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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:21 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M07W01:

Q: What Do You Mean By Your Feet Are Not Nailed To The Bowling Approach?

A: If you are a senior bowler and resist changing your your delivery angle, it is important to know that the lanes change quickly these days. You must make adjustments accordingly or you will lose your ability to hit the pocket consistently.

Many successful senior players have figured this out and continue to boast very high averages.

For you experienced and seasoned senior players, particularly those of you who have been bowling for forty years or more, the lane surfaces, lane oils, lane conditioning machines, and lane oiling patterns have dramatically changed since you began bowling decades ago.

It is surprising how many senior bowlers resist moving their feet and sighting target on the lane to adjust for changing lanes.

Because the oil on the lanes today moves around faster than years ago and because these modern bowling balls absorb lane conditioner in the coverstock, the lane conditioner breaks down in the front ends and carries down the lane.

These changes to the lane conditions require quicker adjusting on the part of you bowlers if you expect to hit the pocket consistently.

Your feet are not nailed to the approach floor!

Move your feet and your “spot” on the lane to find the right amount of front end ball skid distance and the right amount of back end hook reaction on the given lanes you bowl on most frequently.

Don’t just stand in the same place all the time and think that you made poor deliveries or blame the bowling center for “bad lanes.”

If you do make slight angle adjustments on your strike deliveries, you may not be moving enough. These modern lane surfaces and bowling ball coverstocks can create a higher ratio of surface friction than the old rubber and plastic bowling ball equipment did years ago and often times greater angle changes are needed.

In many cases, moving a greater number of boards than you presently move, either left or right on the approach depending on if you are a right handed bowler or a left handed bowler and depending on if you are getting too much ball skid distance or not enough, will help you change your delivery angle to take advantage of the oil pattern.

Moving more than your customary two or three boards can, indeed, be the best solution.

In the cases of getting a good deal more skid distance or considerably greater amount of early hook where you ball misses the pocket, you may have to move 5 - 10 boards laterally from your original strike position. Also, you must move your “spot” on the lane in the same direction but perhaps only half as many boards.

Normal angle adjustments call for a 2:1 ratio. Move your feet in the same direction as you move your “spot” on the lane but your feet move twice as many boards.

This ratio can increase to perhaps 3:1 when lanes are either very dry or very oily.

Multiple adjustments may be needed until your bowling ball reacts well enough to hit the pocket again consistently.

As your session on the lanes continues, you likely will have to move again so keep an open mind and resist the urge to not move a 2nd or 3rd time during your league or tournament sessions.

Resisting a change in your delivery angle will only cause you to miss the pocket repeatedly as the lane conditions change. Trust your judgement and watch your ball reaction carefully.

Making angle adjustments by moving your feet and the “spot” on the lane can help restore your pocket hitting percentage and good bowling scores.

Nothing to lose if you will try this adjustments.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:23 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: How To Punch Out The Bowling Tenth Frame?

A: Everybody wants to punch out in the tenth frame. The goal of every competitive bowler is to strike out in the tenth frame of every game.

If you want to give yourself the best chances at punching out in the tenth, hit the pocket.

You must hit the pocket all three shots in the tenth to have any chance at striking each shot.

By hitting the pocket enough, you will strike enough on average to bowl a good game and attain a good score. However, it is important to dial in all three shots in the tenth frame and hit the pocket or forget about striking out your game.

Hitting the pocket must be your chief priority.

If you are bowling on a given pair of lanes in league or tournament competition, you will have had four previous shots on the lane where you will finish your game. You should have a good idea by the time you arrive at the tenth frame as to how you intend to play the lane.

Being realistic about your chances of striking out is a good idea. If you have missed the pocket each of the four previous deliveries on the lane you will finish your game on, it is to be expected that hitting the pocket all three times in the tenth frame is a difficult task.

