Bowling for Dummies: 3 Tips for First-Time Bowlers

Going bowling for the first time? If you’ve been invited to go on a bowling date, to a bowling party, or just to hang out at the bowling alley with friends or family, check out these bowling tips for beginners. You’ll feel more confident in your skills and have a blast!

Bowling Tips for Beginners


Out of all of the tips for new bowlers, number one is simple: Relax. We get it, trying new things can be intimidating. Most people dread being put in the position of having to develop a new skill in front of an audience and not being instantly good at something. Fortunately, you can count on the fact that no one is ever judging you as harshly as you’re judging yourself.

The other bowlers in nearby lanes are not paying attention to your game, so just do your best and have fun! Try different techniques until you find what works for you, and let the things that don’t work roll off of your back. That attitude is actually key to bowling, not just for beginners, but for pro bowlers, too! You can’t improve your next shot if you’re still stuck on the last one.

Choose the right size bowling ball.

If you’ve never bowled before, (or if it’s been a long time) you might need to go through some trial and error to find the correct bowling ball size. However, the general rule is to select a bowling ball that is about 10% of your body weight, up to 8 lbs. You should be able to fit the tips of your fingers in the grip holes without stretching, so you can still swing the ball without dropping it on the downstroke.

Take your time, but don’t overthink it.

You don’t have to model your approach after Fred Flintstone’s “twinkle toes” move. Many bowlers use a slower approach, allowing them to move in a consistent form, line up the shot, and concentrate on their release.

If you’re ready to try bowling, visit us at Richmond 40 Bowl! We’re the best bowling alley in Richmond for hanging out with friends, hosting parties, joining a league, or just enjoying a cold brew at the bar.