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BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME!
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 3:38 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

How To Bowl Better When You Are Nervous

Knowing a few tips how to bowl better when you are nervous will help you perform well under the heat of competition. Overcoming nerves in pressure situations on the lanes comes from understanding a few practical keys you can practice before competitive sessions to prevent anxiety from adversely affecting your performance. Good bowling performances originate through dedicated and purposeful practice. If your game is well practiced, it becomes much easier to bowl in pressure situations.

These are the simple tips on how to bowl better when you are nervous:

1. Think about a good start to your approach and then a good finish. Between, focus sharply on your selected target on the lane.

2. Focus on making one good bowling delivery at a time.

3. Use a consistent pace or tempo of footsteps without hurrying the final two steps of your approach, critical to good shot-making. Fast steps will cause hurried and inaccurate releases.

4. Hold your form at the foul line after releasing the bowling ball. Balance during and after the critical release of the ball is vital to accuracy and good results.

5. Minimize arm and leg tension while you bowl. Relaxed muscles move smoothly, quickly, and effectively.

6. Make your alignment decision before stepping onto the approach. "Plan your work" off of the approach and "work your plan on the approach."

7. Practice your pre-shot routine. If your game is well practiced, it becomes much easier to bowl in pressure situations when you have developed a good pre-shot routine.

8. Pace yourself and store your energies to use the entire duration of your sessions on the lanes. Hold your form under pressure.

If you think there are some great secrets to bowling well under pressure, you are mistaken. Keep things as simple and organized as possible so you can rely on them during pressure situations. Build the above listed tips into your bowling scheme today.
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Symmetric Bowling Balls

Understanding symmetric bowling balls can be a help in selecting your next bowling ball. Bowling ball symmetry varies from ball to ball based upon certain factors engineered into the ball construction process. Familiarizing yourself with symmetric bowling balls is also a step in understanding how to control the back-end bowling ball motion on given oil conditions.

Examining bowling ball symmetric core designs also involves a quick comparison to asymmetric core bowling balls and also involves scientific descriptions and terms of elements involved in bowling ball construction. Let's examine some of these terms such as bowling ball symmetry and try to clarify how these terms relate to bowling ball motion:

1. Symmetrical Core (undrilled) - A ball where the RG (radius of gyration) values of the Y (high RG) and Z (intermediate RG) axes of the ball do not differ by more than 5% of the total differential of the ball.

2. Asymmetrical Core (undrilled) - A ball where the RG (radius of gyration) values of the Y (high RG) and Z (intermediate RG) axes of the ball differ by more than 5% of the total differential of the ball.

As a quick sidebar, it has been proven through United States Bowling Association (USBC) field studies that all drilled bowling balls are asymmetrical, whether they are symmetrical or asymmetrical before drilling. Therefore, the degree of symmetry influences ball motion after the initial skid phase.

Let's quickly define other common scientific terms used when rating length and hook potential in new bowling balls:

1. The term differential in a bowling ball can be defined as the difference between the maximum and minimum Radius of Gyration. The higher the differential rating, the greater the track flare potential and the more angular motion the ball will produce from the break point to the pocket. The lower the flare potential, the ball will yield more of a smooth arc motion on the back end of the lane.

2. RG is measured in inches and is the distance from the axis of rotation at which the total mass of a body might be concentrated without changing its moment of inertia. The RG rating describes the distribution of mass in a given bowling ball and RG is an account of the location of that mass inside the given bowling ball.

3. Total Differential is the difference between the X (low RG) and Y (high RG) axes values of any bowling ball. Intermediate Differential is the difference in radius of gyration between the Y (high RG) and Z (intermediate RG) axes on the bowling ball.

4. The differential of RG measurement indicates a given bowling ball's track flare potential. The higher the number the greater the track flare potential.

5. A key to ball motion is intermediate differential which is the measure of a bowling ball’s degree of asymmetry. Differential ratio is simply defined as the intermediate differential divided by the total differential.

