We often hear pros talk about “sticking with the process.” Whether they are referring to the process of working on their physical games or staying within their game plans during competition, having a personal process is key to achieving success on the lanes.

When professional bowlers talk about their “process,” they’re usually referring to the collections of routines they use to navigate a competition block. This can start as early as the night before the tournament starts, but it generally includes everything from the overall game plan to the pre-shot routine:

  • A pre-competition routine sets your intention for the block, including your intended game plan, your overall mindset, and your plan for managing intensity.
  • The shot cycle includes the pre-shot routine, the execution itself, and the reaction to the result.
  • The process also includes the routine between shots, including whether you stand or sit, how social you are, and other personal elements that can affect your performance.