Article Contents

  • 1. Determining effectiveness
  • 2. Planning your three points: determining your trajectory line
  • 3. Implementing Three-Point Targeting (with Quiet Eye)
  • 4. Making adjustments
  • 5. Residual effect: mental game improvement
  • 6. Lane play accuracy
  • 7. References

This month, I want to review the effectiveness of the Three-Point Targeting with Quiet Eye System. Over the past 18 months, I have published this topic in separate installments. In July 2007, I first introduced BTM readers to the Three-Point Targeting System. And, in March of this year, I shared with BTM readers the importance of having a “quiet eye” in targeting. Yet, the three-point system continues to evolve, based on my experiences teaching this system, elite bowlers implementing it, modifying/adding to it over the last two years, and new findings and research. Over the last six months, I have merged the Quiet Eye process more effectively into Three-Point Targeting. And, this new evolution has shown incredible results. I eagerly share these findings with readers.

I will present data to show how much immediate improvement can occur when using the advanced targeting system. In addition, I present a review of the current system in its entirety in one location. With the use of C.A.T.S. as objective data, the Three-Point Targeting with Quiet Eye System is proving to be an extremely powerful system in improving accuracy for elite bowlers.

Determining effectiveness

When bowlers come to the Kegel Training Center for lessons, we always begin by taking an initial evaluation of every bowler using our Computer Aided Tracking System (C.A.T.S.). We are fortunate to have C.A.T.S. on every lane of the Training Center. With C.A.T.S., a coach can measure a bowler’s ability to repeat similar shots. After a bowler takes ten consecutive strike shots, C.A.T.S. measures consistency of ball speed, rev rate, target accuracy at the arrows, target accuracy at 39 feet, as well as launch angle and entry angle consistency. With the C.A.T.S. report, we can then compare the bowler to professionals in each of these performance categories. This becomes the baseline data set for a bowler’s accuracy, for comparison purposes.

After an initial C.A.T.S. assessment, I always teach clients the Three-Point Targeting with Quiet Eye System as a process to help them improve their target lines as well as something to take home on their DVD. This has proven to be a user-friendly advanced lane play system to aid them in lining up more accurately on any lane condition. This is done before any physical game changes are made. And, with C.A.T.S., I can measure the immediate improvement of a bowler’s ability to repeat shots, after learning this advanced targeting system. With access to C.A.T.S., it provides an opportunity to test the immediate effectiveness of this advanced targeting method that has ...

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Joe Slowinski

About Joe Slowinski

Joe Slowinski, a USBC Gold Coach, is a freelance bowling coach who works with bowlers around the globe. He is currently on assignment with the Philippines. Slowinski is the former Director of Bowling at Lincoln Memorial University, where he served as Program Administrator and Head USBC Collegiate Men’s and NCAA Women’s Coach. The Portland, Maine native has served as the Administrative and Men's Head Coach at Webber International University and served for four years as a Master Teaching Professional at the Kegel Training Center. Slowinski is also the former Director of Coaching and Coach Certification for the National Sports Council of Malaysia. He has coached international teams at the World Championships, Pan American Games, South American Games, and European Championships, helping Belgium win a Gold medal at the 2022 EBF Championship of Champions and coaching Brazil to Gold medals at the 2015 Pam American Games and the 2014 South American Games. He was the 2018 NTCA DII/III Coach of the Year and the 2010 NCBCA Men’s College Coach of the Year.