How to Hook a Bowling Ball

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How to Hook a Bowling Ball 4.5

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As a silver coach I'd like to commend the maker of this video.  You do not need to "force" the ball to hook.  Proper release will allow you hook without having to snap your hand over / around the ball.

A few points to add:
1) Point 4 in this video is very important; let the ball fall in your swing.  Do not try to throw the ball; let your body and timing control the speed through a free swing. 
2) Let your bowling shoulder drop as you start the approach to help your body at the end to be in position for release behind the ball.  Notice the bowler's dropped shoulder on approach through release.  This bowler has great body position to demonstrate it.
3) Rotate the bowling hand open on the back swing.  If you were to pull the thumb out of your ball at the top of the swing it should point towards the sky (not necessarily straight up) This will help keep the arm straight and get the hand in the proper position behind the ball on release.  This bowler is not doing that but is able to get a nice release without it.
4) Start the acceleration (add muscle) only towards the bottom of the swing and through the follow through.  I tell my students to feel the "load" build on the thumb.  When the hand is in the proper position, once the thumb is released the weight will quickly shift to the finger tips and cause a "snap" on the rotation.  You need to be accelerating at this point and following through to get the maximum rotation on the ball.
5) As they say in the video... You need "time" and lots of practice.  This is easy mechanics once you learn it, but it will feel funky as you learn.  People have a tendency to think bowling is "easy" but it's a skill that needs to be built.  Not only do you need to build skill, but you'll need to build muscle and muscle memory. (or unlearn bad habits)

On a proper release you should see a low access rotation on the ball (not looking like a helicopter and it should "appear" to accelerate as it starts into the hook through into the roll.

You do not need to force the ball to hook, normal mechanics will cause the most powerful hook you can create without "funky" hand / wrist mechanics.

Very well done. Thanks.

Author — AntariMysteec


Thank you: To the only video that explains anything.

Author — kylie green


0:48 "Index and middle finger" should be "middle and ring finger"

Author — 3PiecesOfBread


One of the best tutorials I've seen on this subject, on you tube.

Author — Benjamin Henry


I'm watching this currently in a bowling center lolol.
Now I'm gonna beat my fiends ass!

Author — Mara


I've taken to having a friend hidden with an air rifle incase there's a pesky pin that doesn't want to fall 😉

Author — T M F


This was fantastic! I've been bowling recreationally forever and nobody has ever explained this to me...can't wait to practice with the football & then try it out at the bowling alley!

Author — zuzama2


So far this is the best tutorial I've seen by far. Most of the pros don't know how to teach it in a video.

Author — SYN30STM


Now, I could do this, if only I could actually hold a ball that far out xD

Author — Kitsune


This video rules. Helpful, informative, excellent. I am very happy that I watched it.  I will take what I've learned here and go to the lanes and try it. Thanks

Author — canefro


Out of all the videos I wantched on this topic this is the only one that really helped me and saw immediate results. THANK YOU

Author — Joshua Hebert


I'm going to have to give this a try when I go bowling tomorrow. I've never really honestly thought about releasing the ball with my hand faced forward opposed to pointed downwards.

Author — vaxick


Love this turtorial, helped me get a 240 game, thanks and keep up the good work.

Author — Jordan Lampitelli


I’ve been trying this but it’s harder than I thought. My ball sometimes does curve but it often goes out of the alley before hitting any pin.

Author — Flying Angel


Forced to go bowling tomorrow. Hope this helps :D

Author — Viktorija Jankauskaitė


About to bowl right now ! Lol wish me luck bro

Author — Uilani Rivera


I've watched a lot of videos about hooking a ball and you have some of the best camera angles and demonstrations of all of them. Cheers man. I need a small football now...

Author — Denman Fite


I've only bowled a few times in my life but I give this video my seal of approval and highest recommendation.

Author — Cano penner


I have had skin torn on my thumb a few times in the past. luckily I had Some thing to put over the torn skin so I could keep bowling. Its fully healed now but it hurt a lot.

Author — Masta Blasta


Thank you for the tutorial! Lol this bowling alley looks like all star lanes in tooele, UT

Author — DeMentD Kitty