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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:17 am  Post subject: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

HELLO FELLOW BOWLERS & READERS!
AFTER SHARING YOU WITH SOME OF THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS AS WELL AS THE SCIENCE & KNOWLEDGE IN BOWLING, STARTING DECEMBER 1ST, I'LL BE SHARING WITH YOU SOME OTHER BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH I'M SURE CAN BOOST YOUR GAME!

I WILL START THE BALL ROLLING WITH THE ARTICLE "How To Tune Up Your Bowling Game"

SO DON'T FORGET TO GET BACK TO THIS SITE OR ELSE YOU MIGHT BE MISSING SOMETHING IN YOUR GAME!
FEEL FREE TO HAVE INTERACTION BY ASKING SOME QUESTION, MAYBE I COULD ASSIST YOU SOMEWAY, SOMEHOW!
REMEMBER THIS "BOWLING IS FUN"

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How To Tune Up Your Bowling Game

If you are a highly skilled player with a great deal of experience and are in need of straightening out a few things in your physical game, then here are a few tips on how to tune up your bowling game. It is surprising how many talented players spend too little time practicing to keep their games in top form, particularly before an important tournament or an event such as the various Association Open Championship, among others. If you wish to identify a few areas to work on so you can sharpen your skills before competing next, then follow these tips on how to tune up your bowling game.

It helps to develop an organized structure by which to practice regardless of your skill level. Professional bowlers fight to maintain a high standard of performance and thereby practice their craft with great frequency, detail and purpose, so why not you? You can easily do the same by managing your time on the practice lane wisely. Divide your practice sessions into 10 minute increments for about one hour of practice. Practice uninterrupted and avoid distractions by other people unless you have your coach on hand to monitor your practice fundamentals. Here are a few tips to determine where to place greatest emphasis when preparing for competition:

Set-Up: Make sure you set your spine angle as you do typically when you are bowling your best. Avoid setting your bowling shoulder too low in comparison to your basic set-up. Dropping the shoulder too low in the set-up, even an inch too low, can cause a variation in your swing path and also can cause a less effective release of the bowling ball than desired. Set-up is critical to making a good approach. Maintain a normal amount of knee flex in your set-up and make certain your weight is distributed over your bowling shoes evenly and properly.

Footwork: Reduce tension in your legs before taking your first step. The big muscles in your legs from your knees up to your hips should not be too taught before stepping away to begin your approach. Walk lightly to the foul line and avoid digging into the floor and lunging into your slide step. Continuous movement with smooth tempo are important to allowing your arm swing sufficient time to do an effective job. Even if you are a player with relatively fast footwork, do not exceed your usual pace of walking to the foul line. Walk softly in practice so when you are in competition and get excited, you will not revert to hurried footwork and make errant deliveries.

Balance: Keep your upper body torso from exhibiting unnecessary movement while walking to the foul line. If you are a power player and allow your bowling shoulder to open excessively in your back swing, try to avoid sudden and abrupt movement and over exaggerating the shoulder movement. During each delivery in a practice session, maintain consistent swing tempo, even when shooting at spares. Varying your speed excessively can cause inconsistent swing motion throughout your session on the lanes. Keep your head as motionless as possible throughout your approach to the line and while you are releasing the bowling ball. Head movement must be restricted to avoid an up or down movement, a tilting movement to the side, or turning your head and eyes away from your target. Maintain a consistent elevation from the floor while you walk to the line so your swing path will be in position to repeat shot after shot.

Swing: Work on a consistent trigger movement to initiate the swing. If you use a long pushaway, make sure you trigger the movement early enough and do not retard the movement by not allowing the ball to drop into the swing freely and smoothly with a continuous movement. If you allow your ball to fall straight toward the floor when beginning the swing, try to avoid using too much arm tension forcing the ball to the top of the back swing. Arm tension is the number one key to making ineffective releases. When your bowling hand reaches the top of your back swing, make an effort to allow it to drop into the forward swing smoothly and consistently without "grabbing" at the ball and increasing tension in your hand just prior to the critical moment of release.

Release: Check your forward swing arm position so you do not rotate the ball before your release requires the rotation. Regulate the moment of release by keying your thumb to exit the ball at the same relative position to the heel of your bowling shoe as you slide into the line. The amount of energy you impart onto the bowling ball by your hand during the release process should be consistent from delivery to delivery. A good key is to focus on speed control and releasing each shot at the same ball speed. Consistent ball speed allows for the release to repeat effectively time after time. Often times, top players try to do much to the ball instead of relying on the physics of the game and the dynamics of the bowling ball matching with proper alignment techniques in playing the lanes to do the job.

Finish & Focus: Work on holding your form at the line after you release the ball until your ball passes the targeting arrows. If only for a split second, hold the form and balance position after you release your ball to ensure you are ending your approach in a good finishing position. In fact, if you can hold your form motionless after five consecutive deliveries until the ball contacts the pins, then your balance is solid and likely you will be ready for your next competition. Maintain constant and dedicated focus of your eyes on your target on the lane until the ball passes the target. Do not minimize the importance of focusing on your target with intensity and concentration throughout each delivery. Place full commitment to hitting your target. Expect a positive result by planning for the result in advance.

We recommend you consult with your personal certified coach/instructor at least one time when beginning preparations to compete in a tournament. Your coach can help you monitor the key components of your game and help you achieve the level of feeling needed to compete. Use your practice time wisely and work on the keys which have proven to work for you in the past. Focusing only on what you are doing incorrectly will not sharpen the components of your game. Work on your strengths and weaknesses will reduce.

A disciplined hour of practice working on key components of your physical game will help you sharpen your skills and improve your technique. Practice as often as possible if you expect good results! We hope these tips help you win!

This really works for me and I'm sure it will also work for you guys! Try it and see what happens to your game!

For my next article which will be posted on December 5 will be "How To Hold Your Bowling Balance At The Foul Line"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

If you have any question or inquiries feel free to ask, I will try my best to answer it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:27 am  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Hold Your Bowling Balance At The Foul Line


When examining how to hold your bowling balance at the foul line, it is important to commit to being in a set and very stable position with your upper body when delivering the bowling ball.  Regardless of how skilled you are, whether you are a professional champion, a top ranked amateur player, or simply a very talented player locally, good shot-making is the objective for anyone who wishes to succeed and it starts with good balance at the line.

Keeping your upper body as still as possible when you slide and deliver the bowling ball and holding your form until the ball approaches your target on the lane is as critical to effective shot-making as any other fundamental component of your game.  This principle of retaining good form at the line and being well balanced is as important now as in the past will never change over time.

How to hold your bowling balance at the foul line can be accomplished by developing and retaining a few physical game techniques and making sure these techniques are a fixed part of your game.  Here are a few techniques to monitor in your game during practice sessions which are designed to help you maintain good form and balance at the foul line:

1. Sliding Leg - make sure your slide leg has sufficient knee flex to support the full weight of your body as you slide into the line.

2. Sliding shoe - Keep your sliding bowling shoe aligned with the boards on the lane and sliding under the center of your body to provide good stability when releasing the ball.

