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    Default Good morning from a total beginner

    Hey everyone!

    I'm brand new to the hobby. I went bowling for the first time in probably 10 years this past summer. Since then I've been about 8 times, and finally decided I want to learn how to properly bowl. This past week, I picked up my first ball (Ebonite Cyclone) and had it drilled finger tip. I'm trying to get the grip down, but I think the thumb hole needs some slight adjusting.

    So what is your best advice for someone brand new to the hobby? I cant hook, shoot spares consistently, and don't know what I'm doing. That said I'm excited to learn!

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    Welcome. I was in your shoes 4 years agar after someone in my work asked me to join a league. Had no shoes, no ball, couldn't hook the ball, barely get 100 pins a game. Four years later, I'm averaging 200. A lot of practice and learning from these boards have helped a lot. Biggest piece of advice, have fun! With summer coming, I suggest if you live by a Brunswick zone is to get their summer games pass where you get 3 games a day every day for about two months for $35. Key part to get your score up is making spares. Good luck.
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    Thanks for the encouragement! I actually just bought my wife and I the summer pass, May 22 can't come soon enough. Hopefully I've got some of the basics down by that points.

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    Welcome to the site!!

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    My advice would be to read as many technical threads on here as you can along with watching YouTube coaching and release videos. Just take everything with a grain of salt and try different things to get a good feel for what you are doing and what changes feel like. I'm new to bowling seriously myself and each time I bowl I see and feel something new, which can be a little frustrating too, but it is a process.

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    I know this will be said more than once but find a good coach. You can watch all the how to videos and read as much as you want but working with a good coach can be invaluable. Learn the proper way of doing things before you pick up too many bad habits.

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    Jason hit the nail on the head, start with a coach before you pick up bad habits on your own. It took me weeks to do the release my coach taught me, now it seems natural.

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    Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely look into the coaching in the area. Hopefully there is someone with a good reputation around here.

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    As it has already been mentioned if you can find a good coach that is
    reasonable on their lesson prices then that is your best bet to learn
    how to bowl correctly here is a link to be able to find a qualified coach
    in your area FIND A COACH just insert your zip code or state into the
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    Good advice on finding a coach, as far as your thumb you will develop callouses on it as you play more and it might get a bit bigger also your thumb will change size slightly based upon the time of day, have your PSO make a few passes to enlarge it if you find it too tight, if its too loose use tape to tighten it up. check a ball grip test video to make sure you are where you need to be on grip. It took me a while to get to the right "feel" after returning to bowling after 25 years.
    Good Luck!

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