June 2011 Contents

Bowling Tips and Techniques Articles

How to improve your rev rate

Anatomy of an Elite Release

Rotational velocity is how quickly the ball is rotating as it leaves the hand. The colloquial name for this is rev rate. Of all the requests I receive as a coach, the single most frequent one involves helping bowlers learn...

Why is everyone telling us to slow down?

Slow down, slow down! Everyone from our youth bowling coach to the State Trooper we’ve come to know on a first name basis keeps telling us to slow down. Okay, maybe that last one is just me, but they are...

How are you going to ride that horse this time?

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” —Norman Cousins Imagine the following scenario. You are at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships (IBC) in Columbus, Georgia. Your team simply needs to mark in the eighth, ninth, and tenth frames in order for you...

Spare necessities

Sparemeister - Part 2

Here are more methods to increase your spare conversion percentage. Hand position Some elite players change hand positions and use their strike ball for spares. The purpose of changing hand positions is to make the strike ball act like a...

Why balls miss to the inside

East of Eden, North to Alaska, North by Northwest, the famous quote from the late comedian John Candy “Wagons, EAST”, etc. How many movies or famous quotes from movies have had a direction in them? Come on, guys! How many...

Rhythm hinges on your footwork

The One-Three Key

For a right-handed bowler, the term “one-three” represents the most crucial area of focus: the strike pocket. A short first step in tune with the pushaway and a short third step for power are an exercise I refer to as...

Beware black ice, snow, and heat

Weather Conditions and the Speed of Your Ball

As many of you who have read my articles know, when I discuss timing in the physical game, my preference is to refer to it as rhythm. There is another timing in bowling that many players overlook and, quite frankly,...