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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:05 am  Post subject: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL BOWLERS!!!
WELCOME 2013 YEAR OF THE SNAKE!!!

WE WILL START A NEW THREAD FOR BOWLERS WHO WANTS TO IMPROVE THEIR BOWLING SKILLS VIA QUESTION & ANSWER PROGRAM!!!
WE ALSO ACCEPT QUESTIONS THAT ARE RELATED TO BOWLING & I WILL TRY MY BEST TO SHARE WITH YOU WITH ALL POSSIBLE ANSWERS!!!

LET THE THREAD BEGIN!!!  Laughing  Razz


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:41 am  Post subject: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How to perform a good release?

A - When your bowling ball exits your hand at the moment of release, allow your hand to continuing 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. Your bowling fingers should rotate slightly after your thumb exits the ball without the entire arm rotating. The bowling fingers should rotate perhaps two hours on a clock dial, from six to four o’clock as example for a right handed bowler, so you will create enough bowling ball axis tilt to produce a positive hooking motion.

Once the ball leaves your hand, follow through in the same direction as the ball travels toward your target. Prevent your bowling hand from moving in a different direction than the ball is traveling with your elbow also following the ball directly behind your hand so you avoid deliveries left or right of your target line. The forward-swing continuing motion after the release, known as the follow-through, should also maintain a target orientation. Hold your form until the ball passes the target. Now, please, practice!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:59 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How do you maintain good swing?

A -The Swing is the Thing!! The key components of your swing are consistent speed control and accuracy to your target – tempo and direction. Begin the swing by moving the ball held in front of your bowling shoulder out and downward toward your target. Try to sequence the beginning movement of the ball with the first step of a four step approach or slightly before the first step. Seek a free, smooth, and uncontrolled back-swing along your target path allowing the ball to reach shoulder level or higher directly behind your shoulder at the completion of the backswing.

The forward swing should move downward and under your shoulder arriving next to the ankle of your slide foot with about one inch of space to avoid hitting the ankle as your hand begins the releasing process. 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. The forward-swing continuing motion after the release, known as the follow-through, should also maintain a target orientation. The swing should follow-through high enough as to allow the elbow of your bowling arm to attain shoulder height or higher each and every delivery. This quick tip will help you produce an effective swing motion. Now, go practice!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:38 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How to change your ball speed?

A - If you wish to change your ball speed and retain control, there are a couple of easy changes to your swing and footwork which will produce good results. First, if you wish to increase your ball speed, hold your ball higher than normal (about a ball height) in your set-up position. Begin your swing toward your target slightly upward until your arm is fully extended as to create greater momentum on the down-swing and back-swing motions. From the top of your back-swing, permit the ball to swing freely, swiftly and smoothly to a full follow-through position and toward your target. You may encounter a slight increase in your footwork to match the increase in your swing speed.

To slow your ball speed, hold your ball lower than normal in the set-up position by a ball height at the minimum. Begin your swing toward your target making sure your arm gets fully extended and permit the back-swing to move freely but more slowly than normal in accordance with the momentum the shorter swing arc provides. It is important to follow through toward your target and complete your swing. You may encounter slightly slower footwork to match the decrease in your swing speed. Please, practice these techniques and you will master controlling your ball speed.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:23 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - What is the best way to pick up corner pin?

A - Spares on the left, move right! Spares on the right, move left!

If you are a right handed bowler and wish to convert the ten pin spare, move to the far left side of the approach, target the center arrow about fifteen feet past the foul line if you roll the ball straight or if you use a bowling ball with a stiff cover which does not promote hook. The opposite move to the right side of the approach will work for left handed bowlers.

If you hook the ball, sight slightly right (right handed bowlers) of the center arrow, perhaps two or three boards to the right and allow for the ball to hook slightly and still maintain its direction toward the spare. Be sure to slightly align your hips and bowling shoulder to face the corner pin and maintain that alignment as you walk to the foul line and make your delivery.