6. Symmetrical drilled balls yield small differential ratios. Small differential ratios will produce a smooth, controllable motion. The larger the differential ratio, the more asymmetrical the bowling ball. Conversely, the smaller the differential ratio, the less asymmetrical the ball.

Enough about the science - are you confused yet? It is sometimes difficult to understand how the engineers describe bowling ball symmetry and ball motion in scientific terms.

As a bowler and with the desire to keep things as simple to understand as possible, you need to know:

1. the degree of symmetry in any given bowling ball is developed through the core design process.

2. the more symmetrical a given ball is rated, the less aggressive is the hook potential rating and a smooth or mild arc motion can be generally produced in back-end of the lane.

3. the more asymmetric a given ball is, the higher the total differential and the greater the hook potential is and the more aggressively the ball should react on the back-end of the lane given use of the same coverstock in both examples.

When you set out to buy a new ball, pay attention to the following:

1. the coverstock is always the first consideration in choosing a new bowling ball. The coverstock is a chief factor in developing the length potential rating in a given bowling ball and how to match with the lane oil condition you encounter.

2. the length potential rating determines ball skid length and how a given bowling ball will react in the mid-lane

3. The hook potential rating which is also primarily based on the core design (as is length potential) will guide you in how aggressively the ball will react on the back end of the lane.

Coverstock aggressiveness, length potential, and hook potential are your key factors when choosing a new ball. This is why manufacturers are precisely matching given coverstocks to specific core designs so the effect produces the overall ball motion planned in the R&D phase by leading equipment manufacturers.
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Control Your Bowling Ball Speed For Better Spare Shooting

If you learn to control your bowling ball speed for better spare shooting, indirectly you will help your other physical game skills in competition. Regulating your ball speed has key side benefits such as improving your accuracy when making strike deliveries, improving your balance, and developing a consistent pace in your footwork. Since you are a player averaging 170 or less, it is a good idea to control your bowling ball speed for better spare shooting because your primary objective is to raise your bowling scores.

Regardless of your skills, being a very good spare shooter not only helps your scores but also helps you in playing the lanes as you watch your ball react from various delivery angles on the lane. There are numerous spare systems which can help you organize a system of aligning to any spare you might leave. These systems are taught by successful coaches throughout the world and you should choose one and master the system.

Many times, the simplest system works best. It is easy to get fooled into using techniques we watch used on television by the greatest bowlers in the world. In some cases, pros will roll the ball very hard to decrease hook at corner pin spares or to try and convert splits. Using very fast speeds beyond your controllable speed range to make spares requires a lot of practice, timing, and strength. This type of system may not be the best course of action for you. Here are a few tips to improve your spare shooting:

1. use a system whereby you may roll the same speed as with your strike ball delivery. The benefits here is that your muscles in your bowling arm and legs are conditioned to repeating a consistent delivery motion.

2. speed control will help you control the skid length of the ball. Controlling your ball speed is as important as releasing your ball at the appropriate angle toward your spare target.

3. control the pace of your final two steps of your approach which is critical in making accurate deliveries and controlling ball speed when shooting spares. Do not hurry the final two steps, or any steps for that matter, so you can make a consistent and accurate release of your bowling ball. Fear and anxiety while releasing your ball toward critical spares is the common factor causing errant deliveries. Focus on a steady pace of footwork to aide you with speed control to improve your spare shooting accuracy.

4. One key which is seldom articulated is to swing your bowling arm freely and without excessive muscle tension. Try to maintain a consistent tempo with your back swing and forward swing on each delivery so you can regulate ball speed and have time to make an effective delivery to your spare target. Grip the bowling ball with slightly more pressure on your finger pads than with your thumb and maintain consistent gripping pressure throughout your entire swing cycle.

5. Complete your swing to a full follow through position. Avoid thrusting your follow through motion in a hurried or quick motion as to force and errant ball delivery.

