If you are not working at the present time, I recommend going practicing during the daytime hours when kids are in school. It's not as crowded in the bowling centers as it is on the week ends, and getting lane or two will be easier. Kids get excited and don't wait for you even if you are already set up on the lane.They also gather around each other and don't sit down which are huge distractions. If you can only get there on the week ends, then practice stepping back even if you are already set up on the lane. It takes practice to discipline yourself to do this, but you'll bowl better if you do.
When you go to the lanes for practice, I recommend having something specific in mind. Don't just toss the ball out there. There are several things you can work on, nd you should practice each for a game or two. Here is a reminder list:
1. Walking up straight- Check where you starting point is and after you release the ball, look down at your feet to make
sure you are close to that same spot on the lane at the foul ine.
2. Getting the ball out over the intended target-You can put a piece of blue painters tape on the board or arrow you want
to use (check with the front desk if they will allow that first).
3. Get a good lift on the ball, keeping the fingers slightly bent-You can also touch your shoulder each time after the ball is
released and the follow through with your ar, This will insure a good lift.
4. Getting your Timing in sync with the footwork and ball release-Count your steps and feeling a good "".
5. Getting a good LOFT on the ball and trying to hit the same spot on the lane each time.You can put a towel out a few
feet from the foul Lin and see if you can land the ball on it each time.
6. Keeping your shoulders SQUARE to your target.
7. Practicing hitting any pins you may be having trouble with in the league.
8. Keeping your knees FLEXED (slightly bent) at the stance and throughout the walking and release.
These eight things are the real basics, and if you get these down the rest will come easier. Most of all, have fun and be patient with yourself. You want to be a good bowler, but it takes time and several hours of practice. Join me back here next week when I'll be discussing "Bowling Teams". See you then. Good Luck and high scoring!