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How to Bowl Spares / Cover Spares

Learn how to bowl spares and cover spares from former PBA touring player Mike D'Ambrosio in this Howcast bowling video.


How do you pick up spares? Spares is a big part of bowling. It not only helps you complete your game but it also helps you score a higher score and make your game consistent. By approaching spares you're playing off your strike shot. Your strike ball is going to dictate what you adjust too and how you adjust for your spares. There are a few methods. There's a 369 method where you move either left or right 3, 6, or 9 boards to combat whatever spare is left up. For instance, if you have a ten pin or a seven pin you're going to be moving in the opposite direction off your strike shot. Moving 3 boards, 6 boards, or 9 boards creates an angle of entry in order to make that certain spare. When you're making your spares you not only have to align yourself but also a visual.

You have to align your pin, your arrow, and your targets all in line. And your body has to be perpendicular to those spares. When you're approaching a spare it's imperative that you not only create the right angle but you also have some techniques that you can use to combat whatever spare you have left up. You have a straight approach. You have a hook approach. You can actually hook the ball to get a spare. You can throw the ball straight. You can also use a different ball and different type of ball. So there's different methods to combat and to make that spare. There are many different spare combinations. You have a singleton spare. You have a cluster spare.

And you also have different angles in order to make those spares. It's all playing off your strike shot. For instance, for this kind of spare you're going for a six pin your going to play off your strike shot. It's not far from your 10 pin alignment but you'll also start from your strike position. So for this kind of spare you're going to move 6 boards left off your strike shot and angle your body to the pin in order to make it. Off my strike shot I've moved 6 boards left. My hips and shoulders are facing the pin itself. And I'm aligning the pin through the arrows to the dots. When I'm approaching a lane I'm looking solely at either dot or arrow area in order to make that spare.

That technique was less of a hook and more of a direct straight approach. You can hook the ball at certain spares but it's recommended to go direct, straight at those spares. And those are some methods and techniques in making your spares.

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