The Winter leagues are over and
summer has arrived. This is the perfect time to make the necessary changes in your game to reach those
lofty, long term average goals you have set for yourself. Not only is there
more lane availability in the summer season, but your average isn't used for
tournament play and your teammates won't be quite so mad if you bowl below your
Making changes in your game can
sometimes result in a loss of pins to your average in the short term since it
takes time for those changes in your game to become consistent and comfortable.
It is frightening for some bowlers to give up their average in the short term
for the long term gratification of attaining a higher average goal. Let's take a deep breath and take the
Most bowlers have no idea what to
practice on. They have a tendency to get a lane and play for strikes and score.
This method not only reinforces the same old habits that are reflected in ones
current average, but will not allow the bowler to develop the versatility needed to continue on the
path of a higher level of bowling prowess. Many bowlers quit because they never
get any better even with practice. So, who should practice what!!!!!!!
Averages from 50 to 150, get a properly fit bowling ball, develop physical skills
that one can repeat consistently. The means for you to get your proper distance
from foul line to start; develop a proper stance position; develop a 4 step
delivery that moves the ball out and down on the 1st step this provides the
bowler with good timing of the arm and leg movements. Good timing promotes good
balance and a chance for a good finish. A good timing and balance will give you
a chance for a good finish. A good finish will allow the bowler to hold one's
balance until the ball hits the pins.
Averages of 150 to 175, continue to work on refining physical skills,
developing a spare system and basic lane play moves for the typical league
patterns. Equipment starts to become a factor. Basic arsenal would consist of a
ball for oil, and a ball for dry.
Once you get to the 175 and above, you are starting to take
the game seriously. For you and all of the above, it is still about refining
the physical game until it is not only consistent but versatile. Versatile in
the terms of adapting to the lane condition by the use of changing angles/lines
on the lane: playing the gutter to at least the 4th arrow;release changes; ball speed changes; loft
changes and developing an arsenal of 4 to 6 balls to work on the home house
condition as well as tournament conditions. A spare ball would be added to
For those of you who have finally
attained a 200 average, I am sorry to inform you that an average is only relative to the conditions that you
bowl on. On the typical house pattern, par could be at least 215 TO 22O,
meaning that if you are averaging 200, you are at least 15 to 20 pins below
par.A 200 average is not a constant
number for par anymore since the advent of advanced technology in lane machines
and bowling equipment. Sport patterns can lower one's league pattern average up
to 30 pins or more based on a bowler's skills to adapt.
A bowling average may not always
reflect a bowler's skills. Bowlers at this level cannot fool themselves into
thinking that the challenge is over. I include myself in this category and we
have to continue to develop not only our physical skills, but adapt our games to the ever changing environment
of the lane conditions as they change during play. Regardless of how good
thebowling manufacturers are at
developing equipment that has more hook potential: it is up to you the bowler
to adapt to the lane surface; lane pattern and todevelop the skills necessary to make proper
equipment choices matched up with physical game changes when needed. These
learned skills will dictate the scoring pace on any condition.Bowling is the most misunderstood sport in
the world when it comes to the actual challenge that it presents to its
participants. It is up to you the par bowler to accept the challenge.
Practice is an essential in
bowling, but it's what you practice that
makes a difference. Call either Donna or myself at Carol Norman's Pro Shop
and we will be glad to set you up for a lesson to help you to get started on
the path of excellence.