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2 days ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Tilt

When you notice that some ball rolls go through the pins better than others, there could be a number of factors, but a major one is tilt. Tilt is how much spin you put on the ball. If you hold the ball like a top and it’s spinning sideways, then you have a lot of tilt. If your ball rolls end over end, you have very little tilt. You can be very successful doing either, so what does this mean for the lanes?

🎳 High Tilt: the ball skids further and hooks less on the backend. If the lanes are fresh/oilier, bowlers will have a more difficult time getting their ball to slow down and go through the pins the right way. These bowlers may want to use surface on fresh to create early hook. The benefits of having high tilt are if you are at an older center like wood or somewhere with earlier hook, your ball can get down the lane further before hooking. In the 70s and 80s, having a higher tilt was beneficial (look at Mark Roth and Marshall Holeman).

🎳 Low tilt: The opposite is true here: the ball will roll earlier with less tilt. Bowlers can play steeper angles because their ball will slow down sooner. These bowlers often struggle on lanes with dry fronts. Less surface can help low tilt bowlers succeed in these conditions.

It’s very difficult to change a low tilt bowler to a high tilt bowler, and vice versa. Different surfaces, drilling, or equipment can mitigate situations when you are at a disadvantage due to your tilt. If you want to understand your tilt better and get a game plan for managing different conditions, talk to your pro shop operator. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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1 week ago

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2 weeks ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Span

In order to measure your hand correctly for a bowling ball, there are a number of key points that a Pro Shop Operator needs to look at. Span and Pitch are the two main components that create your grip. Simply put: span is the distance between the gripping edge of your finger holes and the gripping edge of your thumbhole. When your span is not fit correctly, it can slow your hand down while it’s coming out of the ball. Quick release increases rev rate and ball speed without overmuscling the ball, allowing you to create more natural momentum with significantly less strain on your body.

Everybody’s hand is different and the recommended span for drilling a bowling has changed in the last 10 years. Today, pro shops should fit your hand to a relaxed span. A lot of pro shops were trained to fit a bowling ball with an extended, aka stretched, span. The purpose of this stretch was to allow you to make the ball hook vs letting the ball do its job, as bowling balls didn’t used to be as reactive. Problems with an overly long span and too much reverse pitch (an associated problem we’ll go in to next week) include overgripping, overgrabbing, and injuries from minor things like blisters on the thumb to severe wrist injuries. I’ve worked with people who have experienced injuries that even led to surgery. Overall, extended spans are generally improper technique for today’s bowling. Drilling a ball with a span that is too short also has its downsides. Short spans can cause overgripping, thumb and fingers coming out at the same time, dropping the ball, and general inconsistency. The goal is to find that sweet spot between something too short and too long.

In order to test your span: put your thumb in the thumbhole. If you’re first knuckle is not in the middle of the finger holes and it is more towards the front of the hole, your span is stretched. If your fingers are going to the back of the holes or beyond the holes, your span is short. I’m demonstrating a relaxed fit in the pictures.

There’s an exception to every rule and the span is no different. Recommended span is very personal and your PSO should consider your physical characteristics and injuries in fitting your hand. In my experience, people who are double-jointed need a more stretched out span. Vice versa, arthritic bowlers need a shorter span to avoid pain while bowling. These examples really are the exception: 80% of bowlers who throw a hook ball should have a ball drilled with a relaxed span. Get with your pro shop operator to check your grip! #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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2 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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Pro Tip Friday: watch your ball roll off the deck

Watching the way that your ball goes through the pocket can give you a lot of important information. Everyone should watch their ball go down the lane until it rolls off of the back of the deck.

The pocket is at the 17 board - which for a right handed bowler is 17 inches from the right gutter (reverse everything if you're left handed). If your ball enters on the 17 board and rolls off the deck to the left of it, you're more likely to strike. If your ball is rolling off the deck to the right of the pocket, it is defectling too much and doesn't have enough energy to roll through the pins (like my shot in this video). When that happens, you might see yourself leaving ten pins and wondering why the ball didn't strike. If your ball needs more energy on the backend, you could move into the oil, use a weaker ball that doesn't lose energy as quickly, or use loft to get it further down the lane.

