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Yesterday I had some revealing video of my bowling shot from the front and back. If you have never had this done, consider doing so; it will open your eyes as to any faults you may have and the good parts of your game.

Here is what was painfully obvious to me:

1. In my five-step approach, ball placement (pushaway) should be on step #2, mine was almost on step #4, way to late and a cause of turning the ball early, thus pulling it across the lane or dropping it at the foul-line.

I had corrected this but slipped into the late ball movement without knowing it. This is where eyes on the bench or regular video can help.

2. On some shots I had little knee-bend, also a cause of pulling a shot or dropping the ball early.

A tip here: Try to release the ball below the level of your sliding knee.

3. My bowling ball was released too far from my sliding ankle, once again causing pulled or dropped shots.

Ideally, the ball should be released a couple of inches from the sliding leg's ankle. For people who have excess weight it is often difficult to get the trailing leg to swing behind us, especially if we bowl squared up to the foul-line.

One tip to solve this is to keep your feet pointing straight ahead but turn your body to the right or left depending on what hand you bowl with, so the middle of your chest is pointing towards the gutter. Keep that position throughout your approach, get a knee-bend and swing your trailing leg behind you and space next to your ankle opens up, allowing the ball to be released close to the ankle, making your shots more accurate.

4. Turning the ball early can be caused by the above problems and by trying to generate hook instead of allowing the ball to do its job of hooking when it hits the dry area of the lane.

One way to help avoid this is to think of keeping the elbow of your bowling arm behind the ball until it comes off your hand. This can keep the elbow from flying out to the side, putting your hand on the side of the ball instead of behind it. This is called chicken-winging the shot.
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Watch YouTube videos of pro bowlers and watch as they swing and release their shots. Notice how straight their arm-swings are, how they angle their bodies to toward the gutter, how they get their ball below their sliding leg, and how they stay behind the ball until release. Then practice these points and see your game improve. emoticon -- Lou

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11/22/12 6:07 A

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If you have an old gym sock and a rubber band, stick them in your bowling bag then when approaches are sticky slip the sock over your sliding shoe and secure it at the top with the rubber band. Some bowlers cut off the top third of the sock and then put it over their shoe. Professional shoe covers should be available at your center's pro shop, but the gym sock works and will save you money. -- Lou

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11/7/12 6:33 A

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A tip to help keep the bowling hand behind the ball is to imagine your hand has a steel rebar rod sticking in your palm. Keep that rod pointing toward the ceiling during follow-through. This will help prevent overturning of the ball.

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I've been watching a lot of videos about my particular bowling ball... my Storm Karma Pearl. It has helped me understand how it is made, and what it is capable of doing. I've began to understand about coverstock, too, and the roll it plays.
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emoticon back Marly. You're not alone is not knowing where your ball is going. Until recently, I had the same problem over the summer and the first few weeks of fall league. But after more instruction and videotaping, practice scores are getting back to normal and I'm confident this will transfer to league soon.

One of our mutual problems is/was overturning the ball or turning it early, causing us to pull our shots. The key the instructor gave me was what I knew but what I didn't realize I wasn't doing is to keep the palm of the bowling hand up, facing the ceiling, through the swing and release.

Another tip is to aim a little further down the lane. This causes us to keep our hand behind the ball longer, thus giving it the direction we want. Keep your eyes on your target and watch the ball roll over it; don't look up too soon to watch the ball head toward the pocket or spare pin(s). Raising your eyes too soon will also cause the ball to be pulled.

Lastly, check where you are playing the lane. It sounds like you were in a part of the lane that had a bad track. Try going further outside and further inside to find a line where you get a consistent ball reaction.

Please don't stay away so long. Keep us updated on your progress and we'll see if we can help to get you straightened out.

Meanwhile, how about joining in the bowling games we've started? It really is nice hearing from you again. Don't be a stranger. -- Lou

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I don't know if anyone gets on this forum anymore, but I'm really getting frustrated and upset with my bowling. Tues. night, I tried to release my ball with its normal hook, but it didn't come back. Then I tried to go straighter, then it flipped and went brooklyn so I'd miss the headpin. I was even missing the easy spares--ones I usually pick up. I would try to throw out further, but I tend to pull the ball, so that would go brooklyn too. I would love to bowl a 200-game again, but I barely get a 130.

