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Friday, October 4, 2013

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Don't Just Wish To Bowl Better

Before one of the league practice sessions, one of the regular bowlers commented to me that he wished he could be like me.

He said, "You never have trouble with converting the 10-pin."

I then mentioned to him that on a recent night of bowling, I blew three 10-pin spares, including the tenth frame of the third game and shot a 694 series (thereby blowing my 700 series).

I also mentioned to him that there have been many times where I’ve gone into “mini-slumps” where it seemed as though I couldn’t convert any of my spares.

If it wasn’t for my strikes, I wouldn’t be ending up with the fairly good games that I do.
 
Now, "JohnBowler" is a pretty good stroker himself.

He carries a 200+ average and has been known to line the strikes up - he shot a 300 last year in our Thursday Night Men’s Classic league.

But, throughout the conversation, one thing became readily apparent.

He actually believed that bowlers with higher averages than him never experience the problems that he faces with his game.

I found out he had been a very good athlete in his younger days - baseball, basketball, and football.

But, as he got older, his past injuries caught up with him and bowling is one of the few sports he can actively participate in.

I very often hear those types of comments from my students and I spend lots of time reassuring them that higher average bowlers share the same thoughts many more times than they can imagine.

In fact, as I was preparing my notes for this article, many pictures of these, “I wish I could be like you (or you guys)“ flashed through my mind.

I engage in that kind of thinking and rhetoric myself - much more than I really want to.
 
It's in our nature, I guess to feel that way, regardless of the level of experience or skill we've attained.

Can that nature be overcome?

Once you become aware of it, you should be able to.
 
To that end, then, let’s put forward, a “Choc-List” to begin dismantling those thoughts and get our minds progressing forward in our pursuit of bowling excellence:
 
1) No one is 100% confident in everything they do. We have a tendency to admire and idolize what we see as people who are seemingly more talented than ourselves. We sometimes think that those people are way above our level. Take a look, however, when those people attempt to perform in another sport; not many of them can do it as well as in their specialty. Watch many of them bowl and you’ll see what I mean.
 
2) Find something in which you have a lot of confidence doing. There has to be one thing that you can do well and whenever you do it, your confidence level rises to such a point that you feel invincible. You feel as though you can compete with the best when performing in this particular field. Math problems, brain teasers, crossword puzzles? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical or sports activity. Doesn’t it feel good when you complete those activities and know that you can perform with the best of them?
 
3) Analyze what it is and why you're so confident in that activity. How did you get so good? How did you pursue it? How intensely did you study? Trace your steps and write down what you did to get so good. I’ll venture to say that PRACTICE is among what you had to do to get good. What are your feelings when you do this particular thing? Capture that feeling when you do it and perform well.
 
4) Transfer that confidence to your bowling. Write down your game plan for how you're going to improve. Your steps should include the same degree of study and practice that made you so good in the activity you've chosen to mirror. What problem(s) did you have in your pursuit of the other activity and what did you do to overcome it (them)?
 
The overall question becomes, “What is your why?"

Why do want to become good in the sport of bowling? Are you willing to do “what's necessary” to get the level that you will feel satisfied at?

Be persistent, don’t give up, and you will.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Enjoy Your Bowling

Whether you're a social, recreational, or competitive bowler, learn to be happy with your game of bowling.

You can only make the best decisions you can when you can, based on your equipment and the tools that you have immediately available to you.

Here's a "Choc-List" for enjoying the sport of bowling, even if you've gone beyond the "only bowling for social reasons" of our sport:

Don't take yourself too seriously. The sport has become very complicated despite all the high scores being thrown.

What used to be the 200 average bowler is now the 230 average and it's no longer a matter IF you'll bowl a 300 game, 700 or 800 series, but HOW MANY of them you'll be able to throw.

Be realistic with where you are and set your expectations to that level. You may not ever achieve a lot of honor scores if you only have one bowling ball to use.

Don't be a constant complainer or whiner. Unfortunately, they have become part of the fabric of our lives.

You can't go anywhere or do anything nowadays without hearing people complaining about something.

Catch a conversation here, someone talking to a person on their cell phone there, ranting on the internet, and making caustic comments to someone's comments in a blog, they're everywhere.

So, too, will they be at the bowling center and you'll have to guard against joining with the pack and bring yourself down with the whining.

Don't compare yourself to other bowlers. You don't know what their goals or objectives are with regard to this sport.

You don't know their background. Have they had coaching through junior bowling, high school bowling, or collegiate-level programs?

Have they participated in Sport Shot or PBA Experience leagues?

Do they regularly go to tough competitions such as Regional PBA, Team USA Trials, or Mini-Eliminator competitions?

