34 Comments on “How To Hook A Bowling Ball Two Handed”

  1. This video came right on time, i currently bowl with no thumb but use two fingers and have been interested in moving forward and changing my style to two handed bowling. What are some extra tips that you guys could give, as far as hand position, your approach when it comes to how many steps you should take before releasing the ball, etc? Thanks for the video

    1. Four or five steps. Your second step (in five step) MUST cross over and you MUST have open hips. You need to create a swing plane. Additionally the two handed style is very athletic and requires good leg muscles for speed and finish position. Unlike one handed, ballspeed in two handed comes entirely from footwork

  2. As soon as I need something, someone posts a video on it.

    I am just getting into bowling, just got the shoes, ball and bag, a metallic blue rhino.

    And I bowl 2 handed and I’ve gotten a few tips from some people at my bowling alley, and thankyou so much for this video.

  3. I saw the title and thought “Oh, so that’s how Kyle injured his back” lol. Of course jk, hope you recover as fast as possible Kyle!

  4. I’ve been bowling two hands and lately I’ve been trying to increase my rev but the ball has been releasing off my hand really weird where my fingers will get stuck or get absolutely no revs and I don’t know what happened

  5. Two handed is a great option for some. I have tried a couple times to do it and I always go back to one. But you should definitely try it and see how it works for you and your game

    1. I’m the opposite. Started 1 handed for a little over a year and a half, then switched to 2 handed. I keep trying periodically to bowl a couple games 1 handed and I just can’t do it

    2. omg ive tried it before too and let me tell you its hard for me also haha. even my one handed timing cant translate to two hands. idk how people just do it naturally after bowling one handed for many years. what i mean is when one handers just do it for fun and they still look good doing it

  6. Funny thing is that I didn’t go 2 handed cuz of belmo or simo. Started throwing it like TD and then was struggling with balance and stability and saw all the 2 handers and was like oh! Now I got 2 hands to keep it stable :D. I don’t have a ton of revs and I do enjoy having a medium rev rate instead to control it a bit more and focus on trying to be consistent. Especially trying to be more elbow in style release.

  7. I say do both..that’s what I do atleast. I’m comparably decent at both (since I just do it for fun) so I use one to cover the others weakness. Yeah I carry more balls around for that but eh, it’s fun knowing that outside of my ability, or lack thereof lol, I’ll be able to stay on top of any lane condition.

  8. Thank you, thank you! Love your show! Super educational! I’m a two-hander, but always incorporate single-handed principles like you say. One question though, I see a trend in not wiping the oil off the ball after every shot–seems to improve scores. Can you comment on that?

    1. @TheBlueBunnyKen if anything it would benefit at beginning of block, not when it breaks down. When oil is fresh, it needs to be blended. Why something with a stronger cover is usually the better idea. It moves oil down.

    2. @DonkeyDieHard true, but on something shorter where you generally want to stay further right and closer to the gutter with the break point, leaving the oil on the ball could help the ball get down the lane easier as one makes the transition lefter on the lane to follow the breakdown. Which would help on misses inside a small amount while there’s still friction to the right on the lane to help the ball hook. Opposite directions for lefties, obviously.

    3. I have never wiped oil off. ..well unless it in a house where there is a crap load of oil on the lane but I still don’t wipe it off but maybe twice in that game and that is if my ball does something weird during the frame if not I get throwing it wet. If it’s not broke don’t fix it

    4. @Devin Connolly Yeah, that makes sense! Hands may get oily, but I think I’ll try it out. Thank you for the quick reply!

  9. I’ve bowled my whole life 2 handed with a thumb and have been curious if removing my thumb from my game would be beneficial or not.

  10. I bowl 1 handed most of the time but sometimes I’ll just throw two handed during practice just because it’s fun to throw that way

  11. I’ve bowled one handed my whole life. I started taking bowling seriously May 2021. I struggled to have a high speed and rev rate. I also struggled hitting 200 for 7 months bowling 1 handed. I tried the 2 handed style for a joke one night and found it strange but wanted to get better. So, I stuck with it ever since. My ball speed went up almost instantly and it took me 3 days to break 200. I’m now a committed 2 handed bowler with a 504 rev rate, 15.5-16.5 ball speed, and I enjoy playing straighter angles. It’s so cool to see my game progress since I started.

