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 Post subject: missaligned too far left?
 Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 4:39 am Post Number: #1 Post
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[quote]Far too often I see bowlers aligned too far left at address to their intended target line. This misalignment at address results in compensations during the approach in order to launch the ball on the intended line. These compensations often result in a loss of lateral spine tilt as the body tries to maintain balance due to the misalignment./quote] Hi Jim, above is your quote from a prevision query. My question is how do you line up? I had remembered your quote so i moved 2 boards right to bowl at the same target, it seems ok, but am wondering how to get there and how do you know when you are?

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 Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 12:28 pm Post Number: #2 Post
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Thanks for the question, I’m sure you are not the only one trying to figure this out.

The European Tenpin Bowling Federation teaches bowling through a method called……ETT

Everything Towards the Target

ETT is shaped with three main movements:

WTT - Walk Towards the Target
STT - Swing Towards the Target
RTT - Release Towards the Target

The attached slide below shows three different ball paths:
1) Bowler playing straight up the second arrow
2) Bowler playing slightly left to right at the second arrow
3) Bowler playing even deeper at the third arrow.

In all three cases the body at address is aligned to the target in order that the bowler can:
WTT - Walk Towards the Target
STT - Swing Towards the Target
RTT - Release Towards the Target

Far too often I see bowlers in the address positions of bowlers #2 & #3.......trying to play the target line of bowler #1.

This type of misalignment at address will require compensations during the approach in order for that bowler to be able to deliver the ball to the intended target line.

See slide labeled “Misalignment” below.


Hopefully these graphical representations will help explain what my written word did not.

If not post again and I’ll gladly give it another try.

A special thanks for the knowledge provided by Onder Gurkan and Juha Maja of the ETBF team.


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 Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:33 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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Somehow, I missed this post.
Golden advice!

Thanks

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 Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:59 pm Post Number: #4 Post
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Jim, what about having to play 5th or 6th arrow or deeper.
Lines where you are up against the ball return or have to do the three step from in front of the ball return.
Extending the line back from focal point to on land target to foul line lay down point.
Am I over complicating this??

This is an excellent wiki worthy article.
Given the fact Del Warren says the preponderant amount of work he does with bowler's is on alignment. The cases on videos I've seen, he cited all had bowler's opening up too much

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kajmk wrote:
Jim, what about having to play 5th or 6th arrow or deeper.
Lines where you are up against the ball return or have to do the three step from in front of the ball return.
Extending the line back from focal point to on land target to foul line lay down point.
Am I over complicating this?


K.I.S.S :D
When the pattern is so depleted that bowlers must move to the 5th or 6th arrow all bets are off.
This system works across the lane.
What follows is the Lane Play procedure which I teach all my competitive athletes.

Lane Play Alignment

First some definitions:
1) Focal point
I first was introduced to this concept in “The See It, Feel It, Do it” manual by Mo Pinel released in 1998.
In his book he describes the focal point as a location anywhere in the pin deck area, i.e., ten pin, six pin and the six-ten pocket, the right gutter or even the right kickback (right handed bowler focal points).

Kegel refined the focal points as shown below in the Kegel Focal Point image.

Focal Point reference relative to pattern length for right handed bowler.
Short Pattern use 10 pin
Medium Pattern use 6 pin
Long Pattern use 3 pin

2) Visual Point
A target in the vicinity of the arrows. (ex: 2nd arrow)

3) Exit Point
Board location of the ball as it exits the oil pattern (Exit point = pattern length minus 31)

4) Line of Play
A line from the Visual Target through the Exit Point to the Focal Point.

5) Slide point
A five-inch parallel distance from the Line of Play (center of the ball) to the inside edge of the slide sole. Slide foot should be parallel to the Line of Play in the finish position.

6) Adjust for Drift

For the right-handed bowler, the preferred drift is left to right.
Three attachments below reflect the above strategy implemented on Short, Medium and Long Competitive Patterns.

Determine:
1) Focal point based on pattern length
2) Starting Visual point
3) Intersection of the Line of Play at the foul line, then add 5” for the slide point.
4) Adjust Address position based on personal drift.
5) Deliver the ball, check foot position at the foul line
6) Did ball roll over Visual target on the Line of Play?
7) Adjust starting position based on ball reaction.
8) Repeat the process.

The human body best functions in balance, but put a bowling ball in hand and approaches become interesting.

Because of this I only show the appropriate finish at the foul line.

The athlete must determine their individual drift and adjust their starting position to arrive at the calculated finish position.

As always the bowler is always responsible for adjusting the variables to maintain the pocket.


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