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How to Curve a Bowling Ball

If you are eager to pick up more strikes in your game, the team at can get you started by describing how to curve or “hook” a bowling ball. Learning this technique will result in bigger scores!

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Throwing a Curve Ball

At the bottom of your arm swing, cup your hand under the bowling ball. As you bring your arm up, turn your hand a quarter-turn so that your hand is in a “handshake” position by the time you finish with your upswing. It’s important to keep your wrist very straight and motionless while in this position. (A wrist support can help you keep your wrist in the right position throughout your swing and release motions.)

Your thumb should clear the ball first and, while your fingers are still in the ball, allow your hand to start rotating up along outside of the ball as you release it. The objective is to impart some spin on the ball that will cause it to curve from the outside of the lane toward the middle.


  • Practice this technique by using a lighter ball than you normally use until you get the feel and control for it.
  • It’s not easy to learn this technique if you are bowling with a plastic house ball. A ball with a reactive resin or urethane coverstock that is drilled to fit your hand is the best option. At, we have excellent selections available from 900 Global, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Motiv, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, and other brands.

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