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Date: 08 Apr 2008 22:19:47
From: Polarhound
Subject: First night back on lanes
A few short thoughts from my first night back on the lanes in 13 years:

- Decided to go with a Gamebreaker -- Something mild that I could work
with yet still shoot a spare with it.

- Went in planning to throw 2 games or so to get back into the swing of
things.. Ended up throwing close to 6. Hilarity ensues in my left knee
and right shoulder. Oxycodone + Whiskey FTW.

- Have to have the thumb adjusted.. definitely too tight, although
taking a dremel to it helped somewhat. Couldn't put anything on it with
the fingers without the thumb hanging up. Badly.

- What happened to the decent size 2-ball bags? The biggest one the
shop had for a 2-ball was a Vise. This thing isn't a bowling ball bag..
It's a friggen PURSE! I need to find the current rendition of the old
Cobra bags.

- Took about 2 games before I really started to get proper extension and
direction in my swing. Will be even better once I can actually put
something on the ball!

- Why do 80% of league bowlers now have an approach like they have a
tent pole shoved up their ass?




 
Date: 09 Apr 2008 23:59:43
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
> You know what they say: =A0Money talks! =A0Including the bag I ordered (bu=
t
> not yet paid for), my credit card has spoken to them for a total of
> around $350 in the past 36 hours. =A0That alone buys at least a little bit=

> of tweaking leeway.

Last Saturday I put $539 on my card for 2 new balls and a resurface/
polish on my venerable White Dot at my local Pro Shop. Money well
$pent, too... :)

> I figure it will take me at least 2-3 months to really get back a
> consistent approach/release. =A0My arm timing still needs a LOT of work.
> For the moment, I have only 4 goals:
>
> 1. =A0Remind myself that the approach is NOT a race.
>
> 2. =A0Get my left foot and the ball arriving at the line at the same time.=

>
> 3. =A0Full extension.
>
> 4. =A0Stay BEHIND the damn ball, not around it!
>
> #4 is the real key for me. =A0If I can keep a full clockwise rotation
> solidly throughout my forearm, I will come straight up the back of the
> ball giving the most consistent release and target. =A0If I come up the
> side of the ball, or even at an angle, the total shot power is greatly
> diminished and my target ends up all over the map.
>
> As for #2, this will improve once I start some dumbbell work again.
> When I am throwing properly, I will normally drive the ball with the
> forearm as opposed to the pendulum style used by many. =A0It just goes
> back to building up muscle strength again. =A0At the moment my feet are
> still ahead of the ball, but it will hopefully improve shortly.

FWIW, I posted a list of swing/timing drills almost 2(?) years ago.
Do a search on my postings and I think you'll find the post. I think
some of the drills might be what you need? :)

> Can't say I was really "taught" anything in regards to the approach.. It
> is just what came naturally.

That's what's important - being "natural". :)

> Given my origins from when I first tried 10pin, perhaps I can blame Mary
> Lou Retton? :)

Only if you don't wear her sickeningly-sweet smile... ; >

> We have all three varieties around here: =A010pin, candlepin AND duckpin
> (in Eastern MA, at least). =A0Still haven't tried duckpin.

The CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company) used to broadcast 5-pin bowling
(similar to duckpin, but only using 5 pins) from British Columbia. It
was very interesting and fun to watch. I don't know if they still do
- I haven't tuned in to the CBC (out of Vancouver B.C.) for many years
so I don't know if they still do 5-pin bowling broadcasts.


  
Date: 10 Apr 2008 17:55:03
From: Polarhound
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
PromptJock wrote:
>> You know what they say: Money talks! Including the bag I ordered (but
>> not yet paid for), my credit card has spoken to them for a total of
>> around $350 in the past 36 hours. That alone buys at least a little bit
>> of tweaking leeway.
>
> Last Saturday I put $539 on my card for 2 new balls and a resurface/
> polish on my venerable White Dot at my local Pro Shop. Money well
> $pent, too... :)

I may be spending some resurface money in the near future as well. I
remembered that there was one ball I DIDN'T give away: my solid blue
Nitro. My brother is looking around for it where I used to live now.
He thinks he still has a few Cuda/C's floating around as well.

