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  • 1. USBC re-defines timing
  • 2. Crankers, strokers, tweeners, power players, etc
    • 2.1. Keep in mind these things:

I’d like to talk a little bit about the universal plague: timing. We certainly hear about it constantly. It was off or you didn’t have any tonight (not possible), you had it yesterday but now it’s gone, it was early, it was late, it was wrong, etc. I think timing gets more credit than it deserves and a lot more blame than it earns.

There is textbook timing and then there is how everyone else gets to the line. As soon as the textbook starts to bowl, we can be concerned with how it looks. Meanwhile, in the real bowling world…

We hear a lot about timing being late or early. This implies there is a ‘perfect’, which there is not. Bowling has such interesting language. We talk about hitting the nose, hitting it right in the face, and going through the heart. Three different locales but all the same place on a bowling pin. We talk about left hand spares to the point that a novice righthander wonders how they are going to make those left hand spares when they are not left handed.

The terms fast lanes or slow lanes mean one thing in one part of the country and something else in another part. We ask what weights a person has in a ball as if these weights were installed. I used to think exactly that. I would overhear some dude in league asking some other dude, “What weights do you have in there?” The answer might be about top weight and side weight and finger weight. That meant when the guy in the pro shop took the ball to the back room, he got down vials of top weight and side weight and finger weight and put them in the ball. Seemed simple to me. What else could “weights in there” mean? When it comes to timing, it’s just as confusing.

Timing in bowling is usually defined as the relationship of the ball to the body. That would mean late timing means the ball is late and early timing means the ball is early. Has a teammate or the I-average-more-than-you-so-I-am-a-coach person in your league said to you that you were late on that shot? They said YOU were late but they meant that the ball was late. “Got up there a little early on that one, Buford.” Late timing. “I had fast feet on that shot.” Late timing. “I was up there way ahead of my ball.” Late timing. See what I mean?

I’m sure every sport has its nuances that ‘in-the-know’ people understand perfectly. We certainly do. In fact, you ...

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Susie Minshew

About Susie Minshew

Susie Minshew is a USBC Gold Coach, Master Silver Instructor, a regional PWBA champion, and past president of IBPSIA. She has authored two new books, Whoever Finds It First, Wins and Bowling Whisperer. Visit her online at