  12. Kyle looks great bowling 2 handed.. With a little more practice & adoption, he’ll be doing great with it.. As a fellow 2 handed bowler, my set up are:
    Urethane ball for short patterns
    Asymmetrical ball for long patterns
    House ball for some spare shots

  13. i started to bowl 2 handed when i was 13, even though i have back injury, i just ignore it because back then, i just played bowling as a hobby. Now that i am 22, i want to start getting serious about bowling, got my buddy to go to the bowling centre once a week to bowl. The thing is my back couldn’t stand the pressure of bowling 2 handed and it is hard to maintain focus, accuracy and basically everything when i play like 6 games in one time, my back hurts so much every time. I’m thinking of switching back to one hand as i figure one hand uses less spine tilt than 2 hands BUT it is super hard when you are are already comfortable and start to get the rhythm with 2 hands. I find it hard to get my hand behind the ball my hand is always on top of the ball causing it to hook a little or no hook at all. nonetheless, there is still a lot of work to be done and i’m excited because one hand bowling is pretty new to me and i love learning new things. wish me luck 💪

    1. If you watch the older a bowler gets the less tilt they have regardless of style. Even belmo is more upright than he was eight years ago. If it’s not sustainable it’s not good because bowling is all about repeatability. Simo basically lays on his stomach when he throws so it will be interesting to see if he has to back off a bit. Can’t be dragging your beard over the foul line every shot.

  14. Thanks for sharing. I love your insight. The only thing you didn’t mention is the wear and tear your thumb suffers during each tournament. A 2 handed bowler’s thumb remains out of harms way. In my case. I damaged my thumb and now the first joint is fused. As a result, it is nearly impossible to release my traditional finger tip drilled ball and no pro has been able to drill a new ball that I can release with my thumb used. So I was forced to switch to 2 handed and slowly but surely my average is almost back to my pre-injury level. Thanks again!

  15. I will say the reason I started bowling two-handed was because I didn’t have a custom ball fit And I didn’t want to spend $150 on a decent bowling ball that was specialy fit and not know if I even wanted to throw one hand or not. But no matter the fit on the ball you can pretty much throw two handed because you don’t need to rely on grip went to handed.

  16. I have been bowling since 1979. Back then the balls barely hooked and we had to make sure not to throw the ball too hard or it wouldn’t get to the pocket. The benefit of two-handed bowling is you can generate a lot more power than one-handed bowlers. In the old days two-handed bowling would have only produced straight balls. By the mid 1990s strong balls became available and wood lanes were replaced with superior synthetic lanes. That introduced modern power bowling where you had to throw it hard so it wouldn’t hook too much. At that point two-handed bowling became possible and advantageous.

    Today’s bowling, like football, respects power – so using two hands is definitely an advantage. But bowling is also a game that demands accuracy and repeatability, which is harder to achieve if you have loads of revs. So it still mostly comes down to experience and the bowler’s ability to calculate and execute so their shot hits correctly.

    That means if you are a young person starting bowling, then you should learn two-handed bowling, just like you would learn snowboarding instead of skiing (because it isn’t cool). But if you are a one-handed bowler with years of experience, then that is fine. You won’t become more competitive giving up that experience.

    In my younger days I would like beating lefties and in PBA matches I would root for the righty (except Mr. Anthony). But now that there are three forms, righty, lefty, and two-handed, I don’t care which hand anymore.

  17. Just got into bowling 2 months ago, tried going one handed for a good while but I could never get it right and my thumb kept having the skin ripped off of it. Switched to two handed after seeing another guy down the alley throwing that style and I still had a game or two left to bowl. I found it more comfortable, however as you said it’s all up to the person. Some days I’ll see tons of two handers in the alley, and other days it’ll only be me.

  18. Kyle looks pretty good. Hope your recovering well. I just missed st. Charles i should have came down and bowled but left my balls at home. Great video as always.

  19. For about four years, I went two-handed as a way to deal with a wrist injury. While that worked, I saw my average drop 40 pins and had to transition back to one-handed. My issue was that I could not generate the speed necessary as a two-hander. My revs jumped from around 270 one-handed to 400 as a two-hander, but my speed dropped from 17-18 mph off my hand one-handed to 13-14 as a two-hander. I wish I could bowl two-handed, because the physical stress was less. But I couldn’t do it. People would tell me the obvious — “Walk faster!” … “Get your feet moving!” … “Bend over further at the waist!” — but I could not figure out how to do it. I *thought* I was doing those things until I saw video of myself and realized I was not. What really confounds me is I watch a guy like Matt Ogle or Chris Via throw two-handed and they don’t seem to be rushing the foul line (Via doesn’t even slide much, if at all) and it just gets depressing.

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