How To Bowl A Hook

How to bowl a hook

Why throw a hook shot?

Throwing a hook shot gives you the best chance of getting a strike. To get a strike, you need to hit “the pocket” at an entry angle of 3-6 degrees. As you probably know, the lanes are covered with oil.  If you properly take advantage of the oil, you can have your ball skim across the oil pattern and hook inwards toward the pocket in order to get the entry angle that you need. Learning to throw a hook shot and get that entry angle is the number one thing that separates beginners from intermediate bowlers. Here’s how you do it.

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Bowling Ball In Your Dishwasher

Bowling balls need to be cleaned often. The reactive resin shells absorb oil. Even if you wipe it after every shot, the time it is on the lane, being returned to you, and sitting on the ball return, the shell is soaking up the oil. The oil gets too deep into the shell, so just cleaning your ball won’t do the trick. When this happens, you need to “bake” the oil out of your ball. You can always take your ball to a professional and have them do this for you, but there are a ton of ways to do it yourself as well. One of the more common ways to DIY the baking process is to use your dishwasher.

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What is “The Pocket”?

Getting a strike is much more likely if your ball contacts the pins in “The Pocket”. For right-handed bowlers, the pocket is right in between the 1st and 3rd pins. For a left-handed bowler, the pocket is in between the 1st and 2nd pin. The picture below shows a ball just before impact with the pocket as thrown by a right-handed bowler.

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Oil On Bowling Lanes

If you watch closely, bowling balls actually “slide” down most of the lane. Near the end of the lane, the ball gains traction and begins to roll. This happens because the lanes are coated with a thin layer of oil. The invisible oil on the lanes is the source of complexity in bowling, and this article will teach you all about it.

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What Weight Bowling Ball To Choose

Most beginners have a hard time deciding which ball they should pick from the rack. There are different colors, weights, finger hole sizes, etc., so which one should you pick? In short, you should pick the ball that fits your hand the best. Deciding which one actually fits the best can be quite a struggle, so I’m going to walk you through the process.

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How To Properly Clean And Maintain A Bowling Ball

Cleaning your bowling ball is absolutely necessary. Reactive balls absorb oil, and a ball saturated with oil won’t get enough friction to hook.

When a ball becomes completely saturated, you will need to bake and resurface the ball which can be a very timely and sometimes expensive process. There are ways to bake your ball at home, but having your local pro shop do it is the safest, most common way. To save money and time, you should bake your ball infrequently, and only when necessary.

Clean your bowling ball every time you bowl, and it will need a bake much less often.

There are a bunch of cleaning solutions on the market designed specifically for bowling balls, but it’s cheapest and easiest to just make your own. I will teach you how to properly clean your ball using only common household supplies.

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Which Bowling Grip Is Best?

Which grip should I use? Is there a best grip for bowling strikes?

This is a controversial topic, to say the least. Every grip has its own pros and cons. While each person may have a grip that suits their style, there honestly isn’t a clear “best” grip. Before Belmo came around, one-handed, thumb-in, grip was standard and was definitely considered the best. Since then

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