One very important key in success at converting corner pin spares (the ten pin for right handed bowlers or the seven pin for left handed bowlers) is to "walk your line" and do not drift excessively to the center of the approach. Drifting to the center of the approach will reduce an effective angle to the spare and the ball will either miss to the inside of the spare or fall into the channel.

The number one reason bowlers miss corner pin spares is because of drifting off of the desired target path created by the initial alignment on the approach. The other most common reason bowler’s miss corner pin spares is because of ball speed changes, usually trying to deliver the ball much faster than normal. This tip will help you improve converting corner pin spares.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:19 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - What is the purpose of using a wrist support?

A - Use a bowling wrist device to help you release your bowling ball consistently and maximize the power of your existing release technique. Regulating the important "moment of release" and imparting consistent finger rotation onto the bowling ball are easy to do when you use a bowling wrist device. Here is how it works:

1. The wrist device will support the back of the wrist on your bowling hand and prevent total collapsing of the wrist prior to the release of the bowling ball. The purpose of the device essentially is to limit movement of the wrist. The limited wrist movement serves to regulate the relationship of the thumb exiting the ball to the fingers imparting 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 fingers for a split second before your fingers impart the rotation action onto the ball.

2. 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. No doubt experimentation will be necessary before finding the best device for your needs. Generally, the longer support structure behind the hand, the wrist hinging movement and finger movement will be restricted leading to a positive releasing action.

3. Because of the limited movement of the wrist hinging back and remaining in a fixed position as your hand enters the "release zone", your bowling thumb will exit the ball before the fingers and you will notice the ball gaining an effective roll on the front end of the lane. Getting the thumb out of the ball quickly will cause the weight of the swinging bowling ball to fall onto the fingers and the fingers can rotate the ball quickly as the final activity of the release action.

4. Without use of a wrist device, the wrist typically will hinge back before the release and cause the fingers to exit the ball before the thumb. The noticeable effect is that the ball will skid a long distance because of the lack of effective finger rotation at the moment of release. Long skid with little or no finger rotation will create the least powerful rolling action on the ball as it travels down the lane
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:42 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Raise Your Bowling Average?

A - If you are trying to learn how to raise your bowling average, then kindly consider the following keys to guide you in doing so:


   Improve Your Spare Shooting

   Initial Alignment & Lane Adjustments

   Sharpen Your Physical Game Skills


If you are interested in how to raise your bowling average, then the process begins with improving your spare shooting. A favorite phrase of one well-known bowling coach of the past two decades is "don't forget to make deposits in your spare bank!"

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. 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 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.

Instead, try using a system whereby you may roll the same speed as with your strike ball delivery so your muscles in your arm and legs are conditioned to repeating consistent deliveries. Use your strike ball for easy spares when the lane oil guides your ball easily to the given key pin in your spare combination. Use a spare ball, usually a hard plastic coverstock, which minimizes surface friction and hook when rolling at the corner pin spares, particularly the ten pin for right handed bowlers and the seven pin for left handed bowlers.

Targeting the pocket on your strike ball delivery depends on the oil conditions on the lane. In most centers, the lane maintenance allows for the largest blend of oil to be located on or near the second arrow or tenth boards from the outside two edges of the lane. Therefore, most bowlers rolling a small hook ball delivery will stand on or near the center dot on the approach, the 20 board, and target the 2nd arrow from the edge of the lane (right side for right handed bowlers). Bowlers using a strong hook ball may stand further from center to allow for the strong hook and bowlers who have little or no hook might stand the opposite direction and use a more direct line through the 2nd arrow to hit the pocket.

As the lanes breakdown and the ball begins to hook more than at the beginning of your session, make an adjustment toward the largest concentration of oil which is normally toward the center of the lane. Moving your feet and your target on the lane in the same direction is usually the best course of action. Moving your feet two boards and your target on the lane where you sight one board is a commonly used "parallel adjustment" and moving in multiple of 2:1 the same direction will help you achieve the desired skid needed so the ball arrives at the pocket consistently. 1:1 or 3:1 ratios may also be used depending on how oily or dry are the lane conditions.

