Wrist bracescan be great training tools to help you get the feel of whatever release you are trying to perfect. It should be used only as a teaching tool. If you are strong enough, it is recommended that you be pure wristed. Be careful with them as there are bowlers that have broken their wrist using the wrong brace while trying to execute a shot. Braces can be solid and not adjustable up to some that are totally adjustable in all directions. The brace you should use is dictated by the type of release you are trying to perfect. Consult your pro for proper choices. Those braces that have Velcro straps going across your palm will change the span of your hand. Ball fit should be measured wearing the brace, if you start wearing a brace after your ball was drilled, get re-measured. Improper fit will cause injury so see your pro for the proper fit and measurement. If you become very dependent on a brace, carry an extra one.
Wrist liners are cloth socks worn under a brace to absorb moisture and avoid chafing. You should have a couple in your bag if you wear a brace. Liners are not required but are much more comfortable and easier to wash.
Hammer has done it again!! The Brickappears to be another great ball for the heavier oil lane conditions. The new Brick Mirror Plane Asymmetric Core (MPA) was designed to allow the pro shop operator to tweak the ball performance when drilling. Making small layout changes will produces larger performance changes than other core layouts. With the core so versatile, the cover stock must be able to handle it!! With a ball so versatile, you may not have to have so many in your arsenal. As your game evolves or changes, you can change the ball to give you the performance you need!! All this at a great price point. Check out this new ball.
Bowlingcan be the most fun in the world and it can be the most frustrating—just like golf!! You go and get the coaching to get the stroke right, things are going great. Average is going up, handicap down and everything is good. Out of the blue you have a bad night, drop 150 pins to average and you get really frustrated and start losing it. Sound familiar?? Things are so wrong, you don’t even know where to start to fix it. After staying down for a few weeks, the frustration growing and you finally schedule some time with a coach. When he watches you bowl, he laughs. He says there is nothing wrong with your swing or delivery. The only problem is that the ball does not fit right. You have such a death grip on the ball you cannot relax and each shot is different. This explains the inconsistent play and not picking up spares. You allow the coach to change the thumb pitch and voila the strikes start to come. You start to be consistent again and the fun returns. Competing is fun. Without that, it is pure drudgery just showing up. Trying to figure out what is wrong when things go south sometimes requires help. Instead of stomping, cussing and generally ruining the fun for everyone around, you have to know when to get help. Keep it Together!!! Above all else, the sport is supposed to be fun.
Years ago, when we first started bowling in the Midwest, we heard of a tournament in Cincinnati called the “Hoinke”. This tournament originated in 1943 as an instrument to promote bowling and patriotism through World War II. Prizes in those years were War Bonds and Stamps.
The past 50 years has resulted in growth with 22 consecutive payouts in excess of $1, 000,000.00. This is an amateur tournament and everyone has a chance to win. Average is based on 80% of 220. It is simple. Whoever knocks down the most pins and has the highest score after adding in the handicap wins. In 1980 a Canadian woman, 5’3”, 130 lbs. with a 160 average and a 12.5 lb ball took home a check for $50, 000.00. The Classic is sanctioned by the USBC.
TheHoinke Classicstarts in February and runs through November every year so if you want to get some tournament experience for the USBC, try out that new gearin tournament conditions or just get a team together for some fun, check out the Hoinke!!!