3. Balance Leg - your balance-leg should sweep out of the way in the opposite direction of your bowling arm as you begin your slide and your balance-leg shoe should remain in contact with the floor to stabilize your upper body and counter the momentum built from the bowling ball swinging at a rapid rate on the opposite side of your body.

4. Shoulders - your shoulders should remain in a line directly over the knee cap of your sliding leg and not pressed forward ahead of your knee so the majority of your body weight is centered over your sliding leg and your upper body remains very stable as you release the ball and while the ball travels down the lane toward your target.

5. Head - your eyes must remain fixed on your target and your head should remain as motionless as possible while releasing the ball and after the ball leaves your hand and travels to your target.  Your chin should stay at shoulder level or above so you do not make a sudden body weight shift forward during your release.

6. Follow through - wait for your swing and follow through motion to complete its movement and hold your form for a second or until your bowling ball reaches your target on the lane. Remain as motionless as possible as though you are posing for a photograph and you wish to display good form.

Good balance at the foul line is all set-up well before you slide into the line. If you maintain good upper body posture from the beginning of your approach and reduce any wasted motion during your approach, you will be able to arrive at the line, deliver your bowling ball, and hold your form until the ball reaches your target.

A proven practice drill is to hold your form after releasing your ball and remain motionless until the ball reaches the pins. If you are able to hold your form ten consecutive deliveries during your practice sessions and not move away from your delivery position until the ball reaches the pins, you will most certainly have excellent balance and be well positioned to make good shots.

Although these simple techniques seem routine and are nothing new to learn, they are vital in assuring yourself every possible chance at maximizing your abilities as a good shot-maker. Don't cut corners. Build into your practice routine the time needed to make certain you are well balanced and in a good position to deliver the ball and then hold your form.

Try these techniques and compare this to your old game and see the difference.

For my next article which will be posted on December 10 will be "How To Wait On Your Bowling Swing"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

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How To Wait On Your Bowling Swing

If you are a highly skilled player and possibly a professional champion, a top ranked amateur player or a very successful local player for many years, then understanding the importance of good swing discipline is a vital key in good shot-making.  Let's discuss how to wait on your bowling swing. One common thread all talented players have and you must develop is the ability to know how to wait on your bowling swing and execute the delivery of your bowling ball with patience and with consistent tempo.

Here are a few techniques to practice that will help you wait on your swing and make a good delivery:

1. Timing - make sure you get the ball into your swing early enough so you do not have to hurry the delivery from the top of your back swing to the moment of release.

2. Grip pressure - make certain you do not grab the ball at the top of the swing in anticipation of swinging the ball forward and making the release.  Maintain consistent grip pressure on the ball during the back swing and forward swing motions and entering into the release zone.

3. Hand Position - regardless of your hand position at the top of your swing, whether you are a power player rotating your hand and shoulder as to allow for your thumb to point upward toward the sky at the top of your back swing, or if you are a "stroker" player with your hand directly positioned behind the bowling ball at the top of the swing, or if you are an "up-the-boards" player with your thumb turned inside toward your bowling hip slightly at the top of your back swing, delay the forward swing ever so slightly as to allow the forces of gravity to allow the ball to fall into the forward swing with no abrupt or imparted force of your bowling hand.  Waiting for your swing to fall into motion from the top of the swing into the forward swing will also help you avoid an early and undesirable hand or finger rotation of the bowling ball before your hand reaches the critical release zone.

4. Body Position - remain in a stable and fixed body position while walking to and sliding into the line when releasing the ball.  Make no sudden movements to interrupt good balance during your approach so you can exercise patience with your forward swing and delivery.

5. Swing Tempo - accelerate your forward swing consistently from delivery to delivery so you can regulate your desired ball speed.  Avoid hurrying your release and follow through motions in anticipation of a desired result. Make a disciplined and consistent release of the ball each delivery and hold your form at the foul line to make certain you are stationary during the moment of release.

Pressure is the number one reason any skilled player hurries a delivery and makes an errant shot.  Practice sessions should include an awareness of making the same pass through the ball and making consistent release motions on every delivery.  Avoid grabbing the ball at the top of the back swing and accelerating your forward swing too quickly into the release zone.

The tendency to hurry a delivery before you are in position to make a good delivery is another by-product of pressure.  Keep your eyes focused on your target, commit to your target, and do not hurry your footwork and swing process. Success relies on good swing discipline and swing awareness.

Sorry for posting late, was busy lately.

For my next article which will be posted on December 15 will be "Bowling Lane Oil Carrydown"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

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Bowling Lane Oil Carrydown

Dealing with and adjusting to bowling lane oil carrydown is made easier if you understand more about how it occurs and why. In the modern sport of bowling, we must take into consideration that every time a bowling ball is delivered, the lane condition changes. Whatever oil pattern is put down at your local bowling center, the length of bowling lane oil carrydown extends beyond the final distance the oil pattern is applied to the lane surface. Every time a ball is thrown, it picks up oil and carries it down to the drier part of the lane.

If, for example, an oil pattern distance is 40 feet before the dry, high friction portion of the back end of the lane comes into play, the oil carrydown may stretch an additional 5-7 feet to a total of about 45 - 47 feet from the foul line but shows only as streaks or stripes of oil. These oil streaks or stripes are developed from the ball passing through the heaviest concentrations of oil on the front end and on the mid-lane and with the oil being retained in the coverstock of your bowling ball which, in turn, literally streaks the oil onto the dry portion of the back end of the lane as the ball travels on its path to the pins.

Carrydown streaks of oil are not always consistent in width nor the same length of streaks. In the case of a highly textured, solid coverstock bowling ball, say textured to perhaps a 500 grit finish, the pores in the ball surface will capture and retain oil as the ball rolls through the heaviest concentrated area of lane oil. Once this ball passes the final distance of oil application, the oil retained in the coverstock will leave the widest possible streak on the lane because of the amount of oil retained in the ball surface due to porosity of the ball and because of the "wide footprint" a solid, pliable coverstock material develops while in contact with the lane surface.

A bowling ball with a low surface porosity such as a stiff, pearl coverstock finished to perhaps 2000 grit or greater will retain less oil in the pores of the ball than does the solid and porous coverstock bowling ball when passing through the same heavy oil areas of a given lane. The pearl coverstock will develop a "narrow footprint" when traveling down the lane surface and the corresponding stripe of carrydown oil will be narrow with slightly less volume of oil than the stripe produced by a porous coverstock ball.

The impact or effect on ball reaction as a result of carrydown varies in accordance with the overall distance the oil pattern is applied to the lane surface. Short relative distances of oil application, say 35 feet distance, coupled with heavy concentrations of oil in the front end of a given lane will produce long oil stripes or oil streaks as carrydown and will require fewer number of bowling ball deliveries in the same areas of the lane to complete a significant amount of carrydown. This carrydown will noticeably extend ball skid beyond the distance of skid length when the ball traveled on the freshly oiled lane with no deliveries.

Once a player sees the carrydown on freshly oiled lanes affects his or her ball reaction, then it is time to make an adjustment. Typical adjustments by experienced players are first done by means of a lateral or parallel adjustment and/or a speed adjustment before making a bowling ball change.

