In bowling, your objective should be to knock down all 10 pins while avoiding launching your ball in the gutter—the trench located on either side of the lane. Any bowl that lands in this location will earn you a score of zero, which can decrease your overall score. If you’re a bowling beginner, below are three tips to help you avoid bowling a gutter ball.
How to Keep Your Ball Out of the Gutter
1. Consider Bumper Bowling
One option to avoid rolling your ball into the gutter is to block its path completely. Bowling alleys provide the option of bumper bowling by setting up a barrier down the length of the lane. This is a great way to practice your form without compromising your score.
2. Pick the Right Weight
The bowling ball you choose should be the right weight for you. The heaviest one weighs 16 pounds, while the lightest is 6 pounds. Depending on your expertise level, you should pick a ball that is easy to carry and maneuver. For beginners, it’s recommended to use a ball between 10 and 14 pounds. Your ball should have some weight to it but not feel difficult to throw or carry.
3. Practice Perfect Form
To throw a straight ball, avoid bending or flexing your wrist, and keep your hand straight while you swing the ball behind you. Once you begin swinging forward, begin to rotate your wrist toward the opposite side of your body. Let go of the ball once it’s near your ankle, and release it. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to the ball’s weight by throwing the ball down the lane several times before starting a game.
Practice your bowling game at Axis Alley in Campbell County, KY. This bowling alley features 16 lanes, making it the perfect spot for date night or a birthday party. They feature a light display, live music from local DJs, and giant projection screens. To book a private party or view special events hosted by the bowling alley, visit their website or call (859) 652-7250 today.