I wanted to take some time out to ask you how you’re doing. Have all the posts you’ve read make sense to you so far? If you are confused at all, welcome to the rest of the Bowling Community. It’s NOT as easy as it looks. You can’t just stand anywhere on the approach and toss the ball down the lane (like you may see lots of people doing during open play at the bowling enters) if you want to get a high score.
It takes lots of practice, devotion, and a real desire to get better. It’s like anything else, the more you really want it, the more you will do anything to achieve it. Do your best to fit in the necessary practice time, even if it means going in the evening after you’re a bit tired after a log day (Most leagues are in the mornings and evenings, but sometimes there may be a few open lanes).Or go on the week end and bring the family if you have to. You can practice staying focused on some of my basic principals with some distractions, which is how it is in the leagues anyway.If you have joined a summer league which is only about 12 weeks, you can use that as practice for the upcoming winter league which usually starts in Sept. Most of the Winter leagues are about 34-36 weeks long.
Bowling is a game where you can't just figure out things in your head. You need to physically get out there on the lanes to try different things. Take notes on what you discover and review them often to refresh your memory. It’s not easy to remember everything, especially if you are a beginner.
Most importantly, NEVER GIVE UP!! If you can’t figure something out and it drives you crazy, move on to a different thing and go back to it at a later time. Come out swinging every time and keep going over the Basics I have mentioned in previous posts. Always start in the center of the approach (20th Board) and observe how your ball is working and where it's breaking (starting to hook). Then adjust by moving LEFT, RIGHT, FORWARD, or BACK. Don’t move more than a few boards at a time for each adjustment. Remember if you miss to the right, adjust by moving to the right. If you miss to the left, adjust by moving to the left. If you know you did things right, you could be dropping your shoulder. Move your bowling shoulder up a little at the stance and hold it that way through the release. It will eventually correct itself.
Spot check where you stand on the approach and look down at where you end up after you release the ball to insure walking up straight on the approach. A little wandering toward the target is normal but you don't want to end up more than 2 or 3 boards different. Wandering excessively can cause inconsistency.
Have you incorporated all or at least some of the exercises I suggested to stay strong and help with stamina so you can bowl well for all three games and not feel tired? Have you gotten that new ball you’ve been wanting? If you haven't gotten your own equipment, please try to do that as soon as possible. Consistency is the name of the game!!
I'll be doing some traveling the month of July, so join me back here on August 9th when I'll be discussing "Washouts".
Good Luck and High Scoring!