Improving Your Balance

Improving Your Balance

Last month, I introduced seven problems that need to be addressed if you want to achieve your full potential. This month, we’re going to take a detailed look at one of those seven: balance. It’s a word that many people... [Read More]

Taking a Bowling Skills Inventory

Determine your starting point on the road to improvement

Taking a Bowling Skills Inventory

Last month’s article was a discussion on goal-setting, including both the two basic categories of goals and a way to visualize them as a path to success. The starting point of this path is as critical as the work you... [Read More]

Achieving Your Goals in 2016

Improve your game with effective goal setting

Achieving Your Goals in 2016

With the new year comes many resolutions, most of which are abandoned within six weeks. The reason for this, in my opinion, is that more often than not a resolution is not treated as a goal; it is usually more... [Read More]

Common Physical Errors – Part 3

The pushaway

Common Physical Errors - Part 3

The pushaway is more often referred to as the "ball start" in modern coaching, but for the sake of consistency in this article, I’ll simply use pushaway. It really isn’t a very complicated movement, but it is vital to achieving... [Read More]

Common Physical Errors – Part 2

The swing plane

Common Physical Errors - Part 2

Continuing with last month's theme of examining common physical errors and how to fix them, we'll focus this month on a very important element of the armswing: the swing plane. A faulty swing plane is one of most common physical... [Read More]

Common Physical Errors – Part 1

Knee-bend and knee continuation

Common-Physical-Errors-Part-1

Before starting, it’s important to point out that I do not have a formal background in kinetics or physical fitness. Everything I know about biomechanics has been learned through experience, discussions with experts on the subject, and unofficial learning on... [Read More]

Charting a Path to Success

Assessing your progress with bowling's Performance Factors

Charting a Path to Success

Golf has methods to evaluate performance other than score. Greens in Regulation (GIR), Putts per GIR, and Fairways Hit are three of them. Broadcasters and commentators often look to these stats as something to talk about as well as a... [Read More]

Staying Lined Up – Part 2

The surprising challenge of house shots

Staying Lined Up - Part 2

Last month, I introduced a decision-making framework (see Decision Flow Chart) to help bowlers deal with changing ball reaction as lanes transition. This month, we will be applying that framework to ‘house shots’. They come in all shapes and lengths... [Read More]

Going To the Picture Show

How to film your bowling

Going To the Picture Show

Last month, I mentioned the importance of video work for the members of the national team at training camp. Actually, its benefits extend far beyond a single camp. High level bowlers and coaches use video analysis on a regular basis... [Read More]