Finally, work on the key fundamentals of your game to improve your bowling average. Improving your ability to release your bowling ball consistently to the pocket will enable you to get more strikes, leave fewer splits or difficult spare pin-formations, and will guide you in making decisions when to change bowling balls.

Check your set-up position, shoulder and hip alignment, work on good footwork, both tempo and direction, practice your arm-swing using a matching tempo as with your feet, keep your head and shoulders still while walking to the foul line, release your ball with your hand following the ball toward your target and continue your follow-through motion. Hold your form at the line until your ball passes your down lane target.

It is no secret the more you practice using an organized system for spare shooting, for strike alignment and adjustments and on your physical game will help raise your bowling average. Practice is the key!!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:18 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How Important Is The Bowling Arm Swing Direction?

A - The Swing is the Thing!! The key components of an effective bowling arm swing are speed control and accuracy to your target. Tempo and direction have always been keys of successful arm swings so let's begin by examining one of these essential components, the bowling arm swing direction.

By moving the ball held in front of your bowling shoulder in your stance position, regardless if you are holding the ball knee high, waist high, or shoulder level, outward and downward toward your target where you site on the lane, you will set the pace and the direction of your swing into motion. Try to sequence the beginning movement of the ball with the first step of a four step approach or slightly before the first step. Once the ball is in motion toward your target, seek a free, smooth, and uncontrolled back swing along your target path allowing the ball to reach shoulder level or higher directly behind your shoulder at the completion of the back swing.

If you are a bowler who wishes to roll the ball down the boards with a slight hook into the pocket, then the bowling arm swing direction is critical. Try allowing the back swing motion to move on a path aligned with your down lane target and ending at the top of your back swing near or beyond shoulder high level which permits the forward swing to follow a path aligned to the down lane target. As you release the ball, follow through toward your target by making sure your hand goes toward your target following the ball in the same direction.

If you are a right handed bowler and your hand follows through to the left of your target, you may have pulled the ball inside your intended target path, correct? Work at keeping your bowling arm elbow behind, and in line, with your hand and the ball as the ball enters into the releasing zone near your slide shoe. After the release, maintain keeping your elbow and your hand in line with one another and with the direction the bowling ball is traveling to the target on the lane. Keep the inside edge of your elbow close to your body on your forward swing and aligned to your target. Regardless of how straight you roll your ball or how much you hook your ball, it is important to maintain this swing relationship with your bowling elbow, bowling hand, your body, and the follow-through direction all aligned to hit your target so your ball will end up in the pocket.

If you are a bowler with a high rev-rate and one who hooks the ball a great deal, the notion of a straight arm swing does not really match your intended swing path or ball path toward your target on the lane. In fact, a perfectly straight swing only matches with bowlers rolling a fairly straight delivery with perhaps a slight hook on the back end of the lane.

Bowlers who hook the ball a great deal should allow the back swing to arrive either directly behind the shoulder at the top of the back swing, tuck slightly to the inside of the shoulder perhaps two to four inches, then swing forward toward the target. On the forward swing, the ball will then re-align from a straight path to an inside-out path and the angle of the ball after its released toward the target will match the forward swing path prior to the release. The ball will then continue heading toward the break point on the lane.

This type of swing alignment is commonly referred to as "an inside-out swing." The ball is released from a board left of the target (for right handed bowlers) and closer to the middle of the lane or the left side of the lane depending on your alignment on the lane, and then travel to a target further toward the edge of the lane so the ball will not hook sooner than needed and miss the target and the pocket. Due to the hook potential created by your bowling release technique, high rev players must align the swing to match the ball path after the release.

An "outside-in swing" is a term commonly used to refer to a bowler trying to create an angle from the outside edge of the lane to the pocket as is the case with a straight ball delivery where angle is needed from the release point just beyond the foul line toward the middle of the lane where the pocket is located at the pin deck. Also, bowlers who roll the ball perfectly straight "up-the-boards" along the edge of the lane (from the 2- 4 board at the arrows on the lane) and then allow for the ball to hook to the pocket will use a straight path back-swing back and straight forward swing or will use the outside-in swing path so the ball is able to hook back to the pocket down the lane. An outside-in swing path is not ideal for playing inside angles where a bowler must release the ball on an inside out path to the break point down the lane. Most coaches today will not teach an outside-in swing alignment.