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Leah, you can be disappointed in missing spares, we all are, but think of this: You could average 190 without ever getting a strike by getting nine, spare, every game. We all love strikes but that shows the importance of making our spares. Glad you're getting help with your kit. -- Lou

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8/9/12 7:59 P

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Yes, Lou, I am!
I talked to the pro and Mr. Pappas tonight. I got this little round ball thing-y that feels like it is filled with small rocks... Adam and George said to roll it around in my hand before I pick up my ball. It definitely helped keep the holes from getting sticky. They said they will help me get a "kit" assembled when I have my bowling lesson. I hope the lesson will help me figure out how to become more consistent. This taking out only 9 pins is getting old! LOL! And then missing the remaining one pin! ARG!
The battle is between my ears, just like my eating battle!
I'm going to look for a bigger bowling bag... and think "out of the bag" to find one!
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Leah, are you referring to the site I suggested, bowlingball.com (for the articles)? -- Lou

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Go to the local thrift stores and look for a bowling bag. My SO found a backpack on wheels that works great for his bag. He put the ball support from an old bowling bag in the bottom.
You don't need to spend lots on a bag.
But, if you get one on wheels make sure the wheels are large enough that they support the bag and it doesn't flop around (I made this mistake).

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Thank you, Cat! I figure a nice pair of Capri's will work well for any time of year. And a nice polo shirt, as Lou suggested.
The bowling kit is wonderful, Lou! I had no idea about any of this stuff... I will ask at my pro shop about it all.
I've been carrying a notebook with me that I am recording all of my scores, and what is working and what is not, plus notes from bowling.com, too.
I think what is happening with my ball is that my fingers are sweaty, and that is making the holes feel sticky. I will ask about the rosin/powder.
I think I need a bigger bowling bag! LOL!
Hope everyone is having a good week!
I may get to bowl tomorrow night. Working late today.
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Excellent advice, Cat! I, too, feel more professional when I wear slacks and a polo shirt versus jeans and a t-shirt or other dressed-down clothes. Doesn't mean someone can't bowl well not dressed up, many do, just our personal preference.
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Leah, I'm not sure what you mean about your bowling ball holes. It might be that your thumb and fingers are swelling a bit from bowling, thus the holes would feel tighter, or stickier perhaps. Check with the center's pro shop operator or if there isn't one where you bowl, another center's pro shop.

A bowler would be advised to carry a container of some kind, small Tupperware or something else available at Walmart, etc., to hold several items (available from home or pro shops):

1. Rosin bag. Ask for advice on this. Some have talc inside that dries your hand if it perspires while others powder your hand so it is slicker.

2. Smooth black tape strips to use when the thumb hole is too loose. Put a strip either in the front of the hole facing the fingers or in the back of the hole. If still too loose, add another strip. If the hole becomes too tight, take out a strip.

3. Coarser white tape for use in the front of the thumb hole when the hole is too loose. Some bowlers like the smooth feel of the black tape, others like the rougher feel of the white. If you put white tape in the front part of the hole and need more tape, use the smooth black for the back of the hole so the back of your thumb doesn't rub against the rough white.

These and other kinds of tape come pre-cut so you just peel off a piece and insert it.

4. Small pair of scissors. Use an open blade to stick the tape to in order to make it easier to insert the tape. Ask the pro shop operator or a skilled bowler you see with such a kit to show you.

5. Pieces of rough and smooth sandpaper to use to enlarge a ball's holes or to make the inside of the hole smoother for release.

6. Small towel, like a face cloth, to rub the oil off your ball (to allow the ball to better roll on the lanes and to keep it off your clothes.

7. A pair of extra shoelaces because you never know when one will break.

8. A tube of Chapstick like stuff as a quick fix when your thumb hole gets too tight. Rub a very small amount on the back of your thumb. It's like waxing skies or a surfboard. Too much will make you drop the ball.

9. Small notepad and pen (pencil points break and their writing fades) to make notes about what felt good, what didn't, what an instructor's tips are, etc. I still have my notes from 1980
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10. This one might seem strange but cut paper into small crib type squares and write a reinforcing message on each of them then rubber band them or staple them together. One MUST read: "This is only a game." Others might say, "Have fun," or "Stay positive even when not bowling great," "Always cheer for your teammates," "Introduce yourself to your opponents before starting and congratulate or console them afterward," etc.

