|MY BEST GAME EVER|
Our bowlers this league are:
Walter Yahiku (Captain)
|THE BIG DRIFTER'S GUIDE TO GOOD BOWLING
RULE # 1 DRINK LOTS OF BEER AND HAVE FUN
RULE # 2 GET COMFORTABLE AT THE LINE
RULE # 3 VISUALIZE WHERE THE BALL IS SUPPOSE TO GO
RULE # 4 FLEX KNEES
RULE # 5 KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR MARK – NOT THE PINS
RULE # 6 GET A GOOD STRAIGHT BACK SWING
RULE # 7 TRY NOT TO STAGGER ON THE WAY TO THE LINE
RULE # 8 LAST STEP SHOULD BE LONG
RULE # 9 DON'T TRY TO GUIDE THE BALL
RULE # 10 HAVE SMOOTH RELEASE – DON'T BOUNCE THE BALL DOWN THE ALLEY
RULE # 11 FOLLOW THROUGH - REACH FOR THE SKY (CEILING)
RULE # 12 THROW STRAIGHT AT SPARES
RULE # 13 IF GETTING A LOT OF SPLITS, MOVE UP ONE INCH ON APPROACH
RULE # 14 IF YOU SCREW UP, DON'T SWEAR AND KICK THE BALL RETURN
RULE # 15 DON'T WORRY – IT'S JUST A GAME
RULE # 16 IF RULES 2 THRU 15 DON'T WORK, SEE RULE # 1
|MY PLAN ON HOW TO BOWL
In addition to the TIPS ABOVE, here is are my theories on how to bowl a half-decent game:
1. Since I can't throw a big hook ball and since I'm getting old and can't throw the ball too fast any more, I like to keep things simple. Besides that, if you drink as much beer as I do, you can't remember too many things anyway.
2. I stand in the same two places for every ball I throw. I stand about 6 inches behind second dot to the right of the center dot for my STRIKE BALL and all spares on the left side of the alley. I stand about 6 inches behind the second dot to the left of center for all spares on the right side of the alley. I don't move a board here or there depending on the lane conditions. If your ball is basically straight, this does not do any good. If the lanes are really dry and my ball is hooking a little to the left, I will throw it a little bit harder.
3. I aim at the little TARGET ARROWS that are about 15 feet down from the foul line. I used to only aim at the pins and throw as hard as I could. This was a bad idea!! I became a bit wiser and a better bowler after I discovered it is much easier to hit a spot 15 feet away than hitting a pin 60 feet away. See picture below for the bowling lane dimensions.
4. Okay, we know that the lane is 42 inches wide, don't we? The bowling ball is 8.5 inches wide. A bowling pin is 4.95 inches wide. Each pin is exactly 12 inches away from its nearest neighbor. What does all this info tell us? It tells you that you don't have to be perfect to make a single pin spare because you have a 21.95 inch window for knocking the pin down. There is a little less room in making a 7 or 10 pin spare. Making your spares is the key to good scoring. See the Pictures below.
5. How do you get a STRIKE? I know one thing for sure, you must hit the head pin! So, I try to hit my target arrow that allows me to hit the 1-pin. For me, that is right between the second and third arrows from the right. I also use this spot for certain spares. See picture below.
6. If I have a 2 pin or 8 pin spare or related multiple pin spares, I aim to go right over the third target arrow from the right. See picture below.
7. If I have a 4 pin or 4-7 pin spare, I aim to go right between the middle and third target arrow from the right. See picture below.
8. If I have a 7 pin spare, I aim to go right over the middle target arrow. See picture below.
9. Now, if the left over pins are on the right side of the alley, I move over to the left side of the approach. If I'm shooting at the 3 or 9 pin, I aim just to the left of the middle target arrow. See picture below.
10. If I have a 6 pin or 6-10 pin spare, I aim just a little to the right of the middle target arrow. See picture below.
11. If I have a 10 pin, I aim a little to the right of the first arrow to the right of center. See picture below.