One tendency of bowlers who do not have very straight arm swing paths is to over rotate the bowling shoulder as the ball swings back to the top of the swing beyond, reasonable levels, and then over rotate the same shoulder on the forward swing and before the ball reaches the release zone. This over-rotation motion tends to create an unneeded outside-in swing path motion because the swing tucks in behind the shoulder blade and then moves to the outside edge of the shoulder before the forward swing making it difficult to maintain an inside-out target alignment as the ball is released and travels down the lane. Whether you roll the ball straight, relatively with little hook, or with a big hook motion, align your swing to match the desired path, avoid excessive shoulder rotation opening and closing, and follow through toward your target down the lane.

Another tip about the forward swing is that the forward swing should move downward and under your shoulder arriving next to the ankle of your slide foot with about one inch of space or less to avoid hitting the ankle as your hand begins the releasing process. 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. The forward-swing continuing motion after the release, known as the follow-through, should also maintain a target orientation. The swing should follow-through high enough as to allow the elbow of your bowling arm to attain shoulder height or higher each and every delivery. These tips will help you produce an effective swing direction toward your target. With some practice, you can improve your swing direction and play multiple angles on the lane which is the secret to higher scores.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:08 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Improve Your Bowling Balance

A - Learning how to improve your bowling balance during your approach is an extremely important key in making an effective bowling ball delivery. Maintaining good posture and being in an athletic position at all times during the approach to the foul line are keys in how to improve your bowling balance. A stable upper body posture at stance and throughout the approach to the foul line will encourage a consistent releasing action of the bowling ball during your sliding step.

In the stance position, lean forward about 10-15 degrees upper-body tilt, allow your backside to push outward slightly, and flex your knees. Your knee caps should be directly positioned over the toes of your shoes with the front part of your shoulders in a straight line down to your knee caps and continue to the tips of your bowling shoes whereby all are aligned perpendicularly to the floor. This stance will encourage a solid, athletic body set-up position and should be maintained during your entire approach to the foul line and during the slide and release actions.

Place the bowling ball in your bowling hand immediately in front of your bowling shoulder, with the center of the ball in front of the shoulder, and as close to your body as is comfortable. The closer the ball is to your body, the more relaxed are the arm muscles. Muscles of your bowling arm need to be as tension free as possible so the tempo of your swing will be unimpaired, consistent, and the ball can swing freely along a desired path aligned to your target down the lane.

Holding the ball in the center of your body instead of in front of your bowling shoulder encourages a back swing path to the outside of your shoulder to avoid your bowling ball contacting your hip or leg on its way to the top of the back swing. Unless you are very efficient at realigning your swing back into the correct alignment position before beginning the forward swing motion, your swing path could be off the desired swing line toward your target because of where you hold the bowling ball during set-up and in the stance position.

Maintain this relationship of shoulders above the knees with the same degree of upper-body tilt throughout the walk to the foul line to ensure good balance and stability while releasing the ball. Try to avoid excessive shoulder tilt at the stance position and while you are walking to the foul line. The bowling shoulder should be no more than perhaps one or two inches below the level of your other shoulder at all times.

Keep your head steady with the chin above shoulder level so you would be able to maintain balance and stability throughout the approach to the foul line with your eyes fixed on your target. Remain motionless with the upper body at all times during the approach and remain as stable as possible while releasing the ball during the sliding step.

Avoid unnecessary upper-body elevation changes, either upward, downward, forward, or back, during the approach and the release. Also, try to avoid unneeded shoulder rotation while you are swinging the bowling ball. Excessive shoulder opening and closing motions can cause a realignment of the swing path and may not match the desired direction the ball needs to be released toward your target. After beginning your arm swing, keep your non-bowling arm fully extended along the line created by your shoulders and about waist height throughout your approach, release, and follow through motions.

