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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:58 pm  Post subject: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:58 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M01W01:

Q: What do we mean by Ball Dynamics and Hook Potential?

Y:When watching a bowling ball roll down the lane, it is easy to overlook the forces at work within the ball. The ball is round, and the bowler imparts revolutions, axis rotation, axis tilt and ball speed. The round ball undergoes a transition from to skid to hook to forward roll.

However, unless you own a clear ball with a high power core design, it is difficult to imagine the position of the core and its rotational influences on the hook pattern of the ball. Understanding the shape and density of the core will enable you to evaluate a ball and its possible benefits to your game.

Make no mistake about it! There is no substitute for a good shot. But there is also no substitute for a good ball reaction. Even the best in the game do not repeat every shot. Duplicating the exact launch angle, ball speed, rev rate, axis rotation and tilt, and target accuracy is seldom done twice in a row, much less for an entire game. Having the proper ball reaction helps to minimize the consequences of making physical mistakes. Minimizing the mistakes helps build confidence. Building confidence leads to a looser armswing and less intervention of the analytical side of your brain when you are on the approach and on the way to the foul line.

Understanding the ball construction and its application to certain physical styles and lane conditions can be of tremendous benefit to your decision making. The basic component of ball construction is Radius of Gyration (RG). This is a measure of the amount of time that it takes a ball to complete a swing rotation cycle. Without getting into scientific measurements, the more the weight is concentrated toward the center of the ball, the faster the ball will swing. This is called Low RG. Its characteristic is to hook sooner. When the weight is located closer to the surface of the ball, the ball will swing slower. This is called High RG. Its characteristic is to have a more delayed breakpoint. The RG of the ball will dictate its breakpoint.

The second measurement of a ball's dynamic potential is called RG Differential, or Differential for short. The differential is based on the shape of the core. Every core has a height and a width. Picture a softball. Its length and width are identical. No matter which plane you would perform an RG swing on, the swing time would be identical. This would result in no differential. This type of core would have a smooth rolling, low hook potential. Now picture a tall drinking glass. Its height is disproportionate to its width. There is much more mass vertically than horizontally. This ball would have a large difference between the swing rates. This core shape would have a high differential. Differential causes track flare and is an indicator of the speed of transition from skid to hook once the ball encounters lane friction. RG Differential is an indicator of the amount of hook potential at the breakpoint. This drinking glass core would be an example of a high differential, pin-in ball.

The third measurement of a core's dynamic potential is called Mass Bias. To illustrate mass bias, let's use the drinking glass again. But we're going to add a handle on its side, turning it into a mug. Like the drinking glass, there is a difference in the height and width. But there is an additional difference between the width including the handle and the width without the handle. There is more mass closer to the surface in the area of the handle. There is a second differential between the swing time of the handle side and the side perpendicular to the handle. This difference can be minor, as in the case of a pin out ball, or major, as in the case of a ball using BOMB technology. A pin-out ball would have a small handle, a weaker influence. A BOMB core would have a larger handle, a stronger influence. Mass Bias changes the shape of the breakpoint. By shape we mean the amount of time it takes the ball to go into a forward roll. Forward roll occurs when the ball loses axis rotation (side roll). When a ball achieves forward roll, it has ceased hooking and now is rolling in a linear direction. Promoting a quicker forward roll would be beneficial in heavier oil conditions, promoting a slower transition to forward roll would be beneficial in lighter oil conditions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:01 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M01W02:

Q: What is this in Bowling? Mental Imagery’s Many Functions


A: Mental Imagery’s Many Functions

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

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

Skill Mastery

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

Priming for Performance

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

Anticipating Situations

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

Following are some examples:

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

Confidence Building

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

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

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

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

Concentration

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

Stress Reduction

Relaxing imagery can be used to calm yourself before, during, and after competition. Beyond this, using visualization to relax is a life skill. Some creative visualizations can enable you to leave behind the stresses of the day when entering the bowling center.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:30 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M01W03:

Q: What do we mean by Approach Position For Elite Bowlers

A: At the elite level, you will sometimes be forced to think outside the box, and that can mean using some downright strange approach positioning in order to attack the lanes properly.

Sometimes, you might have to move forward on the approach and stand all the way in front of the ball return in order to get deep enough. On the flip side, there may be times when it's advantageous to move all the way to the extreme outside portion of the lane and angle your ball directly toward the pocket. Whatever the case may be, you need to be sure you're ready to move wherever the conditions tell you to. While doing so, be sure to try moving forward and backward from the dots. This can help you control your tempo and ball speed.

