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Date: 05 Jul 2007 22:50:31
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Subject: damn bowling is hard
yesterday I bowled a 200, 225, 207. today I bowled a 147, 174, 160. I
am either good or bad, no in between. out of all of the sports I have
ever played, bowling is the hardest to be consistant at. it is a
constant struggle. I know, I know, just take lessons. but unless you
have a coach wathching every ball you throw, how do you know what you
did wrong ? it could be a dozen different things. it is way more
complex, than I ever imagined it would be. maybe I am over
complicating things and I need to simplify my game, I don't know. but
at this point, I am overwelmed.





 
Date: 08 Jul 2007 14:26:03
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: damn bowling is hard
> I assume you were practicing when you bowled both sets. Here is what I was
> told to do in practice. I was told to practice the things I am not so good
> at.

One of the best ways to practice is during GLOW/COSMIC BOWLING
sessions! the flashing lights, noise, rude teens, distractions, etc.
will FORCE you to discover (if not improve) your MENTAL PROWESS in
concentration, focus, tuning-out the environment, etc. If you're
"blessed" with having the LIGHTS OUT or BLACK-LIGHTED, you'll also
discover (as well as have to improve) your TARGETING, ETC. skills to
Get To The Pocket (especially if the lanes are "beat up", oil-wise).

Dean Hinitz' book is an excellent tool for helping one work on
improving in these areas. :)



 
Date: 08 Jul 2007 02:25:19
From: Robert A. Zanol
Subject: Re: damn bowling is hard
I assume you were practicing when you bowled both sets. Here is what I was
told to do in practice. I was told to practice the things I am not so good
at. In other words if my "A" game is down and in practice swinging the ball
for a game or so, then practice playing deep inside (whether the shot is
there or not) for a game or so. The object of practicing lines other than my
"A" line was to insure I would be able to play them comfortably and
accurately in case i ran into a condition that required me to play those
shots. I also learned to play a game or two of shooting spares only that i
am weak on.

When I practice I am not concerned at all about the score, I am more
concerned with my form, acuracy, ball speed, etc. I am concerned with
improving the things I am bad at so I can score on any condition because in
my definition that is what a good bowler can do. I am not saying I am good,
I am just sharing some tips that were passed on to me that have improved my
game.

RAZ
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> yesterday I bowled a 200, 225, 207. today I bowled a 147, 174, 160. I
> am either good or bad, no in between. out of all of the sports I have
> ever played, bowling is the hardest to be consistant at. it is a
> constant struggle. I know, I know, just take lessons. but unless you
> have a coach wathching every ball you throw, how do you know what you
> did wrong ? it could be a dozen different things. it is way more
> complex, than I ever imagined it would be. maybe I am over
> complicating things and I need to simplify my game, I don't know. but
> at this point, I am overwelmed.
>




 
Date: 06 Jul 2007 13:04:59
From: newsreader
Subject: Re: damn bowling is hard
spr272000@netzero.net wrote:
> yesterday I bowled a 200, 225, 207. today I bowled a 147, 174, 160. I
> am either good or bad, no in between. out of all of the sports I have
> ever played, bowling is the hardest to be consistant at. it is a
> constant struggle. I know, I know, just take lessons. but unless you
> have a coach wathching every ball you throw, how do you know what you
> did wrong ? it could be a dozen different things. it is way more
> complex, than I ever imagined it would be. maybe I am over
> complicating things and I need to simplify my game, I don't know. but
> at this point, I am overwelmed.
>
as you can make 600 plus I ASS-U-ME you have a repeatable shot and have
'enough' accuracy. If Accuracy was still good on the lower scoring block
my suspicion is that it is ball speed that was letting you down.
Were you hitting the pocket and just not getting the carry ?
Watch your ball closely as it approaches the pins (and other bowlers as
well to learn to 'see' this.
If your ball was still skidding when it met the pins - carry is reduced
drastically. If the ball rolls out early - carry is reduced also.
This observation plus some speed adjustment can improve your game no end
no matter your technique.
A LOT of bowlers fail to observe this in my experience.


 
Date: 05 Jul 2007 23:48:03
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: damn bowling is hard
> yesterday I bowled a 200, 225, 207. today I bowled a 147, 174, 160. I
> am either good or bad, no in between. out of all of the sports I have
> ever played, bowling is the hardest to be consistant at. it is a
> constant struggle. I know, I know, just take lessons. but unless you
> have a coach wathching every ball you throw, how do you know what you
> did wrong ? it could be a dozen different things. it is way more
> complex, than I ever imagined it would be. maybe I am over
> complicating things and I need to simplify my game, I don't know. but
> at this point, I am overwelmed.

The first question I should ask is "How long have you been bowling"?

The next question is "What were the lane conditions like yesterday
(fresh oil? bowled on by others for awhile?) vs. today?"

Next question: "What TIME OF DAY did you bowl yesterday? today?"

Next: "Did you eat anything before you bowled yesterday? today?"

Next: "What was your FRAME OF MIND (calm? relaxed? anxious? fearful?)
yesterday? today?"

Next: "What whas your PHYSICAL STATE (tired? sore? tense? stiff
joints? feeling real good?) yesterday? today?)

There are many more questions I suppose I could ask, but I think you
might be getting the idea of what I'm trying to do. :)

To conclude: "Past performance is no indication/guarantee of what
you'll do TODAY!" IOW, what you experienced isn't out of the ordinary
- we ALL have our "kick-ass" days and we all have "can't-hit-the-broad-
side-of-a-head-pin" days and we have the "in-between" days. Yes,
bowling is a complex physical AND MENTAL sport. To excel (or at
least, be consistent), you need to "understand yourself", both
physically and mentally.

Please accept my suggestion of Dr. Dean Hinitz' book, "Focused For
Bowling" (http://www.bowlersparadise.com/shop/books/book/
focused_for_bowling_book.shtml). I can guarantee that after going
through it (Important: read it SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY! ;) ) you'll learn
something about yourself and, if you're open to what is in the book,
you'll start seeing more overall consistency in your bowling (i.e.,
not so many "peaks" and "valleys") if you implement the tips/
suggestions found in the book.

I hope this helps a little. :)