Here is my response to the original post.
I attented a PBI camp over 5 years ago. Fred Borden and a woman did the majority of the instruction. The woman coaches the USA team, but I can't recall her name right now.
At the time that I went to the camp I had been averaging in the 190s. I thought my game was better than it was. It was a 3 day camp with both instruction in classroom and on the lanes.
Overall I felt that I learned a lot. I knew more than 75% of what was tought in the classroom, and thought that it was a lot of fundamental information. I did get some information out of it, so it wasn't wasted time, but it would have been better had I not had to sit through much of it.
The lane play was kind of done ad hoc, and everyone was looked at, taped at the beginning of instruction and at the end, and analyzed. It wasn't a CATS analyses, but a computer look at your swing, and your timing. I found this to be very informative, and a must for anyone who wants to get better.
I didn't think that I got as much individual attention as I would have liked. People who were pushy, tended to get the most instruction.
The class also offered a ball, and a professional ball fitting. I thought that this was done as more of a sales type addition. It gave Don Moyer a chance to sell and drill balls for people. He did know a lot, but I didn't think that he offered me much more than any of my local pro shops.
Overall I thought for me it was a positive experience and taught me a lot about bowling, and timing. I left with a plan for how to improve my game, and that was valuable. Overall I would have preferred more individual instruction, and less classroom work. I think that with the a mixed level class of bowlers, the topics for the classroom are hard to pick and choose since the level of education about bowling for all of the students will be quite varied.
Next I attended a Kegel training class with a silver level coach. I purposefully went out of my way to move my scheduled date over one month into the future to get thier best coach (Shockly I think), but one week before I arrived they switched me to another instructor. At that point my travel arrangements were fixed and I was stuck (so to speak). I thought that this was very poor on their part. Having to travel by plane to get to Florida, I was annoyed at their inconsiderate scheduling.
Anyway, I was given a CATS analyses of my game, and tips on how to improve. It was one-on-one instruction, and was very helpful. I got a lot of valuable information.
What went wrong: The VHS taping that they did during my training had a problem with the audio that day, so the coach had to redub the tape. I thought by doing this, a lot of the information that he gave me during taping was lost.
My remarks. Overall going to Kegel helped me and gave me a plan for improving. I learned what my measurable speeds, and angles were, and I was given information on how to improve them. I was given a tape that I still look at every once in a while, and found my coach to be open-minded and insiteful.
How it could be better: First of all, I think that I could have helped the process myself by preparing better. I could have prepared a list of questions that come to my mind when I am bowling and am not sure what is going on. I often find myself struggling with something at one time or another, but don't write down those questions.
Time was still spent going over spare systems, lane breakdown, and other things that I didn't want to waste time on. I can get this information from reading Bowling This Month, or other periodicals, and didn't want to wast my valuable personal time going over this stuff.
What is unavoidable: I had to schedule my training during the summer. uring the summer I usually only bowl once a week. Thus my game is certainly not in it's best shape. Next the approches on their center were a lot tackier than what I have at home. Even with my most slippery sole, I was not able to slide as long as I like. I had to make small changes in getting used to their approaches. Combine these two factors, and it makes for a subpar performance in some areas, that are typically not problems in my game. This then shows up in your CATS analyses and thus contributes to changes in your game that might not be as necessary as others. So what I am trying to say is that a one time coaching analyses is far from perfect. They take a snap shot of your game at one point in time and try to help you from there. More regular visits would be much more helpful. At least I think in my case. Also I found that shotgun training it tough to master. In both of my cases, the instructors found multiple problems with my game. Anyone who has practiced knows that trying to correct multiple things in their game at the same time is almost impossible, and concentrating on 3 different things while trying to deliver a ball is a recipe for failure.
Moving on from there. Even with both of these clinics under my belt, I still find that a lot of my bad habits creep back into my game. As a matter of fact some have never been fixed. So thinking that a clinic or two is going to cure you of all of your bad habits is probably hoping for too much.
Here is something that I also found is a problem with one day clinics. Lets say that a coach finds a flaw in your swing. You practice correcting it, but now something else goes wrong. Is it your new swing corrected, that is causing another problem, or are you not properly fixing the problem with your swing. Being days or weeks from your completed training you are now left wondering what to do, or how to fix it.
I have taken golf lessons, and there are lots of qualified golf teachers in my area. Unfortunately for me in Lynchburg, Virginia there are no good coaches to help me. In golf if I practice something and introduce another flaw, I can go back to my coach anytime and work on the new problem. With one time clinics you are left on your own wondering how to fix your problem. This has left me on occasion just going back to my old habits, that I think I know how to compensate for, or at least knowing how to live with.
I am still thinking about going to a Dick Ritger clinic, but don't know if I should spend the money at this point.
Just my 10 cents.