Remember, at the elite level, it's all about feel, so everyone is going to find different tricks that will help create more opportunities for them to win. The key is to experiment so that you'll know which tools work best for you. That will give you the confidence to utilize them whenever the need arises. That's what championship bowling is all about.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:13 pm  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M01W03A:

Q: Who are the best bowlers in the Philippines Male & Female?

A: Here are the following Top 20 Male bowlers & 10 Female Bowlers in the Philippines based on the 2014 PBC averages 1st quarter:

Top 20 Male Bowlers in the Philippines based on the PBC averages:
1. KENNETH CHUA 218
2. BIBOY RIVERA 216
3. JONAS BALTASAR 215
4. ENZO HERNANDEZ 214
5-7. ALDWIN KU 212
5-7. BENSHIR LAYOSO 212
5-7. SAMMY SAY SY 212
8. PAOLO DARROCA 211
9-12. JEFF CHAN 209
9-12. PAENG NEPOMUCENO 209
9-12. RICHIE POBLETE 209
9-12. ROBERT TAN 209
13-14. CHESTER KING 208
13-14. GARRY CUSTODIO 208
15-20. ALEX NGOI JR. 207
15-20. BENNY DYTOC 207
15-20. FREDERICK ONG 207
15-20. JEFF CARABEO 207
15-20. RAOUL MIRANDA 207
15-20. STEWART NGO 207

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the Philippines based on the PBC averages:
1. LARA POSADAS 206
2. LIZA DEL ROSAIO 204
3. KRIZZAH TABORA 201
4. YAP SEOK KIM 194
5-7. CECILIA YAP 193
5-7. LIZA CLUTARIO 193
5-7. RACHELLE LEON 193
8. ALEXIS SY 191
9. KIM LAO 189
10. MADELINE LLAMAS 188
10. PATRICIA TAJO 188
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M01W04:

Q: How To Improve Your Bowling: Practice With Purpose

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

   Develop a Practice Plan
   Physical Game
   Equipment
   Lane Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you practice the areas of your game where you are strongest and areas where you need improvement, then the "pieces of the success puzzle" begin to fall into place.  We hope these tips help and encourage you to develop your own "practice plan of action?"
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M02W01:

Q: How To Develop A Good Bowling Ball Arsenal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most top players today own six or eight, or perhaps even a greater number, of bowling balls. An eight ball arsenal is an excellent strategy because it will allow you to have balls for the extreme oil conditions ready for use and also have balls set-up for conditions less extreme.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:17 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

Dear coach,
What are the different adjustments (in stance, release, hand position, etc.) a right-handed bowler can take when he/she keeps leaving the 10 pin standing on the first shot? (The 7 pin for lefties)
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M02W02:

Q: How To Choose Your Next Bowling Ball?

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

   Desired Ball Reaction
   Lane Oil Conditions
   Coverstock & Core Selections

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

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

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

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

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

For heavy oil on the front end, choose a solid, pliable, and aggressive coverstock to increase gripping action and with a low RG rating and a medium to high flare potential rating, all of which provide strong ball reactions for challenging oily lane conditions. Of course, the surface preparation you choose will augment the overall reaction your next ball will yield.

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

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

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

Layout patterns offer choices in ball motion control and should be selected based upon your rev-rate and the angle of entry you seek from the break point to the pocket. Matching the layout pattern to the length and hook potential ratings of a given ball will help influence the overall ball reaction you seek. If you have a favorite ball company and are familiar with that line of equipment, then choosing a ball from that brand with a layout pattern you presently do not use in your existing equipment might be a smart choice. Again, it helps to consult a local professional and share ideas in selecting your next bowling ball.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:36 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

Dear DocPin,

Please accept my apology if I reply to too late, I was just so busy after the 8th Henrich Cup Bowling Masters.
Actually, to all readers & followers, my apologies too!
With regards to your question:

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:17 am
 
Dear coach,
What are the different adjustments (in stance, release, hand position, etc.) a right-handed bowler can take when he/she keeps leaving the 10 pin standing on the first shot? (The 7 pin for lefties)

ANSWER: There is such a small difference between leaving a solid ten and carrying a strike; the change necessary to carry is often very slight. There are many options to try...here are a few. Ask another instructor who has been doing this for a long time and you will get additional options.