> FWIW, I posted a list of swing/timing drills almost 2(?) years ago.
> Do a search on my postings and I think you'll find the post. I think
> some of the drills might be what you need? :)

I'll take a loot. Thanks!

>> Given my origins from when I first tried 10pin, perhaps I can blame Mary
>> Lou Retton? :)
>
> Only if you don't wear her sickeningly-sweet smile... ;>

Smile? What's a smile? >:)


 
Date: 09 Apr 2008 20:44:19
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
> The result was a good/bad combination. =A0The thumb knuckle is no longer
> rubbing on me, but without a plug/redrill of the thumb I will probably
> be resigned to using tape on a permanent basis. =A0Once the top was opened=

> up and the bottom taped up I had good traction with very little
> stickiness. =A0Of course, being that my body is still in revolt over last
> night, I only threw enough tonight to make sure the adjustments worked.

Looks like you got the pitch right for a smooth release. If your
driller can accurately measure the revised size/pitch of your thumb,
you shouldn't've any problems getting future balls drilled (more or
less) the same way. :)

> >> No offense, but to me having rollers for a 1 or 2 ball bag is laziness.=

>
> > Not to argue, but, IMO, toting 40+ pounds of gear into a center BEFORE
> > bowling can get a little "tiresome" on the old shoulders (and
> > back?). :)
>
> Eh, it builds character!

Or makes one a "character", no? ;)

> I ended up ordering one of the Brunswick double bags. =A0I could have
> gotten it cheaper online than in the pro shop, but just like my
> motorcycle gear I am a firm believer in showing support to the local
> shops... Otherwise we won't have any left to go to before long!

I fully agree with you there, especially for getting balls. Nothing
like seeing the ball you want on the shelf, getting it drilled-up that
day, and immediately taking it to the lane for "testing". If
"something feels wrong", you can usually get it corrected Right Now
(or sooner), if you have a good relationship with your driller. :)

> Now if I told you that I use a three step approach, would you still be
> wanting to tape me? :)

Of course! I have many students with three AND FIVE-step approaches.
While I usually have good results working with them, it would be good
to have a video of a "proficient" 3-stepper to properly demonstrate
the timing, etc. :)

> I tried many times over the years to add steps. =A0Everyone tells me that
> it will help, but aside from the lack of balance/coordination in
> changing over, adding an extra step would only seem to complicate things
> for me.

To the "everyone" I say - BOSH! what's important in one's delivery is
MAINTAINING OVERALL BALANCE through the delivery, especially at the
release. If your body is more comfortable with 3 steps, then MORE
POWER (stroking) TO YOU! :)

I suppose it gets back to your question on "stick-in-the-butt
walking": if a person is taught to 3-step the approach, then there's
no reason to change UNLESS the observing coach can quantitatively (and
realistically!) justify having the client adapt to a 4-step. Of
course, in those cases, it's probably best to make it a FIVE-STEP
instead, keeping the last 3 steps as the "established" delivery
steps. Again, "your mileage may vary" depending on the bowler,
etc. :)

> My three step approach harkens back to my childhood when a ton of kids
> in town went to a Saturday morning candlepin league. =A0In my case, it was=

> Canal Lanes in Southampton, MA. =A0They even had a bus owned by the alley
> come around to pick up and drop off the kids.

That's a variation I'd like to try: candlepins. I've watched most of
the YouTube candlepin submissions and I'm VERY INTRIGUED by it.
Unfortunately, there are no candlepin centers anywhere in the Pacific
NorthWet (where I live).

> Hell, if it's good enough for Mike Durbin, it's good enough for me!

Amen to that. :)


  
Date: 10 Apr 2008 00:03:03
From: Polarhound
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
PromptJock wrote:
>> The result was a good/bad combination. The thumb knuckle is no longer
>> rubbing on me, but without a plug/redrill of the thumb I will probably
>> be resigned to using tape on a permanent basis. Once the top was opened
>> up and the bottom taped up I had good traction with very little
>> stickiness. Of course, being that my body is still in revolt over last
>> night, I only threw enough tonight to make sure the adjustments worked.
>
> Looks like you got the pitch right for a smooth release. If your
> driller can accurately measure the revised size/pitch of your thumb,
> you shouldn't've any problems getting future balls drilled (more or
> less) the same way. :)

I'm sure that won't be a problem for him. Even if he couldn't for some
reason, the former pro shop driller, a Silver level coach in his own
right, is only one town over. :)

>>>> No offense, but to me having rollers for a 1 or 2 ball bag is laziness.
>>> Not to argue, but, IMO, toting 40+ pounds of gear into a center BEFORE
>>> bowling can get a little "tiresome" on the old shoulders (and
>>> back?). :)
>> Eh, it builds character!
>
> Or makes one a "character", no? ;)

It helps keep me crazy so I don't go insane!

