Columbus two-handed bowler Troy Bowen offers tips on the sport's biggest trend.

Columbus two-handed bowler Troy Bowen offers tips on the sport's biggest trend.

If you haven't beento a bowling alley in a while, you might be surprised at what you see there these days: fancy technology, slightly better food, not a smoker in sight. But what might surprise you the most ishowthe game is played. Instead of the traditional one-handed method, a growing number of bowlers use two, mimicking the shovel-style throw of Australian bowler Jason Belmonte, one of the dominant players on the pro circuit in recent years. We talked with Columbus two-handed bowler Troy Bowen about the trend.

Spin City

Two-handed bowlers typically don't use the thumb hole, resulting in a smoother release, more power and a wicked hook-the key to pin action.

It's Not in the Wrist

When he was about 12, Bowen didn't have strong enough wrists to use a heavier ball, so he started using two hands. "And I never grew out of it," he says. The method has proven successful; Bowen has 10 300 games and three 800 series under his belt.

The Cradle

This isn't granny-style two-handed bowling. The release is still with one hand, the offhand cradling the ball-sort of acting like the thumb does in traditional bowling-until letting go.


Good balance is critical, Bowen says. "It's a lot like one-handed bowling," he says. He also says a common mistake is "coming around the ball" instead of "through it."

The Long Game

Using two hands puts pressure on different parts of the body: the shoulders, the arm and the back. Will two-handers wear out sooner than one-handers? No one really knows because the method is fairly new. "I get a little pain in my shoulders," says Bowen, 25. "I go to the chiropractor every so often. I know it's not going to last forever."