Juha Maja

About Juha Maja

Juha Maja is a professional bowling coach with over 20 years of experience. He has a professional coaching degree from the Kuortane Olympic Training Center, where he was also the former Director and Head Coach of their Bowling Training Center. In addition to being the former national team coach for Finland, Romania, and the Czech Republic, Juha is the author and Head Instructor of the Finnish Bowling Federation and European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) Level 1-2-3 coaching programs.

Converting to the Two-Handed Game

Key differences and challenges for one-handers making the change


It’s hard to disagree that the two-handed style is becoming the dominant method of bowling around the world. As more and more youth bowlers adopt this style, many bowlers who started as one-handers have considered the switch to two-handed bowling.... [Read More]

Bowling’s Mental Game

From a coach and bowler perspective


What is sport psychology? In this article, I’d like to discuss bowling’s mental game from several different perspectives. It’s not just about simple tools that a bowler must practice. The key to understanding sport psychology is being aware and always... [Read More]

Two-Handed Lane Play Strategies

Tactics and skill development for better lane play


Since concluding my recent series on lane play, I felt it was important to address lane play and the two-handed game. While the principles remain the same as far as how lane oil moves, there are distinct differences for bowlers... [Read More]

Improving Lane Play Skills – Part 4

Matching bowling balls to the environment


To wrap up our lane play series, let’s talk about bowling balls. We’ve talked about physical skills, observational ability, and how to develop these areas in your game. The final piece of the puzzle is obviously the bowling ball. In... [Read More]

Improving Lane Play Skills – Part 3

Training your skills and how to apply them


Over the first two articles in this series, we discussed the skills you need to develop for better lane play. This included both the physical abilities and how to look for the information you need to make better decisions. To... [Read More]

Keep Spare Shooting Simple

System, technique, and practice

Keep Spare Shooting Simple

What makes a good spare shooter? Many people will consider it as someone who makes no more than one open per game. At the beginning level, this is a very good goal to have, but you shouldn’t be satisfied with... [Read More]

Improving Release Consistency

Ball speed, rev rate, and axis rotation

Improving Release Consistency

What does it mean to have a consistent release? Many bowlers want a "better" release and point to having more revs and more consistency. Taking the revolutions out of the equation for the moment, what does it mean to be... [Read More]

Improving Lane Play Skills – Part 2

Learning to see the lanes and find the friction


Ball motion. It used to be skid, roll, and hook. Now it’s skid, hook, and then roll. The reality is actually more complicated, but these three phases of ball motion serve as the basis for understanding what your ball is doing as... [Read More]

Improving Lane Play Skills – Part 1

Foundational physical tools for better lane play


In today’s game, the ability to adapt to different playing environments is a prerequisite for good performance. Unfortunately, many bowlers don’t know what to practice in order to improve their playing skills and decision-making on the lanes. More importantly, many... [Read More]

Skill-Based Practice and Learning

Why "quality over quantity" won't get you very far


It’s time to discuss practice. More specifically, I’d like to address the best ways to practice so that bowlers can learn all the things they need to learn to improve. As we’ll see, the best way to practice for any... [Read More]