A Case of “the Yips”

What sometimes happens when it’s just too easy

A Case of "the Yips"

Generally this space is reserved for attention to peak performance in all aspects of the game. This month will be no exception, yet the way we are going to get there is through a back door. Everyone has “grabbed one”... [Read More]

Going for the Gold

The six qualities of a champion

Going for the Gold

“Each of us has a fire inside for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” -Mary Lou Retton In Indianapolis last July something big was brewing in bowling. Literally thousands of youth bowlers and... [Read More]

Teams That Play Together Well Win

The seven principles of team and doubles play

Teams That Play Together Well Win

“Communication is probably the most important thing. And I believe the maturity level of all the players involved has a lot to do with it. No one has such a big ego that they think they are better than anyone... [Read More]

Breaking 900

Developing your own full potential

Breaking 900

We live in a world of numbers and statistics. The first thing that non-bowlers ask of serious bowlers (you) is whether or not you have bowled a 300 and “What is your average?” Players trot out title records like that... [Read More]

Achieving Tunnel Vision

Learn the most treasured of all mental game skills: concentration


Television commentators often highlight the distinctions in skill levels between championship finalists and other high level bowlers. Putting even high average house bowlers in the same category, skill-wise, can seem absurd. But there is one special thing about bowling that... [Read More]

Get Your Mental Game Fitness in Shape

Take this inventory


When we talk to champions in any sport, “mental game” always comes up as a significant factor in consistent success. This is certainly the case in bowling. Players frequently cite the mental game as a swing factor in winning and... [Read More]

Tough Enough

How mentally tough are you?

Tough Enough

“When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winner’s circle. If you do, some day the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and... [Read More]

Getting Back in the Saddle

How are you going to ride that horse this time?

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” —Norman Cousins Imagine the following scenario. You are at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships (IBC) in Columbus, Georgia. Your team simply needs to mark in the eighth, ninth, and tenth frames in order for you... [Read More]

Taming Your Dragonflies

The devil you know and the devil you just met

It is tournament season once again in America. The USBC Championships are running squad after squad non-stop. Seeing players come down the runway, watching as the national anthem is played, sprinting through the brief warm ups….you don’t have to be... [Read More]

Is It Time to Call It Quits?

Examining the desire to throw in the towel

Is it Time to Call it Quits?

Every now and then you will see a bowler slam his/her bag down and declare, “I’m through with this!” Toward the middle or end of bowling season, you see players threaten to quit and never come back. Fortunately, most of... [Read More]