When you're disappointed in your scores, it helps (me at least) to shuffle through these and get reinforcement from the positive statements. Use your imagination for other reinforcing messages, just like those we use for our weight loss motivation.

This will get your starter kit going and won't cost very much. You likely have a container at home as well as an old face cloth, Chapstick, a pen, etc.

11. Also invest in shoe covers from the pro shop or from online to put over your bowling shoes when leaving the bowling area for the bathroom, snackbar, etc., so your shoes do not pick up gum or moisture or something that will cause you to stick on the approach. You can also wear them outside if need be (I did recently when I wanted to take out my contacts and put on my glasses that were in my car).

That's enough for now. Don't want to overpower anyone here with too much. Patrick, Raul or others may have suggestions, too. -- Lou

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Do not wear a skirt bowling as it could show more than you want the team to see, or it could be too long or restricting.
Wear slacks and shirt that fit well, not too snug or loose. You don't want shirts flow as they can get in the way of your bowling arm. And, you don't want one too short as it will show your belly when your arm goes through its swing.
Longer shorts (Bermuda length) are okay for the summer.
You do not need to wear the same thing every week. Just be clean and comfortable.
Personally, I tend to over dress for bowling as I have always felt that when one believes they look good then they feel good and have more confidence. That's just me.
Have fun regardless of what you wear.

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I am fnding that after I have bowled awhile the holes in my ball feel sort of "sticky". I use the little fan to be sure my fingers are dry. I wipe my hands with a towel, but is there anything else I can do? Should I keep wet wipes in my bag? I guess as I get hotter, my fingers must sweat like the rest of me! LOL!
Also, any suggestions about what I should wear to bowl with the league? I get rather warm after I bowl a bit, and the league is 16 weeks beginning in September. Do you need to wear the same thing each time? When I show dogs I make sure I have well moving clothes that keep me cool and comfortable, but a skirt doesn't seem smart for bowling.
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Thanks, Lou. I knew you would know the answer. I guess we just got screwed out of the third position for some reason but as long as the money works out!!

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Cat, league rules should spell this out. Typically, though, the team with the most total pins is listed ahead of others tied with them. When it comes to prize money, however, the prize total for, say, third place and that for fourth, are added together and divided equally between the two teams tied with wins.

That happened to our team the first half of last fall's league. We tied another team for second place wins, they were listed ahead of us in the standings because they had more total pins but the prize money for second and third was added together and split equally between the two teams. -- Lou

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Standings question for those of you that have a lot of league experience.
When two teams tie wins and loss points which one gets the top position?

Reason I ask is we tied with another team for third place and our team has more pins down both scratch and handicapped. So I wonder why they get third position and we get fourth??

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Thanks for the tips and the article. I've seen lots of things that say to keep your hand under the ball or to let your thumb come out of the ball first...but I can't seem to do either. I think my ball hooks slightly, but I'm pretty sure I'm not doing it correctly and it's definitely not consistent. I'm not really quite sure what I'm doing.

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Assuming the ball is drilled to fit you, you should be able to hook it. A key to rolling a hook is to keep your palm under the ball, facing up toward the ceiling, with your thumb pointing to about 12 o'clock. Focus on rolling the ball off your fingers and follow through so your hand is pointing toward the ceiling. This strong lift with the fingers should make your ball hook when it hits the dry, high friction area of the lane.

An alternate method is to do as above but at release, after your thumb has come out of the ball, rotate your hand slightly around the ball so your fingers are at about the 3 o'clock position (for right-handers), then continue with a full follow through. Don't let your fingers get around the ball too much so they are on top of the ball when you let it go; this will cause the ball to spin, rather than roll.

A good site with articles with tips for beginners to pros is:

www.bowlingball.com

Make notes as you read through the articles or print them out to carry with you when you bowl. Focus on one or two changes at a time then when you are comfortable with those, move on to another.

The articles may use different language than I did regarding how to hook a ball but the techniques will be the same. I wish you much success. Please let us know how you do. -- Lou

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Can you hook a conventional drilled ball?

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Thanks for a very good reminder!