1. Move back on the approach about 3-6 inches. The ball gets onto the lane a bit earlier and into its roll a bit earlier; often the result is better carry.
2. Target a bit closer on the lane.
3. A little more rotation might be the answer...or, a little less.
4. Some bowlers spread the index finger on the ball a little more.
5. A change in ball speed sometimes works...a little slower may do the job.
6. If moving on the lane, try paralel moves; 1-1 or 2-2. Left or right? Try both.
7. Another move that might work would be something like 5 and 3. Five with your feet and three with your target.
8. Hand position changes often help with better carry. A slightly firmer wrist may do the trick.
9. Often the difference between carrying the ten pin and not carrying it is just a slight more tension in your grip. Maybe a piece of tape in the thumb hole or an extra effort to relax the grip might make the difference.
10. And here is a tip that I guarantee will work. Practice making the ten pin so that it no longer is an issue WHEN you leave it. Once you have TOTAL confidence in your ability to pick up the ten pin...the fewer you will leave.

I hope this will help to improve your game, just remember bowling is FUN!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:29 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M02W03:

Q: Any tips for playing dry lanes?

A: Tips For Dry Bowling Lanes

If you are a mid-range average bowler and are struggling to bowl well on dry lanes, consider a few of the following tips to help combat these lane conditions:

1. Widen your delivery angle. Since the breakpoint down the lane is not going to change much, you must use a slightly wider delivery angle to get your ball to skid far enough before hooking and rolling to the pocket.

2. Adjust your sighting target one board for each three board you move your feet. Since the lanes are dry, you likely will move left (if you are a right handed bowler). Move your feet and sighting target the same direction with your feet adjusting three boards for every one board with your spot on the lane.

3. Increase your bowling ball speed. Do not try and hurl your ball down the lane, rather deliver your ball at about 90% full power so you can still maintain balance and control of your swing.

4. Avoid rotating your bowling fingers more than one half inch of rotation. Staying behind the ball with your bowling hand as long as you can, let your ball flow smoothly off of your fingers. Only rotate the ball perhaps one half of an inch of rotation. This will keep your ball rolling in a forward direction with very little axis tilt.

5. Use a bowling ball with low track flare. Low track flare balls tend to hook much less on the back end of the lane than high flare bowling balls do.

6. Use a coverstock that promotes a long skid length as opposed to one which is aggressive and tends to create excessive traction on the lane and hooks far too soon to control.

7. Use a weak drilling layout which influences your ball reaction to not hook sharply on the back end of the lane.

8. Use a coverstock with a fine grit and smooth surface texture to encourage a long skid motion.

Any of these tips can work. You may implement multiple tips to help you combat dry lane conditions.

Your pro shop professional can help you with your bowling ball equipment and help you maintain the surface texture for bowling on dry lanes.

Your coach can help you make swing and release adjustments to bowl effectively on dry lanes. Your coach can also help you make alignment and adjustment decisions by setting a strategy for you to follow when bowling on dry lanes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:00 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M02W04:

Q: Is there a way to improve hitting your target?

A: When you are practicing, call your bowling shots. As you see your bowling ball pass over your sighting target, call out the board you saw your ball roll over at, or near, your sighting target.

If you begin to hear yourself call out the same board several times in a row, you know you are lined up properly to that board and you know your are making good shots.

Since there are numerous things which cause any good player to be accurate, one of them is knowing exactly which board their ball crosses at their sighting target area.

For example, if you are trying to hit the 12 board, call out the board number you hit.

If you hit the 11 board, call out the number eleven.

On your next shot, call out the board you hit again. Do this repeatedly until your range of misses is restricted to three boards. One board right of your target, and one board left of your target.

Once you become very accurate, you will find yourself hitting a 2 board wide area more often than not.

Trying to improve your accuracy can be as easy as focusing on the precise board your delivered bowling ball crosses over a series of times.

Calling out that board number aloud so your ears hear you say the given board number allows your brain to use two of your multi-sensory gifts to identify where you rolled your bowling ball. Your ears and your eyes.


Since most bowlers sight around the bowling arrows, calling out the board number to yourself after each delivery during your practice sessions will also serve you well during competition.

You need not yell the board number where others hear you verbalize your shot location. Instead, say the board number just loud enough where only you hear your own voice.

Everyone understands there are many techniques coaches use when training bowlers to become accurate players.

This little tip can help you privately to develop awareness of where you are actually delivering your ball, help keep your eyes focused sharply on your spot, and help identify precisely where you delivered your ball. Give it a try
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:06 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: What is the importance of a Mass Bias in a ball?

A: There are several factors related to the surface of your bowling ball which assist a pro shop professional when it comes time to map a drilling layout.

One of the factors the pro shop must identify is the “Mass Bias” location.

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.

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 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.

There are four basic locations you can put the mass bias on a bowling ball:

On your track
On your Vertical Axis Line (VAL)
Halfway between the track and the VAL
Past your VAL

Asymmetric bowling ball core designs will have mass bias markers on the ball surface but symmetric balls will not.

Symmetric balls do have slight mass bias influence, but not sufficiently to require a marking indicator.