We recommend you consult with your personal certified coach/instructor or a local bowling professional to help you develop techniques to control your ball speed and use your spare shooting system effectively. Practice as often as possible if you wish to gain good results.
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Bowling Practice Like A Pro

It is surprising how many bowlers with low to medium averages trying to improve their games will practice without any plan or without any organized practice regimen. Bowling practice like a pro will make your time on the practice lanes count and help you sharpen your skills.

Let's look at a few keys to bowling practice like a pro.

1. Develop a personalized practice checklist of physical game fundamentals to work on when you hit the practice lanes. Prepare your own checklist containing the physical components of your game, your bowling equipment, and your process of alignment, targeting, and lane adjustments.

2. Recommended headings on your checklist when working on your physical game can be "Footwork", "Timing & Arm-Swing", "Balance & Posture", and "Release & Finish Position", as examples.

Using four headings with three elements under each heading (such as tempo, direction, distance of steps, as example) for a total of twelve elements essential to keeping your game in top shape is a basis for a good checklist.

3. Spend about 5 minutes practicing the components under each of the four headings or about one hour in total. Work to strengthen each important areas of your game and then move on to the next.

It is important, however, to rehearse each element key to your game every each time you practice.

4. Practice at regularly spaced intervals or days of the week.

5. In your checklist, include a section for equipment. Practice using all of the bowling balls in your arsenal on a known lane condition for comparison purposes.

6. Practice using multiple bowling ball coverstock surface preparations. Alter each ball surface by using a variety of grit pads to help you understand how to best match each surface texture option to lane conditions you frequently encounter in competition.

7. Practice playing a variety of angles on the lane which you will eventually encounter in competition and not merely your favorite angles.

8. Practice making a series of adjustments off of various angles on the lane. Adjust your feet alignment and your eye alignment in both directions (for oily or dry lane conditions) to familiarize yourself with playing angles not comfortable to your eye.

Use your time on the practice lanes to your advantage. Prepare a checklist to practice the your physical game. Change bowling balls and ball surface texture when practicing so you understand which combinations work best for you on given lane conditions during competition. Practice making angle adjustments on the lane anticipating the oil break-down and carry-down which will surely occur during competition.

Practicing with a purpose and with an organized routine will maximize the benefits of practice and lead you to improving your scores.
Remember, Practice is the key to success!!!! What are you waiting for!!!! Hit the lanes & start practicing!!!!!
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Why Use A Bowling Ball Balance Hole

If you are wondering why use a bowling ball balance hole, the reasons are simple and scientifically sound. The balance hole is an extra hole (balance hole or weight hole) in a ball which is used to establish static balance as per the guidelines of United State Bowling Congress (USBC) specifications. Pro shop professionals will answer the question why use a bowling ball balance hole when addressing the challenge to create dynamic influence on the bowling ball motion. The effect of static weights is extremely minimal but the non-gripping balance hole alters the ball's dynamics which are those forces affecting the ball when it is in motion.

The location of a balance hole with regard to the distance from the pin in a bowling ball is the primary tool for altering the core dynamics. The strength of the core is measured by the difference of the RG of the height of the core and the RG of the width of the core. This relationship is referred to generally as Differential of RG. The maximum allowable diameter is of a balance hole 1-1/4" for USBC sanctioned play.

The greater the difference between the height and the width of the core, the higher the Differential. Higher Differential results in more track flare potential and will induce the ball to release energy quicker when the ball encounters friction. The greater the flare potential, the greater the hook potential and the ball motion will be reflected with a noticeable increase in the angle of entry into the pocket.

The USBC states that a bowling ball may have no more than one (1) ounce of side weight after the holes are drilled. You need a DoDo scale to weigh the ball for side weight. If you are over one (1) ounce (we recommend 3/4 ounce) then use the guide provided in bowling ball weight hole removal chart located at our site to help determine what size drill bit you should use, and how deep you should drill.