As in any sport, good balance leads to good results. Your chances for error increase when you introduce unneeded body movement during your approach. Ideally, with only your legs and your bowling arm moving during your approach, you will maintain good balance, improve your accuracy and your bowling scores.
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Q - How To Begin The Bowling Back Swing?

A - The key components of an effective bowling arm swing are tempo direction. It helps to understand the components of an arm swing so let's examine how to begin the bowling back swing.

By moving the bowling ball held in front of your bowling shoulder in your stance position, regardless if you are holding the ball knee high, waist high, or shoulder level, toward your target on the lane, you will set the pace and the direction of your swing into motion. Try to sequence the beginning movement of the ball with the first step of a four step approach or slightly before the first step. Once the ball is in motion toward your target, seek a free, smooth, and uncontrolled back swing along your target path allowing the ball to reach its natural level of height directly behind your bowling shoulder at the completion of the back swing.

When learning how to begin the bowling back swing, you will find that your bowling arm will be fully extended at the completion of the "pushaway" motion and as the ball falls into the beginning portion of the back swing cycle. It helps to keep the muscles in your bowling arm and hand relaxed as you begin your back swing. Loose muscles move swiftly and smoothly. A consistent pace of back swing will help produce good speed control results. If you begin the swing motion with your ball directed toward your target on the lane and you allow the ball to swing freely, then your back swing will follow a good path aligned to your target and should arrive behind your bowling shoulder at the top of the back swing.

The height of your back swing will depend on several factors. How high you hold the ball from the floor in your stance position will influence the pace of the back swing once the ball begins swinging. How much you restrict the ball from swinging loosely and freely from your bowling shoulder during the back swing motion will influence the back swing height. Your physical stature contributes to the your level of flexibility and to how high the ball will swing in relation to shoulder level. Typically, the ball should swing to about shoulder level at the top of the back swing cycle.

Some bowlers with great flexibility have a naturally higher back swing than other bowlers. Some bowlers have a short swing radius and the ball will not reach shoulder level at the top of their back swing. Tall bowlers will typically have a back swing higher off of the floor than short players. Any number of back swing levels can be successful. So long as your back swing cycle moves freely and smoothly to the top of the back swing with little or no muscle restriction, then the height of your the back swing will be natural regardless of your physical stature. The strategy is to set the ball into a good position at the top of your back swing and aligned to your target.

The back swing is an important key to making accurate deliveries of the bowling ball. If you have any questions about swing techniques, we recommend you seek consultation with a certified bowling coach or with a top amateur/professional player in your area to work at improving the effectiveness of your arm swing.
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Q - How To Begin The Bowling Forward Swing

A -Learning about components of an effective arm swing will help you learn about your own swing. In this article, let's discuss how to begin the bowling forward swing.

Examining how to begin the bowling forward swing begins with identifying the positioning of your bowling hand and the bowling ball relative to your bowling shoulder once your swing reaches the top of your back swing. The height of your back swing will depend on several factors. How high you hold the bowling ball from the floor in your stance position will influence the pace of the back swing once the ball begins swinging. How much you restrict the ball from swinging loosely and freely from your bowling shoulder during the back swing motion will influence the back swing height. Your physical stature contributes to the your level of flexibility and to how high the ball will swing in relation to shoulder level. Typically, the ball should swing to about shoulder level at the top of the back swing cycle.

By the way, it certainly helps to keep the muscles in your bowling arm and hand relaxed as you begin your back swing. Loose muscles move swiftly and smoothly. A consistent pace of back swing will help produce good speed control results. If you begin the swing motion with your ball directed toward your target on the lane and you allow the ball to swing freely, then your back swing will follow a good path aligned to your target and should arrive behind your bowling shoulder at the top of the back swing.

The fingers of your bowling hand in the ball at the top of your back swing should be positioned behind your bowling shoulder and very near the pit area of your bowling shoulder. This general ball positioning behind your shoulder allows your forward swing to remain very close to your body and swing under the shoulder as your hand enters the release zone.