The carrydown effect on a short distance oil pattern will become noticeable and influence ball motion more so than a long oil pattern distance, say 42 - 45 feet of oil distance. When a ball travels in a long distance of oil on the lane surface, it has less distance of dry back end to change direction and to travel before impact with the pins than does a ball traveling on a short distance oil pattern. It is for this reason that long oil patterns with some carrydown will generally produce longer skid length and less hook on the back end of a given lane than on the short oil pattern.

It can be said, therefore, that the three factors most affecting ball motion changes resulting from oil carrydown are the distance of the lane oil pattern, the number of deliveries made on a given lane in a given period of time, and the coverstock porosity and surface traction generated by bowling balls.

What can become tricky is when a variety of coverstock bowling balls are delivered on the same lane from a variety of delivery angles. As example, handicap leagues with sprinklings of low and mid average bowlers often use many angles of delivery and a wide variety of bowling ball coverstocks. The carrydown streaks of oil, if inspected after the league is completed, will show streaks of oil in more locations and at varying distances of streaking on the back end of the given lanes than will a scratch league with high average players, as example, on the same oil pattern inspected after the completion of the league play.

In fact, often times on short or mid oil pattern distance applications, the carrydown will concentrate in an area which actually helps the high average player. A high number of ball deliveries in the same portion of the lane will achieve "carrydown hold area" on the back end to help hold the bowling ball in the pocket. This affect is lessened somewhat on long distance oil patterns but still remains a factor for better players.

On mid and long distance oil patterns, usually between 38 - 45 feet of oil distance application, the carrydown affect reduces the ability of the bowling ball to hook a great deal on the back end of the lane simply because the ball has less distance to travel on the high friction portion of the lane. For this reason, particularly for power players or those players who hook the ball a great deal, choosing a bowling ball with low track flare and/or low differential of RG or a ball with a layout pattern to minimize back end hook matches best on these long distance oil patterns with the carrydown effect. Low flare bowling balls will also match well for up-the-boards bowlers with less revs and less hook potential than power players.

On short distance oil applications with heavy concentrations of oil, the maximum affect of carrydown occurs and that is when players should be prepared to make adjustments with release angles measured to the break point, with hand position changes, or with bowling ball changes. Speed adjustments can sometimes be effective when carrydown occurs but caution should be taken if you slow ball speed more than one or two miles per hour to avoid the ball hooking at an unpredictable point down the lane. Short oil distance applications after the carrydown occurs will allow use of medium or high flare potential bowling balls and layout patterns which also influence increased hook potential because the ball has more time to react and travel on the back end of the lane than on a lane with a long distance oil pattern plus carrydown.

Experimentation with bowling balls, with adjustments, and on lane oil patterns of varying distances will help you become a better bowler after oil carrydown develops on the lanes where you are competing. In fact, one technique most bowlers seldom use is to practice immediately after bowling on freshly oiled lanes in competition to test other bowling balls, other ball surface preparations, new layout patterns, and alternative delivery angles on the lanes. Most bowlers will practice before a league and/or in early in the afternoon on a very different lane condition than what they will face on freshly oiled lanes for league or tournament play.

It is difficult to improve playing the lanes after oil carrydown is developed if you do not practice on a carrydown condition and test all of the available variables in real time, so to speak. Remember, adjustments vary from player to player based on ball speed, rev-rate, axis tilt, the bowling ball coverstock, the layout pattern in use, and the accuracy of a given player. Practice on lane conditions with the oil carrydown in transition and after the transition is complete will help you make good adjustments during competition.

Sorry again for posting late, was busy lately.

For my next article which will be posted on December 20 will be "Bowling Ball Loft"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

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Bowling Ball Loft

Bowling ball loft tips will help you improve your game. Your ability to understand bowling ball loft will help you regulate your release, control bowling ball speed, control ball direction, and maintain a consistent rev-rate, all of which will work in helping you improve your scores.

First, when your bowling ball exits your hand at the “moment of release” between the back of your slide shoe and the laces of the shoe, allow your hand to continue moving toward your target down lane following the ball path. Ideally, the front part of your bowling arm (where blood is normally drawn in a laboratory) should be facing the pins at the “moment of release.”

By releasing the ball too soon, your ball will fall onto the approach floor behind the foul line and any chance at maintaining an effective roll on the ball is eliminated. Of course, dropping the ball too early onto the approach floor behind the foul line means that the ball first contacts the floor where no oil conditioner has been applied and will leave unnecessary "smudge marks" on the approach surface behind the foul line, a certain indicator that you are releasing your ball behind the foul line. Releasing the ball too soon and behind the foul line will cause the ball to bounce and skid an unpredictable length as opposed to getting the ball out onto the lane surface. In order to acquire the needed ball skid to conserve ball energy until your ball arrives at the break point, you must release the ball out onto the lane surface and not on the approach floor behind the foul line.

If you are releasing the ball too soon and it contacts the floor behind the foul line, hold onto the ball longer before releasing so the ball will land onto the lane surface beyond the foul line. Perhaps you might need slightly more gripping pressure with your bowling fingers than you presently use? Perhaps you need a wrist support device to prop up your wrist and prevent the wrist from tilting backward as you release the ball? Perhaps you might need to delay the release by thinking of not applying releasing action on the ball before the ball arrives at the tip of your sliding shoe (as opposed to back at the heel of your sliding bowling shoe) and at the very end of the release zone. Perhaps you may need to make sure you do not bend from the waist suddenly and thrust your upper body towards the floor just prior to your release which can cause you to get far too steep of a release angle and bounce the ball onto the approach floor and not release it beyond the foul line.

A good practice tip is to place a bowling towel on the approach floor with one end in front of the release point beyond the foul line where your ball first contacts the lane and the other end of the towel back toward the center of the approach. Make sure the towel does not interfere with your sliding shoe when you slide into the foul line and release the ball. Practice delivering the ball so the ball clears the towel and lands out onto the lane surface without moving the towel from its position at the foul line on the approach floor. If you can easily clear the towel 10 consecutive deliveries, then you will avoid the problem of dropping the ball too soon and you will control your loft distance. If the towel moves, replace the towel in the same position on the approach floor and try another delivery until you are able to release the ball successfully and routinely with out disturbing the towel.

You can adjust the distance the towel is relative to the foul line and practice varying degrees of loft control. Some of the best players in the world vary loft control from just beyond the foul line, perhaps 6 inches to as much as 4 feet beyond the line, when they wish to control ball skid distances. To delay the ball roll and create a longer skid distance, the pros will loft the ball further than if they wish to get the ball into a quicker roll in heavy oil, for example, and release the ball much closer to the foul line.

More loft decreases the overall distance the ball has to travel on the lane surface before it impacts the pins. To increase loft, another tip is to make sure your bowling hand releases the ball slightly higher off of the floor and a little closer to knee level (but always below knee level) so the ball will travel in the air further than releasing the ball much lower to the lane surface.