>> I ended up ordering one of the Brunswick double bags. I could have
>> gotten it cheaper online than in the pro shop, but just like my
>> motorcycle gear I am a firm believer in showing support to the local
>> shops... Otherwise we won't have any left to go to before long!
>
> I fully agree with you there, especially for getting balls. Nothing
> like seeing the ball you want on the shelf, getting it drilled-up that
> day, and immediately taking it to the lane for "testing". If
> "something feels wrong", you can usually get it corrected Right Now
> (or sooner), if you have a good relationship with your driller. :)

You know what they say: Money talks! Including the bag I ordered (but
not yet paid for), my credit card has spoken to them for a total of
around $350 in the past 36 hours. That alone buys at least a little bit
of tweaking leeway.

>> Now if I told you that I use a three step approach, would you still be
>> wanting to tape me? :)
>
> Of course! I have many students with three AND FIVE-step approaches.
> While I usually have good results working with them, it would be good
> to have a video of a "proficient" 3-stepper to properly demonstrate
> the timing, etc. :)

Given my rust, I wouldn't exactly call myself proficient at the moment!

I figure it will take me at least 2-3 months to really get back a
consistent approach/release. My arm timing still needs a LOT of work.
For the moment, I have only 4 goals:

1. Remind myself that the approach is NOT a race.

2. Get my left foot and the ball arriving at the line at the same time.

3. Full extension.

4. Stay BEHIND the damn ball, not around it!

#4 is the real key for me. If I can keep a full clockwise rotation
solidly throughout my forearm, I will come straight up the back of the
ball giving the most consistent release and target. If I come up the
side of the ball, or even at an angle, the total shot power is greatly
diminished and my target ends up all over the map.

As for #2, this will improve once I start some dumbbell work again.
When I am throwing properly, I will normally drive the ball with the
forearm as opposed to the pendulum style used by many. It just goes
back to building up muscle strength again. At the moment my feet are
still ahead of the ball, but it will hopefully improve shortly.

>> I tried many times over the years to add steps. Everyone tells me that
>> it will help, but aside from the lack of balance/coordination in
>> changing over, adding an extra step would only seem to complicate things
>> for me.
>
> To the "everyone" I say - BOSH! what's important in one's delivery is
> MAINTAINING OVERALL BALANCE through the delivery, especially at the
> release. If your body is more comfortable with 3 steps, then MORE
> POWER (stroking) TO YOU! :)
>
> I suppose it gets back to your question on "stick-in-the-butt
> walking": if a person is taught to 3-step the approach, then there's
> no reason to change UNLESS the observing coach can quantitatively (and
> realistically!) justify having the client adapt to a 4-step. Of
> course, in those cases, it's probably best to make it a FIVE-STEP
> instead, keeping the last 3 steps as the "established" delivery
> steps. Again, "your mileage may vary" depending on the bowler,
> etc. :)

Can't say I was really "taught" anything in regards to the approach.. It
is just what came naturally.

Given my origins from when I first tried 10pin, perhaps I can blame Mary
Lou Retton? :)

>> My three step approach harkens back to my childhood when a ton of kids
>> in town went to a Saturday morning candlepin league. In my case, it was
>> Canal Lanes in Southampton, MA. They even had a bus owned by the alley
>> come around to pick up and drop off the kids.
>
> That's a variation I'd like to try: candlepins. I've watched most of
> the YouTube candlepin submissions and I'm VERY INTRIGUED by it.
> Unfortunately, there are no candlepin centers anywhere in the Pacific
> NorthWet (where I live).

We have all three varieties around here: 10pin, candlepin AND duckpin
(in Eastern MA, at least). Still haven't tried duckpin.


   
Date: 10 Apr 2008 16:46:46
From: Jeff Rosenberger
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
> We have all three varieties around here: 10pin, candlepin AND duckpin
> (in Eastern MA, at least). Still haven't tried duckpin.