It helps to know some of the information and specifications pro shop professionals use so you gain greater insight into the net affect balance holes have influencing bowling ball motion. This bowling ball weight hole removal chart provide the pro shop professionals in determining the size and depth of a balance hole to remove a given amount of weight and the size of a drill bit to accomplish the task.

Drilling a balance hole in your bowling ball will change the Differential ratio when the ball is in motion. Since the Differential ratio will influence the ball motion, you can control the degree of transition your ball makes as it travels through the mid-lane and when it transitions at the break point down the lane. The larger the differential ratio, the more asymmetrical the bowling ball. Conversely, the smaller the differential ratio, the less asymmetrical the ball.

Varying degrees of longer transitioning (longer hook zone) ball motion can be obtained by choosing to drill an asymmetrical ball. Asymmetrical balls after drilling show a defined, angular motion. These balls can create more area at the break point and will respond to friction faster at the break point than symmetrical balls.

Often experienced bowlers will drill a ball and then add a weight hole to alter the dynamics of the ball while it is in motion. Ball motion control is the objective of any experienced bowler looking to create a consistent ball reaction on given lane conditions. Use of the balance hole is one tool to help achieve bowling ball motion control.

We hope this information helps you in understanding the purpose of a bowling ball balance hole and how it can affect ball motion. We recommend you consult your local pro shop professional when selecting a new bowling ball and a drilling layout and to determine if a balance hole will improve your ball motion.
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How To Quickly Sharpen Your Bowling Game

If you wish to learn how to quickly sharpen your bowling game, then it helps to have a structured practice session format for about one hour of practice time. Since the pro bowlers we see on TV work at maintaining a high standard of performance through frequent practice and with an organize method of rehearsing their key physical game skills, then you should expect to structure your practice and focus on key elements of your game during those intervals.

How to quickly sharpen your game starts by using these practice tips below which have been tested over time and proven to work:

1. For 10 minutes, work on balance and maintaining an athletic posture during your approach. Avoid any unneeded head and shoulder movement during the approach and particularly during the delivery of the bowling ball. Keep your head steady at all times to help you maintain balance.

2. For the next 10 minutes, focus on a consistent pace or tempo of footsteps. Avoid accelerating your steps excessively as to allow sufficient time for your arm-swing to match in tempo. Count cadence allowing about one second on each step until you release the ball. The final two steps of your approach are the very critical in making accurate deliveries. Strive for a consistent pace of steps.

3. During the next 10 minutes, begin your arm-swing toward your target slightly before beginning the first step of a four-step approach and do not rush the process. Allow the down-swing to flow freely to the top of the back-swing in one uninterrupted motion, then allow the ball to swing freely and smoothly without arm control downward until the ball reaches the "delivery zone." Maintain a consistent tempo on the back-swing and forward-swing on each delivery.

4. For the next 10 minutes, practice a full follow-through motion and hold your form at the foul line at least until your bowling ball passes your target on the lane.

5. For yet another 10 minutes of a one hour practice session, key on releasing your ball over the foul line and entering the lane surface at a gradual descending angle. It helps to keep body balance during this delivery process to attain accuracy and good results. Avoid moving your head until the ball leaves your hand and passes your target while keeping your eyes focused sharply on your target on the lane.

6. For the final 10 minute interval, just bowl. Make the best deliveries possible and allow the above practice techniques to merge together. Making a series of good deliveries is the primary key to bowling good scores. Make one good shot and then repeat the process. This simple strategy of using your practice to work on the key components of your physical game is an efficient practice system.

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Do You Need A Bowling Wrist Support

If you are struggling with your delivery and are wondering do you need a bowling wrist support, there are a few factors keys to consider. The goal for all bowlers is to deliver the bowling ball consistently and accuracy. Do you need a bowling wrist support can best be answered if you are inconsistent regulating the finger rotation on your bowling ball during the delivery motion at the important "moment of release." If so, then use of a bowling wrist device can certainly help right away.

Here is how it works:

The wrist support device will prevent the back of the bowling hand from tilting or collapsing prior to the delivery of the bowling ball.

