Keep your hips, wrist, shoulders and torso square to the pins.
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The straight shot is the easiest, most consistent shot in bowling and is the first technique that most new bowlers learn. Most experienced bowlers prefer rolling a hook shot to a straight shot on their first ball because the spin helps maintain ball velocity after contact and leads to more strikes. For good bowlers, the straight ball only comes into play when they're trying to clean up a few pins for a spare.1.
Stand with your feet 4 inches apart and your right foot about five boards to the left of the center line.2.
Point your toes forward and keep your torso parallel to the foul line.3.
Bend your elbow to a 90-degree angle and cradle the ball slightly with your wrist.4.
Lean your arm against your body, maintaining a 90-degree elbow bend.5.
Stride forward with your right foot and begin swinging the ball back. Keep your shoulders, hips and wrist aimed straight ahead.6.
Take two or three strides as the ball swings to the apex of the back swing.7.
Swing the ball downward as you take a final step downward. Relax your arm muscles and let gravity and forward momentum do the work.8.
Bend your right knee toward the ground and release the ball as it passes by your ankle. Keep your wrist straight to avoid sending the ball off course with unwanted rotation.9.
Follow through by swinging your arm straight toward the target.