simply rolling a ball and knocking pins down. If
your objective is to excel in your sport, however, bowling is far more
challenging. There are many ways to enhance your game,
regardless of your level of expertise, and no matter how long you
have bowled. The most challenging task is identifying areas
your game that can enhance your performance.
In broad terms, there
are three primary areas of consideration: the bowling ball, the
bowler, and responding to changing lane conditions.
Developing a well-founded, practical response in each of these
areas can enhance
your game dramatically. This section considers your bowling
ball and enhancing your ball reaction.
a ball, it would be helpful to have some knowledge about what to
consider. What ball should you purchase? How heavy should it
be? Will it fit my hand comfortably and effectively? Is it the
proper ball for the lane conditions I expect to bowl on?
this point, letís face it; you may not know the answers to these
questions. You may not feel comfortable about selecting a
ball having the specific qualities for your lane conditions. You probably donít want to consider fitting your hand,
and you simply don't know how to lay out the ball or drill it to
do ensure it does what you intend it to do. You may not have
the knowledge, tools or inclination to accomplish any of these tasks.
In the beginning, a
certified International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructorís
Association (IBPSIA) technician can make these decisions for
you. Bowlers have the responsibility to communicate
effectively with technicians if they expect their ball to
perform its function effectively.
It is important that the technician understand
you, your style of bowling, and your objectives.
Technicians require reliable information on how to match your
skills, style and objectives to the lane conditions you expect
to bowl on.
As you gain knowledge and
expertise in your sport, you are encouraged to participate by
providing valuable inputs for your IBPSIA expert.
medical care, your physician is better equipped to provide
enhanced medical care when patient input is provided.
Similarly, your ball fitter/driller is better equipped to
prepare a ball that enhances your ball performance when you
provide valuable data.
Youíd be surprised at how
a better understanding can enhance your performance and
enjoyment in the sport of bowling. So letís get started.
are a few areas for your consideration:
The ball you purchase should perform well and match the lane
conditions you expect to encounter.
Equally important, when a pro-shop expert fits your hand,
these fitting measurements are base calculations. It may be
helpful to consider adjustments that can further enhance the
performance of your ball.
Now, there is a third task: where to place the gripping
holes in your ball. The layout of the ball can enhance
or detract from the performance of your equipment.
Bowlers have a responsibility to communicate effectively if
they are to obtain the full effectiveness of their