What Type of Bowler Are You?

Some Styles Are Easy to Spot, But Others Are Hybrids

If you are into bowling on even a semi-regular basis, you've probably heard bowlers described as crankers, strokers or tweeners. This is not the full range of bowling styles, but they are the three most common. However, the definition of tweeners (essentially a combination of a cranker and a stroker) alone implies categorizing every bowler into a neat little bucket is nearly impossible.

There are also power strokers, spinners, two-handers, (although again, you could argue a two-handed bowler is also a cranker or a stroker or a tweener or a spinner) and other less prominent styles.

Even if the styles overlap enough that it's almost senseless to try to put your game into one, it could help to know where you fall. For instance, if you're looking to buy a new bowling ball and want to know how to properly drill it, your pro-shop operator might ask about your bowling style to give him or her an idea of where to begin.


The bowlers who make the pins crash in a blaze of glory, with a lot of fast ball rotation and often a dramatic back swing are called crankers. These bowlers give off the image of power and confidence -- the macho bowler. Crankers might seem formidable, but they also throw a lot of splits. Goes with the territory.


Strokers are all about accuracy. They're not as high--profile as crankers, but they definitely get the job done. Their smooth delivery of the ball with a low back swing results in more consistent results, and this might be why many pros are strokers.


As the name implies, tweeners mix the styles of crankers and strokers. If you don't fit in either of those categories but are like each in some way, you are a tweener. This style's big plus is the versatility it provides. You can tailor your style to each frame and what the challenges are. Tweeners generally employ a mid-high back swing, similar to crankers, and the smooth delivery of strokers. But not always. Basically, tweeners use whatever style they think will work best in a particular situation.

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