How to Put More Revs on Your Bowling Ball

    Hold the bowling ball with your two middle fingers in the finger holes and your thumb in the thumb hole. The farther you can set your finger holes and thumb hole apart, the easier it will be to put revs on the ball. Most bowlers now use a fingertip grip, in which the thumb is mostly inside the ball but only the fingertips are in the finger holes. Experiment with this to see that you can still hold and maintain control of the ball.

    Swing your arm through your throwing motion, keeping your hand underneath the ball, with your wrist cupped.

    Concentrate on getting your thumb free of the ball first, at release. Lift your fingers upward as they come out of the ball.

    Move your hand up and rotated it in a counter-clockwise motion (if you are right handed) as you throw the ball. This will add sideways revolutions to the ball.


  • A good visualization tool is to imagine moving your hand from a palm-up position, at the beginning of release, to a position that simulates shaking someone's hand.
  • The more lift you can get with your fingers will result in more revolutions on the ball. A common bowling term when referring to getting more revolutions on the ball is to "get more fingers into it."


  • A wider grip and a hooking, high-revolution throwing style can result in less control and consistency. It can take a lot of practice to successfully throw a high rev ball.

Things Needed

  • Bowling ball
  • Bowling alley

About the Author

Michael Kozlowski began writing in 2006 and has published fiction in Eternal Press, "The Monsters Next Door" and "Scarlett Literary Magazine." He also has a novel-length travel memoir distributed through ecapeartist.com. He spent many years in the manufacturing and construction trades, traveling extensively. Kozlowski attended Wayne State University for graphic design and fine art.