Less loft will allow the ball to begin its rolling pattern much sooner and will increase the overall distance the ball travels and creates friction on the lane surface. To control less loft but still put an effective roll on the ball, flex your knees lower than normal so you walk lower to the floor and release the ball closer to your ankle elevation than toward your knee elevation. Also, key your release sooner than normal and closer to when your bowling hand passes the heel of your sliding bowling shoe.

Lofting the ball 2-4 feet beyond the foul line on wooden lanes which have been burned up from many, many games of bowling through the years will help prevent the ball hooking too early and unpredictably. If wooden lanes have poor front ends (not level or not smooth), then lofting the ball will eliminate some of the problems as the ball travels on the front end of the lane. Lofting the ball on synthetic lanes with an oil pattern not using a high volume of oil in the front end is also another reason you may wish to loft the ball. Controlling the amount of loft is something all bowlers seeking to improve their game should make the effort to learn.

Once you are able to control a consistent loft distance past the foul line and maintain a regulated ball speed, then you can work at changing loft distances by either releasing the ball later than normal for additional loft distance or releasing the ball sooner than normal for an earlier rolling pattern. In all cases, avoid releasing the ball so soon that it does not clear the foul line and land first onto the lane surface. Make sure you always maintain a consistent ball speed regardless of how much loft you use.

A good objective in releasing the ball onto the lane surface is to visualize a passenger airliner coming in for a smooth landing on the runway. If the plane arrives at too steep of an angle, then the plane will bounce several times before setting into a rolling contact with all wheels on the runway surface. No one wants to ride in a plane which arrives at too steep of an angle. Controlling your ball loft will help you regulate your ball skid length and get a consistent transition in the mid-lane and again at the break point.

Make sure you follow through on all deliveries and not quit on your follow through in an effort to get the ball to land on the lane surface at a desired angle of entry. Follow through and hold your form until the ball passes the target on all deliveries. With some practice, you will develop a good bowling release and control your loft distance beyond the foul line.

This is an additional knowledge were the bowler will have an advantage if he or she knows this technique.

For my next article which will be posted on December 26 will be "How To Stay Behind The Bowling Ball"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

If you have any question or inquiries feel free to ask, I will try my best to answer it.
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How To Stay Behind The Bowling Ball

If you wish to learn how to stay behind the bowling ball, then consider a few important techniques the pro bowlers focus on during pressure moments in competition. First, if you watch recent televised finals of PBA National Tour events, you may have heard one or two players "miked" for the cameras vocalize the words "stay behind the ball." If this mental reminder in the heat of competition is an indicator of how important keeping the hand behind the ball is to the best players in the world, then you will surely place importance on learning how to stay behind the bowling ball so you can improve the quality of your own pressure-packed shot making.

Next, let's identify which position your bowling hand needs to be in as you begin your forward swing so you are in position to keep your hand behind the ball as your hand enters the release zone. By the way, we refer to the release zone as the position your bowling hand arrives at while swinging the bowling ball at a very rapid rate and as your bowling hand passes the heel of your sliding bowling shoe to a point slightly before the tip of the toe of the slide shoe. If your thumb exits the ball in that release zone, then you will achieve a reasonable and level angle of trajectory upon releasing the ball onto the lane surface.

If the back of your bowling hand is wide open at the top of your back swing, then your hand is in position to rotate the ball slightly and still be well behind the ball as your hand enters the release zone. This wide open hand position is common with power players who impart a high rev-rate onto the bowling ball and it allows the hand the greatest opportunity to rotate the bowling ball with your fingers, perhaps 90 degrees to 140 degrees, and create maximum axis of rotation.

If your hand is directly behind the bowling ball so the palm of your hand faces the pins down the lane as your hand enters the release zone, then you are properly behind the ball and then are able to make a full rotation of your bowling fingers at the moment of release, perhaps 60 degrees to 90 degrees of finger rotation, and impart sufficient axis tilt and rev rate onto the bowling ball to gain an effective delivery. You would also be in position to rotate the bowling fingers only very slightly as to produce a low axis tilt and impart a forward rolling action onto the bowling ball.

If your hand is positioned slightly to the outside of the bowling ball, then you are not in position to rotate the ball much at all and should try and remain rotation-less with your fingers throughout the releasing action. If you do rotate the ball from a position on the side of the ball, you risk the overturning motion the pro bowlers refer to which results in making an ineffective delivery. Avoid overturning your bowling fingers and palm of your hand around the front of the ball at all times.

Making sure you keep the inside bone of your bowling elbow tucked closely toward your torso during your forward swing will help you from turning your whole arm as well as rotating your fingers while releasing the bowling ball. If you focus on keeping your elbow and the palm of your bowling hand behind the ball on the forward swing and into the release zone, your chances at making an effective delivery will be very high. If your bowling arm swings closely next to your body as you swing the ball into the release zone, the chances of staying behind the ball are also very good.

It does not really require much finger rotation to impart good rev-rate and enough axis tilt to help your ball traveling down the lane transition properly in the mid-lane and again at the break point to the pins. Most "stroker" players and up-the-boards players do not rotate the ball a great deal and can be extremely effective at imparting a good release action onto the bowling ball.

Trying to over-rotate your fingers in an attempt to make the ball hook will also cause your hand, and possibly your arm, to overturn in front of the ball as you enter the release zone. This type of overturning motion also causes the elbow to rotate around and outside the bowling ball and results in a poor delivery. Overturning the ball is a common mistake to all bowlers, pro bowlers included. You can reduce this overturn motion by training your hand and bowling arm, through practice, to remain in position behind the ball until the hand reaches the release zone, your thumb exits the ball, and your fingers rotate the ball. Your swing should continue upward toward a full-finish follow through position.

To regulate a consistent release motion, begin with the proper gripping pressure with your fingers in the bowling ball. Avoid squeezing the bowling ball so hard with your fingers and thumb as to prohibit the quick and consistent release of the ball. The majority of gripping pressure should be with the pads of your bowling fingers with very little pressure on the pad of your thumb.

Your thumb must exit the ball slightly before the fingers at the "moment of release" as you are entering the sliding sliding step of your approach. If you are squeezing your thumb so tightly as to prohibit your thumb from exiting the ball, then the release will be adversely affected and the ball will leave your hand at non-predicable times with the possibility of "over-turning" or "over-rotating" your hand with the bowling elbow following in the same incorrect manner may occur.

Remember, use a very light gripping pressure with your thumb and keep the thumb in the ball straight with no knuckle-bend to slow down an otherwise quick and smooth exiting of the thumb from your bowling ball. This technique is one which will help you stay behind the ball shot after shot. Leading the release with your ring finger on your bowling hand in an upward motion is another useful technique used by good players to avoid rotating the ball early.

I hope this techniques helps you to improve your game. Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading these articles as I will be back on January 5, 2012 and will give you more techniques to share.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:59 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Learn About The Bowling Ball Positive Axis Point

If you are interested in how to learn about the bowling ball positive axis point, then begin with understanding where the PAP (positive axis point) is located on the ball while the ball is in motion. The point on the pocket side of your bowling ball at the end of the axis of rotation upon delivery of your bowling ball and while it is in motion is referred to as the PAP.

