Phil Regan

About Phil Regan

Phil Regan, a USBC-certified Silver coach, has been teaching bowling since 1964. Retired from corporate life, he coaches bowlers of all levels in the northern California area and competes on the PBA50 and PBA Regional tours. Phil can be found online at

Tips and Suggestions for Mid-Level Bowlers – Part 2

Start-stop-start, targeting, and wrist/arm aids

Tips and Suggestions for Mid-Level Bowlers – Part 2

In my last article, I discussed the concept of setup consistency and the importance of coaching. With that in mind, let’s continue with more tips for mid-level bowlers. Remember, for the purpose of this article, a mid-level or intermediate bowler... [Read More]

Tips and Suggestions for Mid-Level Bowlers – Part 1

Setup consistency and the importance of coaching

Tips and Suggestions for Mid-Level Bowlers - Part 1

Most of my students are mid-level (also known as intermediate-level) bowlers, which I define as a person who averages between 165 and 190. Mid-level bowlers tend to share certain positive traits. For example, their four-step or five-step approach is fairly... [Read More]

Building a Bowling Ball – Part 2

The bowling ball development process

Building a Bowling Ball - Part 2

That’s a great new ball you just bought, isn’t it? It sports a gorgeous combination of colors and a glistening, polished cover. But this ball isn’t just good-looking; it cuts through oil like it isn't even there and hits like... [Read More]

Building a Bowling Ball – Part 1

Past and present

Building a Bowling Ball - Part 1

Much has already been written detailing the evolution of bowling ball weight block and coverstock design. While this article series touches on some of that evolution, the real intent here is to answer a question: what drives the development of... [Read More]

Don’t Just Watch…Observe – Part 3

The forward swing, fourth step, release, and follow through

Don't Just Watch...Observe - Part 3

Watching versus observing…is there a difference? There sure is. Watching is passive, observing is active. Watching involves doing nothing while the action unfolds in front of you. Watching bowling means you allow the bowlers to entertain you; nothing is required... [Read More]

Don’t Just Watch…Observe – Part 2

The second step (downswing) and third step (backswing)

Don't Just Watch...Observe - Part 2

Every serious bowler wants to improve, but how? Hire a good coach? Of course. Without exception, every bowler needs the help of a trained coach—but that can get expensive. How about reading bowling books and instructional articles? Sure—it goes without... [Read More]

Don’t Just Watch…Observe – Part 1

The setup and first step

Don't Just Watch...Observe!

As a serious bowler, you know you can do a lot of your practicing from the comfort of your living room. The pre-shot routine, the setup, hand positions, the armswing—these are a few aspects of your game you can work... [Read More]

LASER, Revisited – Part 5

R is for release

LASER, Revisited - Part 5: R is for Release

And here we are at last. The day is about over for Barbara the Tournament Bowler, our fictional heroine of the lanes. As detailed earlier in this series, Barbara is bowling in an eight-game tournament, and she’s about to bowl... [Read More]

LASER, Revisited – Part 4

E is for equipment

LASER, Revisited - Part 4

During this series of articles, we’ve been following the trials and travails of Barbara the Tournament Bowler, a fictional righthander who is battling her way through an eight-game tournament by using LASER to make adjustments. LASER, as you know, is... [Read More]

LASER, Revisited – Part 3

S is for speed

LASER, Revisited - Part 3

The LASER acronym has been part of the bowling coaching lexicon for years. It’s a tool—a way to compartmentalize and focus on the five areas of concern—that we can use when we need to make adjustments. Whether you’re aware of... [Read More]