When bowling games where you simply are not lined up to the pocket leading into your final frames, make the best, most educated, decision you can based on your previous shots and trust your decision. Make as good of a shot as you can. If you happen to hit the pocket after missing it each previous frame, you still stand a chance of striking.

When you are not properly lined up to the pocket or when you are getting a poor bowling ball reaction, don’t place too much pressure on yourself to strike the game out.

Use your best judgment, make a decision on which adjustment you believe is the best one at the time you are preparing to bowl your final frame, and just think about making one good shot.

However, if you are bowling on a pair of lanes where you have hit the pocket most every, if not all, deliveries leading into the tenth frame, then you best expect to make a good shot and hit the pocket again.

If you are striking several times on your finishing lane, trust yourself to make one more good shot. Get the strike, trust yourself again to make another good shot in the 11th frame, and repeat the process in the 12th frame.

When you miss the pocket in the tenth frame after hitting it every previous delivery that game, it is time have a little talk with yourself. Summon the courage to avoid it happening again.

No bowler strikes out in the tenth frame every time. One thing we know is that in order to do so, you must hit the pocket all three deliveries for the best chance and you must do so one shot at a time. No secrets here; hit the pocket if you expect to strike out the game.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:17 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What are you thinking if you heard Skid, Hook, & Roll?

A:  If you have heard the reference to bowling ball motion as bowling ball skid, hook, & roll, then you are learning about the general motion a ball takes as it travels down the lane.

Other than a perfectly straight ball delivery, a slight hook, a moderate one, or powerful hook ball delivery all follow the pattern of skid, hook, roll.

These three phases of ball motion are scientifically accurate and can be used to help you the next time you wish to select a new bowling ball.

There are four forces a bowler imparts on a bowling ball:

1. initial ball speed
2. initial rev rate
3. initial ball axis tilt
4. initial axis rotation

As a bowling ball travels down the lane, it passes through three phases and two transitions:

Skid phase (the first transition from skid to hook)
Hook phase (the second transition from hook to roll)
Roll phase

Once the ball reaches its’ entry angle at the second transition, the entry angle will remain the same until the ball hits the pins, another scientifically accurate description of bowling ball motion.

Establishing a good working relationship with your pro shop professional can help you you choose a bowling ball based on your game, your delivery style, and to compliment your existing equipment arsenal.

Keep things as simple. There is no need for you to become a scientist to understand bowling balls. Just know your ball skids on the front end of the lane, hooks in the mid-lane, and rolls on the back end.

It is important to develop a simple and clear way of understanding ball motion so you can narrow your selection process when shopping for a new ball to ones which will best match your needs.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:28 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What do you mean by Bowling Grip?

A:  If you are a new bowler or someone just considering getting a new bowling ball, then you likely have heard the term “bowling ball grip.” This term refers to the placement of the gripping holes drilled into your bowling ball.

The term “grip” not only is comprised of the size and location of the gripping holes, it also refers to the pitch angles each hole is drilled into the bowling ball, the sizes of holes, and whether or not inserts are used for gripping enhancement or comfort purposes.

The span of your bowling ball is also implied in the term “grip.” Other meanings for the term “grip” is as a general reference to how a given bowlers places his or her hand into the ball and holds and swings the ball when bowling.

It is extremely important have a ball drilling professional properly fit and measure your hand before determining where to place the gripping holes prior to the actual drilling process.

Having a good fit is key to good shotmaking. Bowling balls which do not fit properly can influence you to make poor or errant deliveries for several reasons.

One reason an improper grip hinders your ability to make a good shot is because of possible span distance not fitted precisely to your hand, because of incorrect pitch angles the holes are drilled into the ball, and because of the influence an improperly fitted ball has on your delivery technique.

It is important that an accurate measurement be taken by the pro shop professional so after the holes are drilled into your ball and are shaped, contoured, and beveled for a comfortable fit, that the ball neither stretches your fingers too far due to poor span measurements and because your hand sits into the ball poorly because of awkward pitch angles the holes are drilled.