The purpose of the device essentially is to limit tilting movement of the wrist.

The limited wrist movement serves to regulate the relationship of your thumb exiting the ball compared to your bowling fingers which act to impart rotation on the ball.

It is important to understand your thumb should exit the ball slightly before the fingers as to allow the weight of the ball to fall onto the pads of your bowling fingers for a split second before your fingers impart the rotation action onto the ball between the laces and the toe of your sliding bowling shoe.

Some wrist devices greatly limit movement of the wrist and the fingers because of a longer support structure behind the bowling hand than other devices provide.

Experimentation will be necessary before finding the best device for your needs. Generally, the longer support structure behind the hand, the wrist and finger hinging movements will be restricted leading to a decisive delivery action.

Getting the thumb out of the ball quickly and at the same place relative to your sliding bowling shoe (by the heel your sliding shoe) will lead to an effective delivery motion.

Without use of a wrist device, your wrist typically will hinge back before the release and cause the fingers to exit the ball at the same time or before the thumb.

The noticeable effect is that the ball will skid a long distance without an effective roll imparted onto the bowling ball.

Long skid with little or no finger rotation will create the least powerful ball rev-rate as it travels down the lane.

Wrist Support devices are available in adjustable and non-adjustable models.

Here are a few examples of each model types of wrist support.

Non-Adjustable Wrist Devices

Adjustable wrist supports allow you to vary your wrist hinge forward to "cup" the ball causing a fast thumb release and a crisp finger delivery action onto the bowling ball. The more the forward tilting of the wrist, the quicker the thumb will exit the ball and the more your rev-rate will increase. Be prepared to use bowling tape if your thumb exits very quickly to avoid dropping the ball behind the foul line.

It is recommended to experiment with a straight wrist positioning for a few games until you get used to the feeling of enhanced delivery support. Then practice with the maximum forward hinge and with a reverse hinge so you get acquainted with the full range of motion the wrist device provides and compare your ball reactions accordingly.

It is recommended to purchase a wrist liner to wear under the wrist support device if you have skin which is prone to irritation or chaffing. Wrist Liners are very comfortable to wear and protect your skin when wearing a wrist support device.

Some adjustable devices have removable lining pads which protect your skin and are washable and replaceable.
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Asymmetric Bowling Balls


Understanding more about asymmetric bowling balls can be a help in selecting your next bowling ball. Bowling ball symmetry varies from ball to ball based upon certain factors engineered into the ball construction process. Familiarizing yourself with asymmetric bowling balls is also a step in understanding bowling ball motion and in attaining a definitive back end reaction on the lanes.

Let's examine asymmetric bowling balls:

Asymmetrical Core (undrilled) - A ball where the RG (radius of gyration) values of the Y (high RG) and Z (intermediate RG) axes of the ball differ by more than 5% of the total differential of the ball.

Asymmetrical drilled balls show a defined, angular motion. These balls can create more area at the break point and will respond to friction faster at the break point than symmetrical balls.

It has been proven through United States Bowling Association (USBC) field studies that all drilled bowling balls are asymmetrical, whether they are symmetrical or asymmetrical before drilling.

The term differential in a bowling ball can be defined as the difference between the maximum and minimum Radius of Gyration. Radius of gyration, RG, is measured in inches and is the distance from the axis of rotation at which the total mass of a body might be concentrated without changing its moment of inertia.

The differential of RG measurement indicates the bowling ball's track flare potential. The higher the number the greater the track flare potential.

A key to ball motion is intermediate differential which is the measure of a bowling ball’s degree of asymmetry. The larger the differential ratio, the more asymmetrical the bowling ball. Conversely, the smaller the differential ratio, the less asymmetrical the ball.
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How To Bowl Less And Score More

If you are approaching the time of year when you will not bowl as often as during the heart of the bowling season, then perhaps following a few key tips to sharpen your game will help you learn how to bowl less and score more.

