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Bowling Styles - Bowling Tweeners

Combining Stroking and Cranking to Throw Strikes


Mika Koivuniemi

Mika Koivuniemi is known as a tweener.

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Not all bowlers can be easily classified as crankers or strokers. Many use a hybrid of these two styles to create their own style, known as tweening. Also, a bowler who isn't a perfect prototype of either style may get labeled as a tweener.

A tweener may use a higher backswing than a stroker. Or, a tweener may exhibit all the qualities of a cranker except for a weaker wrist position. Simply put, if a bowler is not a pure cranker or a pure stroker, but elements of each are present in his or her game, that bowler is a tweener.

Because tweeners are mainly labeled as such because they can't be easily classified as either strokers or crankers, their personal styles can vary greatly.

Benefits and Pitfalls

Tweeners are typically versatile bowlers due to their ability to take elements from each style of bowling to form their own attack plans. They can consistently place their shots where they want and turn up the power when necessary. However, it can be difficult to make such aggressive changes during a match, and tweeners have to weigh the consequences prior to making any such adjustment.

How to Identify a Tweener

  • Average ball speed
  • Gradual hook

Characteristics of Tweeners

  • Mid-high backswing
  • Smooth delivery
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