Bowling Tip #21

Don't start your approach like you're burning rubber from a stoplight. That first step should be smooth and easy and therefore simple to repeat. It is the most important step you take. Make sure it's right and the rest of the approach can just flow.

Bowling Tip #22

It is usually best to line up in your starting stance with your sliding foot. It’s the one that finishes at the foul line and therefore the important one in terms of body alignment. Make it a part of your pre-shot routine that when you step up on the approach to take your starting stance, you slide your sliding foot onto your starting board. If you have stepped in anything wet or have something on the bottom of your shoe, you want to know that now, not up at the foul line. If you don’t get in this habit and do step in something, you might find yourself recovering consciousness out by the arrows! Don’t take the chance of sticking at the foul line and hurting yourself (which you can do whether you fall or not).

Bowling Tip #23

Your trailing leg is important as well. If you kick it with some vigor behind you, it can tend to open up your hips and causes you to face away from your objective. If it goes too far in the direction you moved it and you don't bend your sliding knee enough, you'll be forced to stand up at the foul line to avoid injuring your sliding knee, as it is not a rotating joint. It only bends, not rotates. Your trailing knee can be further laterally if your sliding knee is more bent. Otherwise, you could have that 'pretzel' look at the foul line!

Bowling Tip #24

Keep your trailing foot on the ground. A good finish position would have your trailing knee behind your sliding knee and separated by 6"-8" at about a 45 angle to your body. This will provide you with a very stable and balanced position. If your trailing knee is closer to your sliding knee than that, it's difficult to keep your balance. Think of a tripod. With the legs together, it topples. Spread them apart a bit and your tripod becomes very stable. Spread them too far apart...

Bowling Tip #25

More hook does not mean more strikes. You must have the proper angle, speed, and rotation to carry a strike. If any of these components is off by a millimeter, a 1/2 mph, or half a revolution, your carry percentage goes down. Don't be fooled into thinking more speed or more hook will do more to the pins. When a round object (the ball) hits a round object (the belly of the pin), funny things can happen...