Bowling Coaching Articles

When it comes to bowling coaching, Bowling This Month has a plethora of highly successful minds to pull from, all possessing countless years of experience coaching at all levels of our sport. They share with our readers the most up-to-date coaching methods and techniques available anywhere.

A lot of our readers strive to become bowling coaches themselves. Whether becoming the head coach of a local high school program, to becoming a Saturday morning youth league coordinator, or to any other aspiring coach; many find themselves stuck when trying to learn the art of coaching. Solving the puzzle of what happens when a bowling ball goes downlane can be a challenging task within itself, so being a coach presents a whole new set of obstacles to overcome. Our bowling coaching articles aim to provide information about how to better acquaint yourself to the world of coaching. The following key skills are presented at great depth through this section:

  • Coaching techniques and drills: Getting to the finished product of a balanced player is a difficult and winding road. Our contributors deliver new methods to make that path a little easier to manage. From the one step drill, to the placement of your camera equipment, we highlight the most effective coaching methods used by the nation’s best.
  • Properly preparing your player: Bowling has such a vast array of variables in finding the right formula to score. Being exposed to the different conditions at a coaching level helps a player become exposed to and experienced to a varying amount of scenarios. In many of our articles, we introduce many ways to make bowling less of a guessing game and more of a science.
  • Making information easily understood at varying skill levels: Being acutely aware to how your pupil(s) receive and interpret information is a vital skill in coaching. Learning how to match your vocabulary choice, amount of information, and content of that information can all be found here.

Delving deeper into what it takes to become a great coach, you will see that much of the information is very translatable to your own game and even can afford some life lessons. Nothing quite equates to the feeling one gets when they see a pupil smile and succeed at what they love.

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Featured Bowling Coaching Articles

Using two-handed drills to teach one-handed bowlers

Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 4

Don't let the title of this article fool you. Like the other articles in this series, it is aimed at coaches, but a bowler can also definitely benefit from the drills below if you wish to attempt them yourself. This...

Feedback, accountability, courage, tension, and systems

FACTS Coaching

While the specific outcomes and philosophies of business coaching differ from athletic coaching, the overall objective is the same: to help the individual or team get better at what they do. I don’t believe there is a step-by-step guide to becoming...

Perspectives on the bowler/coach relationship

roles and functions of a coach

I have always found the role and impact of a coach in athlete and team development a fascinating one, along with the relationships that form. This was brought to my attention again recently when Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios made...

Fixing badly-bent elbows

Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 3

This is the third contribution to my Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade series (click here for Part 1 and Part 2). In these articles, I am sharing some of the coaching methods I have developed and used in my...

The walkabout

tricks of the bowling coaching trade part 2

It’s time for the second installment of my Tips of the Bowling Coaching Trade series. In these articles, I am sharing some of the coaching methods I have developed and used in my 25 years of coaching at the professional level. As...

Bowling Coaching Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 4
FACTS Coaching
Roles and Functions of a Coach
Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 3
Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 2
Tricks of the Bowling Coaching Trade - Part 1
Tips and Suggestions for Mid-Level Bowlers - Part 1
Cultivating the Proper Team Bowling Environment
Building Effective Bowling Teams - Part 2
Key Takeaways from the 2018 World Bowling Coach Conference
Building Effective Bowling Teams - Part 1
Modern Bowling Coaching Dilemmas
Help Your Coach Help You
The Use of Poseable Mannequins During Bowling Motor Skill Training
Role (Roll) Models
Unlocking the Bowling Talent Code - Part 3
Steps to the Learning and Coaching Process
Entry Angle Assessment
Unlocking the Bowling Talent Code - Part 2
Unlocking the Bowling Talent Code - Part 1
Counting Boards
Jedi Bowling
Getting Your Young Student or Child Ready for Fall League
Going To the Picture Show
Tricky Lanes and Coaching Selection
See It, Hear It, or Do It?
Observations from the USBC Open Championships
Words Can Be Dangerous
Should Coaches Rely on Cameras or Watchful Eyes?
The Walkabout
Commentary and Perspectives on the Art of Instruction
Coaching Discussion
Coaching Overload
Coaching the Disabled Athlete
"Wired In" to the Competitive Bowler
Should Coaches Help Athletes Instruct?
Magic Coaching
Odds and Ends on Coaching and Competing
Assessing Lift and Forward Spine Tilt
Bandwidth Feedback
Lights, Camera, Action - Part 1
Lights, Camera, Action - Part 2
Getting Conflicting Advice, and What’s More Important: Technique or Results?
Training Two-Handed Players
Take Charge with Technology - Part 1
When to Make the Bat-Call
How Coaches Can Best Apply Feedback
A Review of the Dick Ritger Satellite Camps
Coaching Spotlight with Frank Buffa