Are you just a beginner in the sport of bowling and want to start out with the help from someone who is an expert? Would you like to change your bowling style? Would you like to get your game up to the next level? Do you want to improve on a specific aspect of your game, such as technique, form, your approach? Perhaps you have a big tournament coming up and want some advice or or some mental tips? If the answer is Yes to any of these questions, then it may be time for you to get a bowling Coach! Even the professionals need coaches from time to time! A coach will watch you bowl, make lots of positive suggestions so your game can improve more quickly, and getting one makes it easier to help you figure things out if you are having any issues with your game.
If you are a beginner, you'll have more help learning the basics before you can develop any bad habits. If you're an experienced bowler, it's a good idea to have something specific in mind that you want to learn from a coach, like how to get more strikes, how to improve on converting spares and splits, improving your timing on the approach, or just improving more on getting a higher average for example.
Keep in mind that you will have to make a weekly commitment and be flexible since some of these bowling coaches have other jobs and may only be able to meet you different days during the week.
There are a few different ways of finding a good and coach that is CERTIFIED by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). If you're in a league, it's best to ask some of the other bowlers or you can go to the pro shop at your bowling center. Lots of the pros in there do give lessons or will know of good coaches that can help you out. It will most likely benefit you to try and get lessons at the center where you already bowl so they can help you out with the type of oil patterns they use there.
With technology being what it is, you can also go online and just type in "certified bowling coaches" in the city and state that your reside. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) has a special rating system for Certified Coaches. Level One-Bronze, level two-Silver, and level three-Gold, Gold being the most experienced and also the most expensive type of coach. There are only 16 Gold coaches worldwide. There is also another good website you can go on, bowl.com which can also help you locate a good coach.
When you find one, it's a good idea to do a little background checking to make sure he/she is all they say they are. Talking on the phone, emailing, or meeting the pro in person before any lessons, will help you decide if this coach will be a good fit for you. You want someone that has a good attitude and personality, and will be someone you will enjoy taking lessons with. Also ask about the coach using any training aids like diagrams, or videos. Lastly, know what the cost will be to you each week and how long the lessons will be. Most lessons can range from $35+ an hour depending on where you reside and the level of the coach, as previously mentioned. Some may require you to take more than one lesson.
If you feel a private one-on-one lesson doesn't quite fit into your budget, then you can ask a friend you bowl with to come with you so you can split the cost. Bowling Clinics exist for help in improving, you just need to go online and do a little research. I have taken a few lessons over the years to help me get over issues I may have been having at the time that I couldn't quite figure out for myself. They always got me back on track!
I feel coaches are very beneficial because they can analyze all aspects of your physical and mental game, and can help you improve more quickly than doing things yourself. You may also be able to get more out of your practice sessions after taking a lesson or two.
If you are an experienced bowler and would like to become a Certified Coach, you can go online and do some research about the specifics. They have classes you can attend or 3-5 hour courses with a test at the end for each level, information about the cost, and the times that the classes will be online.
Remember to set realistic goals for yourself when working with a coach or just improving by yourself. Be patient and in your spare time, make sure you can get to the lanes to practice what you are being taught by the coach.
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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.