Article Contents

  • 1. One-ball bowlers
    • 1.1. The classics
    • 1.2. The modern guys
    • 1.3. The new guys
  • 2. Multiple-ball bowlers
  • 3. Digging into the house shot
    • 3.1. Highway to hell (potentially!)
    • 3.2. Where does this leave me?
  • 4. Defensive bowling
  • 5. Mastering your equipment
  • 6. Final thoughts

To many, the term “typical house shot”—also often referred to as “THS”—is synonymous with easy conditions. It also implies very little variety, but the reality is that house shots can be quite different from center to center, week to week, and lane to lane. In bowling, every week is different, thanks largely to the people you are bowling with. This is the hidden variety of typical house shots.

Walk into any bowling center these days and you can immediately spot the league bowlers, because these are the folks who are carrying or dragging their own equipment. League bowlers know that they need some basic equipment: a ball, bowling shoes, a bag, and some form of towel for various wiping purposes (hand, ball, etc.). In my first article, we talked about what should and should not be in your bowling bag. The one item we really didn’t talk about was the actual bowling ball.

Let’s examine the most common types of bowlers you’ll see in a league context, as it relates to the type of bowling ball(s) they use.

One-ball bowlers

Are there any bowlers in your league who only carry one ball? Are you one of them? Do any of these bowlers wisecrack and say things like, “Why do you need so many balls? I only need one ball to bowl well!” My preferred response is to ask them if Tiger Woods only uses one ...

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Joe Hoenig

About Joe Hoenig

Joe Hoenig is a USBC Silver coach and a graduate of the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps. A Licensed Master Social Worker by profession, Joe works full-time as a Clinical Trainer and Educator for a health insurance plan and takes his love of teaching and bowling onto the lanes, coaching both youth and adult students of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Joe is a volunteer coach for the Suffolk County, NY Bowlympics youth travel league, which calls South Levittown Lanes its home.