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Bowling Styles

Common Bowling Techniques and Styles


There are many different types of bowling styles, and it's often hard to categorize a bowler's particular method. That doesn't stop us from trying, though. Here are some of the most common bowling styles.

1. Power Strokers

Pete Weber
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The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.

2. Strokers

Norm Duke
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Bowlers with a smooth, precise delivery are referred to as strokers.

3. Crankers

Ryan Shafer
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Bowlers who use a lot of wrist action to put a high number of revolutions and power into their shots are referred to as crankers.

4. Spinners

Bowlers who rotate the ball on a vertical axis are called spinners.

5. Tweeners

Mika Koivuniemi
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Bowlers who combine elements of cranking and stroking are known as tweeners.

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