Try to maintain the inside edge of your bowling arm elbow very close to the torso of your body so your swing remains under your shoulder on the forward swing. With your elbow close to your body and bowling fingers swinging the ball under the bowling shoulder, then your arm will avoid rotating too soon and will remain in the "slot" area of your forward swing.

Early hand and arm rotation on the forward swing before your hand reaches the release zone may cause errant deliveries, usually to the inside of your target on the lane. Keeping the ball swinging under your shoulder near your body with the inside edge of your elbow next to your torso will help maintain good forward swing alignment.

Avoiding a sudden increase in gripping pressure with your hand on the ball before your hand enters the release zone will also help you maintain good forward swing alignment. Try to avoid grabbing at the ball during the swing motion. Maintain a smooth pace to your forward swing, just as you would in your back swing and keep a consistent gripping pressure throughout the entire swing process.
The forward swing is an important key to making accurate deliveries of the bowling ball. If you have any questions about swing techniques, we recommend you seek consultation with a certified bowling coach or with a top amateur/professional player in your area to work at improving the effectiveness of your arm swing. Bowling instructions typically are provided at modest fees but can make a big difference in helping you on a path to progress.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:56 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Complete The Bowling Swing Follow Through

A - Finishing your bowling swing is an important key to accuracy and speed control. Since the follow through motion refers to the completion of your arm swing process, let's examine how to complete the bowling swing follow through motion.

The "follow through" phrase is one we use in many sports typically when referring to using an arm motion such as a baseball pitcher delivering a pitch to the catcher or in golf where the player completes his or her swing to a full swing arc position and maintains balance while facing the target. Learning how to complete the bowling follow through motion begins at the "moment of release" of the bowling ball during your approach. Once your bowling hand exits the ball, the follow through begins.

Since you have selected a target on the lane where to sight with expectations of rolling your ball over the target and eventually into the pocket, then it makes sense to allow your bowling hand to continue its motion in the direction of your target while completing the arm swing process. Since the release zone, the part of the swing cycle where your hand releases the bowling ball, is near the very bottom of the swing arc or slightly forward on the upswing, then a good rule of thumb is to continue swinging your hand and arm in an upward motion along the swing arc and in the direction of your target.

Your bowling arm elbow should complete the swing arc at least shoulder level or higher with your arm fully extended on each delivery. The continuation of a fully extended forward swing after the ball has exited your hand, known as the follow through, helps to regulate and maintain good ball speed and direction of your delivery to your target. Try and avoid abbreviating your follow through by stopping your hand and arm near your bowling slide knee level after the ball is released.

Restricting the free flowing swing motion to a full follow through position pivoting from your bowling shoulder invites errant deliveries. Usually a less than full follow through will be caused by decelerating the swing once your ball has been released or by trying to release the ball at a very slow ball speed.

A decelerated swing motion might cause your bowling hand to move in a direction away from your intended target line. Also, slowing your swing speed as your hand enters the release zone might cause an early rotation of your bowling hand and therefore an ineffective delivery. Your forward swing and follow through motions should use a gradual acceleration of motion and follow through to shoulder level or higher as to complete the entire swing process each and every delivery.

There may be some danger in forcing the follow through by thrusting your bowling shoulder forward as you release the ball in an attempt to gain a great deal of speed. Swing in an upward motion and avoid allowing your bowling shoulder to extend well past the foul line plane.

Try and develop a full follow through and an upward swing motion every delivery. In golf, using that example again, there are shots requiring less than full swing arcs. In bowling, every swing should be like the driver swing in golf, a full smooth, swing using no more than 90 percent full power so you maintain good balance. Allow your bowling elbow and hand to finish above shoulder level and with the bowling fingers aligned with the outside edge of your bowling shoulder at the completion of the swing.

Finish every swing to the natural extension of your arm and develop the tempo to repeat the same delivery motion at all times. A good follow through will help you improve your accuracy and will lead to good scores.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:03 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Make A Good Bowling Slide

A - If you wish to learn how to make a good bowling slide, it is important to first develop good steps leading into the final slide step.  Additionally, you want to make sure your upper body is positioned properly so you maintain good balance during your slide into the foul line.