It certainly helps to develop a structured practice session routine so when you do get time to head to the lanes and bowl, you can make best use of your time working on your physical game in an organized manner. Knowing how to bowl less and score more gives you an edge when you get back to bowling regularly next season.

Use these practice tips, all of which are time tested and proven to work:

1. Set-up in an athletic posture with your knees flexed and your spine angle tilted forward perhaps 10-15 degrees. Maintain this posture during your approach.

2. Focus on a consistent pace or tempo of footsteps. Avoid accelerating your steps excessively. The final two steps of your approach are very critical in making accurate deliveries so do not hurry them in anticipation of delivering the bowling ball.

3. Start your arm-swing smoothly as though you are handing your bowling ball to a small child.

4. Allow the down-swing to flow freely to the top of the back-swing in one uninterrupted motion.

5. From the top of the back-swing, allow the bowling ball to swing freely and smoothly without arm control downward until the ball reaches the "delivery zone."

6. Maintain a consistent tempo on the back-swing and forward-swing on each delivery.

7. Focus on releasing your bowling ball at the same precise time relative to your sliding bowling shoe thereby delivering your ball over the foul line and entering the lane surface at a gradual descending angle.

8. Make a complete follow through motion after delivering the ball until the bottom of your elbow reaches shoulder height at the minimum.

9. Maintain the same spine angle tilt forward and keep your head motionless while taking your final two steps and delivering the ball.

10. Balance during the delivery process is critical in attaining accuracy and good results.

11. Keep your eyes focused on your sight target on the lane throughout your approach.

12. Hold your form when delivering the ball and until the ball passes the sighting target.

13. Bring your bowling ball equipment to the practice lanes and make sure the ball surface textures are prepared as needed and ready to use.
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Bowling Stretching For Strikes

If you implement a routine of bowling stretching for strikes, you give yourself the best chances of getting your competitive session off to a good start as well as avoiding possible injuries. Please consider developing a routine of bowling stretching for strikes to give you the best use of your limited practice time before league and tournament competitions.

Stretching exercises before you begin bowling is a good way of getting the muscles of your legs, arms, and shoulders loose and warmed-up. Since we must walk and swing our bowling balls in a synchronized manner and deliver the ball between 18-21 mph launch velocity accurately and consistently to achieve desired results, it makes sense to stretch our bowling muscles before beginning to bowl.

Here are a few tips to prepare for bowling:

1. Use slow and smooth stretching exercises working the big muscles of your legs in preparation to bowl. Stretch your hamstring muscles, the big muscles of the legs, using toe-touching or ankle touching exercises to a point where the legs feel warm and stimulated and hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds without forcing the stretched muscles. Because you must make a good knee flexing motion and a long sliding action when delivering the bowling ball, your legs need to be stretched out enough to avoid injury.

2. General calisthenic exercises or aerobic exercises commonly used at home can also be useful for stretching your leg muscles prior to bowling. If you stretch your legs properly, you will start off your session with good footwork tempo.

3. Limbering the shoulders before bowling will work nicely. Rotate your arms in a swinging, full-range of motion of large circles and then reverse the rotational direction. This type of motion loosens the shoulder sockets and the big muscles of the arm and gets your blood flowing before you bowl.

4. Stretch your arm across your body to a full extension and with your opposite hand placed on your elbow of the arm which rests against your torso, gently stretch the arm so the shoulder muscles get loosened. Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds and then release and stretch your other arm. It is always a good idea to stretch both sides of your body, arms and legs, in the same manner during the warm up process.

5. Loosen your wrists and ankles with circular motions to stretch the tendons and ligaments, particularly for those of you living in cold climates.

6. Place your hand into your ball and make some practice swings back and forward without releasing the ball. After a few swings, then perhaps you can allow your bowling thumb to release from the hole while keeping your fingers in their holes and catch the "mini-release" in your opposite hand. Flexing your hand open and closed several times also stretches the ligaments in your gripping fingers and gets the blood flowing in your hand.

