Joe Slowinski

About Joe Slowinski

Joe Slowinski, a USBC Gold Coach, is a freelance bowling coach who works with bowlers around the globe. He is the former Director of Bowling at Lincoln Memorial University, where he served as Program Administrator and Head USBC Collegiate Men’s and NCAA Women’s Coach. The Portland, Maine native has served as the Administrative and Men's Head Coach at Webber International University and served for four years as a Master Teaching Professional at the Kegel Training Center. Slowinski is also the former Director of Coaching and Coach Certification for the National Sports Council of Malaysia. He has coached international teams at the World Championships, Pan American Games, South American Games, and European Championships. He was the 2018 NTCA DII/III Coach of the Year and the 2010 NCBCA Men’s College Coach of the Year.

Increasing Your Training Commitment – Part 1

Strategies for improving lane play and release versatility

Increasing Your Training Commitment - Part 1

In my last article, I presented a self-evaluation exercise to help bowlers review their overall commitment level and gain insight into how well their goals align with their training actions. Specifically, I provided an avenue to review one’s commitment to four... [Read More]

A Bowler’s Self-Evaluation Checklist

The first step to achieving your goals

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As the end of 2021 fast approaches and the hope of 2022 looms on the horizon, it is a great opportunity to evaluate your current strengths and weaknesses, review your habits, and develop goals for 2022. It is not uncommon... [Read More]

Analyzing the PBA’s Top 10 Players

Physical similarities and differences among bowlers at the top of the 2021 points list

Analyzing the PBA's Top 10 Players

At the top levels of elite sports, athletes’ physical movements efficiently produce kinetic energy, leading to maximum energy transfer. Put simply, top athletes use their bodies to produce and transfer energy to move, throw, or strike an object or person... [Read More]

Ripple Effects

Activities to improve individual and team performance

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As we enter the start of the bowling season, college athletes will be returning to campus with great optimism for their team’s potential success in the 2021-22 season. The hope and optimism of this time of year make it one... [Read More]

Eye Got This

Training eye tracking skills to improve performance

Eye Got This

Over the past decade, we have seen more and more bowlers perceive the sport in an athletic manner. These athlete-minded bowlers are eating better and integrating sport science methods such as dynamic warm-ups, working out, and cooling down. This trend... [Read More]

Improving Memory for Improved Lane Play

Techniques for improving recall for better performance

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Elite competitors have world-class memory and sport-specific pattern recognition. A University College London study, commissioned by Dunlop, found that elite athletes have memory prowess that is 20 percent better than average (Walsh, 2015). The same UCL study revealed that elite... [Read More]

Improving Your Stability at the Foul Line

Better balance for better performance

Improving Your Stability at the Foul Line

One of the most frequent questions we receive at Bowling This Month is, “How do I create more stability at the foul line?” As a bowler, you may experience inconsistencies at the foul line with falling off at unexpected times,... [Read More]

The Science of Improving Your Bowling Skills

A look at the SPORT model of skill acquisition periodization

The Science of Improving Your Bowling Skills

As a coach, I constantly review training techniques in other sports as well as review sport science research to improve my understanding of training methods and practice effectiveness. This commitment to looking outside of our sport expands my thinking and... [Read More]

The Importance of Sleep

How minor changes affect athletic performance

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Over a decade ago in the August 2009 issue of Bowling This Month, I wrote The Secret Weapon of Champions, which discussed how sleep can maximize performance. The power of sleep to enhance performance can’t be overstated. Sleep became one... [Read More]

Building Mental Toughness

Preparing for challenging lane play moments

Building Mental Toughness

Whether it involves making a cut, cashing, earning a trip to nationals, or winning a title, those who perform as close to their normal as possible in key stress-filled moments will be more likely to succeed. I have had the... [Read More]