What exactly is a "slump" in bowling? Well, it's what happens to all of us at some point or another during our bowling years and it's not fun at all! If you're not bowling up to par for several weeks and can't figure out what you're doing wrong, don't PANIC!! When you panic and start worrying about your average going down, or that your team is losing games because of you, it will get worse.
The key is to stay calm and realize that you're NOT alone. When I was a beginner, I always tried to figure out what I was doing wrong which was very difficult. I decided to just focus on the things I needed to do in order to execute a good shot. Here are some check points I've listed below. Make sure you focus on doing these things correctly.
1. Walking slow and straight
2. Having the trailing foot more in back of you rather than out to the side.
3. Checking your hand position for the 10:00 or 11:00 release.
4. Getting out one the correct target.
5. Being square to the target.
6. Making sure you are not dropping the bowling arm shoulder.
7. Having a nice smooth pendulum swing, no jerky movements.
8. Attacking the pins with confidence so your speed will be good, and consistent. If you're getting disgusted with your
performance, it could affect your speed and if you are going too slow, the ball will hook too much.
9. Check the bowling ball finger grips for being too loose or too snug. If you have gained or lost weight, you need to check those, otherwise your release may not not be good.
10. Check thumb hole for being too lose or too tight.
11. Check if the ball is skidding rather than rolling into the pocket.
If you focus on the check points, the problem will correct itself. You can also have a friend come along with you during your practice sessions and film you. Then you can examine yourself from the back so you may be able to see any issues.
If you prefer, if have some friends from the league that bowl better than you, you can ask one of them to come down and watch you for a few frames. They may be able to spot the issue right away so you can back to getting those high score again. If you are still bowling under average after several weeks of practicing these check points, it may be time to talk to the pro in the pro shop for a lesson or two. Tell the pro the issue you are having and they will get you back on track!
Join me next week when I'll be discussing Bowling Coaches.
Good luck and high scoring!
Hello!! I'm not a professional bowler, but 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.