Basic Bowling Tips

Are you a beginner who wants to learn the basics of bowling? Assuming that you know the rules and the basic terminology, here are some tips for beginners and kids.Bowling, a sport enjoyed by many, is popular in most parts of the USA. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the more you play, the more you enjoy it. Here, we give you some tips and techniques which would help you to improve your game.

Tips for Beginners
As a beginner in bowling, you should concentrate not only on physical preparation, but also mental preparation. Both these aspects are necessary to master the game.

First and foremost, you need to be perfect with the straight ball, and try to be consistent with it. The straight ball may be difficult for some, but it gets easy with practice. If you can hook or curve the ball already, it is even better. A natural curve is of great advantage, so try to attempt it a lot. If you master this, you will be scoring spares sooner, compared to the other beginners.

The next important aspect is your delivery, and the number of steps you take in the approach. For this, you need to find out the best step approach suited for you. A four-step approach is usually recommended for beginners. It is best to find a delivery which is most comfortable. Make sure to adjust the delivery as per your overall height and stride length.

The release is an important aspect of your shot. It all depends on your release as to the position where the ball would end up. Remember that you should release the ball only when your arm has passed your left foot (if you are a right-handed person). By releasing the ball in such a way, you can aim for the target pins better. Also, don’t forget to follow-through after the release. It is crucial for better accuracy and ball speed.

Tips for Kids
Kids must wear comfortable bowling shoes and clothes. They should not wear tight clothes, as it will hamper their movement. Comfortable clothes ensure complete range of motion and flexibility required for a good game. The next important thing is to find a ball which suits the child’s style, ability, weight, strength, and skill. Kids should be encouraged to rehearse bowling motions with different balls of variable sizes and weights, and then settle for the best fit. If the finger holds are too loose or too tight, they may pose a problem. The holes should be a snug fit, but not so tight that the ball doesn’t leave during the release! Even though heavy balls are recommended, initially, they should use balls that are light in weight, as they are easier to handle. At a later stage, you can introduce heavier balls, once the kids develop their strength and skills.

It is recommended that you take your kids to the bowling alley when there aren’t too many players, so that he can watch skilled bowlers perform, and take his time to learn the sport.

Kids should be taught to aim and focus on the arrows on the bowling lane, and not on the bowling pins. By aiming towards the arrows, the aim would be that much more accurate, as compared to aiming directly at the bowling pins. They can aim for the specific pins in time, as they get skillful.

Trap Shooting Tips

It is not easy to hit a skeet or clay pigeon in trap shooting, unless you have practiced your heart out. Here are some tips that will help you in your quest.Trap shooting refers to one of the 3 forms of clay pigeon shooting, along with skeet shooting, and sporting clays. Simply put, it involves shooting and breaking a moving target prior to it hitting the ground. Initially, when this sport started, live pigeons were used. But then those species of pigeons came under the threat of extinction, which lead to the introduction of fake pigeons. Now, clay pigeons are used for this event. There are several versions―Double Trap, Olympic Trap, Nordic Trap, and Down the Line. In the USA, American trap shooting is the most popular form of this sport.

Don’t be Trigger Happy!
This is a very fundamental and important thing. The trigger should not be handled or fidgeted with, till the gun is properly mounted, pointing in a safe direction, and is ready for shooting. So ideally, you should keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger.

Focus, Again
Consider pre-focusing your eyes with high intensity to see if the target is slowing down and gets brighter, This will prevent you from chasing the target, jerking the forearm, and stabbing at the target. This, will help inculcate a better, relaxed swing, and build on the scores drastically.

Follow it Up
Follow-through is of extreme importance. For instance, if you have just shot one clay, and you have another in the air to aim and shoot at, you cannot lower the gun. You will have to follow-through and continue to look down the barrel, moving onto the other target. For this, practicing weapon shouldering and looking down the barrel is very important.

‘Choke’ a Block
Practicing with an extra-full choke is ideal if you aren’t doing so. The reason is, if you do that, you can learn precision shooting. The extra-full choke will throw a small tight pattern, and it will lead you to many missed targets. Using an extra-full choke will eliminate slop in your aim and shooting.

Protection is a Must
Using protective gear is a must, no matter what. For all shooters under the age of eighteen, or even over, ear and eye protection is highly recommended. Rather, there is no option to wearing protective gear.

Last, but not the least, read as much as you can about trap shooting, and subscribe to many related magazines. You can get to learn a lot about the sport during the off-season and in between practice sessions, which will ensure that you are attuned to the game.