Make sure your steps are not too fast and out of control.  Fast steps can work to help develop good ball speed but if the steps are taken much too quickly without good body posture, then your sliding step will not move into a well balanced position and support the weight of your body while trying to release the bowling ball.

How to make a good bowling slide also implies using good posture as you walk to the foul line.  It is important to have your body weight positioned so your shoulders and head are directly over your knees while walking to the foul line but not extending in front of the knees so you maximize good balance as you enter into the sliding step.

Your steps should be taken in a smooth and uniform pace leading into the final slide step.  Keep a reasonable amount of knee flex from the set-up position on the approach and throughout your walk to the foul line.  With good knee flex or knee bend, entering into the sliding step is made easy because your slide leg is already positioned to allow your bowling shoe heel and sole to contact the floor uniformly to support the weight of your body evenly across the bottom of your bowling shoe as you slide into the line.  In fact, your flexed slide knee cap will be on a vertical plane with the toe of your bowling slide shoe in a balanced position so the momentum from taking your approach and swinging the bowling ball will propel you forward into a smooth sliding motion.

Your sliding shoe should move toward the center of your body to stabilize your upper body during the critical release of the bowling ball.  If you slide away from your body center, the weight of your upper body will not be centered at the important moment you prepare to release the bowling ball.  Sliding toward the center of your body mass, usually under your head, and keeping the sliding shoe toe pointed toward the bowling pins will tend to support the weight of your upper body during your release and will also help to maintain good hip and shoulder alignment to your target down the lane.

Try and position your upper body so your head and your shoulders do not extend in front of the slide knee and sliding shoe toe.  Your shoulders, your knee cap, and your sliding toe should be in a vertical line as you slide into the foul line to insure good body balance as you begin your release of the ball.

As you complete the step before your sliding step, your body weight should be completely transferred onto your sliding step leg.  It is easy to understand why maintaining good balance by sliding into the foul line toward the center of your body and retaining knee flex to support the weight of your upper body is critical to making a good delivery. Maintaining a good amount of comfortable knee flex throughout your sliding step will stabilize your upper body and reduce the chances of sudden and unwanted body movement during the release of your bowling ball.  When your knees are flexed properly during your bowling approach, the big muscles of your leg in your thigh area work to help support the full weight of your body while you slide into the foul line.

It certainly helps to not rush the final two steps of your approach. Developing good footwork and sliding technique will help improve your game.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:40 am  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Increase Bowling Ball Speed and Maintain Balance

A - If you wish to learn more about how to increase bowling ball speed and maintain balance, there are a couple of easy changes to your swing which will produce good results. If you wish to increase your ball speed, you must begin with good balance first while taking your approach and not losing balance because you are trying to gain ball speed.

Without good bowling balance, you will not retain any degree of accuracy on a consistent basis.  Knowing how to increase bowling ball speed and maintain balance starts with checking your body posture in the stance position and throughout your approach to the foul line.

Enough cannot be stated about good bowling balance. If you set up properly and avoid unnecessary head and upper body movement while walking to the foul line, then you will give yourself the best chance to also retain good balance as you begin your slide step and release the bowling ball. No matter how hard you throw the ball, good balance must be retained at all times to achieve any degree of accuracy when releasing your ball toward your target on the lane.

Normally, bowlers wish to increase speed for two primary reasons, improved pin carry or to avoid having the bowling ball hook sooner than desired. If you already have a high ball speed, there is only a need to increase speed perhaps one or two additional m.p.h. before reaching the threshold of effective speed and good pin carry ranges.  If you have good ball speed now, then do not work overly hard at increasing your speed but rather look for ways to use your bowling ball equipment to match with lane conditions.

For most players, one proven technique to gain ball speed is to hold your ball higher than normal (about a ball height) in your set-up position.  If you hold the ball knee level, then raise the ball in your set-up to about waist level.  If you hold the ball at waist level, then raise and hold the ball at shoulder level.