If you start leaving pins line the 4-7 and 6-10, your ball might be deflecting too little and rolling off the deck too far left. You could consider using a ball with less hook, one with surface that slows down earlier or to move deeper into the oil. The best way to know what happened and determine how to adjust is by watching the ball until it's gone.

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4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Weight Shifting

There are a lot of moving pieces in a bowling approach with your footwork, swing, and release. There’s a lot to focus on beyond the foul line like hitting a target, watching ball motion, and hitting the pins the right way. The only way to dial everything in and be more efficient is to eliminate variation. One thing I notice often is that bowlers shift weight side to side or front to back in an approach, which risks your balance and adds a variable to your game. All of these parts need to work together to get the ball out on your hand the right way, especially being balanced.

People don’t think about their weight shifting as a concern. It can become a problem if not addressed. When you’re trying to get better at something that requires balance, coordination, and movement, your footwork is your foundation. One way to think about keeping your weight centered, is to imagine you are walking on a balance beam with the ball close to your body. If the ball doesn’t get close, you’ll struggle. If you watch a lot of people on tour, they have their own personal way of staying balanced, but many traditional examples keep everything tight and centered. This supports a straighter swing and smoother approach to the finish position.

So how do you address this? Starting in your set-up, be conscious of where your weight is starting. Which foot is the majority of the weight on? In a traditional five step approach, your weight should start on your right foot since you’re going to start your approach with your left foot. You don’t take a step going down the street with weight on the foot that you’re stepping with. If you want to work on staying stable, a good option is mirror drills at home. Put a full-size mirror up and take your full approach. Put painters’ tape down the mirror as a line to see if you move. This can be a challenging thing to manage so I always recommend consulting a qualified coach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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4 weeks ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Weight Shifting

There are a lot of moving pieces in a bowling approach with your footwork, swing, and release. There’s a lot to focus on beyond the foul line like hitting a target, watching ball motion, and hitting the pins the right way. The only way to dial everything in and be more efficient is to eliminate variation. One thing I notice often is that bowlers shift weight side to side or front to back in an approach, which risks your balance and adds a variable to your game. All of these parts need to work together to get the ball out on your hand the right way, especially being balanced.

People don’t think about their weight shifting as a concern. It can become a problem if not addressed. When you’re trying to get better at something that requires balance, coordination, and movement, your footwork is your foundation. One way to think about keeping your weight centered, is to imagine you are walking on a balance beam with the ball close to your body. If the ball doesn’t get close, you’ll struggle. If you watch a lot of people on tour, they have their own personal way of staying balanced, but many traditional examples keep everything tight and centered. This supports a straighter swing and smoother approach to the finish position.

So how do you address this? Starting in your set-up, be conscious of where your weight is starting. Which foot is the majority of the weight on? In a traditional five step approach, your weight should start on your right foot since you’re going to start your approach with your left foot. You don’t take a step going down the street with weight on the foot that you’re stepping with. If you want to work on staying stable, a good option is mirror drills at home. Put a full-size mirror up and take your full approach. Put painters’ tape down the mirror as a line to see if you move. This can be a challenging thing to manage so I always recommend consulting a qualified coach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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1 month ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Goals

I'm resharing a post from last year in honor of the GOAT retiring from the national tour.

It’s very important to put down your goals and recognize what you accomplish. Goal setting doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Here are my recommendations:

🌟Set 4-5 goals throughout the year and individual goals for each tournament

🌟Goals should be a mixture of aspirational and achievable

🌟You shouldn’t be able to achieve all goals within 6 months – push yourself

🌟Focus on mostly performance-based goals that will help you achieve score goals

A performance goal could be something like repeating a shot consistently, spare shooting consistently, or improving swing direction. A score goal might be bowling your highest set or game, raising your average 5 pins, or getting at least a certain standing in a tournament. There are outside variables that you cannot control for score goals so these should not be the only thing that you pay attention to. You can’t control other people’s bowling, pin carry, lane conditions, etc. If you hit your performance goals, your score goals become more achievable.

