How to Bowl Competitively

As much as competitive bowling can be fun, it can also be stressful. That’s why it’s important to have the right mindset when you go into a tournament and avoid certain negative behaviors.

Mental Focus

Make sure that you have a clear head when you go into a bowling competition. You’ll want to be calm and relaxed, without any big distractions clouding up your mind. Get up early, have a good breakfast, and make sure that you’re not rushing to the bowling alley. The best things you can do to prepare for a tournament is to be on time and then test out the lane that you’re assigned to a few times before the game starts.

Avoid High Expectations

It’s important not to overthink the game beforehand. If you get too wrapped up in having a perfect score or perfect form, you might be really disappointed by any tiny mistake or mishap in the game. Don’t set your expectations too high. Though it’s good to have goals for each tournament, it’s best not to overthink things and set yourself up for disappointment. Try to be relaxed and clear headed.

Don’t Overreact

There may be times in the game that the opposing team takes the lead or lands some shots that dampen your spirit. Don’t let yourself have too strong of a reaction to the successes of your competitors. Not only will it ruin your focus to lash out or get upset, but it will also give the other team more confidence in their game. You want to have a “poker face,” or face of pure concentration and calm to throw off your competitors and regain the lead.

Helpful Hints

Here are some additional helpful hints to help you be really focused and improve your performance during a game:

  • Have good posture and balance before letting go of the ball
  • Keep your eyes focused from the beginning to the end of your turn
  • Maintain consistent pace with your footsteps; don’t rush or go too fast
  • Eliminate arm tension when you let go of the ball; have a consistent swing and tempo
  • Hold your form until the ball passes your target
  • Start and finish strong, releasing the ball over the target lane