7. Make sure your first couple of deliveries are at semi-speed. Build up to your full operating speed during your warm-up deliveries. By building gradually to your full speed, you will retain consistent tempo throughout your session on the lanes.

Develop a pre-shot routine, like the pro bowlers use, so each time you prepare to bowl, you perform your physical stretching exercises and take the first several deliveries at half throttle. Be precise in your warm-up routine just as you wish to be precise when delivering the bowling ball.

There are numerous types of exercises which can help you prepare to bowl. Develop your own routine based upon your age, your degree of body flexibility, and how much time you can dedicate to warming up before competition.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:47 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

Bowling Warm Up Strategy

By learning an effective bowling warm up strategy you will use your time delivering practice shots to your advantage. Identifying the lane condition and getting lined up for strikes and spares should be the objective while warming up before competition. Developing a bowling warm up strategy will enable you to shorten the time it takes to get lined up and to make good adjustments on the lanes.

Let's examine a few quick tips which will help you use your practice deliveries to your advantage:

1. Develop a pre-practice stretching routine to loosen your bowling shoulder and arm, legs, and back muscles. Stretching the big muscles of your legs, rotating your arms and loosening muscles around the shoulders, and rotating the torso slowly will help loosen the lower back muscles and not only work at preventing possible injury, will assist you in hastening the full speed bowling ball delivery process.

2. Make practice slides without the bowling ball on all sliding areas on the approach you are likely to engage during competition. Test the corners for the approaches on your starting pair of lanes and the middle of the approaches to ensure smooth sliding capabilities. You certainly want no surprises when you begin delivering the bowling ball when it counts toward score.

3. Roll the first couple of practice deliveries at half speed. Avoid trying to throw the first shots at full operating speed. Build toward your full speed gradually.

4. Dedicate a couple of deliveries rolling your spare ball to the corners of the lane where you will likely encounter the 7 and 10 pin spares during your competition. Make sure there are no unusual or unanticipated lane condition changes so you avoid missing a spare carelessly.

5. It is a popular strategy to test the lanes during practice with a ball which is not your most aggressive coverstock. Using a medium oil bowling ball which has a smooth and controllable back end ball motion is a useful way to read the mid-lane and back ends.

6. While you are testing the lanes and trying to locate the pocket with you initial alignment, try and roll your ball at full speed for at least two or three deliveries before beginning competition. Many times bowlers will deliver the strike ball in the first frame of competition at a greater speed than was used in practice, partly because of excitement and partly because of the desire to get that first strike. It is important to roll you last couple of practice deliveries and your first strike deliveries at the same speed so you properly read the lanes and make sensible angle adjustments or ball changes as necessary. Regulating your ball speed is a key part of the game.

7. Watch warm-up deliveries of fellow players with whom you are familiar with their delivery styles so you get alternative visual pictures of the lane conditions.

Using warm up deliveries to your advantage is vital to getting off to a good start in competition. Develop your own warm-up routine and use your practice time purposefully. When the lights come on, getting that first double is a confidence booster. Make your practice deliveries count.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:51 pm  Post subject: Re: BOWLING TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN SPICE UP YOUR GAME! Reply with quote

Bowling Tweener Delivery Style

The bowling tweener delivery style is among many widely accepted types of releases used by competitive players throughout the world. The Tweener style has been the most common type of delivery used by players ranging from professionals, amateurs, internationals, and youth players for many years. Let's address the bowling tweener delivery style and learn a little about how this style fits into most bowler's games.

The following categories are the deliveries used to describe techniques ranging from the most powerful to the least powerful:

1. Two Handed Cranker

2. Two finger/no thumb

3. Cranker

4. Power Tweener

5. Tweener

6. Power Stroker

7. Stroker

8. Straight

9. Back-Up-ball

10. USA spinner

11. UFO spinner

12. Push ramp

13. Disable delivery ramps

14. Retractable handled bowling balls

By far and away, the most common delivery techniques are cranker, power tweener, tweener, power stroker, stroker, and straight ball deliveries. Back-up, two handed, thumbless, and spinner deliveries are the next most common groups of bowlers. Following are the spinner type players, disabled ramp and retractable handled delivery bowlers.

