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When we compare bowler performances, we often say that one has a better "style" than the other. In essence we mean better technique, and by technique we mean how they implement the sequence of movements used to perform the delivery of a bowling ball.

Apart from minor differences, good bowlers understand their equipment and lane conditions.  They use techniques based on the best use of principles that control human movement.

Fine tuned movements that you see these world-class bowlers use do not happen by chance.

Bowlers unwilling to learn from specific studies find it more difficult to advance their game.  Secondly, those unwilling to acknowledge identified flaws introduced into their game, or unwilling to apply techniques identified by those who have learned the hard lessons, will surely find their limitations.

It is virtually impossible for any athlete to reach world-class performance without accepting the insights from others who know why it's better to perform each movement one way rather than another. Along with a coach, embracing a willingness to learn; adding your talent and discipline, you'll be able to enhance your bowling technique and performance.

Consistency Comes First

A good score, a high average, and a win in bowling does not a good bowler make.  Most bowlers, even those having higher averages, use flawed technique. 

Many bowlers want to focus on scores, and while that is a worthy objective, it is not be the place to start.  Skilled coaches recognize inconsistencies in a bowler's game.  Listening and correcting flaws, and building consistency are more worthy objectives.  Without consistency, it matters little compared with any other aspect of your game. 

Flawed bowlers often compensate for one flaw using another flawed component of their game. By forcing, pausing, exaggerating other components of their bowling in order to get to a near correct release point, or by thrashing the pins about hoping for secondary action of the pins most often ends in a less than satisfying resultant average.

One fault can lead to another

It is an axiom of life that one key fault can cause two or three other faults.  As an example, forcefully pulling (muscling) the ball down from the top of the backswing  may be corrected anywhere from their stance to their footwork.  Identifying the root flaw and selecting an optimum response takes an educated eye, and a willing heart.

Embrace the basics.  They will serve you well.

Things to Think About

Often overlooked components affecting performance occur prior to bowling.  Athletes would find it difficult to expect peak performance if they are not physically or mentally fit. 

You should not expect to perform well if you are hungry or over-filled, or have poor nutritional habits.  If you are ill, injured, or not physically fit, it may be a prudent decision to consider correcting areas that hold you back from doing well in your sport.

When there are troubling issues outside of your sport, you may be faced with carrying those burdens into your game.  If you face a tough competitor or even what you perceive as an easy competitor, your mental condition can affect your performance. 

USBCCoachingLogo.jpgVirtually all professional athletes refer to their coaches.  Most casual and league bowlers tend to do things on their own, thinking that they simply don't have the athletic skill necessary to be good bowlers.  

Even many high-average bowlers either believe they know their game well enough to not require a coach or they identify their bowling skill superior to the coach.  When you think you are at the end, you probably are.

Those bowlers wise enough to recognize the wisdom of learning how to improve their game, also know they should should begin with a reviewing their game before they bowl.

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections,
but set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew


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