Bowling Under Pressure

More research on pre-shot routines: under the gun

Bowling Under Pressure

In the April issue of BTM, Joe Slowinski explained a study he conducted at the Kegel Training Centre that included a breathing technique and proven targeting process as a pre-shot routine. Briefly, Joe designed the pre-shot routine (hereafter called PSR)... [Read More]

Mapping the Location of Oil

Get lined up by painting a mental picture

Mapping the Location of Oil

One of the most overlooked, yet often discussed, mental skills in bowling is the ability to read oil patterns. Reading oil patterns is the mental ability to map the location and volume of oil placed on different sections of lane... [Read More]

Coaching Overload

Can too much feedback be a bad thing?

Coaching Overload

In previous discussions of Coaching Concepts, I asked successful coaches to provide their coaching philosophies about motor learning concepts. Some of the questions I asked were related to how frequently they provide verbal feedback, how quickly after the attempt feedback... [Read More]

Should Coaches Help Athletes Instruct?

Helping your coach help you

So far in Coaching Concepts, you have learned that providing too much feedback to athletes is actually detrimental to learning. Giving feedback after each shot does not help the bowler learn their own error detection and correction system. Therefore, coaches... [Read More]

Bandwidth Feedback

A method for determining when it’s best to actively assist in the learning process

Bandwidth Feedback

In my last article, I discussed a practical method for coaches to decrease the amount of information they provide during coaching sessions. This method is known as learner-generated feedback. To recap, I urged coaches to consider allowing their students to... [Read More]

How Coaches Can Best Apply Feedback

Athletes' skills improve overall with some simple methods

How Coaches Can Best Apply Feedback

In previous issues of Coaching Concepts, I have advocated that the quality, rather than the quantity, of feedback is most important when instructing bowlers. Last time I provided a method where coaches can get athletes involved in the decision making... [Read More]