Where in Eastern MA do you bowl? I'm gonna guess the Brunswick center
in Lowell; did I get it right? I live near Lowell, but I'm still
bowling mostly at Lanes and Games in Cambridge because I'm in a league
there and I know everybody.

Jeff


    
Date: 10 Apr 2008 17:53:14
From: Polarhound
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
Jeff Rosenberger wrote:
>> We have all three varieties around here: 10pin, candlepin AND duckpin
>> (in Eastern MA, at least). Still haven't tried duckpin.
>
> Where in Eastern MA do you bowl? I'm gonna guess the Brunswick center
> in Lowell; did I get it right? I live near Lowell, but I'm still
> bowling mostly at Lanes and Games in Cambridge because I'm in a league
> there and I know everybody.

Outside of the occasional tournament in Malden or Gardner, my bowling
all takes place in Western MA and CT. For years, Northampton Bowl was
my home house. I have also spent time at the late Riverdale Lanes in
West Springfield, the late (and short-lived) alleys in Agawam, AMF Lanes
in Chicopee and now a bit of time at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks.


 
Date: 09 Apr 2008 19:03:57
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
> I have thrown reactives before. =A0My arsenal when I gave up the sport was=

> a Cuda/C, 1st gen Purple X, Nitro, Red Hammer and Rainbow. =A02 resin, 2
> urethane and a hard rubber.

Impressive arsenal. In fact, that Red Hammer might still be useful.
One of the ladies on my (just ended) Wednesday league uses a Red
Hammer and man, could she make that ball HOOK!!!

> We'll find out tonight. =A0I'm heading back for some adjustments tonight.
> =A0 Putting my thumb in the ball, the span does seem a bit short. =A0The 1=
st
> knuckle is well over past the halfway mark of the holes.

Sounds like the driller gave you a "relaxed" fingertip drilling.
Don't be concerned, IMO it's actually MORE COMFORTABLE than the
traditional "stretched" fingertip as it places less stress on the
tendons, etc.

> No offense, but to me having rollers for a 1 or 2 ball bag is laziness.

Not to argue, but, IMO, toting 40+ pounds of gear into a center BEFORE
bowling can get a little "tiresome" on the old shoulders (and
back?). :)

> =A0 The Cobra was a VERY roomy 2-ball bag with enough room to hold not
> only the balls and shoes, but extra short and long slide shoes for those
> wackier approaches, shoe-brush, towel, rosin-bag, water bottle, a 3
> course dinner and a partridge in a pear tree.

Today's 2-ball rollers can pretty much hold that kind of payload.
FWIW, you might want to look at getting a pair of shoes with
INTERCHANGEABLE HEELS AND SOLES like the Dexter SST-5, 6, and 7. One
pair of shoes, many different "slide permutations" depending on the
sole/heel combo you use. Also makes more "payload" room only carrying
one pair of shoes. (smile!)

> I can understand it for one house I was in -- The last time I bowled at
> Bradley Bowl in CT was around 1994. =A0Well, "bowl" is a bit of a
> misnomer. =A0The approaches were so slick that my Linds felt like a pair
> of ice skates.

I refer you to the above entry regarding having interchangeable soles
and heels... :)

> For me, it is very simple to know when I am following through properly:
> =A0 At the completion of my slide, my right fingers should be tapping my
> shoulder and my right foot should be well behind and past the left with
> only the toe touching. =A0The few times I have "good" throws, regardless
> of pin count, I just knew the form was finally spot-on.

Sounds like the kind of person I'd like video of for showing to my
coaching students. :)

> My brain says thanks -- my shoulder is cursing your parentage right
> about now :)

Maybe, in time, your shoulder and I can become bowling friends?
(smile!)

Take care and keep on improving...


  
Date: 09 Apr 2008 23:13:23
From: Polarhound
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
PromptJock wrote:
>> I have thrown reactives before. My arsenal when I gave up the sport was
>> a Cuda/C, 1st gen Purple X, Nitro, Red Hammer and Rainbow. 2 resin, 2
>> urethane and a hard rubber.
>
> Impressive arsenal. In fact, that Red Hammer might still be useful.
> One of the ladies on my (just ended) Wednesday league uses a Red
> Hammer and man, could she make that ball HOOK!!!