Having a properly fitted ball is vital to good bowling. If the grip of your ball span is well measured and drilled properly, then you have the best chances at making good deliveries, consistent ones, and you can develop good delivery techniques leading to good shotmaking and to good scores.

Since every bowler has a unique hand and fingers, it is important before purchasing a new ball that you decide to use an experienced ball driller so you can rest assured that your ball will fit you properly and has a good grip scales to your hand.

Avoid using “house balls” or someone else’s ball not fitted to your hand whenever possible. Invest in your own custom fitted ball and get a winning grip.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:37 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M08W01:

Q:  Is there such thing as a memory in your muscle?

A:  The science of “neuroplasticity” and is a proven function of the brain and can be used as a re-training of your brain function.

Your brain has a bowling memory and can be trained virtually to learn new things, new tasks.

Since your brain commands your body how to move, when to move, and where to move, a little re-training of your brain can help you make needed changes to your physical bowling game.

There really is no such thing as muscle memory. Muscles are trained and developed so they can react upon command from your brain, but they have no memory. This is certainly the case in training your body for given bowling muscle activity during your approach to the foul line.

Just remember and know that it is your brain which has memory and initiates physical action.

If you have inputted data, into your brain relating to your bowling game, then you can expect to get good physical results.

A combination of physical training of your body and inputting useful bowling information into your brain results is your best chance at bowling success.

Decisions you make such as where to align yourself to properly play a given lane condition or how to release your ball, etc., begins by using the information inputted into your brain.

By the way, if you are a senior bowler, just know that your brain can be trained at any age to learn new tasks, to make game changes to help your bowling.

We can teach “Old dogs” new tricks. We merely need to allow our brain to be exposed to positive data and we exercise to prepare our bodies to respond when called upon.

Trust yourself to make good shots if you have trained your mind to accept physical actions and mental game strategies.

If you are well practiced, your chances of achieving good results are improved.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:54 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q:  Do you know what is the meaning of Ready to Bowl?

A:  Be ready to bowl when it is your turn. You have heard of the term “ready golf?” Well, let’s think about ready bowling.

Nothing frustrates teammates when they have to wait for you, or to look around for you to take your turn. The trick is to watch and be ready to get to the ball return table when the bowler you follow steps off of the approach.

This is not a difficult process. Watch and react.

Next, if you are having problems taking your first step and find yourself aiming longer than you should, there might be an easy fix.

By taking too much time aiming before making your first step can cause tension in your neck, shoulders, and bowling arm. All of these things can lead to poor shot-making.

Not only is being ready to bowl and not aiming too long good etiquette, it can work to your advantage.

There are things you can do to speed up the pace of your preparation process and still become a very effective shot-maker.

First, make your decisions on playing the lanes and how you wish to make your shot off of the approach.

Use the small area next to the ball return unit, off of the approach, as your own “bowler’s box” where you make your decisions before stepping onto the approach.

If you are taking more than reasonable time aiming on the approach, the less of a clear picture your mind has of how and where to deliver your bowling ball.

Make a good set-up when taking your stance on the approach, take sight of your target, and begin to bowl.

Some of the best bowlers in the history of the game were fast players. There is no need to rush your shot but there is greater need to not stand on the approach and aim too long.

Ready bowling is the game to play.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:01 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M08W03:

Q: What Do You Mean by Selecting Your Next Bowling Ball?

A:  Selecting Your Next Bowling Ball Drilling Layout

Selecting your next bowling ball drilling layout can be a difficult process unless you rely on assistance from your pro shop professional and your instructor.

Although manufacturers provide recommended layouts by providing diagrams on a layout sheet inside each new ball box for the high end equipment with the purpose in mind to simplify the options for the bowler, these layouts may not match best to your game and to lane conditions where you bowl.

