Are you tired of leaving a “ringing 10 pin”? As a right handed bowler, leaving a 10 pin can be the most frustrating thing that can ruin a great game. Most people chalk it up as bad luck, but in reality the shot was not as perfect as you may have thought. Watch the video below to see video of what is happening when you leave a 10 pin.
You can see from the video that the ball is not driving through the pocket to get the 3 pin to kick over and hit the 6 pin into the 10 pin. So in theory, you want the ball to drive through the pocket and not hit flat.
How to fix this issue:
Most people will suggest that you move your feet to the right or to the left by a board or two. Then throw the same shot. The idea is that you are hitting the pocket well enough to leave a ringing 10 pin, so you are not that far off on your shot. You just need to make a small adjustment to hit the pocket slightly different. I received some sage advice from Russell Priola, Sr., who just so happened to win the Buffalo City Tournament back in 2009. He told me if I am leaving ringing 10 pins, that instead of moving my feet left or right, move them forward or backward a couple of inches. For me, I like to move my feet back 2 inches and throw the same shot. I find more often than not that the ball has more time, even just a few milliseconds, to drive through the pocket.