Why do I bowl the same way and do not hit Strikes?
The key to improving your game and mastering bowls is understanding why this ball reacted how it did. That way you can improve your game and prepare yourself for future bowls.
To help bowlers improve, we have put together a quick guide that highlights some of the more common questions we receive, along with some tips on how to improve your game!
Before we start
Where a ball hit is entirely based on the pins' level, oil pattern, type and level of your balls, alley rules, and the pin layout. There are however several key areas that could explain why a ball has missed or reacted differently to how you expected. Some of these key areas are detailed below:
The way you roll the ball
2. Hook — hooking your ball clockwise or counterclockwise is also a great way to control your bowls. The further the pointer is to the left or right, the more intensively the ball will hook.
3. The spot you're aiming at — it may seem that you're launching the ball at the exact same spot, but in reality, even a small deviation can affect.
Each alley has its own oil pattern. Blue/green spots are applied on some parts of the lanes. Balls do not hook on the oily areas, so it affects the spot the ball will hit.
In the Rules tab of every Alley, you can find the information about Pins' level and Control speed ratio. These two parameters also influence the result of a bowl a lot.
The higher pins level the 'heavier' they are. So it feels sometimes like you're hitting a brick wall, especially when your balls' level is lower than the level of pins.
Control speed ratio in the alley's rules also has a big impact on the speed of the pointer on the hook controller while you make a bowl. If your ball's level is too high, and you play on a lower Alley, the speed of the pointer will be too slow, and you will have only one chance to aim perfectly as the time is limited. On the contrary, if your ball level is too low, and you play on a higher Alley, the speed of the pointer will be too fast, and it will be hard to aim.
This is why it is important to use the right balls and upgrade them accordingly.
There are three types of balls:
1. Power balls are used to shoot as many pins as possible.
2. Bounce balls are the best option for splits.
3. Precise balls are best to hit a small group of pins.
Equip your bag in the Arsenal according to your needs and considering all situations that may happen during the match.
There are different pin layouts in the game and all of them have different 'perfect' spots for Strikes. The way you hit Strikes on one layout can work badly for another. For example, on a classic pin layout, you need to aim to the 'pocket'. For a right-handed bowler, the pocket is between the one-pin and three-pin. For a lefty, it’s between the one-pin and two-pin. As for other pin layouts, you need to figure it out yourself or ask other players to share their tactics.