Visualization is a skill often associated with the pre-shot routine, but it has many different uses, from tournament preparation to skill development. When working on a new skill, much of the work happens on the lanes, but visualization is a key component. Having the right image in your head is vital to changing your game, and you can practice visualizing the new skill away from the lanes as well:

  • While seated comfortably or lying down, picture yourself performing a new or developing skill perfectly. Examples include a perfect armswing or an improved release
  • Start integrating the rest of the approach into your visualization, performing several successful shots with perfect form.
  • Finally, imagine yourself bowling in a tournament using that skill. Visualize the ball’s resulting trajectory, reaction, and impact at the pins with a perfect strike. Repeat as necessary.