If each new ball has a minimum of three layout recommendations on average and there are anywhere from six to twenty bowling ball models in a given manufacturer’s line of equipment, you could become pretty confused choosing a layout.

What can you do to narrow your options?

Begin by identifying a specific ball reaction you feel will best match to the local lane conditions you are targeting.

If none of your existing equipment has the ball reaction you are looking for, then decide if you want a stronger back end reaction or a milder, more controllable one.

Coupled with the back end reaction you seek, you must take into consideration the coverstock selection for any new ball you consider to match best with the volume of oil on the front ends of the lanes.

Therefore, you have to consider both the coverstock and a core design that together give you the skid length you visualize as well as the hook potential and angle of entry needed to produce the overall ball motion you seek.

This is where your coach can help by knowing your game and lane conditions where you bowl.

Once you choose the new ball, then another decision is necessary and that is which drilling layout should you use on the given new ball.

Some layouts recommended by manufacturers may need some modifications by the pro shop professional to work with your delivery style. This is where you must rely on the expertise of the pro shop personnel to map out your ball.

Since you are likely not an expert at mapping drilling layouts, you must trust your pro shop professional to use technical information necessary to place the gripping holes in relation to your Positive Axis Point and the Locator Pin on the ball surface in such a way as to gain the skid and hook motion you want based on the given ball coverstock and core design.

This is a complicated process for any pro shop pro let alone you tossing in your opinions when first choosing your next new ball.

In the final analysis, you may be best served to use both a coach and a pro shop professional to help you make a decision on a type of ball to buy and then rely further on the pro shop pro to help you select a layout which augments your vision for a given ball reaction after drilling.

Unless you are a real hard case and devoted bowler who studies all of the modern bowling ball technology and drilling options (most bowlers are not), then keeping things simple is your best bet.

Use the services of your pro shop and your coach as a “selection team.”

When setting out to purchase a new ball, protect your investment by consulting your coach and your pro shop pro before choosing and drilling the new ball. Use your resources wisely and rely on experts to help you choose the best drilling layout to suit your game.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:06 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: Learn the PRS of Bowling Terminology

A:  The PRS Of Bowling Terminology

If you are trying to learn some bowling terms, then start with the PRS of bowling terminology.

There are useful terms contained in the wide scope of bowling terminology just with the terms beginning with the letters, P, R, and S.

Take time to become familiar with these terms if you are new to the game and are developing an interest in learning some of the lingo in the game.

Here are the PRS terms we hear referenced from time to time:

Particle - Any additive mixed into the coverstock to change the interaction between the bowling ball, lane conditioner and
the lane.

Phenolic - A plastic-like material derived from the chemical “phenol”.

Pin (in reference to a bowling ball) - This is used to indicate where the top of the weight block is located in the ball.
Pin base flat diameter - The diameter of the base of the pin which will contact a surface when a pin is stood upright.

Pin deck - The area of the lane on which the pins are spotted.
Pitch - Angle at which holes in the bowling ball are drilled.

Positive Axis Point, PAP - This is the point on a ball which the ball rotates initially upon release.
A bowler’s Axis Point is unique to them and has the potential to change depending on how that bowler
releases the bowling ball. The Axis Point includes both a horizontal and vertical measurement from the center of grip.

Preferred Spin Axis, PSA - The axis around which a ball will migrate to and spin around when energy is added to the bowling ball; this will always be the high RG axis of the ball. This term applies to all asymmetrical and drilled symmetrical balls.

Radius of gyration, RG - Measured in inches, radius of gyration 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.

Refinish - To put a new protective coating on lanes or pins.

Refurbish - To renew the life of an approved bowling pin by the use
of plastic coatings and Nylon reinforcing over the entire pin.

Re-release - A reproduction and subsequent release of an existing (previously approved) product. Re-released products must meet all current specifications and are no longer considered grand-fathered beyond their original approval under previous specifications.

Roll Phase
The third phase of ball motion where the ball is traveling on a linear path towards the pins.

