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BASIC RELEASE – Benchmark For Beginners

The failure to deliver a consistent score is almost always the result of improper ball release. This is a technique that should be mastered at the start of learning the sport of tenpin bowling. So today, I’m going to teach you how to do the Basic Release.


The position of the hand and wrist principally affect how the ball reacts on the lane. Potential energy is ‘stored’ for later use by how the hand and wrist are ‘cocked’ in the stance. This energy translates into hook and/or roll potential when it is utilized during ball release. The style of the bowler, the type of shot and the condition of the lane determine whether a lot or very little energy is stored.

There are two components to consider:   

 > Hand position (cocked, straight, uncocked)                                              

 > Wrist position (cupped, straight, broken)


Imagine that you are invisible. When bowling, a person at the back would be able to see right through you to the bowling ball in your hand.

Now, imagine a clock face positioned around the bowling ball, with 12.00 being straight up towards the ceiling. Use this mental image when we discuss hand position.

The hand position discussed here is the BASIC RELEASE. The basic release provides medium roll and medium hook potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time To Reveal Who I Am…

My name is Jonathan or ‘Uncle Jon’ as known to many Malaysian youth bowlers. I have been involved in the bowling scene since my College days in London way back in the mid 1960’s. That’s a lot of years for many of you!

Upon my return from England, I continued my passion for bowling by actively taking part in Leagues and Tournaments. This spilled over to becoming a certified WTBA / ABF coach to impart my knowledge on bowling to the younger generation.

To date, I have trained hundreds of youths in Malaysia, and a number of them have gone on to become National and International Champions. I have been involved in the country’s Youth Development Program since its inception in the late 1980’s. My forte is Youth Development. I have also conducted coaching clinics for private individuals, corporations, schools and universities.

My latest contribution to tenpin bowling in the country would be my books on bowling. I have recently published a series of books on bowling, based on my experience, course studies, seminars and research…in a precise and concise step-by-step tutorial with easy-to-follow diagrams. They are currently available in .pdf downloadable version at this website:  Please feel free to check them out.

Till the next post, have a great day.

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