The tweener delivery fits in the most common category between the power tweener and power stroker deliveries and is used by bowlers to create moderate revolutions applied to the bowling ball with a modest axis tilt generated at the moment of release. Tweeners are versatile on many types of conditions and from most angles in playing the lanes.

A tweener bowler uses a relatively straight wrist position, with or without a wrist support device. The tweener bowler applies axis tilt by means of the thumb exiting the ball followed soon after by fingers. The fingers apply a slight rotating action from behind the ball the equivalent of about two or three inches toward the side of the ball.

A tweener delivery creates a mild rotational axis tilt and a moderate rev-rate. This style of bowler usually has about a shoulder high back swing producing medium to high overall ball speed with a smooth yet decisive release.

The tweener generates about a 20 miles per hour (mph) launch velocity with an instantaneous velocity at impact with the pins of about 16 mph and with an overall, average velocity of 18 mph.

This delivery produces a moderate bowling ball hook-motion, most noticeably from the break point to impact with the pins. The tweener release is a very common release among professionals and top amateur players around the world because it produces a controllable yet effective overall bowling ball motion used to overcome a variety of lane oil conditions
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How To Get More Bowling Ball Hook

If you are just now taking your game more seriously than ever and you wish to learn how to get more bowling ball hook, then gain an understanding of a few keys in doing so. Here are some tips to help you learn how to get more bowling ball hook:

1. If you are not a power player, consider the use of a wrist support device. Wrist devices will support the back of your bowling wrist from collapsing prior to the bowling ball delivery. Wrist devices possess capabilities of tilting your wrist forward to encourage a quick thumb exit from the ball before your fingers exit. If your wrist collapses before the release, your fingers will exit the ball prior to your thumb causing excessive skid of the ball with little or no hook motion. It is vital for your thumb to exit the ball before the fingers so the ball falls onto your finger pads allowing the fingers to impart a quick rotation of the ball at the "moment of release."

2. Make a pronounced rotation of your fingers at the "moment of release", perhaps two or three hours on a clock dial toward the side of the ball, to increase the axis tilt and "rev rate" of the bowling ball. A right handed bowler should visualize rotating the fingers during the release from about 7 o' clock to 4 o' clock quickly and decisively. Your thumb should exit the ball as your bowling hand reaches the back of your sliding bowling shoe so the fingers can make a decisive releasing motion at the shoe laces or at the toe of the shoe. Using a 6 o' clock to 4 o' clock release action will also encourage hook but to a lesser degree than a greater, snappy finger rotation.

3. Never decelerate your forward swing and follow-through motion in an attempt to see your ball increase hook. A crisp and accelerated follow through swing motion will aide and enhance the release so you can make an effective bowling ball delivery. Try and maintain a good ball speed so your ball does not lose energy as it travels down lane and hook in a non-predictable manner. A full swing and an accelerated, effective delivery will give you every chance to see your ball increase its hook potential.

4. Achieving proper initial alignment when releasing your ball as to allow the ball to travel from the the heaviest concentration of lane oil on the front end of the lane to the dry portion of lane on the back at the break point end will conserve ball energy and encourage an increased angle of entry into the pins. If you ball travels too far in oil and skids beyond the break point of the lane, then you will not see an increase in ball hook. Proper alignment and good lane adjustments are keys to maximizing effective hook potential.

5. Choose a bowling ball which creates a high track flare potential and has a high Differential of RG rating. These balls will tend to achieve the sharpest hook-angle of entry in to the pins and work best on medium oil lane conditions. Choosing a ball with a low RG rating and with an aggressive matte-finish coverstock will fight excessive front end lane oil and promote a strong and continuous arc motion on oily lanes. Select a drilling layout to promote front end skid and a strong back end motion if the lanes are not conditioned heavily with oil.
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