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 Post subject: My journey back
 Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:55 pm Post Number: #1 Post
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Hey all, some of you that have been around since the start of this site may remember me, regardless, i'm Mike, an avid bowler in the process of getting back into the game.

Little back story, bowled in college, held an easy 220+ average without practicing or putting in an excessive amount of effort. Eventually got a little burned out on bowling with the competitive leagues dying in my area and then an added kicker of tearing my ACL in my bowling knee. Whew, that's enough fluff, last year I came back and bowled a tad at the end of last year and averaged 217 just being happy to not be in pain.

Now this year, I practiced a bit from July til league season start up (3 weeks ago) and really got the bug back, drilled some new equipment and am finding myself caring as much as I did back in my college days.

All that said, i'm scoring very well on the easy stuff, which is whatever, but I know i'm not bowling that consistently. I'm looking for ideas, really lost any pull in my area to find a sport pattern or anything to practice on to keep me honest. I'm about to punch up something urethane, but what else can you recommend for improving, my thought tank ran dry in my past few years of inactivity.


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 Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:49 pm Post Number: #2 Post
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Urethane is a great place to start as it'll teach you the basics or adjusting speed, rotation, tilt, and rev rate. Try throwing a whole practice session with a urethane piece and see how honest that keeps you. Another option would be trying to find tournaments around your area like the ABT. They normally put out pretty tough patterns there so that's a challenge as well.

Try to get to know a bowling proprietor and become a regular at the person's alley. This way you can build a good relationship, they will give you deals and more than likely start putting down patterns that you want put down. Those are some of my recommendations.


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 Post subject: Re: My journey back
 Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:01 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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Quick comment.
Welcome back, health and satisfaction!
If you do not have a regular fitness regimen, I highly recommend starting one and keeping it for life. Ditto, bowling warm ups and cool downs.

Look up the USBC videos on fitness.
Look at the Kegel Teen Masters videos on the wiki
Look at
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Remember to POST every shot!

Consider practice sessions devoted to accuracy.
The tougher the shot, the less margin of error (speed, location, etc) that is premium on quality repetition
One of the buzzwords is focal point.
It strikes me (bad pun), that having sessions targeting focal points while using a plastic ball might be a good idea.
Additionally, Rolf Gauger taught about practicing 13 points of contact.
The points are every front row pin (7) and the pockets between them (6).
If at some point, you are allowed to place things on the land, then there are a variety of objects that can be used as on land targets.

Extreme target practice


Tape on lane, multiple parallel strips of tape, near, mid, far.

Gotta run, oh yeah, good idea ...

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 Post subject: Re: My journey back
 Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:26 am Post Number: #4 Post
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Great to see a charter member back!
Welcome back Mike!

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MegaMav wrote:
Great to see a charter member back!
Welcome back Mike!


Hey Eric! Glad to be back, been way too long!


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