Bowling 101

Step-by-step tips on how to bowl

To some people, bowling is simply considered a fun Saturday night out with friends. To others, such as the Blue Valley bowling team, this sport is not as easy as it seems. Bowling coach Mark Mosier and bowler junior Kameron McKenzie explain how there is more than meets the eye when it comes to pins and a bowling ball.

Fun Facts

• The average bowling ball is 16      pounds.

• Wooden balls were used until      1905.

• Bowling is the number one participation sport in America

• A ball for an inexperienced bowler should be between 12 pounds and 14 pounds.

Kameron McKenzie Q&A

What tips do you have for someone who is new to bowling?

“My tips would probably be just take your time, do it the way that feels best for your own style and have fun.”

What do you enjoy most about bowling?

“I enjoy the atmosphere and how it’s very open and accepting to anyone. Also, everyone at the meets from other schools are really nice and it’s fun to get to know people.”

Are there any special techniques or tricks that you use during your meets?

“Look at the lines on the lane instead of the pins. [Coach Mark] Mosier hammers that into our minds all the time. Try to keep your arm straight when you swing it back, so then the ball goes exactly where you want it to go and not into the gutter. I try not to over think it and go for it.”

The Four- Step Procedure

Step 1: Hold the ball at your waist and push out.

Step 2: Swing back.

Step 3: Your body should be back at the first step.

Step 4: Slide on your lead foot, and follow through with a natural swing. Your swing should end at the height of your ear.