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What Type of Bowler Are You?

By June 6, 2011

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If you watch or read about bowling on even a semi-regular basis, you've probably heard bowlers described as crankers, strokers or tweeners. These are not the extent of bowling styles, but they are the three most common. However, the definition of tweeners (essentially a combination between a cranker and a stroker) alone implies categorizing every bowler into a neat little bucket is nearly impossible, and I question whether trying to do so is futile.

There are also power strokers, spinners, two-handers, (although again, one could argue a two-handed bowler is also a cranker or a stroker or a tweener or a spinner or a flier) and other less prominent styles. For the record, "flier" is made up. But it seems like it could fit, right?

Regardless of whether the styles cross over enough that it's almost senseless to try to put your game into one, it could help to know where you fall. For instance, if you're looking to buy a new bowling ball and want to know how to properly drill it, your pro-shop operator might ask about your bowling style to give him or her an idea of where to begin.

So, which are you? Cranker? Stroker? Tweener? Other? Have a gander at these brief overview articles:


June 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(1) Steve says:

I guess I’m pretty much a cranker when I throw my strikeball without my thumb and a stroker when I throw it with my thumb. Now if only I could master one or, better still, both of those deliveries so I could truly excel on one or more lane conditions instead of remaining hopelessly mired in bowling mediocrity. Well, maybe the upcoming clinic I plan to attend with Sean Rash, P.J. Haggerty, Tony Reyes, and Dr. Dean Hinitz will help me progress a little.

February 9, 2013 at 2:05 am
(2) Stephen says:

I guess I’m a tweener, since I rely on the high ball speed and rev rate of a cranker to explode through the pins, but my hook is usually a rather slight hook much like a stroker. However, I’ve also been able to throw a hook from one side of the lane to the other, mostly once the lanes have dried up. I could just be playing like a power stroker since the lanes I usually bowl on have a ton of oil which prevents me from getting a lot of hook.

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