Let's break that down a bit. When your bowling ball is delivered, the ball will revolve around an axis known as the axis of rotation. At the ends of the axis of rotation are the PAP and the NAP (negative axis point). The PAP is the one point most important in deciding on a drilling layout and ultimately in achieving the ball motion you seek.  How to learn about the bowling ball positive axis point and where specifically it is located on your bowling ball is determined by your release technique. Every bowler has their own release technique so the PAP is different for each bowler.

The motion of your bowling ball is based on how far the Pin and the mass bias (MB) are from the PAP. The Pin and MB in relation to the PAP will help determine the amount of track flare your ball promotes as it travels down the lane.  When you deliver one of the new reactive resin bowling balls, you will notice the oil on the ball comes back with rings and each one of these rings indicates how many times the ball makes fresh contact with the lane surface.  The Pin location with respect to the differential of the core rating determines how much your bowling ball will flare.

Maximum flare will produce the sharpest angle of entry when your ball reaches the break point and as it travels to the pocket. Maximum track flare is achieved by placing the Pin 3-4 inches from the PAP on the surface of your bowling ball. Minimum flare results in a minimum angle of entry from the break point to the pocket and is achieved when your Pin is located either about 1 inch or 6 inches from your PAP.

The distance the pin is from the PAP will also determine how quickly your ball will rev-up upon delivery.  If the MB is closer to the PAP, the ball will rev-up sooner than if the MB is farther away from the PAP.

It is important to note that a high rev player with a good deal of axis tilt created by the player's delivery will not see the same overall ball motion as a low rev player with less axis tilt if both players use the same layout pattern. Because there are so many styles in bowling with so many types of releases, drilling a new ball with reference to your PAP is crucial in achieving the ball motion you seek.

Most pro shop operators can measure your PAP in a matter of just a few minutes. Combining your PAP location and knowing where the Pin and MB markers are located on the ball surface will help the pro shop operator determine a proper layout which will get you the ball reaction which best matches to the lane conditions you encounter.

We recommend you consult with a pro shop operator of your choice to learn more about layout patterns and your PAP.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:58 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

Approach Position for Advanced Bowlers

Success comes from how quickly we adapt to the ever-changing environment on the lanes. As we become better bowlers physically, it is essential that we dedicate practice time to correcting our weaknesses. Part of that process involves taking time to get comfortable playing parts of the lane we would prefer not to play.

To get to the next level, you need to be able play the lanes just as effectively from the fifth arrow as you do from the first. While attempting to do so, you will be forced to use areas of the approach you have never used before. To get comfortable with this concept, practice making parallel moves, which means you'll move equal amounts in the same direction with your feet at the dots and your target at the arrows. Once you've gotten the hang of parallel moves, begin working on angular moves, which allow you to increase or decrease your projection through the front of the lane.

It might take a while to get the hang of these new positions and movements, but once you figure them out, you'll find that they are valuable tools that will allow to you to bowl better on any condition you face.

It looks like this is not true but just try it.

It's free & no charge at all.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:22 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Choose Your Next Bowling Ball

Learning how to choose your next bowling ball is related to three important factors:

   Desired Ball Reaction
   Lane Oil Conditions
   Coverstock & Core Selections

The first step in determining how to choose your next bowling ball is to identify existing ball reactions for every ball you presently own. Next, visualize the reaction you are missing and would most prefer to have before you purchase a new ball. It is important to match a ball to the lane conditions you will encounter in important competitions such as tournament play or scratch league play. Since no one ball is perfect for all lane conditions, your next must be one which works very well on conditions where your exiting equipment does not yield the desired ball motion you seek.

In recent years the leading manufacturers such as Storm, Hammer, Ebonite, Roto Grip, Columbia, AMF 300, MoRich, Lane #1, 900 Global and Brunswick, just to name a few, have placed great emphasis on developing well balanced lines of top performance bowling balls including versatility in design and ball reaction capabilities. It is your responsibility to carefully evaluate length potential and hook potential ratings and choose a coverstock which generates the greatest opportunity of matching to the conditions for which your next ball is intended.

Some research and consultation with area professionals or experienced pro shop operators may be required before making your selection. The ball videos allow you to watch the latest equipment being rolled down our private test facility lanes and indicate the layout and oiling patterns used for testing purposes. The videos are a great way of visualizing if the given ball being tested matches to your needs.

For dry lane conditions, choose a pearl or stiff coverstock and a high length potential rating so the ball will slide easily in the front end of the lane and conserve energy for the back-end of the lane. Examples of bowling balls which are proven to work well on dry lanes are the Tropical Heat series, the Ebonite Tornado series, or the Brunswick Slingshot series balls. These examples are commonly used by high-rev players so the skid length and back-end reaction can be easily controlled.

If the lane conditions where you wish to find a good matching ball have medium to medium-heavy oil, choose a ball with a solid, pliable cover and medium flare potential such as the Roto Grip Riot, the Storm Reign of Fire, or the Pink Panther. A 4-5" flare potential rating coupled with a modestly aggressive coverstock rating will provide a controllable back-end overall ball reaction. Some experimentation with surface preparation strategies will be necessary and will reveal how you need to keep the surface readied for use on the condition for which your new ball is targeted.

For heavy oil on the front end, choose a solid, pliable, and aggressive coverstock to increase gripping action and with a low RG rating and a medium to high flare potential rating. Examples of such balls are the Storm Virtual Gravity, the Lane #1 Big Curve, the Roto Grip Mutant Cell, all of which provide strong ball reactions for challenging oily lane conditions. Of course, the surface preparation you choose will augment the overall reaction your next ball will yield.

The core design of any given bowling ball is a key element in the selection process. The specific length potential and hook potential ratings which are factors in determining the overall skid-length of your bowling ball how sharply your ball reacts on the back end of the lane. Length and hook potential ratings should be the primary focal point in choosing a new ball.

"Length potential" is a combination of how aggressive of a coverstock you choose coupled with the RG (Radius of Gyration) rating which determines when a given ball picks up its strongest rolling pattern. A low RG ball rolls quickly in the front end of the lane, as example, while medium RG reacts in the mid-lane and high RG rolls strong on the back end providing good skid distance.

"Hook Potential" is categorized by the flare potential rating which is how sharply a given bowling ball will hook on the back end of the lane coupled with a high RG rating (radius of gyration). If you wish to see the strongest possible back end reaction, find a ball with a 6 inch flare potential rating or higher.

Layout patterns offer choices in ball motion control and should be selected based upon your rev-rate and the angle of entry you seek from the break point to the pocket. Matching the layout pattern to the length and hook potential ratings of a given ball will help influence the overall ball reaction you seek. If you have a favorite ball company and are familiar with that line of equipment, then choosing a ball from that brand with a layout pattern you presently do not use in your existing equipment might be a smart choice. Again, it helps to consult a local professional and share ideas in selecting your next bowling ball.

I hope this will add to your knowledge in bowling again, since most of the bowlers do not mind what they are buying!