I am taking the Summer off from bowling other than competing in the Louisiana State tourney. I will become more active on site come September. Still doing Tai Chi, the daily walk and strength training through the Summer.

If you are exercising or working outside, please remember to hydrate... Best policy is two waters and then a sports drink.

Good luck and high scores!
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Sounds interesting. I will certainly think of this tomorrow night.

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Armswing:

In my last post below I mentioned using videotape to see your game and understand what you are doing correctly and incorrectly. Last Sat. I had another lesson with my instructor who uses videotape and he immediately showed me a major flaw in my swing -- on my downswing my arm was going to the right instead of straight ahead alongside my body. It's like carrying a suitcase -- your arm stays close to your body, even if you swing the suitcase backward and forward. Imagine, though, as the suitcase swings forward that you swing it about 45 degrees to your right, away from the straight line alongside your body. If that was your bowling ball, how could you be accurate with that armswing? I wasn't as my recent scores posted in the Weekly Scores section show.

His suggestion was to try to feel my bowling arm brushing my right front pants pocket (or my lovehandle) on the backswing and back forward. Another way this works is to keep your elbow behind the ball.

For practice, swing your ball and watch it as you you try to brush your body with the ball as it goes backward and forward. That is the straight armswing we're all aiming for.

Last night I had such a great practice using his technique that a fellow bowler a pair of lanes over said I looked like a different, and better, bowler. The lesson here: try to brush your body with your ball as it swings both directions. This will increase your consistency and help increase your scores. -- Lou

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Checked your tips out and there is a lot of good common sense in them!

Thanks for the warm welcome!

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Off and on for the past couple of months I've been instructing a bowler I got to join our league three months ago. One of his problems was that he went on his toes, like a sprinter, thus having his shoulders lean forward. He also topped his shots trying for a big hook while rolling it a 100 miles per hour.

Finally, last night he began walking heel to toe which made it easier for him to keep his shoulders up and back and giving him more leverage at release. We had broken his habit of topping the ball so with these latest changes, he looked a lot better.

Tonight he bowled next to the lanes I was on. He started 201 and 201, his first 200s, then 163 for 565, his high series for the year, and raised his average three pins. After his first two games, the guys on the other team, who knew I had been working with him, yelled over to me, "No more instruction!" as they lost 4 of 7 to my student's team. Funny.

So, don't hesitate to ask for lessons from your pro shop operator or a referral from them.

The next thing we'll do is to videotape him so he can see himself and better understand what he's doing right and wrong.

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One thing I do from time to time in practice is to use my favorite ball for a game or two then, assuming I have a good line to the pocket, change to another ball and try to use the same line. May mean hooking it more or tightening it up, speeding it up or slowing it down, etc. -- Lou

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Aarrggghhh! SP just ate my well thought out reply. emoticon

A typical bowling ball will go through a skid-roll-hook pattern before hitting the pins. When the ball is delivered into a high-friction area of the lane, where there is less oil, the skid will be reduced and hook increased.

So if you're hitting high or Brooklyn, the first thing to try is to move both your target and your feet left (for righthander) to try to find more conditioner. Sometimes with today's lanes and conditioner, we'll end up several boards and often making perhaps six board adjustments at a time. But in order to not over-correct, do the two and two change first.

Other tips to try in practice to see the effect on the roll are:

* Tuck your pinkie finger under.
* Put your first finger right next to your middle finger and your pinkie next to your fourth finger. In other words, have all your fingers close together.
* Move up or back on the approach 3-6 inches.
* Increase your ball speed slightly and/or the loft.
* Switch to a harder surface ball if you have one. That one will skid more and hook less.

Sometimes several changes must be made but try one at a time so you know what worked that particular time and what didn't.

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So what adjustment do you make when you hit on the nose or go brooklyn? I usually throw straight-ish balls. I'm a righthander.

