Juha Maja

About Juha Maja

Juha Maja is a professional bowling coach with over 20 years of experience. He has a professional coaching degree from the Kuortane Olympic Training Center, where he was also the former Director and Head Coach of their Bowling Training Center. In addition to being the former national team coach for Finland, Romania, and the Czech Republic, Juha is the author and Head Instructor of the Finnish Bowling Federation and European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) Level 1-2-3 coaching programs.

Improving Lane Play Skills – Part 1

Foundational physical tools for better lane play

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In today’s game, the ability to adapt to different playing environments is a prerequisite for good performance. Unfortunately, many bowlers don’t know what to practice in order to improve their playing skills and decision-making on the lanes. More importantly, many... [Read More]

Skill-Based Practice and Learning

Why "quality over quantity" won't get you very far

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It’s time to discuss practice. More specifically, I’d like to address the best ways to practice so that bowlers can learn all the things they need to learn to improve. As we’ll see, the best way to practice for any... [Read More]

Bowling 3.0: Two-Handed Technique – Part 3

Body and release positions

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In following with the same format of our one-handed discussion from the Bowling 2.0 series, the final two elements of the two-handed game that we need to cover are the body position and release. In addition to these topics, I’ll... [Read More]

Bowling 3.0: Two-Handed Technique – Part 2

Timing and footwork

Bowling 3.0: Two-Handed Technique - Part 2

In our first article covering the physical game of the two-handed style, we got as far as the start position and swing. Continuing on with our analysis, this article will cover two-handed timing and footwork. As we’ll see, the timing of... [Read More]

Bowling 3.0: Two-Handed Technique – Part 1

The stance and swing

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Over the past series of articles, we've looked at all of the fundamental physical elements of the modern one-handed bowling game. It would be a mistake to think that we’ve concluded a discussion on bowling's physical evolution without looking at the two-handed... [Read More]

Bowling 2.0: The Release

Why rev rate isn't the only thing that matters

Bowling 2.0: The Release

The release is simpler than people think, even though it is a complex movement that requires perfect timing. When working in-person with bowlers on their release, I actually spend my time teaching them not to do the things they think... [Read More]

Bowling 2.0: Body Position

Safely making the best use of your hips and spine

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It’s time to talk about one of the most misconstrued topics in the modern game: body position. This is partly because of the language that is often used, but also due to a misunderstanding of the biomechanics involved. While general... [Read More]

Bowling 2.0: Footwork

A new approach to the best way to use your feet

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Now that we have discussed the swing and timing, let’s move on to footwork. If we think of timing as the synchronization of the swing and the footwork, it becomes clear that the tempo of the steps is very important,... [Read More]

Bowling 2.0: Timing

Breaking the old rules with new knowledge

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Now that we’ve examined the all-important swing, it’s time to take a look at timing. At its most basic, timing is the relationship between the ball position and the feet, which can either help or hinder a bowler’s biomechanical efficiency.... [Read More]

Bowling 2.0: The Swing

The foundation of the modern game

Bowling 2.0: The Swing

As mentioned in my previous article, the modern bowling game centers around the swing. Because of this, it is both the most important and the first element of the game we should consider. For this article, I’ll touch on the... [Read More]