Have they been bowling for 20, 30 or 40 years and only compete in no-handicap types of leagues?

DO enjoy yourself at whatever level you're at.

There are a myriad of reasons why people come to enjoy the sport of bowling.

On a world-wide basis, (World Tenpin Bowing Association website statistic), "There are over 100 million bowlers, of which over 10 million are taking part in leagues, tournaments, and championships."

It is one of the most popular participation sports in the world.
 
Enjoy your bowling and don't take yourself too seriously.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

SFM Testimonial From Lee and Tami

I signed up for The Six Figure Mentors on October 23, 2012.

I had seen a video on the internet when I was doing a blind search for online businesses.

After a few weeks of looking around, I saw an advertisement on Facebook placed by a couple named “Lee and Tami.” (It's their real first names.)

They had signed up for the SFM at the beginning of that month.

Lee and Tami took this opportunity seriously and pushed forward with their SFM business.

After only 7 months, they’ve made over $100,000 and continue to set records with their SFM.

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I, on the other hand, thought I had everything under control for a relaxed, “easy-as-you-go” retirement – NOT!!!

My finances have suddenly become very tight and I'm back to scrimping and doing without many things in order to last till the next retirement check comes.

Since I signed up through one of their advertisements, I’ll have a chance to learn what they have.

Lee and Tami shave graciously started a program whereby they’ve been offering to mentor people who signed up through them.

However, because I’ve delayed starting my SFM business, I’m a bit behind the 8-ball.

I “passed” on their offers for direct mentoring several times and so I’ve got to bide my time until I can try signing up for their program when they decide to accept the next five people.

Next time, I’m not delaying. When I receive their offer for the next group of people to be taken under their wing, I’m jumping on the opportunity.

The proof is in the pudding,” as the old cliché goes and they’ve proven that this is a viable business that can be done from anywhere. http://bit.ly/143nEvX

They were just in Jamaica for a vacation and made more money in one month than I ever made as a yearly salary working for a company.

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Because I’ve delayed starting my SFM business, I’m a bit behind the 8-ball.

I just hope they take me seriously since I’ve pretty much ignored them up to now.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Key To Bowling Improvement

We need to become better bowling students. The problem is that we're trying to get our games to come together too quickly.

I can understand that we have to bowl in leagues during the week and we work during the days.

However, to really improve, we need to take a step back and start practicing in the correct way until we actually get all the separate pieces right, then put them all together.

I was told at age 15 that I should learn “timing” first - out on one, down on two, back on three, and through on four (4-step approach).

The problem was, I became very mechanical with this type of thought process and it didn't matter how good my “timing” was if my “release” was all out of whack.

So, I concentrated on my “release,” which really helped me to be more consistent, but I lacked “power,” because my “timing” got thrown off and I couldn’t get into a very good “leverage” position.

I suppose this is why I eventually started "muscling" the ball, forcing my body to be in the right position at the right time.

Now, I've gone to a Free Swing and suddenly, “timing” means a lot more, but so does my “release.”

So, I've now come to the conclusion that “timing” and “release” should have equal importance; however, trying to get both right at the same time may not be so easy.

I think Brian Voss has it right - get the “timing” correct first, but do so by breaking it up into segments.

Right now, we’re still trying to work on what he says ALL AT THE SAME TIME so, we’re finding that getting our games to a higher level difficult and confusing at times.

Why do we find it so hard to follow the instructions of the "Master" and do what he asks us to do?

I believe it's because of bad habits we’ve developed over time.

We have the tendency to want things to happen “overnight.“

We’ve become poor students when it comes to learning new and different things.

We need to keep in mind that there are no “quick fixes.”

Therefore, here’s how I think we should proceed (4-step approach, but for 5-steps, it’s the 2nd step, for 6-steps, the 3rd, and so forth):

Segment 1 - Get the first step and swing correct before anything else;

Segment 2 - Get the first TWO steps and swing correct;

Segment 3 - Get the Finish correct;

Segment 4 - Get the Power Step correct;

Segment 5 - Get them all together into one continuous and flowing approach.

Then, and only then, can we can work on releases and ball speeds, and whatever else we feel would improve our game.

If we attempt to fine tune our bowling without getting a firm, solid foundation of the basics, we’ll be setting new techniques on shaky ground and not really improving anything.

In between leagues, at home or on the lanes at practice, we need to get each step correct piece-by-piece.

I feel that “Segment 1,” above, seems to be the most critical and that‘s why Brian Voss begins his elite training classes that way.

If you get that one right, then the rest of the segments, should follow.

Practice, practice, practice - at home, at the office, or on the lanes; but, get the First Step and Swing in the right position so they become second nature instead of trying to get all the steps right each night in league.