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Finding the Right Posture for Your Bowling Game

Last Updated: 10.05.19


If you are an avid bowling player your ambition may be to achieve a ball reaction that is consistent throughout the game and to hit the pocket every single time you approach the foul line. For these endeavors to come through it is essential that you maintain the right position at all times while on the approach.

Although the prerequisites for a successful performance generally involve having strong but tension-free muscles, aligning your shoulders and keeping your head up, proper posture may vary depending on specific situations. Let our tips on finding the right posture for your bowling game inspire you.

Starting position

When you’re on the approach preparing to deliver the ball you have one goal in mind: to launch it in such a way that it enters the pocket at a perfect angle. Your position should reflect this ambition, by pointing your whole body in that particular direction, from shoulders to toes.

Transfer most of your weight onto the balls of your feet, bend your upper body slightly forward while maintaining your spine straight and your shoulders, too, aligning them with your chest.

Also, you’ll want to keep the shoulder corresponding to your dominant arm about two inches lower than your non-bowling shoulder. Make sure to keep your spine straight at all times with your shoulders forming a 90-degree angle.

When it comes to holding the ball, this should be adjusted to the frame of your body. In general, the ball shouldn’t be visible to someone from behind, which means it should stay within the limits of your bowling arm.

A sure way to assess the effectiveness of your position is by thinking of the frequency with which you hit the pocket. If you achieve consistent results from the initial position at the start, you have found your lucky posture.

However, with experience comes the knowledge that in bowling there is no one-size-fits-all. For optimal results, your position will always need to adapt to the infrastructure conditions even during the course of one single game, as the oil moves on the lane.


Finish position

The position in which a bowler finishes the approach can tell a lot about their overall performance and can be indicative of issues in their game which need to be corrected. This comes immediately after the ball has been released and is the moment where stability and balance are put to the test.

At this particular moment, it’s acceptable to have your bowling shoulder at a lower level than your non-bowling shoulder since it would be the natural result of swinging a ball as heavy as a tenth of your body weight.

To prevent any balance issues from occurring, position your slide foot in such a way that it points towards the target you have just aimed for. This way, your foot and your arm swing will both be going in the same direction.

By sliding your trail leg using your heel, you open your hips and enable the ball to slide into the desired direction. It is at this particular moment that your hips should slightly close down right before releasing the ball and end up in a position pointing towards the pocket.

At the finishing moment, your trail leg has a vital role in maintaining your balance. For this reason, keeping it in contact with the floor is very important, as it influences the angle of your spine and prevents it from changing too much.


In order for the energy you generate to be transferred to the ball, you should always be balanced and preferably free of tension. There is a lot at stake at the moment of the release which depends on the way you manage to balance your body.

For a maximum release level, the amount of energy you share needs to be able to propel the ball in such a way that it goes straight to the target. This can only be done provided that your body retains its stability and efficiently balances from one point to another.

Most professional bowling players have established themselves as either one or two-hand players, which is where the question of stability comes into play to determine the success of your posture.

Releasing the ball using both your hands requires additional forward bending proportional to the swing, so the spine will end up more forward than in the case of one-handed players. The comparative advantage consists of the energy you can impart to the ball.

One of the major advantages of a two-handed swing is that your body’s center of gravity remains more or less the same, so it’s one of the most efficient approaches to what concerns balance.

There are a few things worth keeping in mind so that you succeed in improving your balance during a bowling game. While in stance position, your upper body should be very slightly tilted forward and your knees flexed.

Don’t waste energy on unnecessary body movements while approaching the foul line and keep your head steady at all times. The bottom line of good balance is to avoid wasted movements and to maintain your posture until the ball has hit the pocket.



Flexibility is a prerequisite of a good bowling game and has a huge influence on your posture while playing. The main element which depends on your level of flexibility is the core rotation necessary to generate energy and transfer it to the ball.

If you have a smaller frame, you’ll need to perform more core rotation in order to create as much energy as possible. The same applies in the case of bowlers who don’t have a lot of flexibility in their shoulders, as they will need to compensate in order to raise the level of their back-swing.

More than the capacity to stretch your muscles, flexibility in bowling refers to being able to adapt your posture and moves to particular situations or lane conditions. By adapting your game to your body’s level of flexibility and training your muscles to improve this aspect, you can develop a successful and impressive body posture.



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