A two-finger style can produce more strikes when executed effectively.
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While most bowlers use a traditional ball grip with two fingers and a thumb, the two-finger approach is popular for some bowling enthusiasts; it's easy to see why. The two-finger release creates a natural hook on the ball that can lead to a slew of strikes when executed properly. The two-finger bowling style is riskier but offers potentially high rewards if you can master it.
How to Grip the Ball
The first tip you should know about two-finger bowling is how to hold the ball. Insert your middle and ring fingers in the two forward holes. If you use a finger-tip ball, your fingers won't fit completely in the holes, which may help you put even more curve on the ball and protect your fingers from sticking in the holes. Rest the ball in the palm of your hand while extending your index and pinky fingers outward and your thumb along the back of the ball.
Executing an Effective Hook
A two-finger release creates an extreme hook on the ball when thrown correctly. Your thumb is kept out of the throw and only two fingers pop out of ball holes, enabling you to use most of your hand to apply a hook. The key tip is to release the ball while twisting your fingers upward and to the side of the ball, and turning your wrist slightly. The release needs to take place as you swing your arm forward and your arm is pointing straight down at the floor. The amount of time it takes to learn the technique will vary by the bowler, but you can execute the two-finger hook with practically any house ball.
The Challenge of Spares
The biggest downside to the two-finger approach is on spares. Picking up spares with a large hook is challenging. The two-finger shot is difficult to control or develop consistency with, especially as you adjust to different lane conditions. Your best spare strategy is to employ a traditional three-finger grip. Using the thumb hole will heighten your control of the ball and reduce your hook. Some bowlers even elect to throw a separate plastic ball for spares. Plastic balls slide more smoothly down the lane. This limits your hook and gives you a straighter trajectory.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Two-finger bowling is difficult to master. If you're serious about improving, practicing regularly is essential. Schedule at least one session each week to work on skills. Start small and gradually increase your practice time the weeks to follow. Concentrate on one particular technique at a time. For instance, focus one session on repetitively practicing the five-step or three-step approach you want to employ in league games if you bowl competitively. Push yourself in practices. Throw the ball with the same velocity you want to bowl with in leagues and tournaments. This will increase the endurance in your arm and legs.