There is a danger of assuming that someone you have never bowled with does not know how. A popular first date is going bowling. What happens when she used to bowl for real and did not tell you? Sometimes you end up with a real funny situation. If she brings out her own ball and shoes, it is a safe bet she has probably done this before! You can end up real embarrassed so be careful!!! Just have a blast bowling!!
The USBC National Bowling Tournament is in full swing and grinding on. Notable things are: Carlo Simonelli participated in his 50th tournament. The 78 year old right hander is the 140th bowler to achieve this milestone.
Donnie Maloney became the 25th bowler to roll a 300 game in the 2011 tournament. Mr. Maloney is notable because in 2009 a lawnmower fell on his head, caused severe bleeding and a stroke. The road back has been interesting and this is his first 300 since the accident. His tournament was pretty respectable with 179, 219, 300 in doubles event, 649 team score and 614 singles tally. Career best score of 1961 in all –events. Not bad—Good Bowling!!
As of 16 May the leaderboard looks like this:
- Singles, Matt Weggen of Muscatine, IA 826
-Team, Brian Brazeau Pro Shop of Ocala Fla 3439
-Doubles, George Rowan/Rod Singer of Columbus Ohio 1494
-All Events, Matt Weggen, Muscatine IA 2268
The USBC National Bowling Tournament runs through 02 July 2011. Hope your scores hold up guys. Something tells me we will see more great bowling and high scores !!
There are many considerations for selecting the proper bowling bag for your needs. First, look at how many bowling balls you think you will need to carry. If you travel to tournaments, consider the airline requirements. Recreational bowlers will probably only need to have a ball, shoes and maybe a towel. More serious bowlers need to carry the items that allow adjustment to changing conditions. These items include bowlers tape, ball cleaner, baby powder, rosin bag, ez slide, (some tournaments do not allow ez slide), extra shoelaces, superglue, skin patches and band-aids. Some bowlers even carry playing cards and chips to spice up the competition. Bowling poker is a real blast! To carry all the above items, consider accessory bags to put it all in, heavy construction to handle the weight, heavy zippers and the ability to breakdown into 2- ball bags. (Airlines will only allow 2 balls per bag). Multiple balls mean weight which requires roller bags. Also consider the color of the bag. There are subdued colors and bright colors depending on your personality and the statement you wish to make. The investment in the proper bag will really pay off. Peace of mind in having everything you need to bowl well will allow you to relax and bowl even better.
Summer is here and bowling is over for another season. You and your family are going to go and do the summer things. What about your bowling game? Summers are when you can improve your game. Good bowlers know what they want to improve during summer bowling.
First, understand your average. If you just want to raise your average, there are things to work on. If you are a tournament bowler, there are skills to acquire and understand. No matter what level of bowler you are, there is something to improve.
If your average is below 170, here are some things you may want to work on. First you may want to have a pro check your ball fit. If it has been a while, maybe you have changed and the fit is no longer perfect. Second: maybe you need different or up to date equipment. New technology bowling balls seem like a miracle. Third, you may want to work on your approach. There should be a free arm swing and your walk should be like walking down the street. Fourth, is your timing. A four step approach requires that the ball be in motion as you take your first step. Fifith. If you roll a hook, maybe you are trying to hook without the proper technique. Lay off the hook and see if your scores go up. There is a proper technique to hooking the ball that does not require a lot of physical effort. Sixth. Try investing in a plastic ball for your spares. This will eliminate guesswork from lane conditions when you shoot spares.
If your average is 170 – 190 work on spares. If you miss more than 2-3 easy spares on a three game set, your spare shooting is suspect. Stop hooking the ball for corner shots and take the lane conditions out of the equation. This will require re-learning how to set up for a particular spare shot, but using a plastic ball will pay dividends. Remember, every spare you miss costs you at least 10 pins depending on pin count.
Tournament bowlers have other problems. They should be able to read lane conditions and the ball, keep up with changing lane conditions, understand breakpoints and how to use them or have a versatile game to roll to the lane conditions. If you don’t know how to do these things or even what they mean, find a good coach. Find one that has taken players to the level you want to go. Experience is key.
Summer is here. A very important time for bowlers looking to improve their game. Good Luck and Good Bowling!!!!
Sometimes, we take ourselves a little too seriously. Some of us think we know how to bowl, what balls, bags, shoes and accessories make us great. We are legends in our own minds! Then we take our families to the lanes just for fun and things start to go very wrong. We forget how to release the ball, we do not watch the kids and end up down the lane or we forget to release the ball and we have all sorts of fun!!! We thought you might like to see some of the things we do in a bowling alley just trying to have fun!
Have a laugh and then go have some fun!!