A few more words in response and off the top of my head. I did not sit down with a set of notes or otherwise, so this is not necessarily as well written as it should be.
My goal is to help and to learn.
The caveat about conditioning should also have the CYA – consult with your physician.
I think the intent of my reply was to stimulate thought, give additional resources, and render a general caveat. I hope something good came of it. You’ve already gone to Ron’s site and read the allegory about the blind men and the elephant too. I think there are a lot of positives to draw on therein. I first read that allegory in an English Class, I think it was in high school in the 60’s, it’s a good life lesson. In Dick Weber’s book, there is a closing sentence in a chapter that chides more or less “beware of fragmentary advice”. You are a smart and well read person and I think my caveat was not really necessary, but it was there for other purposes too.
If you have not read the Tom Kouros book ‘Par bowling, the challenge’, I’d advise getting a copy of it (there is supposed to be a new version on the way, which would be the third version), there is a lot of wit and wisdom in that book.
Tom is very highly regarded. There is a spot in the book where he recounts coaching experiences where something that worked for this bowler did not for another and that often times finding the right thing is an iterative process. Tom is a guru if you are not familiar with him, John Jowdy acknowledged Tom in John’s book as the foremost authority on the sport of bowling. Tom has helped many a pro and amateur. I can say that upwards of 90% of what I know and think I know and have been exposed to over the years, I first learned from Tom’s book. Ah you may say then I know very little and you may be right, but I do “know” a few things. One of the writers of BTM whom I took quite a few lessons from paid me a compliment insofar as my knowledge several years ago. This is not meant to impress, just as a reference.
The president of the University I work for said that our job in the University was to teach people how to learn. The Moody Blues have a song called “Question”, that’s part of the process, question, evaluate, and understand.
I think that goal setting is definitely an important thing to do. One trait shared by many successful person is that they rise above the expectations of the critics!
Give me an athlete with something to prove every time. Hey, experts said Gretzky was too small and too slow!
The more you learn about yourself the better. What motivates you, what are your strengths and weaknesses, mentally and physically, another song reference –
“The answer lies within, seconds tick the time out, there’s so much left to learn and I’m on the road to find out …” Cat Stevens. That is, you can read, listen, see examples who did what and when, in the end you assemble the right ingredients and do what you find important to your wishes and dreams.
We are all limited by time and resources. If you can use video tape, that would be a big plus, BTM ran articles on taping over the years, I’d refer to the articles, use sound and sight. That quick bio-feedback is in my opinion essential.
Establish a rapport with the management at the bowling centers and the pro shop! At the center, hopefully you can have more challenging patterns laid down
(someone said Sport league – excellent as we can become products of our environment --- least common denominator …)
Put accuracy props on the lanes for practice, hence the rapport with the center management! I’m not trying to sell Ron’s tape (expensive but good for some), but the tape is a pretty good lane target because you can hear when the ball rolls over it if I recall correctly. I met Ron out here when he was here to teach a few bowlers.
He put some of his tape at the arrows and about 40 45 feet down the lane, if I recall I could hear it both times, yes the bowler could hit both sets (he was a regional pro I believe – no he did not hit them every time).
Use PAP and Rev tapes during practice!!
Determine what drills and what you can work at when at home or not in the center, e.g. the Bill Hall articles a few years ago, I can check out the editions for you, the general theme was learning the game from the foul line back.
Also, personally I have found that doing some of the approach drills and balance drills in my stocking feet have the additional bonus of making me more aware of balance and more importantly where my balance begins to wane! I kind of stumbled ( pun intended) on this. By the way, one of the Pittsburg Steelers does a series of workouts barefoot, he mentioned that this helps his balance, so at least there are two such nuts ;o)
This touches on another important thing and that is honing your balance, not only via technique but by drills. There is one called the flamingo, Dr Briggs wrote about this in an earlier BTM when he was a regular writer, in fact the edition might have a flamingo on the cover. I think Susie covered that too. This is from my Teflon coated memory, but the drill is real and effective, that is no fabrication. Also, as the drills become easier, see what (with due care) you can do with your eyes closed!
Only practice when the body and mind are fresh and amenable to the task. DO NOT FORCE YOUR SELF WHEN PHYSICALLY TIRED, OR NOT MENTALLY FOCUSED
AND WILLING !!. This can result in several negative effects.
How long to practice depends on you but my caveat DO NOT, probably applies to most of us. Again, give it some thought, again learn about you and what works well and what not so well for you.
I could give you a few web resources, but for starts, look at www.bowwwling.com
(yes 3 w’s) it has references to many websites. I’d recommend Kenn Melvin’s website
10 pin bowling in Northern Ireland for it’s videos, Rollrite pros hop in the UK for it’s set of the Ritger Drills, Mika K’s website for a short video on the 1 step drill.
Susie Minshew’s site Ron C’s site off the top of my head.
Though I should avoid negative expressions -
DO NOT discount the value of the one step drill.
DO NOT discount the value of the Blind shot drill.
“We have no friends, we have no enemies, we only have teachers”
I think this means we can learn from every experience. Hopefully, this has been helpful in a positive fashion.
As far as a bowler, I have been used in the chapter entitled “Don’t let this happen to you”.
One coach tried to help me, I wondered why he always wound up humming the theme from “The man from La Mancha” (spelling???)