Edited by: MARLY314 at: 3/21/2011 (22:01)
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Use a bowling towel or small face towel, fold it a couple of times and place it in your bowling arm armpit. Then bowl as normal. If the towel falls to early, it will be far behind the foul-line and show that the armswing is flaring away from the body. If the armswing is tight to the body and straight, the towel should fall close to the foul-line. -- Lou

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oh thats true..and understandable..:) thanks


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Since I don't know the conditions where you bowl or your style, I hesitate to recommend any particular ball and suggest you talk with your pro shop owner and other good average left-handers in your league for their thoughts. Keep us posted. -- Lou

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Oh I get it now..thanks so much for your help!...would happen to have any suggestions for a good hard ball? emoticon


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An outside line is very generally from your third arrow on the left to the gutter. This gives you a greater angle of entry to the pocket allowing for better strike potential. A harder or shinier ball will allow you to roll a straighter shot from outside. Once you're used to this I would think your scores will go up. Let us know. -- Lou

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Thanks I think I will contact the pro shop.. but by working the outside angles you mean bowling from the left side?


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Sorry, I got slangy on you. A ball with less surface is one that is harder and skids more and hooks less, thus there is less ball surface to gather friction from the lane. If you're playing the angle you are playing, you are doing yourself a disservice, in my opinion, by not allowing yourself the advantage of better outside angles. Ask your pro shop operator or a local instructor to advise you. Won't cost you anything.

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I know I do need a new ball and heavier one at that but I am not sure which one I should get.. what do you mean by less surface..like sanded? I currently use a 13lb and I am going to go up to a 14lb


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Have you thought of trying a ball with less surface? That is, one that is harder and goes straighter to allow you to play the outside portion of the lane?

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I'm bowling horrible lately..I generally have one good game and then tank the others.. I have been bowling from all different spots since i started league bowling.. I'm left handed but since I always throw my ball to the left no matter where I stand I now bowl from the right side and shoot for the 3rd arrow from the right.. I have a really hard being consistent


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I have looked a few of the tips it looks like they are all really great tips. I cant wait to get back bowling.

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Yes! #100 has been a big help to me and will be continuing watching it this Monday. Also I noticed last week that I was releasing the ball a little too soon. Please keep those tips coming!

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Have you tried any of these tips? What have you been working on in practice? -- Lou

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Tips 91-101 of 101:

91. In pressure situations, concentrate on keeping good form and making a good shot.

92. Don't get too excited over a string of strikes nor too down over bad breaks. Both are part of the game.

93. Team play takes precedence over individual pot games or brackets. Cheer on your teammates, but offer instruction only if a teammate desires help and can immediately implement your tips.

94. If not using a straight shot for spares, aim to hook the ball into the right center (righthanders) or left center (lefthanders) of the pin.

95. Good bowlers often make good golfers since both sports require tempo, fluidity of movement and timing as keys to generating power in the shot.

96. Bowling skills must be acquired through learning and practice. As a result, many bowlers continue to improve over time, even past their prime.

97. For practice, try to hit the pocket four times in succession while playing a different targeting arrow on each shot. This helps you play different lines with different oil conditions.

98. Practice strengthening your release technique by practicing using a harder surface ball or a more highly polished one that will not grip the lane unless you come through the shot with significant rotation and lift.

99. The more you know about bowling fundamentals and desired mechanical aspects of the game, the better you'll be able to apply your own technical nuances. The more you experiment, the more knowledgeable you'll become with how various moves affect your shot-making.

100. Your thumb steers the direction of your ball while your fingers provide the drive. Remember this if you're having trouble staying behind the ball in your release.

101. Be aware of "analysis paralysis." Key on one thing at a time and work on it until it becomes comfortable. On occasion it is possible to work on two things at once, but more than that tends to defeat the entire learning process.

May you have all good breaks in your bowling.

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Tips 81-90 of 101:

81. Preferred finishing position is three to nine inches from the foul line.

82. A weak release results from a "chicken-wing" follow-through in which the elbow bends outside the swing line and the forearm points inside the target.

83. The truest indication of a sound and balanced release is a follow-through that heads straight down the target line and up to the ceiling.

84. Without producing a chicken-wing effect, let the elbow bend in the follow-through. If the momentum of the follow-through doesn't cause the elbow to bend, the release action and hand acceleration through the ball have been too passive.

85. Reaching prime performance level is cyclical along the lines of (a) looking for a key that will enhance performance (b) finding it (c) keeping it (d) losing it and starting the process over again.

86. Work on the mechanics of your game to make your approach as smooth and fluid as possible, but don't go for form alone. An effort to display a beautiful style ignores the fact that rolling an accurate and powerful ball is a strenuous athletic activity.

