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]

LASER, Revisited – Part 2

A is for angle

LASER Revisited - Part 2: A is for Angle

Spring is here, and winter leagues are winding down. For the many competitors who plan to work on their game during the break, I offer this, the second of five articles that discuss a little tool called LASER. LASER isn’t... [Read More]

LASER, Revisited – Part 1

L is for loft

LASER, Revisited - Part 1

When I went through my USBC Silver Certification class some years ago, I was fortunate to have Rod Ross as my instructor. Rod, now the head coach of Team USA, suggested coaches use LASER as a tool to help solve... [Read More]

Problem or Symptom?

Work backwards to separate cause from effect

Problem or Symptom?

In bowling, it can be easy to forget that what seems to be a problem is usually a symptom of an underlying issue. For example, when someone (see below) says, “Geez, I keep pulling the ball,” the real problem most... [Read More]

Your New Year’s Resolutions

Sensible strategies for better bowling in the new year

Your New Year's Resolutions

We love the holidays, but let’s face it: they can be stressful, what with all the planning and spending and overeating and visits to and from relatives. Thankfully, the holidays have come and gone, and the time for gift-giving, stale... [Read More]

Practice: Not for the Fainthearted

Practice: Not for the Fainthearted

Practice is an essential element of bowling. No news there. But practice won’t be much help if it isn’t done properly. “Properly” is an interesting word, but what does it mean to a bowler? It means knowing what you need... [Read More]

Sweat the Small Stuff!

A few easy ways to add a pin or two to your average

Sweat the Small Stuff!

Countless self-help articles and books tell us to take life easy, chill out, and—most importantly—don’t sweat the small stuff. But, as we know, the physical act of successfully propelling a bowling ball down a lane consists of nothing but small... [Read More]