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Increase Your Bowling Skills with These 10 Practice Drills

Bowling Drill

Bowling improvement doesn’t happen magically. Experience helps, but repeated mistakes can lead to bad habits. You get better by teaching your body how to handle the ball. Increase your bowling skills with these 10 practice drills to develop your capabilities in the right ways. Do any drill ten times during a bowling practice session for maximum effectiveness.

Athletic Approach Drill

Focus on your athletic posture during your approach. Don’t stand too straight. Instead flex your knees slightly. Concentrate on keeping your head upright and still, especially while releasing the ball. This helps you keep your upper body movements steady.

Footwork Timing Drill

Practice a 4- or 5- step approach. Pay attention to pacing your footsteps consistently. Count slowly during the approach to allow one second per step. Be careful to time the last two steps carefully to avoid hurrying on these most crucial steps.

Swing Start Drill

Work on starting your swing correctly. In a 4-step approach, move the ball steadily outward and downward starting before the first step. Be mindful of pacing to avoid rushing your swing. Practice the same free-flowing motion with very little arm tension at the start of the swing every time.

Swing Path Drill

Do swing path drills. Focus sharply on your sighting target and swing the ball both back and forward along a path toward the target. Then, follow through with your hand and elbow behind the ball along the sighting path.

Hold at the Foul Line Drill

For 10 times, focus only on holding your position at the foul line until the ball passes your sighting target. Sticking to this habit helps you achieve a disciplined attitude toward the rest of your form. Also, going for an ending position that is balanced positively affects all the motions you make leading up to this end.

Target Alignment Drill

Practice lining yourself up with the target to improve your accuracy. Place your left foot 5 boards left of your target (if you are a right-handed bowler). Then, hold the ball at the center of your body before you begin your approach. Continue with the swing as usual.

Blind Bowling Drill

When you are bowling normally, you need to look at the target consistently to achieve accuracy. However, you can do practice drills where you close your eyes after you align yourself with your target. Concentrate on maintaining good form rather than aiming at the target for this drill.

Kneeling Drill

Isolate your swing movements by kneeling with your bowling-side knee on the ground. Deliver the ball toward the target using your arm only. This helps you improve your balance and develop a more natural swing.

Spare Drill

Set up a spare. Line up straight with single-pin spares. For multi-pin spares, determine the key pin to line up with and aim at; it is the pin closest to you in the formation. For spares, hold your wrist looser and line up your thumb with the key pin. Release the ball straight and end-over-end.

At-Home Release Balance Drill

Stand in front of a full-length mirror to practice your release. For this one-step drill, follow the same form you would normally follow on the final step of your approach. Focus on maintaining balance, because you can’t deliver the ball to the target accurately, powerfully and consistently if your body isn’t balanced throughout this last step.

 

Limited Availabilities and Closure Dates for PanAm Games

Attention Bowlers:

We will have limited lanes available on Sunday night, July 12th, in preparation for the Pan Am Games.
From then on Monday July 13th until Sunday July 26th we will be closed completely to the public for the Games! You may still be able to purchase PanAm Games tickets here however they are in short supply as most dates have sold out already! We are excited to be host of this event and look forward to seeing the best of the best compete!

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games starts soon!
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Weekend Summer hours! Don’t get locked out!

Starting Saturday June 6th 2015; Planet Bowl will be open Saturdays and Sundays at 10AM NOT 9AM for the duration of the Summer! Same closing times!

Happy Bowling!

Open Victoria Day Monday! No quarter special.

Yes it is true! Planet Bowl is open Monday May 18th on regular hours. Price for bowling all day is the holiday rate: $4.25 per person per game, NO QUARTER NIGHT SPECIAL.

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND BOWLERS!

Planet Closed Sun Apr 19 @6PM for Private Function

Hello bowlers!

Planet Bowl will be closed to the public on Sunday April 19th at 6PM for a private function. Have a great weekend!

National Post Article About Pan Am Games

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Check out the National Post’s article about bowling in the upcoming Pan Am Games.

March Break Special 2015!

March Break Special 2015

Dates March 16-20th from 11 AM to 3 PM
$59.95 + Taxes (per lane) includes:
2 Hours of Bowling
Shoe Rentals
1 Large Pizza or Large Nacho Platter
1 Jug of Pop

**This deal is for a maximum of 6 People per lane

So come out and bring the family this March Break!!

Family Day Special 2015!

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Family Day means there is no Quarter Night!

We are open Family Day! However there will be no Quarter night after 8PM, the only rate at that time will be $4.25 per game per person plus shoes

Have a great weekend 🙂

HOLIDAY HOURS

The holidays are here! Time to bowl! Here are our holiday hours:

Wednesday December 24th: 10AM-5PM
Thursday December 25th: CLOSED
Friday December 26th: Noon-Midnight
Wednesday December 31st: 10AM-1AM
Thursday January 1st: Noon-Midnight

Happy Holidays from the Planet Bowl Family!