Roundness - Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center.

Runout - States how far the actual surface is permitted to vary from the dimensions implied.

Skid Phase - The first phase of ball motion; the ball path is in a straight line and has
not encountered enough friction to begin it’s hook phase.

Slabbing - The separation of glue joints in a wood core pin or separation of materials in a synthetic lane.

Span - The distance between the thumb and finger holes on a bowling ball.

Surface Roughness (Ra) - The arithmetic mean of the peak to valley distances over an evaluation distance.

Surface Roughness RS - The arithmetic mean of peak to peak distances of the local peaks in the evaluation distance.

Sward hardness-A measurement of surface hardness.

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.

Synthetic - In bowling terms, any pin or lane product not made of wood.
The examples above of bowling terminology beginning with the letters P, R, and S, give you a little insight into common terms or lingo commonly used in the bowling industry.
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Q:  What Do You Mean By Bowling Balance Using A Steady Head?

A: If you wish to give yourself the best chance at good shotmaking, maintain bowling balance using a steady head.

Keeping your head as motionless as possible during your approach is an important key to a well balanced approach.

Setting your posture properly in the stance position before beginning your approach places your head in a level position with the bottom your chin at shoulder height.

If you focus on walking to the foul line keeping your head as still as possible, you will develop a balancing mechanism for delivering your bowling ball. It is important for your upper body to remain stationary to give yourself a great chance at making an accurate delivery.

In the stance position, lean forward slightly and flex your knees. Set your head in a level position so your chin is not downward and in contact with your chest. A level head position stabilizes your upper body as you enter the critical release zone near your sliding bowling shoe.

Sudden and unexpected movements of your head when walking will change the center of balance in your torso.

Using a steady head with your eyes fixed on your target gives you the best chance at making accurate deliveries.

Avoid unnecessary upper-body elevation changes, either upward, downward, forward, or back when walking to the line. Maintaining good knee flex throughout your approach will help you avoid any sudden elevation changes.

In any sport, good balance leads to good results. Your chances for poor shotmaking increase when you introduce unneeded head movement during your approach. Keeping your head still and your eyes on your target while walking to the line will lead to improved bowling scores.
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Q:  Why Do We Need a Control Drilling Layouts?

A: When it comes time to decide on how to drill your new bowling ball, it is important to first determine if you have a control bowling ball drilling layout already in your arsenal.

Control drilling options are the most popular drilling options and rightfully so.

It is surprising how many bowler use strong layouts on every ball they drill and suffer from the ball reaction they produce on given lane conditions.

Strong layouts are useful on certain conditions and by certain delivery style players but every ball should not necessarily be drilled with a strong layout.

With the modern technology bowling balls on the market today, it is key to any competitive bowler to be able to control when the ball hooks in the mid-lane as well as the skid distance in the front ends of the lane.

It is also important to know whether you have chosen a symmetric or asymmetric ball before selecting a layout. Typically, the symmetric core produces a balanced ball reaction and a controllable motion as the ball travels down the lane.

The asymmetric cores tend to produce a more angular motion in the mid-lane and an increased back end reaction compared to the symmetric core. Of course, the coverstock texture and the given bowler’s rev-rate influence the ball reaction as well.

Control layouts offer you the chance to avoid over-reactions on given lane conditions. In the case of a wet/dry condition, a control drilling, or even a weak layout option, can provide a mild mid-lane motion and avoid your ball either over-skidding in oil or hooking sooner than desired and hooking unpredictably.

Since the name of the game is to hit the pocket, most house conditions provide an easy oil pattern by which to play the lanes and get to the pocket. It is key to not work against the oil pattern.

Using a control drilling to shape your ball motion is one way to take advantage of the conditions and become a consistent shot maker.

Power players who hook the ball a great deal and who generate a high rev-rate prefer a control drilling over skid-flip, angular drilling layouts.

