Attacking High Friction Environments

From wood lanes to short oil, and everything in between

Attacking High Friction Environments

What constitutes a high friction environment? Certainly 50-year-old wood lanes, no matter how well-maintained. A 33-foot pattern on brand-new synthetics would also qualify. What about the final game of an eight-game block? Yep, that also counts. And yet, every single... [Read More]

Understanding Your Bowling Environment – Part 4

The many variables of medium sport patterns

Understanding Your Bowling Environment - Part 4

Medium oil, also known as the “Wild West” of sport patterns, can be the biggest challenge a bowler faces when competing on flatter conditions. For many bowlers, warm-ups on medium-length patterns feel a lot like their local house shot, with... [Read More]

Coach, I’ve Got a Question! – January 2022

Coach, I've Got a Question! - January 2022

In this new recurring feature, I’ll be answering questions from Bowling This Month readers, or questions I’ve received from bowlers I work with, that might not require the depth of a full-length article, but that can definitely benefit more than... [Read More]

Understanding your Bowling Environment – Part 3

The subtleties of bowling on long oil

Understanding Your Bowling Environment - Part 3

So far in this series, we’ve introduced oil pattern variables and discussed some of the nuances of house shots, and then taken a deep dive into short oil. This time around, we’ll be looking at longer oil patterns. With strategies... [Read More]

Understanding your Bowling Environment – Part 2

Short oil strategies and variables

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In the first article of this series, we discussed the various elements that make up a lane pattern and how each variable can affect ball motion. While length is not necessarily the most important factor, it’s what most people look... [Read More]

Troubleshooting Your League Night

Dealing with common bowling speed bumps

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The first two parts of my troubleshooting series focused on physical issues, such as missing your target and release and balance problems. It’s time to approach things in a different way with another troubleshooting article. Rather than focusing on specific... [Read More]

Tips for Improving Your Mental Game – Part 2

Building resilience and improving your focus

Tips for Improving Your Mental Game - Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed evaluating and tracking your mental game, the importance of routines, and the foundational skill of visualization. The final two tips related to the mental game in this series are developing resilience... [Read More]

Tips for Improving Your Mental Game – Part 1

Mental game evaluation, developing routines, and visualization

Tips for Improving Your Mental Game - Part 1

While working on my Anger Management article, I was naturally thinking of other mental game concepts. Given that so much of the mental game is connected by foundational skills, and how much of it is applicable regardless of your level... [Read More]