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Date: 28 Nov 2008 20:52:50
From:
Subject: spare ball
I bought a plastic spare ball and I just can't get used to it. my
average has droped thirty pins. I am used to hooking in to my spares.
I just can't seem to throw the straight ball with accuracy. it's like
when I played tennis, I had a great back hand and a terrable forhand.
I bowl by my self, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. I don't know
if it is mental or physical or what.




 
Date: 01 Dec 2008 13:06:27
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: spare ball
> now if I can learn to
> control my temper and take it one frame at a time.

Dr. Dean Hinitz' book, "Focused for Bowling" (http://
www.bowlersparadise.com/shop/books/book/focused_for_bowling_book.shtml)
will probably help you here.

In the meantime, just remember IT'S ONLY A GAME! :) the only
"accomplishments" temper-loss achieves are:

* Loss of focus
* Unneeded expension of valuable energy
* Making you look like a "dork, etc." in front of everyone
else
* Other Detrimental Things designed to promote/further
Bad Bowling, etc....

Hinitz' book helps one put bowling (and by extension, Other Sports) In
Perspective by helping you develop a better MENTAL GAME. Mastery of
your "inner you" will go a long ways to helping one achieve better
success in the sport. :)


 
Date: 30 Nov 2008 11:46:35
From:
Subject: Re: spare ball
On 29, 6:39=A0am, "Darlene Block" <tenpinhawk...@mchsi.com > wrote:
> <spr272...@netzero.net> wrote
>
> >I bought a plastic spare ball and I just can't get used to it. my
> > average has droped thirty pins. I am used to hooking in to my spares.
> > I just can't seem to throw the straight ball with accuracy. it's like
> > when I played tennis, I had a great back hand and a terrable forhand.
> > I bowl by my self, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. I don't know
> > if it is mental or physical or what.
>
> First, don't use the spare ball for all spares. If you can pick up the sp=
are
> by hooking at it with your regular ball keep doing that. The spare ball i=
s
> used for spares that you miss because your regular ball hooks too much. S=
o,
> using your plastic ball, throw a hook at your right side spares for
> right-handers (left for left-handers) and it shouldn't hook as much and y=
ou
> can pick up your spare. If it still hooks too much you have to learn to
> throw the ball straighter for those spares.
> =A0 =A0 =A0I'll let someone else tell you how to do that. I just throw th=
e back-up
> ball I learned to bowl with 30 years ago. =A0 =A0 :)
> Dar

I used my plastic ball for evreything right of the head pin and I
hooked into everything else. it worked out alot better. thank's for
the advise, I need all the help I can get. now if I can learn to
control my temper and take it one frame at a time.


 
Date: 29 Nov 2008 14:39:46
From: Darlene Block
Subject: Re: spare ball

<spr272000@netzero.net > wrote
>I bought a plastic spare ball and I just can't get used to it. my
> average has droped thirty pins. I am used to hooking in to my spares.
> I just can't seem to throw the straight ball with accuracy. it's like
> when I played tennis, I had a great back hand and a terrable forhand.
> I bowl by my self, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. I don't know
> if it is mental or physical or what.

First, don't use the spare ball for all spares. If you can pick up the spare
by hooking at it with your regular ball keep doing that. The spare ball is
used for spares that you miss because your regular ball hooks too much. So,
using your plastic ball, throw a hook at your right side spares for
right-handers (left for left-handers) and it shouldn't hook as much and you
can pick up your spare. If it still hooks too much you have to learn to
throw the ball straighter for those spares.
I'll let someone else tell you how to do that. I just throw the back-up
ball I learned to bowl with 30 years ago. :)
Dar




 
Date: 28 Nov 2008 22:52:10
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: spare ball
> I bought a plastic spare ball and I just can't get used to it. my
> average has droped thirty pins. I am used to hooking in to my spares.
> I just can't seem to throw the straight ball with accuracy. it's like
> when I played tennis, I had a great back hand and a terrable forhand.
> I bowl by my self, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. I don't know
> if it is mental or physical or what.

Instead of trying to HOOK the plastic ball, get an "experienced"
bowler friend, or even a Certified Coach, to teach you how develop the
release to roll a "FLAT", NON-HOOKING ball.

In a nutshell, to deliver a "flat" ball:

1) Hold the ball in your hand so your PALM IS PARALLEL to the lane
and your wrist is slightly BENT BACKWARDS. This almost ensures your
middle and ring fingers will be pointing STRAIGHT UP as you hold the
ball. It also means your wrist will be turned so far to the right
(for right-handers; left for left-handers) that it looks/feels like
you'll deliver a BACKUP BALL (VERY useful if the back-ends are SUPER
DRY or "stripped" of oil).
2) Stand at the "opposite corner" of the lane from where the spare
pin is (i.e., left side for 6 and 10 pins, right side for 4 and 7
pins).
3) Point your bowling shoulder DIRECTLY AT the "offending" pin and
hold it in that position from pushaway to delivery. Depending on the
corner pin(s) you're going for, your target line will most likely
travel BETWEEN the 3rd and 4th arrows on the side the pin is on.
4) When you release the ball, ensure your hand stays PARALLEL TO THE
LANE, wrist stays in the "broken" position, your hand comes STRAIGHT
UP THE BACK OF THE BALL, and your follow-through has your arm
"grazing" the side of your head (almost to the point of your "patting
yourself on the back"). ** DO NOT LET THE HAND "ROTATE" INTO A "HOOK
DELIVERY" POSITION! ** or allow the arm to "rotate" inwards (i.e.,
"chicken-winging"). As the ball goes down the lane, you'll (most
likely) hear a "thumpa-thumpa-thumpa" sound as the ball, literally, is
rolling OVER THE THUMB HOLE.

If you target and deliver correctly, the plastic ball will go in a
dead-straight line to the center of the Offending Pin, and "mash" it
into the pit. Practice (and confidence!) will eventually result in
your being able to "kiss" the side of the pin, driving it across the
pin deck to the other side (can you say "bye-bye, 4-7-10 split"
here?).

In fact, I consider it Good Practice Regimen to bowl a game or two
using ONLY THE PLASTIC BALL for strikes and spares! I guarantee your
targeting accuracy WILL IMPROVE as plastic balls are relatively
"immune" to lane oil conditions.

Does this help?