Unfortunately, I don't have any of them anymore. Back in 1995 I got so
sick of the sport that I traded every bit of equipment I had for $175
and a used Alpine car stereo.

>
>> We'll find out tonight. I'm heading back for some adjustments tonight.
>> Putting my thumb in the ball, the span does seem a bit short. The 1st
>> knuckle is well over past the halfway mark of the holes.
>
> Sounds like the driller gave you a "relaxed" fingertip drilling.
> Don't be concerned, IMO it's actually MORE COMFORTABLE than the
> traditional "stretched" fingertip as it places less stress on the
> tendons, etc.

The result was a good/bad combination. The thumb knuckle is no longer
rubbing on me, but without a plug/redrill of the thumb I will probably
be resigned to using tape on a permanent basis. Once the top was opened
up and the bottom taped up I had good traction with very little
stickiness. Of course, being that my body is still in revolt over last
night, I only threw enough tonight to make sure the adjustments worked.

>> No offense, but to me having rollers for a 1 or 2 ball bag is laziness.
>
> Not to argue, but, IMO, toting 40+ pounds of gear into a center BEFORE
> bowling can get a little "tiresome" on the old shoulders (and
> back?). :)

Eh, it builds character!

>> The Cobra was a VERY roomy 2-ball bag with enough room to hold not
>> only the balls and shoes, but extra short and long slide shoes for those
>> wackier approaches, shoe-brush, towel, rosin-bag, water bottle, a 3
>> course dinner and a partridge in a pear tree.
>
> Today's 2-ball rollers can pretty much hold that kind of payload.
> FWIW, you might want to look at getting a pair of shoes with
> INTERCHANGEABLE HEELS AND SOLES like the Dexter SST-5, 6, and 7. One
> pair of shoes, many different "slide permutations" depending on the
> sole/heel combo you use. Also makes more "payload" room only carrying
> one pair of shoes. (smile!)

I ended up ordering one of the Brunswick double bags. I could have
gotten it cheaper online than in the pro shop, but just like my
motorcycle gear I am a firm believer in showing support to the local
shops... Otherwise we won't have any left to go to before long! This
particular shop is run by Mike Lichstein -- Old timers might recognize
his father, Larry:

http://www.larrysprecisionproshop.com/about.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOwNFOpeVM

The 2nd link is an old PBA interview with Larry talking about his kids.


>> I can understand it for one house I was in -- The last time I bowled at
>> Bradley Bowl in CT was around 1994. Well, "bowl" is a bit of a
>> misnomer. The approaches were so slick that my Linds felt like a pair
>> of ice skates.
>
> I refer you to the above entry regarding having interchangeable soles
> and heels... :)

Noted :)

>> For me, it is very simple to know when I am following through properly:
>> At the completion of my slide, my right fingers should be tapping my
>> shoulder and my right foot should be well behind and past the left with
>> only the toe touching. The few times I have "good" throws, regardless
>> of pin count, I just knew the form was finally spot-on.
>
> Sounds like the kind of person I'd like video of for showing to my
> coaching students. :)

Now if I told you that I use a three step approach, would you still be
wanting to tape me? :)

I tried many times over the years to add steps. Everyone tells me that
it will help, but aside from the lack of balance/coordination in
changing over, adding an extra step would only seem to complicate things
for me.

My three step approach harkens back to my childhood when a ton of kids
in town went to a Saturday morning candlepin league. In my case, it was
Canal Lanes in Southampton, MA. They even had a bus owned by the alley
come around to pick up and drop off the kids.

Hell, if it's good enough for Mike Durbin, it's good enough for me!


 
Date: 08 Apr 2008 22:11:10
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
> - Decided to go with a Gamebreaker -- Something mild that I could work
> with yet still shoot a spare with it.

Good choice - always use a "weak", but controllable ball if you've
never thrown a reactive.

> - Went in planning to throw 2 games or so to get back into the swing of
> things.. Ended up throwing close to 6. =A0Hilarity ensues in my left knee
> and right shoulder. =A0Oxycodone + Whiskey FTW.

As Dr. Zachary Smith would say, "Oh, the pain! the pain!!" ;)

> - Have to have the thumb adjusted.. definitely too tight, although
> taking a dremel to it helped somewhat. =A0Couldn't put anything on it with=

> the fingers without the thumb hanging up. =A0Badly.

