Bowling Practice: Less Shoe Slide

My father-in-law and I went bowling on Sunday, and I used it as a bowling practice session. 

My goal right now is to slide less.  Often after I release my bowling ball, I feel as if I am still sliding.  I feel that this act makes my release inconsistent.  Which affects my ball speed.  As I have gotten more aggressive in my follow through, the slide has gotten worse. 

I used to wear a #10 [bowlingball value=”2382″/], which is the most slide.  Last year I moved down to a #8 [bowlingball value=”2382″/] and have been very comfortable with that.  I feel that my swing has continued to progress (even though average doesn’t prove it), and it is time to make another adjustment in my bowling shoes.  So Sunday I spent the entire 5 game practice series working on my timing while sliding less.  To do this, I changed my sole to a #6 [bowlingball value=”2382″/].

Don’t get too caught up in the numbers.  If you bowl in different bowling centers, then you should know that the approach differs from one to the next.  Just because a #6 works in center “A”, doesn’t mean the slide will be the same in center “B”.  This is very important to understand so that you don’t get up to throw a ball without testing your slide first.  You don’t want to end up doing a face plant on the lane surface.

Bowling practice is important, but it is more important to have a goal.  I had fun, but my main purpose was to work on my timing.  I feel I accomplished this for the most part.