Bowling can be a very fun game and it also can be a very frustrating game if you don't focus on the fundamentals.

I've been bowling for years now, in fact I started bowling when I was 10 years old. For the past 20 years, I've been bowling on several leagues in the Greater Lansing area.

No matter how good or bad you are, there's always room for improvement and everyone has good and bad games. And sometimes you can have great games. Great games meaning anything over a 200.

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When it comes to bowling, there are 5 common mistakes and an easy fix for all 5 mistakes. is going to help us out with these 5 tips:

1. Improper stance or pushaway. When you take up bowling as a beginner, the best thing you can do is work with a bowling pro who will lead you in the right direction. Standing upright with your bowling ball out to the side of your body is the proper way to bowl. You want a nice swing straight back and forward before you release the bowling ball.

2. Drifting with your feet. Here's another bad habit you'll want to correct immediately. If your staring point is just right of center, that's exactly where you want to finish at the foul line when releasing the ball. If you start just right of center and end up three boards more to the right, that's considered drifting.

3. Too fast on approach and delivery. This is one of the worst things you can do in bowling. Never rush to the line on your approach. The slower you go, the better timing you will have. Take your time and focus on every shot.

4. Dropping the ball on release. If you drop the ball on your release, chances are it will end up being a bad shot or it could possibly end up in the gutter. Your bowling ball should be released after you have reached the foul line. This should happen during your final step slide and not before.

5. Lofting the ball on the release. Lofting the ball too far out on the lane causes the bowling ball to be out of control. No need to loft it too far out past the foul line. All you need to do is simply roll the ball by lifting the thumb first followed by your remaining two fingers just after the thumb release.

Let's check out a few common bowling mistakes to avoid.

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