87. Moving your starting position up or back on the approach will have an effect on your game that is not entirely predictable. It's something to try when you're in a slump and other adjustments don't work. Usually, if your timing feels out of synch, move up several inches; if you need to generate more speed on the ball,move back several inches.

88. Roll practice shots as if each shot were worth $20,000. Then, when you are under pressure, roll big money shots as if they were practice.

89. It's okay to show your excitement and to use body English but keep it in check. Don't get so excited that your heart rate remains high when it's time for your next shot.

90. Taking one or two controlled deep breaths can calm you when pressure mounts and adrenaline is pumping.

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Tips 71-80 of 101:

71. The approach should be heel to toe to maintain a steady non-rushed pace.

72. Generally, the steps should lengthen throughout the approach with the slide being the longest. Some bowler will have a shorter power step on their next-to-last step, setting up a harder driving slide.

73. Steps should be directed toward the target. Many bowlers may drift a couple of boards but their pattern is always the same.

74. Shuffling a step or steps is an accepted technique.

75. Protect the sole of your shoes, particularly the sole of your sliding shoe so you don't pick up water or other substances and transfer them to the approach.

76. Keep your team's bowling at a consistent pace by being ready to bowl when the bowler ahead of you steps off the approach at the end of a frame.

77. If you're waiting for an adjacent bowler to bowl, stand completely off of the approach and no not push the reset button while an adjacent bowler is in mid-approach.

78. If you believe you made a good shot and get penalized with a split or otherwise unfavorable leave, do not stomp and curse but plan an adjustment for the next frame on that lane.

79. Don't believe that more hook equates to better striking potential. Strike factors include the mass and speed of the ball, its angle of entry into the pocket and its rotation.

80. To slow down ball speed, think of reducing your overall exertion and effort by 20 percent, rather than attempting to abnormally inhibit your swing.

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Tips 61-70 of 101:

61: Learn the correlation of the dots on the approach and the arrows on the lane which are 15 feet past the foul line. Know the board you want to slide on and the board or arrow you want your ball to roll over.

62: Additional targeting dots are located six feet past the foul line. These do not align with the approach dots or the rangefinder arrows but are located on boards 3, 5, 8, 11 and 14 from both sides of the lane.

63: Know your ball track as identified by the ring of oil on the ball. The semi-roller, with the track high and outside of the finger and thumb holes offers the most power.

64: To change from a full-roller where the oil tracks between the finger and thumb holes to a semi-roller, exaggerate the feeling of having the hand open at the top of the swing, perhaps with the thumb at the 2 or 3 o'clock position.

65: Don't hit the ball early. This diminishes the ball's hitting power. Hitting the ball should occur when the ball is alongside the sliding ankle.

66: Tape and sanding is a popular way of adjusting the finger and thumb holes as are finger and thumb inserts but these do not allow for easily adjustments with tape and beveling.

67: Thumb grips and inserts allow for consistent change-over from one ball to another. Thumb inserts are now available that are removable and able to be inserted in one ball then another, providing a consistent grip.

68: Hold your follow-through until the ball hits the pins. This will prevent you from shortening the follow-through.

69: The first step in the approach should be easy and uncomplicated and fairly slow to allow for consistent repetition.

70: After the first step, ensuing steps should have an even tempo whether fast or slow, without hesitation, skips or spurts.

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Tips 51-60 of 101:

51. Many crankers today strive to smooth out their violent wrist action, while strokers often seek more power to their fluid deliveries.

52. Practice upward hand release acceleration by tossing your ball in the air to another person while simulating the way you want the ball to leave your hand.

53. Effective lift carries the ball over the foul line on a level plane rather than lofting the ball on an upward trajectory.

54. Develop level shoulders during your delivery by keeping your non-bowling arm extended away from your body at about waist level.

55. Keep the opposite arm steady in the delivery.

56. If you change from a four to a five step delivery, think of the first small step as a trigger then move the ball into motion on the second step.

57. Changing to a fingertip or relaxed fingertip grip will provide a more powerful delivery.

58. Try to feel as if you are driving your hand through your ball at the release, developing the feel that you "got all of that shot."

59. A good ball fit, firm hand position and a good swing will make the ball feel as if it is a part of your hand rather than a foreign object you cling to in the swing and fling off your hand at the release.