I'll see you again on January 20, 2012 for another exciting topic that you can learn.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:13 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Develop A Good Bowling Ball Arsenal

After knowing How To Choose Your Next Bowling Ball this is a follow up article that will complete your agenda.

If you are a highly experienced and talented player, you probably would like to learn how to develop a good bowling ball arsenal built around one or two of your favorite pieces of equipment? Kindly give thought to three important strategies regarding future bowling ball selections:

   Choosing Specific Length & Hook Potential
   Choosing A Coverstock Preparation
   Choosing Layout Patterns

In recent years the leading manufacturers such as Storm, Hammer, Ebonite, Roto Grip and Brunswick, and others have placed great emphasis on developing well balanced lines of top performance bowling balls. You can determine how to develop a good bowling ball arsenal by adding one or more of these fine products to your personal equipment inventory by selecting bowling balls which enhance the range of performance you currently own.

First, it is important to understand that bowling ball length potential is essentially derived from the core design (RG range) of a given ball coupled with specific coverstocks (aggressive to non-aggressive ranges). As example, Owning a ball with a low RG and an extremely aggressive coverstock works best in heavy oil because the ball will read the lane very quickly and pick up a strong roll as it enters the mid-lane. Make sure you have at least one ball set-up for heavy oil conditions. Aggressive coverstocks prevent over-skid and enable you to combat very heavy oil conditions. For heavy oil and a strong back-end reaction, use a low RG ball with a high differential rating.The opposite holds true for dry lane conditions.

Using a ball with a stiff or pearl coverstock coupled with a high RG and a long length potential rating matches best for very dry lanes. Make sure you have one ball set-up for dry lane conditions. If you are seeking a ball to recover sharply from the break point to the pocket on dry lanes, a high Differential of RG rated ball will work best. Also on dry lanes, you may use a high RG ball with a low differential rating, a lesser hook potential combination, which will works best when you do not wish for the ball to react abruptly at the break point but rather react smoothly with no sudden pull toward the pocket.

Of course, a medium RG ball with a medium rated differential is a great choice to read any lane condition and will always give you a dependable ball reaction. When you need your ball to read the mid-lane well and arc smoothly and continuously from the break point to the pocket, make sure you own a medium RG ball with a medium to a high differential rating.

Now you have three bowling balls with which to match with heavy oil, medium oil, and dry conditions. Next, choose spare ball to round out a four ball arsenal. If you prefer to use a polyester or a mild reacting urethane ball to roll at corner pin spares, then make sure you have one in your bowling bag. Why risk missing a corner pin spare carelessly because the ball reacts too abruptly when reaching the dry back ends of the lanes? Why have to throw the ball much faster than you can realistically control just to convert a corner pin spare? Own a spare ball.

With the bases covered with a four ball arsenal, you may next add a ball(s) which will fit between existing ball reactions. Finding the right ball to mix well with your other equipment can be tricky, however. Many top players choose to remain with the same bowling ball manufacturer so they can compare both hook potential ratings and length potential ratings and not duplicate a ball and a reaction which they already own. This is certainly the case with the pro bowlers we see on television, most all of whom are under contract with a manufacturer to use a specific brand of equipment. The strategy of remaining with the same manufacturer can be effective.

If you wish to integrate other makes and models of bowling balls into your arsenal, however, then it helps to consult a pro shop expert or even watch some of our videos of the latest balls in the market to assist in the ball selection process. Matching the surface texture and layout pattern for a given ball and using the right choice in length and hook potential ratings is the objective. Research the bowling ball technical data provided by the manufacturers to give yourself a good chance at selecting the best next ball.

Most top players today own six or eight, or perhaps even a greater number, of bowling balls. An eight ball arsenal is an excellent strategy because it will allow you to have balls for the extreme oil conditions ready for use and also have balls set-up for conditions less extreme.

Make sure you develop a surface preparation strategy so your equipment is ready to match to known lane conditions when needed. Experimentation is necessary to achieve the right surface strategies which work best for your game. The drill pattern and the length and hook potential ratings a given ball possesses are not enough by themselves. You must make sure you experiment with ball surface strategies as well.

Consult the manufacturer's recommended drilling patterns before arbitrarily drilling your new bowling ball. One layout pattern for a high-rev player will not necessarily produce the desired ball motion for a player with less rev-rate. Begin with the end in mind. Choose a layout pattern which matches best to your rev-rate and produces the length and hook potential influencing factors you seek for given lane conditions.

The science involved in developing an effective bowling ball arsenal is greater now than ever. Do not be lazy, do your research before investing in your next bowling ball so your money is spent wisely.

Our goal is to simply make it easier for you to compare products and feel confident in your purchase selection process. We hope these tips help.

So are you ready to do your homework? If you are confused or not sure please feel free to ask, who knows maybe I can be your answer!

Please be ready for the next exciting articles as we go deeper & deeper with the knowledge power in bowling. See you on January 25, 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:34 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Improve Your Bowling: Practice With Purpose

It is amazing how many highly skilled bowlers will practice without any game plan or without any useful structure.  If you wish to learn how to practice with purpose, then kindly consider the following keys to guide you in doing so:

   Develop a Practice Plan
   Physical Game
   Equipment
   Lane Play

Any successful coach or coaching school in the past and in the present always develop an organized process or structure by which students are to practice their bowling.  The most successful players practice with the end in mind!  Professional businessmen will not begin a new venture without a detailed business plan.  Professional bowlers, those who compete regularly on the pro tours and make a living doing so, practice with an intent to focus on specific areas of the game to maximize in an organized fashion to benefit from the time spent on the practice lane.

If you are not among those who have not developed a specific structure by which to practice, a matrix or outline, then we highly recommend you do so right away.  Prepare your own checklist containing a matrix of the physical components of your game, bowling equipment, and the process of alignment, targeting, and lane adjustments so you may rehearse on the lanes and away from competition.  You can develop one master matrix containing all four headings or four matrices, one per heading.  An organized structure is one way in learning how to practice with purpose and is an integral key to sharpening your overall skills.

You can easily build your own bowling matrix or outline, if you will, and spend a dedicated amount of time during each practice session on each element in the matrix.  As example, when working on physical game elements of the matrix, develop perhaps four keys to your game and spend about 10-15 minutes per element working on specific keys to strengthen those elements on your path to progress.

In your matrix addressing the physical portion of your game, create a heading for footwork, timing & arm-swing, balance & posture, and the release & finish position.  Four headings with three elements under each heading such as tempo, direction, distance of steps as example, for a total of perhaps twelve components essential to keeping your game in top shape can be practiced for about 5 minutes per element, or for one hour in total, to get the most out of your physical game practice session.  Of course, you can modify the time spent on each element per practice session but it is important to rehearse each element key to your overall improvement in each heading in your matrix each time you practice.

Practice your strength, not your weakness!  Practice doing it right, not replicate what you have done incorrectly in the past!  Practice in regularly spaced intervals or days of the week as to train the memory of the muscles in your body to repeat automatically.  Plan your work and work your plan!

