- 1. Random thought #1: Placement of tape in the thumbhole
- 2. Random thought #2: Increasing slide sole variation
- 3. Random thought #3: Improving the swing slot with elbow to the ankle
- 4. Random thought #4: Improving the release by dropping the fingers
- 5. Conclusion
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Every now and then, I collect my random coaching thoughts and compile these into a full article. This is one such article. Often, experimenting with different concepts to aid a bowler leads to a significant breakthrough for a single bowler or many of them. Each of the topics that I discuss in this installment of Slowinski At Large come from my experience working with bowlers of all levels at the Kegel Training Center. Some topics appear to be a basic yet many bowlers of all levels arrive not implementing these basic applied practices because they are unaware of the importance. Before putting something in print, I test these concepts with many bowlers.
When something works with the majority of bowlers that I work with, I log these concepts into my random collection. It is my duty to share these with you in an effort to help you be a better bowler. I have published a similar collection under an article of experimental methods previously. These below represent new random thoughts.
Over my coaching career, I have learned that you can never assume any bowlers know all of the fundamental basics. Accordingly, in this issue, I discuss some random thoughts that should help you be a better bowler. Each random coaching thought has been tested and yielded improvements for the bowlers that I worked with using these methods.
To begin, I discuss the importance of thumb tape placement in the hole. All too many bowlers, of all levels, arrive at the Training Center without the use of tape or incorrect placement in the hole. Both scenarios create a situation that leads to release inconsistencies or excessive grip pressure. Next, I tackle the topic of increasing your slide sole variation with a simple technique that I saw a future Hall-of-Fame PBA player utilize to provide more slide options. In the third topic, I share with readers a simple visualization that helps improve the downswing and increase the likelihood of a stronger hand position at the bottom of the swing. Finally, in closing, I discuss an easy-to-use release visualization that helps bowlers move from a load-up to unload ...