Depending on a given layout for an asymmetric bowling ball, the pro shop professional will choose relative positioning of the “Pin”, the Mass Bias, and the Positive Axis Point (PAP) locations to influence ball motion.

Normally, a weak layout, a moderate layout, or a strong layout are selected so the ball motion for a given player will best match the lane conditions.

The mass bias marker is one such location on the ball surface to assist the pro shop professional when planning a drilling layout.

If you have questions about mass bias or any other factor used to map out given drilling layouts, consult your pro shop operator for additional information
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:13 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

M03W02:

Q: How Good Of A Bowler Are You?

A: If you must answer the question how good of a bowler are you, where would you begin?

Are you finding yourself admiring your favorite pro bowler and thinking many of his or her skills are the same as your own.

Are you using your bowling average as your basis for comparison and evaluation of your talent.

Is it important to know how good you are?

If you must describe yourself as a player, perhaps knowing what key factors are in being an accomplished player, then compare yourself accordingly.

First, to thine own self be true.

Bowling honestly goes much further than bowling with vanity.

It is very important to have confidence and believe in your abilities, but it is more important to be specific and realistic when evaluating your skills.

Everyone wants to improve. One can improve only when one identifies areas of his or her mental and physical games in need of work.

One may improve when one is as knowledgeable as possible about lanes and oil patterns.

One may improve when one understands bowling ball motion, types of bowling ball coverstocks and core designs, and when they are useful in matching well with given lane conditions.

One can improve when one understands that drilling layouts also influence ball motion and which layouts best match one’s game.

If your average is high enough where you place yourself in upper echelons with other league bowlers in your area and you are pleased with your present status, then you are successful.

If you feel you must improve to be successful by your own standards, go to work and do the things it takes to improve.

Although it is nice to hear other bowlers mention your name as a good player or having rolled a nice series, it is really only your own opinion of your accomplishments to date which matters.

In the end, there is no way of really comparing bowlers because lane conditions vary. Bowling lanes in bowling centers throughout the country vary. Lane oil varies, temperature and humidity factors vary, and delivery styles vary.

Instead of concerning yourself with how you stack up to the talent levels around you, do what you can to improve your own game. Don’t think about others. All you can do is to be the best you can be.

You can answer what your potential is by how hard you are willing to dedicate yourself to improvement. There are no right or wrong approaches to evaluating your game, only to how much time and effort you are willing to invest in your game.

How good of a bowler are you? You are as good as your past efforts to date have allowed. What lies ahead is up to you. Your bowling future lies in your hands. Take some time to enjoy it and enjoy your friends and teammates. Your bowling shelf life is short
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:22 am  Post subject: Re: KNOW YOUR SPORT - BOWLING (Q&A & ETC.) Reply with quote

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Q: How to solve Bowling Distractions?

A: We are only human and becoming distracted is a common occurrence. However, when you are bowling in competition there are times when becoming distracted can be non-productive.

Most everyone bowls in a league, or leagues, and some also bowl tournaments. All competition presents the opportunity for becoming distracted.

Developing good powers of concentration can be helpful, but is not always something you can make happen on command.

If you find yourself getting distracted due to sudden noises or unusual activity from motions of others around you, you need to find an escape.

It helps to able to put on your “bowling blinders” to avoid visual distractions, but it is not always possible. It would be great if loud and unexpected noises did not adversely affect your ability to continue concentrating on your game, but this is not always the case.

Sometimes when you try to not listen to others you actually hear chatter more frequently than normal. When you try hard to not let unusual motion around you deter you, you become very distracted.

Focusing only on your lanes and on making your next shot a good one is the trick.

It is important to know that there are going to be distractions. However, there are ways of deflecting these distractions so they do not adversely affect your performance

You may wish to take a short stroll a pair or two away, relax, smile, and watch others bowl before moving back to your pair of lanes.

Once you realize normal distractions are part of the game in loud bowling centers filled with people, you can develop the ability to become impervious to noise and motion.

The notion of noises and unwanted activities around you is self-induced. Once you learn how to step away from your “bowling shell” and be the one starting a conversation, others will respond. You then can complete your short diversion, and resume your concentration privately.

Reducing tension when bowling in competition is another way of avoiding distractions.

Place energies on paying attention to your work at hand.

Learn to not be so tight between frames.

If you do need to be alone, walk away. You will relax a bit and it will be much easier to gather your thoughts in preparation for your next turn on the lanes.

Your ability to concentrate is unique to yourself. You have your own threshold for dedicated concentration. You simply need to find your own way of passing time between frames without knocking yourself off of stride.

If you are successful, you will find it becomes easier to concentrate each time you bowl in competition
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