in relation to the intended target and is linear in motion.  The second type of throw, the hook, follows a curved path toward the end of the bowling ball’s target.  Hooked shots look like a straight shot at first, then the momentum of the ball shifts at the end of the lane cutting horizontally through pins.  When the motion of the ball curves, it spins on its axis to form the curve.  Some bowling balls have weights within the ball to create a tighter spin and hook.

Delivering a spin on a bowling ball isn’t difficult; the motion of the throw is different than the straight shot.  The main difference is the ball tilts at the end of the lane. 
The first thing to know when attempting to spin the ball is it takes patience and concentration.  The right kind of ball should be used to harness the spin.  Bowling balls can spin on their axis during the release from your hand.  If you want your bowling ball to hook to hit separated pins then using a urethane or reactive resin bowling ball will help you maximize a tight hook.

Urethane and resin cover stock bowling balls are capable of gripping the dry region of the bowling land over plastic bowling balls.  It’s possible to throw a hook with a plastic ball but it’s frustrating because it doesn’t adopt the same physics as the other type of bowling balls. 
Learn to release the ball all in one motion while you are still sliding forward towards the foul line.  Some tend to stop for a split second before releasing the ball but this can interrupt the all in one motion of throwing the bowling ball.  The extra momentum from sliding forward keeps your ball on point and won’t increase the chances of an error are a gutter ball.

Gripping is a key component of the entire motion of bowling.  Learn to grip your bowling ball so that it can easily be released at any moment.  Develop your backswing and forward swing so your arm moves in a forward motion.  The weight of the bowling ball can cause you to swing your arm inward.  When this happens you’re completely miss the pins.  The best momentum is of your own natural body movement.  You can’t bowl like others; you can only bowl like you!  As long as you are comfortable with your throw the energy will naturally transfer to the ball as you toss it down the lane.  Rotate your hand just like you would when turning a door handle just be for you release the ball will put a the spin you need on the ball to make it hook.