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• Mike Shady is a silver level certified bowling coach and a coach for Team USA bowling.
• In this learn to bowl video, Coach Shady shows you how to hook a bowling ball properly.
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41 Comments on “How to Hook A Bowling Ball for Beginner Bowlers | Bowling Lessons to Improve Your Game”

  1. Great video! Funny that the other day watched video from 1994-95 of baker team competition on YouTube. One of the teams had Mike Shady and Earl Anthony was praising his game on how solid it was. He was hammering the pocket on a difficult oil pattern.

  2. when I first started bowling I was told not to attempt to learn to hook one until avg was at least 150 — that was in the early 90s

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  3. Great video! It helped me visualize the first two steps well but I am having trouble figuring out the getting the hand out fast. I have heard it described as a yo yo effect but in practice I can’t quite grasp the concept.

    1. Focus on keeping your grip pressure mild at the release with your hand in proper position. The “yo you” reference is spot on. The faster you can collapse the hand at the release, the faster the ball spins off your hand. Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. InsideBowling what I think hangs me up is that from what I understand is that while collapsing the hand we are also supposed to bring the hand along the side of the ball, as if you are turning a door knob at the same time.

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  4. Great work on the explanation and the video, Coach. Seeing the positions and the movement is going to be helpful for my students.
    Kind of a side question. How do you feel span affects rotation? I have a student with span about an inch shorter than mine. He’s strong youngster and can get around the ball quickly. Yet, he wonders how I get as much rotation (revs) as I do. I tell him it’s because my fingers start almost under the ball due to my 5-1/4″ span.

  5. But if you are a Classic Full Roller like myself, this is “not” how you hook a bowling ball. But great demo for Semi-Rollers however. Thanks.

    1. @nick 1208 They gave great advice on how a semi-roller release is done and how hook is achieved. Everything they taught was totally correct. I have no problem with it.
      But, this is not how Classic Full Roller’s release the ball, so this advice does not apply to them at all. There are still Full Rollers out there. So a follow up video on how a Full Roller can hook the ball too would be nice. That is all I am saying.

    2. @nordattack but thats what im asking. What is a full roller? Cuz i have only known “traditional” hook which is this and 2handed.

    3. @nick 1208 A Full Roller is the style of bowling that was the very first style that created bowling long ago. The great bowlers of the past, the giants who built this game, were Full Rollers. Greats like Ned Day, Billy Hardwick (12th all time great bowler and my idol) Johnny King and of course the great Ed Lubanski who was one of the first to roll back to back 300 games on TV.
      The Full Roller style dominated the game of bowling from the 1930’s till the end of the 1960’s when the Semi-Roller release began to become the more popular release. A Full Roller ball has a heavy, early roll. The ball rolls over its full circumference, that is why it is called a “Full Roll.” The ball track will be between the fingers and thumb. Full Rollers have a unique ball roll that can enable them to succeed on conditions and patterns that higher rev Semi-Rollers may find difficult to navigate. Full Rollers go very direct to the pocket generally. They close their angles down and get their heavy rolling ball to set up in front of the pocket and drive through. Full Rollers were deadly accurate and their spare shooting was some of the best the game has ever seen. The Full Roller style is in many ways a very simple way of bowling. My youtube channel is dedicated to the Classic Full Roller release and you can see me there executing the release with a number of balls on many different patterns. I include comments and instruction on each of my videos. I also have videos of some of the Classic Full Rollers of the past so you can see them in action as well. Hope this helps!

  6. A comment on axis rotation would have been helpful. Looked like the ball was going end over end on the rev mat which also wouldn’t hook down lane. Nice video.

  7. I think for teaching beginners it is important to go over what the hook actually ‘is’. Essentially the hand must induce a roll that is angled left of the ball motion (through the skid phase and for right handers). Then there is all the stuff you mentioned (which was great). Also could of added that there is 2 main ways to hook a bowling ball. Have your hand twisted so the index finger is pointing straight down and the middle and ring to the left upon release (and behind the ball). The other way is to not have your hand twisted (so the hand is vertical behind the ball) but upon release the hand will make its way to the right side of the ball and pull up (the hand will be perpendicular to the ground the whole time). These are 2 important notes that I often see missed. I realize this was a quick summary for the short video but maybe next time you can touch on these important points

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  8. If you want to practice the proper hand position and releasing the ball
    with your fingers, go get a football. Then try to throw the football
    underhanded and get a good spiral on it. That is the same hand position
    and finger release you want when throwing a bowling ball.

    1. Great tip! A lot of us grew up throwing a football like that, but not a bowling ball. Very helpful. Thanks.

    2. @Some Guy You’re welcome and thank you for your reply. I used to play catch with my son when he was a little boy and I would toss the football to him underhanded. That’s when it occurred to me that the release was the same as throwing a bowling ball. I was an avid bowler also at the time.

      A few years later I got a part time job at a bowling center and one of the things I did there was teach kids how to bowl. I used this technique to teach them how to throw a hook. It seem to help them.

  9. When I watch the B roll clips in between explaing how to hook the ball the bowlers wrist facing to the side Not towards the ceiling!

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  11. “gutter”? i thought they were supposed to call it “channel” 🙂 i guess they missed the memo.

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