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Bowling Adjustments

Adjusting and Adapting to the Lane Conditions


A common mistake of novice bowlers is refusing to adjust. You can throw six strikes in a row and be bowling the game of your life, but that same throw won't necessarily hit number seven or eight. In order to consistently score high, you need to be able to read the lane conditions, and then adapt to them. These tutorials will help you figure out when the lanes require a certain adjustment, and how to apply it.

1. Lateral Adjustments

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When you're missing left or right, try a lateral adjustment to compensate.

2. Forward/Backward Adjustments

Another way to combat missing left or right is to move forward or backward.

3. Speed Adjustments

Use the oil to your advantage by changing the speed of your shots.

4. Finger Position Adjustments

Use your index and pinky fingers to control the amount of axis rotation on your ball.

5. Ball Adjustments

When all else fails, maybe it's time to try a new ball.

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