Since a power player can get the ball to react aggressively on most any condition, it is important then for that player to control the hook in the mid-lane and get the ball to react consistently from the break point to the pocket on the back end.

Players who are between the power game and the stroker (down-and-in direction players) also must be careful to avoid using bowling balls with exceedingly aggressive coverstocks and strong drilling layouts unless their rev-rate and the lane conditions match well with strong drilling layouts.

Up-the-boards type players can use control drillings to make sure that they can play the lanes using their strong suit in alignment strategies by lining up with a fairly direct delivery angle to the breakpoint and still get the ball to react favorably in the mid-lane without hooking too soon or too late.

Strong layouts have their place in bowling ball arsenals just as weak layouts have a place in a complete arsenal for the serious competitive players.

Overall, a control bowling ball drilling layout works best for most players more often than not.

A given ball reaction with a control drilling can be slightly altered by either extending the skid distance or reducing the skid distance simply by adding or reducing texture to the ball surface. This fine tune adjustment is something you can do as needed after the ball has been drilled based on the reaction you seek.

If you are undecided on choosing a drilling layout, consult your pro shop professional and discuss your present bowling ball arsenal, the new ball you are considering purchasing, how it is constructed, and which layout will serve you best.

Make sure you have control drilling layouts in your bowling bag for most lane conditions you encounter.
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Q: What Do You Mean By Bowling Ball Skid Length Control?

A:  Bowling ball skid length control is key to hitting the pocket consistently.

If your ball hooks too early in the mid-lane due to insufficient skid distance, then you have a difficult time getting the ball to reach the breakpoint before rolling to the pins.

If your ball skids too far, you risk getting the ball to pass the break point before rolling toward the pins.

You must pay attention to the skid distance of your bowling ball in the front end of the lane if you can reasonably expect the ball to react predictably in the mid-lane.

Ball skid (slide) typically refers to the distance your bowling ball will skid on the front end of the lane before changing directions and hooking in the mid-lane.

You can regulate your ball skid distance by doing the following:

1. Prepare your bowling ball surface texture the way you need to match best with lane oil conditions.

2. Maintain ball speed delivery control each shot. If you vary your speed, your skid distance will also vary.

3. Release the ball consistently without any variations in rotating your fingers. If you vary your finger rotation, you can also vary skid distance so place care in being aware of striving for consistency with your release technique.

4. Control your ball loft beyond the foul line and make sure your shoulder remains at a constant elevation from the floor so you can feed the ball into the lane at a gradual angle of descent.

5. Release your hand from the ball below your sliding knee level at the mid-point of your calf on your sliding bowling leg.

These tips have been reliable and proven techniques to help you regulate your skid distance control.

Skid distance control leads to gaining a consistent ball reaction in the mid-lane and from the break point to the pocket.

The name of the game is hitting the pocket repeatedly. Ball skid length control is the first key to a dependable ball reaction and hitting the pocket when you are “under the gun” in competition.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:22 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What Are The Bowling Ball Drilling Layout Terms?

A: If you are considering purchasing a new bowling ball and are already pondering how to have your ball drilled, then there are a few common terms you will hear in pro shop circles pertaining to a given drilling layout.

It can he useful to understand just a bit about these technical terms without getting too buried in understanding each detail related to the science of bowling balls.

Here are some of the terms relating to ball drilling and given layout the pro shop professional must consider in mapping out your new bowling ball:

Drilling Layout - A bowling ball drilling layout is simply the map of where your pro shop pro will drill gripping holes into your new bowling ball. By drilling holes into the ball, weight will be removed from the ball which will cause a slight weight imbalance toward a given side of the bowling ball.

Your pro shop professional can use this imbalance to your bowling advantage and influence the ball motion as it travels down the lane.

Positive Axis Point (PAP) - The point on the pocket side of your bowling ball at the end of the axis of rotation while your ball is in motion is referred to as your bowling ball positive axis point.

