Here are a few things I learned over the years that I want to mention to help you learn the game and improve more quickly:
1. For more ACCURACY or when there's not much oil on the lanes:
**Have a better follow through by looking another 6-12" past your normal target. This will make you reach out more.
**Use a slightly weaker release-lessen the lift and turning motion.
**Start a little father back on the lane which will increase your walking speed and thereby cutting down on the amount of hook which increases accuracy.
2. To help read the lane better, always start in your normal spot when the lease practice session begins. I always start in the center of the lane (20th board). Then adjust left or right from there, but only a board or two at most to start.
3. Determine at what point the ball breaks (starts to hook). If you slow down, the breakpoint will begin sooner. Each lane is slightly different so pay attention to each and make a mental note so you stand on the correct dot or board on each lane, and not visa versa. I've been on pairs of lanes that have varied by 5 or more boards.
When I was a beginner, I used to write on a piece of paper where to stand on each of the lanes which I kept in my pocket. I would check it when I needed a reminder to let me know what dot or board to begin on and which target to use for each lane in case I forgot. When the lanes changed and I made adjustments and make a note on the paper. There's a lot of things to remember when you first start out and by writing it down, it was one less thing for me to have to worry about.
4. As the golfer makes the mistake of looking up too soon, remember to keep your eyes on the ball until it goes over your intended target to make sure it is in fact doing that! There's plenty of time after it passes the target to look up at the pins.
5. Learn to bowl each frame SEPARATELY! Try to focus on good execution and follow through and do NOT think about the prior frame if you missed converting a spare. You should only do that immediately after you did it to figure out what you did wrong and what adjustment you need to make. Then leave it in the past since you cannot do that frame over again, there's no sense in dwelling about it. Remember, if you are worried about the past frame/s you won't be able to focus on the task at hand!
6. I found over the years that when shooting for strikes, it's best to aim from the foul line to the arrows and when going for spares, it's better to aim from the arrows to the pins (spotting farther down the lane helps with accuracy as mentioned above).
If you have extra time this week, go practicing and just have a fun time out bowling with the family, then you can show off how much you are improving! I am proud of you for sticking with me and I know how committed you are to get to that next level!
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Hello!! My name is Joanie. Although I'm not a professional bowler, I have loved the sport for more than 45 years, averaged over 200 for several seasons, and learned quite a bit with research and experience.