60. Concentrate on keeping the non-sliding leg on the ground as you release and follow-through.

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Tips 41-50 of 101:

41. Know the oiling schedule of your league center(s). Fresh oil requires rapid and frequent adjustments as it carries down the lane.

42. Straight shots at spares are most beneficial except with double wood such as the 3-9-10 and 2-8 combinations. Shoot those with a hook with the ball hitting the front pin on the pin's outside so the ball can then drive through to the back pin.

43. A wrist device may be necessary to keep your wrist from breaking backward. But, generally, creating ball action without a wrist aide is better than that created with an aide.

44. The value of your bowling ball has several priorities: fit, weight, surface properties and interior design.

45. Polishing the ball in a polishing machine will help reduce the ball's hook. Roughing up the ball's surface with a Scotch Brite pad or sandpaper will increase the ball's friction and consequent hook. Be aware of rules that prohibit "doctoring' the ball in any way during competition.

46. To correct late timing, start the ball's pushaway sooner. To correct early timing, delay the pushaway.

47. An alternate way to correct late timing is to lengthen the fourth step in a five-step approach or the third step in a four-step approach.

48. 30-60 minutes practice sessions are more beneficial than marathon sessions.

49. In a long format tournament, make adjustments, equipment changes, etc. to maximize total scoring. In a one game match play your highest percentage shot.

50. It takes two or more practice sessions before a timing change becomes ingrained.


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Tips 31-40 of 101:

31. Think "drop and drive" to encourage a deeper knee bend followed by an authoritative follow-through.

32. Practice focusing on your release by using a one-step approach. Stand near the foul line, put the ball in motion and take one sliding step. Concentrate on the ball coming off the thumb first before being lifted by the fingers.

33. Warm up by stretching and by swinging the ball slowly. Your first few deliveries should be about three-quarters speed.

34. In your ball placement (pushaway), move the ball forward, NOT upward.

35. On your delivery, your arm follows through toward your target, your hand produces counter-clockwise (for right-handers) rotation.

36. To straighten out a spare shot, bend your wrist backward (break your wrist) and think of releasing the ball with your thumb and fingers coming out of the ball simultaneously. Other aspects of your delivery should be as normal.

37. Develop a general spare line for each pin on the back row. From there you can adjust easily for other spares.

38. Ball speed can be increased by putting your ball into motion a tad earlier than usual to create a more rapid approach.

39. Work to have a balanced delivery, not off-balance, but stable. Holding your follow-through will assist in attaining this.

40. You do not want your swing to veer around your body at release so get your bowling-side hip and leg out of the way after your next-to-last step.

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Tips 21-30 of 101:

21. Keep your head steady in the approach to allow you to keep your eyes on your target.

22. Don't be overly concerned if you don't exactly hit the target you aim for, but beware of what target you do hit.

23. Aim closer to the foul line for earlier ball roll, further down the lane for a later hook.

24. Know where your sliding foot is finishing and how close to your sliding ankle you release the ball.

25. Control the heads, the first 15 feet of the lane with a smooth delivery and a long trajectory through the heads.

26. Try as your first adjustments parallel line adjustments such as two boards left with your feet and two boards left with your target if your ball is going through the nose.

27. Shoot at the corner pins in practice to get a reading on how to play those shots.

28. Before each shot, think about what you will be trying to do. Careless shots are wasted shots even if the results are temporarily okay.

29. For pressure shots, try to simply make a good delivery.

30. To get the feel of an ultimate hook, take a very light ball and insert only your fingertips. Release the ball with your hand cupped and accelerate your release to have the ball come off the inside of your palm. The ball should track high and have a sudden snap hook at the end.

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Tips 11-20 of 101:

11. Hold your bowling ball with the inside of the thumb and fingers. Don't squeeze and knuckle the ball.

12. Tape should be used to adjust the ball's holes when your thumb and fingers shrink and swell.

13. Don't over-extend your initial ball placement (pushaway).

14. Develop a loose, relaxed swing and release.

15. Let gravity swing the ball. Don't muscle it.

16. Use a ball that is weight appropriate for you.

17. One way to develop more power is to use a slightly bent elbow in the swing. But this affects the pendulum swing so use this technique carefully.