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 a desired ball motion.

Bowling Ball Pin Locator - The “Pin” locator is best defined as a polyester or urethane stem which is positioned in the weight block to hold the core in place as the coverstock is poured into the ball mold during the manufacturing process.

This “Pin” represents the top part of the weight block and is usually represented by a colored dot on the surface of the ball.

Bowling Ball Top Weight - Bowling Ball top weight is a term used to refer to the weight difference measured from the top half of a bowling ball compared to the bottom half of the given ball.

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) states that a bowling ball 10.01 pounds or more may have not more than three ounces difference between the top half of the ball (finger hole
side) and the bottom half (side opposite the finger holes) after the holes are drilled.

Bowling Ball Mass Bias - The part of a bowling ball in which the internal mass of a bowling ball is closest to the outside edge of the coverstock is commonly referred to as Mass Bias. This does not include the Pin.

Bowling ball mass bias helps control the shape of a given ball reaction on the back end of the lane. When the mass bias marker on the ball surface is moved to different locations, it will affect your ball reaction.

These terms are used in planning stages by pro shop professionals when choosing drilling layouts which can be options to help their customers. The entire point in choosing a given layout is to gain a desired ball reaction based on the bowling ball construction and it’s own reaction characteristics.

Knowing or being a little familiar with the pro shop terms we hear relating to bowling balls can be both informative and help you gain insight into the pro shop technical planning needed when choosing a drilling layout or when choosing a new bowling ball.

Knowledge is key but don’t become obsessed with too much technical data about bowling balls when so much depends on your shotmaking skills and lane conditions.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:08 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What do you mean by Higher Bowling Average Strategies?

A: If you are a relatively new bowler or one who is now averaging 140 or less, then there are a few strategies which are easy to implement and will help you improve.

A higher bowling average is a simple matter of cutting down the number of mistakes you make on strike and spare deliveries during your series of games bowled.

1. spares - There are numerous spare systems. Any organized spare shooting system can help you reduce the number of open frames you accrue during a typical series of games. Check with your bowling instructor to find the right spare shooting strategy to help your game.

2. strike alignment - Hitting the pocket is the key to raising your average. Increasing your pocket hitting percentage is the best way of getting more strikes and leaving easy spares to convert.

3. sharpen your physical game skills - Work on the important fundamentals of your game. Improving your ability to release your bowling ball consistently stems from a good approach and good footwork and swing techniques. When consulting your bowling instructor, work not only on spare shooting but on solidifying your physical game techniques so your shotmaking ability improves.

To attain a consistent approach so you can make good shots, check your set-up position, shoulder and hip alignment, footwork tempo and direction, use a matching swing tempo with your steps, and keep your head and shoulders still while walking to the foul line and releasing your bowling ball.

The more time spent on spare shooting during practice sessions will certainly help you improve your scores. The same holds true for improving your physical game techniques.

Using the services of an experienced and successful bowling instructor is the one sure way of developing sound bowling strategies to sharpen your game and raise your average.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:12 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What are the Factors Affecting Your Bowling Ball Reaction?

A: There are several key factors affecting your bowling ball reaction.

Before selecting a new ball and deciding on a drilling layout, make sure you are familiar with these factors before making your final decision on a new bowling ball.

Here are factors which influence your ball reaction:

1. Your Rev Rate - how many revs per minute do you impart on your bowling ball.

2. Ball Speed - your ball reaction is definitely influenced by how fast you deliver the ball.

3. Bowling Ball Coverstock - the texture and material composition of the ball surface determines how much traction your ball will provide on given lane conditions.

4. Bowling Ball Core - the core design in your ball can affect your ball reaction by providing varying amounts of track flare.

5. Altering the Ball Surface - after drilling your ball, you can alter the surface texture and either extend or reduce the skid length of the ball in the front end and in the mid-lane.

