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How to Hook a Bowling Ball

Want to learn how to hook a bowling ball to make more strikes? The experts at can help you choose the right ball and master the proper technique in order to boost your confidence and increase your scoring potential. is an authorized dealer for all of the brands we offer. We stand behind every sale, and you can be sure that you will receive first quality products from us at the lowest prices. We are rated #1 for customer service, product knowledge, and pricing.

Choose the Right Bowling Ball

How to Hook a Bowling BallTheoretically, you could get some hook on a plastic house ball, but it won’t be easy and is even more difficult when you use a different ball each time you play.

Step away from the house ball and get yourself a reactive ball! The coverstock (the ball’s outer surface) is designed to grip the lane and will help you learn to throw a hook. At, we have excellent selections available from 900 Global, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Motiv, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, and other brands.

Get It Drilled to Your Hand

For the best results, have the ball drilled so you can use a fingertip grip. A fingertip grip means the thumb goes all the way into the ball and your middle and ring finger go in to about the first knuckle (in other words, just the tips).

Approach, Release & Follow-Through

Your release is the main thing that will affect the hook of the ball.

Take your normal approach to the foul line before starting your swing. Your arm should swing straight back and then straight forward, like a pendulum. After raising your arm behind you, let it naturally come down before you release the ball.

As you take your final step with your foot, remove your thumb from the ball.  (Your middle and index fingers will dictate the hook, and leaving the thumb in for too long will make it harder to control the ball.)

Now, remove the fingers from the ball while quickly flicking them as you let go (counter-clockwise for right-handers and clockwise for left-handers).

After release, your arm should continue to swing forward and towards your target and your hand should be in the same position as if you were shaking hands. The ball should travel straight down the lane before side rotation takes over, causing it to hook into the pocket.

These tips should give you a good start on learning to hook a bowling ball. The more you practice, the more control you’ll get over your hook. Once you hook the ball directly into the pocket and get your first strike, you’ll never want to go back to straight bowling!

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