Greg Fears, one of our newest league bowlers, is grabbing the attention of the team members here at Spare Time Texas! His near-perfect form makes him a force to be reckoned with! We caught up with Greg while practicing in The Pin House.
You are such a good bowler with excellent form. When did you start bowling?
Greg: I started when I was 4 years old.
Where were you living when you started?
Greg: Kansas City, KS.
Were you coached?
Greg: Yes but it was seasonal. So the coaches changed every so often.
What size ball do you throw?
What is your preferred brand of ball?
What are your bowling goals?
Greg: Make the Team USA bowling team in 2021
Practicing Greg’s form and technique could help you bowl a perfect game (or at least help you beat your friend). Here are some things you’ll need to help your bowling game:
Ball that’s just right: The perfect form starts from the moment you pick up a bowling ball. The ball you use should be about 10 percent of your body weight. Greg is using a 15 pound ball and you can see that it is not too heavy, but also not too light.
Straight and narrow form: Watch how Greg keeps his wrists locked as he swings the ball. Keeping your bowling wrist straight when swinging backwards and forward can prevent injury and ensure a straight bowl.
Striking technique: As the ball comes forward, rotate your wrist and hand toward opposite side of your body. Release near your ankle and follow through with your hand in a handshake position. You can see that Greg’s follow through is the same with every bowl. It may take some time to get your timing right. Practice makes perfect!
Powerful hit: The key to a strike is to hit the pins in the “pocket” - between the one-pin and the three-pin. Bowling is all about angles and velocity. Hit the pins in this area and you’re on your way to a perfect game!