You sure the THUMB PITCH is correct? too much FORWARD PITCH will
always cause the ball to hang, even if it isn't "tight".

> - What happened to the decent size 2-ball bags? =A0The biggest one the
> shop had for a 2-ball was a Vise. =A0This thing isn't a bowling ball bag..=

> It's a friggen PURSE! =A0 =A0I need to find the current rendition of the o=
ld
> Cobra bags.

Please define "decent-sized"? if you check out www.bowlersparadise.com
you'll find a bunch of "roomy" 2-ball ROLLERS (I heartily recommend
ROLLERS over "totes" if you have more than 1 ball!) and they aren't
really that expensive.

> - Took about 2 games before I really started to get proper extension and
> direction in my swing. =A0Will be even better once I can actually put
> something on the ball!

Glad to see the "rust" is coming off the joints, etc. :)

> - Why do 80% of league bowlers now have an approach like they have a
> tent pole shoved up their ass?

1. That's the way they were TAUGHT.
2. They're self-conscious or un-confident about their "walking, etc."

Either way, they need to seek out a competent coach for some
lessons. :)

In conclusion: glad to have you back in the sport! :)


  
Date: 09 Apr 2008 17:40:30
From: Polarhound
Subject: Re: First night back on lanes
PromptJock wrote:
>> - Decided to go with a Gamebreaker -- Something mild that I could work
>> with yet still shoot a spare with it.
>
> Good choice - always use a "weak", but controllable ball if you've
> never thrown a reactive.

I have thrown reactives before. My arsenal when I gave up the sport was
a Cuda/C, 1st gen Purple X, Nitro, Red Hammer and Rainbow. 2 resin, 2
urethane and a hard rubber.

>> - Have to have the thumb adjusted.. definitely too tight, although
>> taking a dremel to it helped somewhat. Couldn't put anything on it with
>> the fingers without the thumb hanging up. Badly.
>
> You sure the THUMB PITCH is correct? too much FORWARD PITCH will
> always cause the ball to hang, even if it isn't "tight".

We'll find out tonight. I'm heading back for some adjustments tonight.
Putting my thumb in the ball, the span does seem a bit short. The 1st
knuckle is well over past the halfway mark of the holes.

>> - What happened to the decent size 2-ball bags? The biggest one the
>> shop had for a 2-ball was a Vise. This thing isn't a bowling ball bag..
>> It's a friggen PURSE! I need to find the current rendition of the old
>> Cobra bags.
>
> Please define "decent-sized"? if you check out www.bowlersparadise.com
> you'll find a bunch of "roomy" 2-ball ROLLERS (I heartily recommend
> ROLLERS over "totes" if you have more than 1 ball!) and they aren't
> really that expensive.

No offense, but to me having rollers for a 1 or 2 ball bag is laziness.
The Cobra was a VERY roomy 2-ball bag with enough room to hold not
only the balls and shoes, but extra short and long slide shoes for those
wackier approaches, shoe-brush, towel, rosin-bag, water bottle, a 3
course dinner and a partridge in a pear tree.

>> - Took about 2 games before I really started to get proper extension and
>> direction in my swing. Will be even better once I can actually put
>> something on the ball!
>
> Glad to see the "rust" is coming off the joints, etc. :)

>> - Why do 80% of league bowlers now have an approach like they have a
>> tent pole shoved up their ass?
>
> 1. That's the way they were TAUGHT.
> 2. They're self-conscious or un-confident about their "walking, etc."
>
> Either way, they need to seek out a competent coach for some
> lessons. :)

I can understand it for one house I was in -- The last time I bowled at
Bradley Bowl in CT was around 1994. Well, "bowl" is a bit of a
misnomer. The approaches were so slick that my Linds felt like a pair
of ice skates.

For me, it is very simple to know when I am following through properly:
At the completion of my slide, my right fingers should be tapping my
shoulder and my right foot should be well behind and past the left with
only the toe touching. The few times I have "good" throws, regardless
of pin count, I just knew the form was finally spot-on.


> In conclusion: glad to have you back in the sport! :)

My brain says thanks -- my shoulder is cursing your parentage right
about now :)