Begin your swing toward your target slightly upward and outward until your arm is fully extended as to create substantial momentum on the down-swing and back-swing motions.  From the top of your back-swing, permit the ball to swing freely, swiftly and smoothly to a full follow-through position and toward your target.  You may encounter a slight increase in your footwork to match the increase in your swing speed.

It is important to keep you bowling leg and arm muscles relaxed and free of tensions during your approach.  Tight muscles move more slowly than loose muscles. Loose muscles allow you to pick up the pace of your swing and thereby deliver the bowling ball at an increased speed in comparison to a tense swing.

Also, holding the ball higher than normal will increase swing momentum because you will automatically generate a longer swing arc or swing radius. Gravity will help you accelerate your swing because of an long swing arc. Another factor in maintaining balance and increasing ball speed is to accelerate the forward swing without forcing the swing and trying to help get more speed by using the torso to help release the ball.  Instead, remain stable as your swing enters the release zone and avoid movement of your head and torso until the ball is delivered well after your follow through motion.

Forces of gravity will help you gain speed if you use proper techniques.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:02 pm  Post subject: Re: 2013 BOWLING IMPROVEMENT TIPS QUESTION & ANSWER Reply with quote

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Q - How To Make One Good Bowling Shot At A Time

A - Let's discuss how to make one good bowling shot at a time.  You may have heard this phrase before, but it is worth repeating.  Learning how to make one good bowling shot at a time is a strategy all accomplished bowlers use and is a time-tested and proven one.

It is important to understand this simple yet effective strategy of thinking only about your next delivery of the bowling ball and not getting ahead of yourself.  Although it sounds easy or simple enough that it would be automatic, quite the opposite is true unless you develop an awareness to think only about the next shot at hand.

When you are in a competitive session and are bowling well, like having the first 6 strikes in a row in a given game of league or tournament play as example, it is normal to think about a perfect game with only six more consecutive strikes.  Expectations create anxiety.  Avoid thinking too far ahead in the game or in the competition.  The strategy is to only think about what you must physically do to make one more good delivery in your next frame of bowling.

If you are in the seventh frame, you cannot do anything about what you might have done in earlier frames.  You certainly cannot do anything about the 8th frame, ninth frame, and beyond until you complete your next frame, the seventh frame, in this example. Remain focused on the next delivery and do not get ahead of yourself.

It is also quite easy to pay too much attention to what others are doing and not on what your next task requires.  Avoid reacting to results of your competitors and instead, only think about what you must do to succeed in your next delivery.

In fact, if you are in competition and your opponent is bowling well, a proven strategy is to expect your opponent(s) to strike the game out and finish strongly.  If you expect a strong finish and it does indeed occur, then you will not experience any sudden surge of excitement or anxiety before making your next delivery.   If your opponent does not finish strong, then you must still follow your self-contained strategy and focus only on the next delivery you must make.  Focus on the next delivery, and then the next, and so on.  Stay in the moment and avoid thinking too far in the future. Simple but very sound advice.

You cannot win a tournament in the first frame.  Try only to make a good shot on each delivery and let the good results come your way.  In competition, patience can be a key strategy for success.

Here are some good physical game keys to focus on to help you make one good shot at a time:

1. Focus your eyes on your target throughout the approach and delivery with full commitment and with laser-like precision.

2. Maintain an athletic posture and good balance during your approach.

3. Maintain consistent pace or tempo of footsteps.  Try and avoid accelerating your steps excessively, particularly the final two steps of your approach which are the most critical.  Fast steps will cause hurried and inaccurate releases.

4. Swing your bowling ball freely and smoothly without arm tension. Try to maintain a consistent swing tempo on the back swing and forward swing on each delivery.

5. Hold your form at the foul line until your ball passes your target. Balance during and after the critical release of the ball is vital to accuracy and good results.

6. Make a good start to your approach, a good finish, and between, focus on releasing your ball over your target on the lane.
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