Common Physical Errors – Part 1

Knee-bend and knee continuation


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]

The Bowler’s Shot Cycle

It's all about focus!

The Bowler's Shot Cycle

Bowling is classified as a non-cyclical sport, because the repetition of movements are dispersed and varied, unlike rowing or running or cycling. That said, the sport is much more repetitive than team sports like basketball or baseball and there is... [Read More]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Learning to bowl with the opposite hand

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It’s back to school time as I write this. It’s back to bowling time as well for the majority of bowlers. This summer was a little bit different for me as I tried something I’ve never done before: I bowled... [Read More]

Stocking Stuffers

Accessories top bowlers keep in their kits

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time for some shopping. Most of our readers probably have an eye on bowling equipment for themselves or a bowler on their list. The latest new balls can be a very tempting... [Read More]

Quick Fixes and Preps for the Upcoming Season

Ball fit, ball surface, shoes, wrist devices, and accessories

Quick Fixes and Preps for the Upcoming Season

It’s August and the bowling season is right around the corner. Last month, I assigned a bit of summer homework to help you improve some fundamentals. This month, I wanted to discuss some of things to help get you started... [Read More]

Staying Lined Up – Part 1

Know your equipment and yourself

Staying Lined Up - Part 1

Over the next several issues, I wanted to cover a topic near and dear to the hearts of many bowlers: staying lined up. I’ve seen many systems and strategies over the years to help bowlers get lined up before a... [Read More]

Who Says Bowling Isn’t Physically Demanding?

Training yourself for the athletic requirements

Who Says Bowling Isn't Physically Demanding?

It’s fairly well understood that bowling isn’t a physically demanding sport when compared to, say, football. That blanket statement is a little misleading. In reality, the demands placed on our bodies are lower overall, but they are quite different as... [Read More]