When extending the skid by using a fine grit pad, your ball stores energy and tends to hook slightly more decisively in the mid lane. The opposite holds for gaining more friction when adding texture to the coverstock using lower grit pads. This is where your pro shop professional can help.

6. Drilling Layout - controlling the ball reaction also depends on the given layout you choose coupled with the ball design you select. Using various layouts can move weight toward or away from your Positive Axis Point and affect your ball reaction in the mid-lane and on the back end.

7. Your Delivery Style - yours style in delivering your ball affects ball motion. If you have a low axis tilt delivery, then your ball will produce a forward roll direction and tend to have a controlled amount of hook in the mid-lane.

If you have a high axis tilt, your ball will spin more in the front end and tend to skid more than a low axis tilt delivery. This style can produce a decisive back end reaction.

When getting to the decision phase in a ball selection process, make certain you consult your coach and/or your pro shop professional.

There are many manufacturers today providing top grade bowling balls that it is easy to become confused when choosing a new ball.

Visualize the type of ball reaction you want for the lane conditions you are targeting and then communicate that picture with your pro shop pro. The pro or your coach can compare your desired ball reaction to the existing reaction you get with your current equipment and help you arrive at a sensible conclusion.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:24 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: If you want to learn, we know a lot bowlers want to leran bowling but sometimes reading books is not enough, they keep on asking what is this, what is that, so if you want to know what are the Bowling Ball Drilling & Layout Terms here is it:

A: If you are relatively new to the game or simply are interested in learning about some of the common terms heard around pro shop circles today related to bowling balls, then understanding a little about bowling ball drilling and layout terms can help you next time you are in the selection process for a new ball.
Here are a few terms related to the bowling ball which pro shop ball drillers reference before mapping out a ball and choosing an appropriate drilling layout.
The following terms can clarify some lingo about bowling balls:
Drilling Layout - A drilling layout refers to where the pro shop professional places the locations of the gripping holes and/or a balance hole in relation to the bowling ball pin, positive axis point for a given bowler, and the mass bias location when mapping out a bowling ball prior to drilling the holes.
The specific drilling layout you choose will influence your ball motion by increasing or decreasing length potential (skid distance) and hook potential (amount of hook in the mid-lane and angle of entry on the back end) based on your delivery technique and the ball construction.
Positive Axis Point - The point on the pocket side of your bowling ball at the end of the axis of rotation while your ball is in motion is referred to as your bowling ball positive axis point.
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 a desired ball motion.
Mass Bias Marker - The part of a bowling ball in which the internal mass of a bowling ball is closest to the outside edge of the coverstock is commonly referred to as Mass Bias. This does not include the Pin.
Bowling ball mass bias helps control the shape of a given ball reaction on the back end of the lane. When the mass bias marker on the ball surface is moved to different locations, it will affect your ball reaction.
Pin Locator - The “Pin” locator is best defined as a polyester or urethane stem which is positioned in the weight block to hold the core in place as the coverstock is poured into the ball mold during the manufacturing process.
This “Pin” represents the top part of the weight block and is usually represented by a colored dot on the surface of the ball.

Center of Gravity - he position in which the ball is evenly balanced statically from the right side to left side and from the finger quadrant to the thumb quadrant. The perfect balance point where the weight on any straight line drawn through the c.g. is zero on either side of the c.g.. This spot is usually indicated by the position of the label or a punch mark.
There are several other terms such as “Span”, “Finger Pitches”, and “Top Weight”, and “Side Weight”, as examples, which are related terms to bowling balls but are not critical to the ball driller when mapping out a drilling layout.
It is not important that you become an expert at understand the technology of modern bowling balls nor understand these terms perfectly but rather that you develop a good working relationship with your pro shop professional when you decide to drill a new bowling ball.
The technology can be confusing and overly scientific for most bowlers. By taking some time to understand these terms, however, can help you gain insight into the manufacturers planning when introducing new bowling balls to the marketplace.
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