Bowling Tips: “FUNdamental Stage”: for children

Tip 1

  • When picking up the bowling ball, always look in the direction the ball is traveling down the ball return.

  • When picking up the ball use two hands for beginners and one hand for adults but beware of the balls coming back.

Tip 2

  • When delivering the ball with two hands keep your fingers spread out with your thumbs on top of the ball. Keep your third and fourth fingers touching to assist in the follow-through.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart (approximately 20 inches) and your toes 2 inches from the foul line.

Tip 3

  • When delivering the ball with two hands keep your toes pointed towards the head pin.

  • Swing your arms between your legs twice and on the second swing release the ball and follow-through.

Tip 4

  • When delivering the ball with two hands make sure the hands operate in unison.

  • If you step on the foul line when you are setting up and the foul light goes off step back away from the foul line until the light goes off. If you do not release the ball there is no foul.

Tip 5

  • When delivering the ball look at the arrows on the lane and aim for the center arrow.


    Dave Post is President of the Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association, and has been a key player in development of both the certified coaching courses developed for 5-pin bowling, as well as in the development and implementation of bowling’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Plan.  Check back regularly for more great tips.  In the meantime…ENJOY YOUR GAME!

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