In your matrix or bowling outline for success, include a section for equipment.  It is of importance to practice with your bowling balls on a given lane condition and calibrate the ball motion of each ball in comparison to one another.  It is vital to understand your equipment and when and where each ball best matches to your game and to the conditions.  Try and understand how length potential ratings on each ball react in comparison to one another.  Compare the hook potential ratings of each ball.  Learn how best to match your bowling balls to the break point on the lane and when to change equipment prior to or during given sessions in competition.

Practicing with various bowling balls should also entail changing the coverstock preparations and compare one ball to another.  Using a variety of grit pads on a high-speed spinner will help you understand when to alter the surface of each given bowling ball to best match to conditions you frequently encounter in competition.  Practice with non-polished surfaces and with polished surfaces.  Polishes may be applied to ball surfaces with low grit and textured preparations under the polish or with a fine grit preparation under the polish.  Compare each ball to other balls in your arsenal until you have a thorough understanding of how each ball will react on given conditions.

This process of structuring your equipment in a similar manner as structuring elements of your physical game will lead to a complete and meaningful practice session and to getting desired results in competition.  It is remarkable how many highly skilled players have no established or organized practice regime or routine and eventually peak in their performances without ever rising above where they have landed.  Skilled players who make the leap to the next level are those who practice with the end in mind, have a plan of action, practice with discipline, and develop an arsenal which utilizes budgeting restrictions most efficiently.

Finally, add lane adjustments and alignment techniques to your matrix.  Practice playing angles on the lane which you will eventually encounter in competition in addition to your favorite angles.  Practice making a series of "parallel adjustments" which require adjusting your feet alignment and your eye alignment at the on-lane target and move across the practice lane in both directions as to better familiarize yourself with playing angles not comfortable to your eye.  A good goal is to make certain there is no angle targeting the break point with which you are unfamiliar.

If you practice the areas of your game where you are strongest and areas where you need improvement, then the "pieces of the success puzzle" begin to fall into place.  We hope these tips help and encourage you to develop your own "practice plan of action?"

Try it now so you can really understand what I'm trying to address to you, and I'm sure you will realize that this plan is really a good technique.

On January 30, 2012 I will give you another tips on how to spice up your game!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:06 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

Bowling Ball RG

Understanding the term bowling ball RG (radius of gyration) will help you make a good decision in purchasing your next bowling ball. There are a few key factors in ball construction to consider when choosing a new bowling ball.

First, coverstock makeup of a bowling ball will determine the gripping power of the given bowling ball on the lane surface. Next, the core design will help determine the ball motion or shape of ball reaction while the given ball is rolling down the lane.

Within the core of any bowling ball exists measurements of mass distribution which are used to measure a bowling ball in motion traveling on the lane. The bowling ball RG is one key measurement engineers use to identify how the mass distribution inside a bowling ball is concentrated. The radius of gyration is an account of the location of the mass inside a given bowling ball and relates whether the ball mass is concentrated toward the center of the ball (low RG), toward the coverstock of the ball (high RG), or between the two points (medium RG).

Low RG balls will encourage a fast and early revolution rate and tend to pick up a strong roll pattern on the front end of the lane. Medium RG balls will pick up a strong revolution rate slightly later on the mid-portion of the lane and high RG balls will lope down the lane conserving energy for later use thereby picking up its strongest roll pattern on the back end of the lane.

The strategy you need to consider in choosing a new ball relating to the RG factor is how quickly you wish for the ball to pick-up a strong revolution rate? As an example, if the lane conditions you regularly encounter have a high volume of oil on the front end of the lane, then a low RG ball with short skid-length potential is a smart choice. If lane conditions have medium oil, then choosing a ball with medium RG will match well because medium RG bowling balls pick up a strong revolution rate in the mid-lane. As you might expect, dry lanes which have little oil on the front end and tend to encourage an earlier hooking motion than desired require a high bowling ball RG encouraging greater skid length and conserving energy until further down the lane. In summary, it can be said that RG ratings are factors in determining the hook potential a given ball possess while traveling down the lane

So now you can choose the right ball for the right lane condition. It's time for us to understand what is the right ball for the right condition and not just relying on your favorite bowling brand.

I hope this will help you! Watch out for my next article on February 5, 2012 as I will add some info about the bowling ball.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:19 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

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Bowling Lane Oil Carrydown

Dealing with and adjusting to bowling lane oil carrydown is made easier if you understand more about how it occurs and why. In the modern sport of bowling, we must take into consideration that every time a bowling ball is delivered, the lane condition changes. Whatever oil pattern is put down at your local bowling center, the length of bowling lane oil carrydown extends beyond the final distance the oil pattern is applied to the lane surface. Every time a ball is thrown, it picks up oil and carries it down to the drier part of the lane.

If, for example, an oil pattern distance is 40 feet before the dry, high friction portion of the back end of the lane comes into play, the oil carrydown may stretch an additional 5-7 feet to a total of about 45 - 47 feet from the foul line but shows only as streaks or stripes of oil. These oil streaks or stripes are developed from the ball passing through the heaviest concentrations of oil on the front end and on the mid-lane and with the oil being retained in the coverstock of your bowling ball which, in turn, literally streaks the oil onto the dry portion of the back end of the lane as the ball travels on its path to the pins.

Carrydown streaks of oil are not always consistent in width nor the same length of streaks. In the case of a highly textured, solid coverstock bowling ball, say textured to perhaps a 500 grit finish, the pores in the ball surface will capture and retain oil as the ball rolls through the heaviest concentrated area of lane oil. Once this ball passes the final distance of oil application, the oil retained in the coverstock will leave the widest possible streak on the lane because of the amount of oil retained in the ball surface due to porosity of the ball and because of the "wide footprint" a solid, pliable coverstock material develops while in contact with the lane surface.

A bowling ball with a low surface porosity such as a stiff, pearl coverstock finished to perhaps 2000 grit or greater will retain less oil in the pores of the ball than does the solid and porous coverstock bowling ball when passing through the same heavy oil areas of a given lane. The pearl coverstock will develop a "narrow footprint" when traveling down the lane surface and the corresponding stripe of carrydown oil will be narrow with slightly less volume of oil than the stripe produced by a porous coverstock ball.

The impact or effect on ball reaction as a result of carrydown varies in accordance with the overall distance the oil pattern is applied to the lane surface. Short relative distances of oil application, say 35 feet distance, coupled with heavy concentrations of oil in the front end of a given lane will produce long oil stripes or oil streaks as carrydown and will require fewer number of bowling ball deliveries in the same areas of the lane to complete a significant amount of carrydown. This carrydown will noticeably extend ball skid beyond the distance of skid length when the ball traveled on the freshly oiled lane with no deliveries.

Once a player sees the carrydown on freshly oiled lanes affects his or her ball reaction, then it is time to make an adjustment. Typical adjustments by experienced players are first done by means of a lateral or parallel adjustment and/or a speed adjustment before making a bowling ball change.

The carrydown effect on a short distance oil pattern will become noticeable and influence ball motion more so than a long oil pattern distance, say 42 - 45 feet of oil distance. When a ball travels in a long distance of oil on the lane surface, it has less distance of dry back end to change direction and to travel before impact with the pins than does a ball traveling on a short distance oil pattern. It is for this reason that long oil patterns with some carrydown will generally produce longer skid length and less hook on the back end of a given lane than on the short oil pattern.

