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    Thumbs up Corner Pins

    There are times that you are bowling a pretty nice shot, but you have just got a lack of carry. That nasty 10-pin (7-pin for left-handers) is the only pin that leaves shot after shot. This can be really frustrating for a bowler. However there are tweaks to get the 10-pin to fall, which you can use immediately during your game. You can leave two different kinds of 10-pins, namely a solid or a weak one. Note that this text has been written for a right-handed bowler. If you are a left-handed bowler, you will have to move to the right on the approach when left and vice versa.

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    Thumbs up Solid 10-pin

    Normally you will get a solid 10-pin when you hit the pocket a bit high. The 3-pin will wrap around the 10-pin, leaving it standing unharmed. The shot itself is pretty good, but finishing of your bowling ball is a bit too strong, resulting in that solid. But what can you do to let that solid fall. Well let your ball finish a little bit weaker. Here are some tweaks to achieve that.

    Move a couple of inches backward on the approach, resulting in walking a bit faster on the approach and thus throwing the ball a bit faster. The ball will skid a bit more due to this.


    Move some boards to the left on the approach, but keep your target as it was. This will result in hitting the pocket a bit lower.


    Throw your ball less far onto the lane. The ball will have to travel further towards the pins, losing more force and thus finishing weaker.

    Change your release at the foul line in such a way that you will keep your hand more behind the ball and thus lesser turning it. This will also result in a less strong finish.


    Grab another ball, which has a lesser finish than the ball you are bowling with at the moment.

  3. #3

    Thumbs up Weak 10-pin

    You will leave a weak 10-pin when you hit the pocket a bit low and your finish on the pins was a bit too weak. The 3-pin will be lying in the gutter next to the 10-pin, which can be harmed but not fallen. You must throw a stronger ball to get that weak 10-pin to fall. Here are some tweaks to achieve that.

    Move a couple of inches forward on the approach, resulting in walking a bit slower on the approach and thus throwing the ball a bit slower. This will result in a bit more roll on the ball.


    Move some boards to the right on the approach, but keep your target as it was. This will result in hitting the pocket a bit higher.


    Throw your ball further onto the lane. The ball will have to travel less far towards the pins, containing more force and thus finishing stronger.


    Change your release at the foul line in such a way that you will turn your ball a bit more. This will also result in a stronger finish. You could also lift the ball a bit more.


    Grab another ball, which has a stronger finish than the ball you are bowling with at the moment.

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    Thumbs up Conclusion

    The given tweaks will not have the same result for everyone, some tweaks will suit you better than other ones. The ones states here are quite general and could also be used in combination of each other. Of course there are more tweaks that can be helpful for you, but that varies from one person to the other. I hope that the ones I have stated here can help you improve your game. However if you have tried them all and the 10-pin is still standing, then it is just one of those days.

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