In the previous article, we discussed optimizing the arm swing of 2-handed bowlers. Today, I’ll help you optimize your accuracy by understanding the aiming system. This is a must-have tool for every bowler who wants to leverage themselves from “good” to “great”.
In most shooting sports, the athletes all need accuracy. They need to aim at some points and tweak them to meet the target as much as possible.
Bowling is not an exception. Optimal ball speed and revolutions are not enough to help you get more strikes if you can not project the ball to the breakpoint and hit the pocket.
Scientists have proved having the ball hit the pocket gives you the most chance of striking. We can’t deny it.
Moreover, you can not hit the pocket most of the time due to the changes of the lane condition.
You must adjust the target line to get the ball back on track.
So how to create a target line and adjust during the oil transition? We’ll talk about it right now.
How to create a target line?
A target line is the imagined trajectory of the ball when projected on the lane. This line already exists, even if you are unaware of creating it before the shot.
So what prevents us from creating the best target line? That is the optical illusion of the lane.
When standing perpendicularly to the lane, you are not aware of its actual length. In other words, the lane looks shorter.
So what’s the point? If you think the lane is shorter and the pins are closer to you, you tend to think that the ball launch angle should be bigger. Let’s look at this image.
See? And this is the effect. You tend to steer the ball to the gutter, miss the pocket to the right or miss the 10-pin spare to the gutter.
So how to get out of this illusion?
Let’s look at this example.
Imagine you create a line from this point to this point at the front part of the lane.
Do you think this is a nearly perpendicular line? Yes right?
In fact, this trajectory line gives you a perfect curve when the ball is moving down the lane.
So what’s the point here?
This is what you think.
This target line would create a small launch angle. I should open it.
This is the reality.
This target line is enough for the ball to curve and hook down the lane.
So this is the key takeaway:
The ball’s launch angle is already considerable when it crosses 1 to 2 boards on the lane.
If you miss the ball one board to the right, the ball will miss three boards at the pins.
From this key takeaway, I hope you are aware of the connection between the lane boards and the ball’s launch angle.
The boards on the lane are a good landmark for creating your target lines.
Whenever practising, you should commit yourself to post the ball crossing the target line to have better accuracy.
This is my simple system.
I use the dot line and boards on the front part of the lane to create the landmark for the target line.
I often use the small launch angle target line to start with.
This is the smallest target line I ever use.
I can also use this system to shoot the spare without moving my feet.
For example, I can keep the same feet position and use the smaller launch angle target lines to shoot the spare on the left side.
Quite convenient right?
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