March 2011 Contents

Bowling Tips and Techniques Articles

Watch out for kryptonite!

Being Superman

Every athlete who has ever faced the hot furnace of competition knows there are days when you know you just have “it”. You feel like Superman. Those are the days when you feel stronger, more energetic, confident, and coordinated. When...

Hand positions by the numbers

Bowling By the Clock

Most of us have read or heard the familiar slogan of a leading insurance company, “the good hands people”. In bowling, “good hands” generally describe those who have developed the art of changing hand positions to achieve medium to maximum...

Ask yourself lots of questions

Lane Play and Consistency - Part 1

There have been a lot of comments to me from senior bowlers about lanes over the past several weeks. I would like to share some of their concerns with you since many of you may have heard similar things. I’ll...

Get lined up by painting a mental picture

Mapping the Location of Oil

One of the most overlooked, yet often discussed, mental skills in bowling is the ability to read oil patterns. Reading oil patterns is the mental ability to map the location and volume of oil placed on different sections of lane...

Free-wheelin’, tuned in, and sliding

Stuff to Do No Matter What - Part 2

Here are some more “No Matter Whats” (otherwise known as universal bowling applications) you’ll find it fun to own. The reckless abandon NMW Reckless abandon is a mental attitude that translates into a wonderful physical feeling. It frees the spirit...

The potential for developing elite players

The Long Term Development Model

Bowling remains stagnant in regard to the number of bowlers who truly embrace the value of coaching. Inflated scores on 9-to-1 ratio house patterns have inflated egos while technology has duped bowlers into believing that their game can be improved...

How they compete for your ball’s performance

The Relationship Between Lane Play and Oil Patterns

There seems to be a tendency to put these two together by thinking they are the same thing and really, they are two very different subjects. Before going into detail about the difference between the two, please keep in mind...

What’s right, what’s wrong?

Writers' Thoughts on Timing and RG

Above all, bowling is an individual sport. Bowlers are all unique with different styles and approaches to the game. Knowing this, it is our job as coaches and bowling writers to assess where a bowler wants to go and make...