18. Your backswing should level off near knee-high of the near-side leg.

19. Don't veer your swing away from your body. A towel placed under under your swinging arm should not fall during the backswing.

20. Biggest backswing no-no's are sidearming, a circuitous downswing, and a pulled swing, where the swing moves across the front of your body in the follow-through.

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Tips 1-10 of 101 by professional bowler Lyle Zikes:

1. For proper timing, ensure the ball is at the top of your back swing at the completion of your next-to-last step.

2. A typical release should be one to two inches from the sliding ankle with the arm perpendicular to the approach.

3. Release the ball smoothly out and down onto the lane, like an airplane landing.

4. Four to five step approaches are optimal.

5. For the best grip, use a ball that has been custom-fitted by an experienced pro shop operator.

6. Insert fingers into the ball first, then the thumb.

7. Insert your thumb fully into the ball for a natural feel and swing.

8. Assume a stance with slightly bent knees and slight tilt of the back forward with ball placement on the side of the swinging arm.

9. With a deliberate approach, start the ball higher in your stance. For a speedier approach, start the ball lower in your stance.

10. For enhanced ball action try spreading the forefinger and resting the ball on the base of the finger and/or tucking the pinky finger so the front of the knuckle lays on the ball.

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Some basic tips on technique:

1. Steps should be heel to toe except the last (sliding) step that should be toe first.

2. Shoulders should be up and back.

3. Keep elbow behind the ball, thumb at 2:00 and release with ball below the knee of the sliding leg.

4. Hold the release until the ball hits the pins, but at least until the ball passes the arrows.

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You're almost right. I'm standing almost next to the ball return so I'm left of the first dot. I'll try tucking my pinky, and my first fingers are spread, so there are hints that might work. Thank you--I'll let you know.

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OK, now I understand you start on the seven board on the right side.

Some ways to decrease hook are:

* Change to a ball with a different surface
* Increase ball speed
* Increase the amount of loft
* Move back on the approach slightly to subtly increase your foot speed and thus the ball speed
* Tuck your little finger under so the nail rests on the ball
* Do not spread forefinger or pinky finger
* Use a straighter wrist position
* Aim further down the lane
* Move your feet and target to the left. There are many variations, but usually two boards left with your feet and two boards left with your target. Continue this until you catch more oil which will cause the ball to slide more.

Try each of these during your next practice sessions and see the difference each of them will have on the amount of hook you get. Then use a combination and again watch for the difference.

If you're fighting a too-large hook, practice these tips when the lanes haven't been conditioned in a while just before oiling and then run through the above again but this time on fresh oil and watch the differences.

It helps to keep a notebook and write down the changes. One bowler I know even has a pad with lanes drawn on them then when he makes a change he details his ball track on the diagram, much like scoring a baseball game.

Try these and let us know how things go.

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I'm right hand. I try to study up on the hooking power of the balls before I buy them. Although the last ball I bought was the green Machine--that was my nickname I had at my last job, so I had to have it. It seems that when I have to really through out hard, to get the ball out further, I tend to pull the shot. Its alot easier when I roll it out close to the arrows, but then that makes it hook alot more, since it has further to hook.

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I'm a bit confused. Are you right-handed starting near the left side first dot and hooking the ball to the four board on the right side?

Whether or that is the case, if your equipment is big-hook bowling balls and your speed is too slow to adapt to the large hook, one solution is to go to bowling balls with a less porous surface to get more skid. Talk to your pro shop operator about re-drilling your bowlng balls for less hook.

Meanwhile, clarify right- or left-handed. Then, with John's experience and mine and that of the other group members, we can better help your game.

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Can you help a slow bowler? Please don't tell me to roll faster, 'cause it's easier for me to slow the ball than to speed it up. Most of my balls have a good amount of hook in them. I have one ball that I have to stand 2 boards left of the first dot--left side, then I aim at the 4 board towards the right gutter and still miss the headpin. My other balls aren't quite as bad. I have to stand about my foot or more closer to the foul line to get close to the pocket. Last week, this guy I bowled against, told me that I always hit the pocket. I used to be good at picking up spares. I don't feel like I'm good at bowling anymore, but I want to get better very badly. I struggle alot. I hope you can help me.

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Are you having problems with any part of your game? If so, ask for help here.

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