It can be said, therefore, that the three factors most affecting ball motion changes resulting from oil carrydown are the distance of the lane oil pattern, the number of deliveries made on a given lane in a given period of time, and the coverstock porosity and surface traction generated by bowling balls.

What can become tricky is when a variety of coverstock bowling balls are delivered on the same lane from a variety of delivery angles. As example, handicap leagues with sprinklings of low and mid average bowlers often use many angles of delivery and a wide variety of bowling ball coverstocks. The carrydown streaks of oil, if inspected after the league is completed, will show streaks of oil in more locations and at varying distances of streaking on the back end of the given lanes than will a scratch league with high average players, as example, on the same oil pattern inspected after the completion of the league play.

In fact, often times on short or mid oil pattern distance applications, the carrydown will concentrate in an area which actually helps the high average player. A high number of ball deliveries in the same portion of the lane will achieve "carrydown hold area" on the back end to help hold the bowling ball in the pocket. This affect is lessened somewhat on long distance oil patterns but still remains a factor for better players.

On mid and long distance oil patterns, usually between 38 - 45 feet of oil distance application, the carrydown affect reduces the ability of the bowling ball to hook a great deal on the back end of the lane simply because the ball has less distance to travel on the high friction portion of the lane. For this reason, particularly for power players or those players who hook the ball a great deal, choosing a bowling ball with low track flare and/or low differential of RG or a ball with a layout pattern to minimize back end hook matches best on these long distance oil patterns with the carrydown effect. Low flare bowling balls will also match well for up-the-boards bowlers with less revs and less hook potential than power players.

On short distance oil applications with heavy concentrations of oil, the maximum affect of carrydown occurs and that is when players should be prepared to make adjustments with release angles measured to the break point, with hand position changes, or with bowling ball changes. Speed adjustments can sometimes be effective when carrydown occurs but caution should be taken if you slow ball speed more than one or two miles per hour to avoid the ball hooking at an unpredictable point down the lane. Short oil distance applications after the carrydown occurs will allow use of medium or high flare potential bowling balls and layout patterns which also influence increased hook potential because the ball has more time to react and travel on the back end of the lane than on a lane with a long distance oil pattern plus carrydown.

Experimentation with bowling balls, with adjustments, and on lane oil patterns of varying distances will help you become a better bowler after oil carrydown develops on the lanes where you are competing. In fact, one technique most bowlers seldom use is to practice immediately after bowling on freshly oiled lanes in competition to test other bowling balls, other ball surface preparations, new layout patterns, and alternative delivery angles on the lanes. Most bowlers will practice before a league and/or in early in the afternoon on a very different lane condition than what they will face on freshly oiled lanes for league or tournament play.

It is difficult to improve playing the lanes after oil carrydown is developed if you do not practice on a carrydown condition and test all of the available variables in real time, so to speak. Remember, adjustments vary from player to player based on ball speed, rev-rate, axis tilt, the bowling ball coverstock, the layout pattern in use, and the accuracy of a given player. Practice on lane conditions with the oil carrydown in transition and after the transition is complete will help you make good adjustments during competition.

Sorry again for posting late, was busy lately.

For my next article which will be posted on December 20 will be "Bowling Ball Loft"
This is another great article which will really improve your game!

If you have any question or inquiries feel free to ask, I will try my best to answer it.
Advance Merry Christmas to all of you!


This is very informative.. it now gives me a better view of how different oiling patterns and the use of appropriate balls, speed, and revs, etc affects one ability to maintain a consistent game... thanks a lot.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:05 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

Mental Imagery’s Many Functions

Mental Imagery’s Many Functions

Mental imagery, or visualization, is one of the most important psychological skills and is used by successful athletes in all sports. Imagery can be applied in many ways. Among its primary uses are:
• Skill mastery
• Priming for performance
• Anticipating situations
• Confidence building
• Relaxation and psyching up
• Concentration
• Stress reduction

These functions are described in more detail below. The first four are typically associated with mental practice because they involve images of an action you wish to execute.

Skill Mastery

Learning and sharpening skills are major functions of visualizing. Whether it’s a physical game technique (e.g., a new release) or psychological method (such as thought stopping), your imagination can accelerate the learning process for all new skills and the honing of skills already developed. Every facet of your game can be advanced and maintained through imagery. Using visualization in this way is known as “process-oriented” imagery. In this type of visualizing, the images concern what you do rather than the competitive results.

Priming for Performance

In order to successfully perform, skills must be mastered and then executed. One of the great potential benefits of visualization is to maximize the probability of your executing to full capability. In other words, the aim is to implement what you’ve learned. This involves process-oriented imagery during the training period and as part of your mental routines on the day of competition.

Anticipating Situations

Visualization can be used to prepare for the full range of situations you’ll confront in competition and, for that matter, in life generally. In your mind’s eye, you can conjure up any circumstance you may face and then rehearse the way you’ll cope with it. Through such mental practice, all aspects of you Master Plan can be further developed and you can be optimally ready to effectively handle all conceivable competitive challenges.

Following are some examples:

• See yourself bowl several games and adjust to changing lane
conditions. Make the necessary moves, equipments changes, etc.
• Envision yourself faced with a variety of spare opportunities.
Convert these using whatever techniques you would actually use.
• Imagine your team needs you to strike in order to win a match. Use
relaxation techniques to maintain poise and then throw a perfect shot.
• See yourself becoming distracted. Utilize refocusing methods to
quickly regain your concentration.
• See yourself rebound from various types of adversity: a slow start,
missed shot, poor game, etc.

Confidence Building

Visualizing performance excellence contributes to confidence. Your
optimism can be boosted by seeing yourself properly execute skills and effectively cope with a wide range of competitive situations. In addition to this process-oriented imagery focused entirely on the quality of your execution, there is a second type of imagery which can raise confidence.

“Outcome-oriented” imagery involves competitive results. Imagine winning a match, winning a tournament, or rolling an 800 series.

These are examples of outcome-oriented visualizing. This type of imagery can inspire and energize as well as increase your confidence level. Visualizing actual successes you’ve achieved is another way to raise confidence.
Relaxation and Psyching Up

The ability to calm or energize yourself in order to create an optimally
poised and energized readiness is crucial to peak performance. visualization is a basic and invaluable tool that can be applied here.

Concentration

Visualization is one of the psychological tools which can help you maintain concentration and refocus if you become distracted. We recommend that visual cues for concentration be a part of your pre-shot routine. Even if you don’t use visual cues on every shot, they can be included in your mental game repertoire. Then you’ll be prepared to call upon this imagery when faced with distractions.

Stress Reduction

Relaxing imagery can be used to calm yourself before, during, and after competition. Beyond this, using visualization to relax is a life skill. Some creative visualizations can enable you to leave behind the stresses of the day when entering the bowling center.

Wow! additional knowledge! yes! I hope this will really spice up your bowling game!
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