Article Contents

  • 1. Bring the smartphone!
  • 2. Shooting smart video
  • 3. Seven things to check
  • 4. Sin #1:  The fit
    • 4.1. Does your thumbhole suck?
    • 4.2. So how large should your thumbhole be?
    • 4.3. Taping basics
    • 4.4. How snug is snug?
  • 5. Sin #2:  The stance
  • 6. Sin #3:  Ball placement

Joe Blow lives his life as Mr. Average American Bowler. He owns 2.28 cars and has a wife and 1.86 children (I guess the 0.28 car is the one on blocks in his backyard). He bowls league with his wife and his 1.86 children bowl youth league on Saturdays. I wonder what weight ball a 0.86 kid throws…

After a couple of hundred bowling lessons, a coach will start to notice errors that bowlers like Joe and Jane have in common. I believe some of these errors may not be that hard to fix if I show you what to look for and offer some guidance on how to fix them.

Bring the smartphone!

These days, Joe and Jane have a smartphone or tablet with a built-in camera. That comes in pretty handy when analyzing the ol’ bowling game. At the risk of ending happy marriages, I am going to suggest that Joe and Jane work on their games together, one person working the camera while the other bowls.

Propping the phone or tablet up on a chair is better than nothing if you bowl alone, but you get more useable video if you have a camera person. If you are either not married or not willing to risk a family feud, grab a bowling buddy and share this article. Maybe he or she would like to improve as well.

Shooting smart video

Here are a few things you need to know about shooting video. First, you need to be able to see the bowler from head to toe in the viewfinder. Don’t forget to include the ball at the top of the backswing. A lot of videos are shot from ten feet off the approach so Joe looks like a tiny speck by the time he gets to the foul line.

Stay zoomed out unless the phone/camera has a very wide angle lens. The more you zoom in, the more camera shake you get in the final product. It is very hard to analyze the video of a bowler if it looks like he is bowling during an earthquake. ...

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Ron Clifton

About Ron Clifton

Ron Clifton has been coaching at the professional level for 25 years. He conducts “Advanced Bowler Training Clinics” across the U.S. and is the inventor and manufacturer of Ron C’s Magic Carpet for thumbholes. Ron can be found on the web at