Carrydown diminishes the back end reaction of a bowling ball due to oil being deposited downlane. While you can opt to change balls or adjust your angles, you can also make some small physical adjustments to your release to help find the right reaction:
- Slow down: Reducing your speed not only gives the ball more time to hook, but it also creates a more defined breakpoint shape relative to higher ball speeds. This is exactly what you need when facing carrydown.
- Increase rotation: Increasing your degree of axis rotation will help increase your ball’s back end hook to counteract the diminishing downlane friction from carrydown.
Used alone or in combination with an equipment change or line change, these physical adjustments can help counter the effects of carrydown on the lanes.