You’ve worked on your game and you can now manipulate your release to increase or decrease your axis rotation. How do you know when to use this skill?

The degree of axis rotation is a fundamental piece of your release that dictates hook potential. Being able to manipulate your release to change how much rotation you apply affects the shape of your ball motion and can be used in different situations:

  • Increasing your degree of axis rotation will usually increase back end motion, with all other things being equal. This is generally most effective as lanes break down, when playing open angles, or when you are seeing a lack of back end movement.
  • Decreasing your degree of axis rotation has the opposite effect. This is best used on fresher, flatter conditions, shorter oil, and when playing straighter angles—essentially any time you want to minimize hook and maximize control.