Is it your first time here at the bowling lanes? Well don’t you worry, because we’ve got some great tips and tricks lined up to make sure you look like a PRO in no time! There’s nothing more awkward than being that one wet-blanket friend who clearly has no idea what they’re doing, let alone how the sport works, and that’s where our beginner’s guide to bowling really comes in handy. Let’s get started!
DO wear the approved bowling shoes
Let’s start with the basics: you’re going to need a good pair of bowling shoes. Here, you can rent a pair from the bowling alley that you know meets the requirements of the league. It’s really THAT easy!
DON’T wear them on the wrong feet
Hold on a second, do you think you might be forgetting something? Now that you’ve got your league-approved bowling shoes, make sure to put them on the correct feet, and tie your laces. Nothing will give away how new you are to the sport like putting your shoes on the wrong feet, and no one wants that news to get back to office.
DO throw the ball
Great! Now we can get into mastering the art of the throw! The first thing you’re going to need to remember is that you have to stay in front of the line, and THROW the ball towards the pins. You can’t just walk up to the pins and drop the ball onto them, or you’ll look like a real newbie! It’s also important to aim for the pins—there’s nothing more embarrassing than throwing your ball into another player’s lane, or, worse, walking down their lane. Is Diane from accounting taking a video of you? Fingers crossed she doesn’t email THAT around…
DON’T throw the ball overhand
You’re really getting it now! Look, Diane even put her phone away! But, slow down there, bud: you can’t throw the ball OVERHAND. This isn’t like playing basketball and a bowling ball isn’t going to bounce—so don’t try to dribble it either.
DO remain calm and focused
No matter what you do, it’s of the utmost importance that you remain calm and focused on the game. If you embarrass yourself out here there’s no going back to work with dignity on Monday, got it? So, whether you accidentally hit an employee with your 20 lb. bowling ball or trip and fall flat on your face, hitting the ball dispensing machine on the way down, just take a deep breath and laugh it off. And, when it comes time to check in with the scoreboard, don’t be a sore loser or cause a scene!
DON’T throw a tantrum, cry, and make the rest of the team comfort you while you sulk in the corner by the pinball machine
The first rule of bowling is being a good sport, followed by safety and proper ball-handling etiquette, and not snickering at the phrase “proper ball-handling etiquette”. That means that when you inevitably lose, don’t throw a tantrum and run over to the arcade section and make a scene. If you really want to be a bowling pro, you’ll need to learn how to take a loss, and do it with grace. No crying, no lying down in the middle of the lane and pounding your fists screaming “this is a stupid game anyways!”, no trying to climb into the pins section while yelling “take that!”, and ABSOLUTELY, under no circumstances, removing your league-approved bowling shoes in the designated bowling area. Please, have some dignity.