The first 6 months of the year are usually filled with the state, local, and national association tournaments. Setting a new goal in each tournament is a good way to test yourself year-to-year. One of my personal goals for tournaments this year is to throw the best shots that I can possibly throw, convert all of my makeable spares, stay patient and not get ahead of myself. That’s what I did bowling a doubles tournament with Walter Ray Williams 🐐. We won the doubles qualifying, which took us in to singles brackets. I won my first match but lost the second game, even though I bowled a clean 206. My opponent had better ball reaction. I didn’t win the overall tournament but I did meet my other goals.

I recommend talking to a coach about your goals to see if they seem right. What are you hoping to do this year? #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #moocrew #iambowlersmart
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1 month ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Ball Speed

If you are struggling to generate more speed or have consistent ball speed, there are a few things that you can focus on to improve. This is important because higher ball speed can often help scoring.

🎳 The first thing to focus on is using your legs. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing, your core and legs generate the majority of power and ball speed. If you don’t use your legs properly and use your upper body more, it inhibits consistency and slows you down.

🎳The second thing to focus on is getting the ball into your swing earlier in your approach. A lot of bowlers, when trying to make things faster, do everything at the release point. You have to be ready to let go of the ball before you are in the last moment of your approach. They wait too long to get their ball into the swing. Bowlers with a four step approach should get it into the swing on step one but bowlers with a five step approach should get it into the swing on two. This causes you to get your feet going quicker to walk by your swing.

🎳 Another variable affecting your speed can be your grip – you might be grabbing or putting tension on your grip causing a slower release. If you’re getting blisters or a sore hand after a few games, get your grip re-evaluated.

Let me if any of these tips worked for you and what you want to see covered in a future tip! #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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1 month ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Ball Speed

If you are struggling to generate more speed or have consistent ball speed, there are a few things that you can focus on to improve. This is important because higher ball speed can often help scoring.

🎳 The first thing to focus on is using your legs. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing, your core and legs generate the majority of power and ball speed. If you don’t use your legs properly and use your upper body more, it inhibits consistency and slows you down.

🎳The second thing to focus on is getting the ball into your swing earlier in your approach. A lot of bowlers, when trying to make things faster, do everything at the release point. You have to be ready to let go of the ball before you are in the last moment of your approach. They wait too long to get their ball into the swing. Bowlers with a four step approach should get it into the swing on step one but bowlers with a five step approach should get it into the swing on two. This causes you to get your feet going quicker to walk by your swing.

🎳 Another variable affecting your speed can be your grip – you might be grabbing or putting tension on your grip causing a slower release. If you’re getting blisters or a sore hand after a few games, get your grip re-evaluated.

Let me if any of these tips worked for you and what you want to see covered in a future tip! #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: PBA Tournament of Champions

This past week, I was fortunate enough to bowl the PBA Tournament of Champions (TOC), held in Jupiter, FL. The TOC is known as one of the most prestigious events - competitors have to have at least some kind of PBA title and be an active PBA member to enter. As a PBA regional champion, I had to bowl the day before the main event in a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ). The field consisted of anyone wanting to compete in the main event who had won a regional title but not a national title. It was 8 games total pinfall and 17 bowlers made it through the PTQ. I bowled well my first 3 games – starting with 796. Then I bowled a 175, two 230s, and finished with a 155. Luckily, I was far enough ahead of the cut that the final game didn’t matter, and I came in 12th place to make it into the main competition.

The Tournament of Champions consisted of four 6 game blocks. It would be an understatement to say it was an experience of a lifetime. I was surrounded by the best professionals, including many hall of famers. Competing with them is a dream come true for a bowler. An event like this is different than anything else you’d bowl – regionals, nationals, local tournaments, etc. My pair included Matt Ogle, Walter Ray Williams Jr, and Dom Barrett. The scores were very high. While it wasn’t the hardest pattern, it also wasn’t the easiest. The competitors scored well because they really are that much better at doing specific things at specific times to average 240+ on these conditions.

I didn’t have a great first three blocks. I didn’t make the right move and had some mediocre games, especially on fresh. By 18 games, I was in the low 40s. I didn’t have a shot at the top 24 but was still there to learn. The last 6 games, I bowled the best. I changed up what I was doing on fresh, giving me a 230 average to start vs 180 average. I ended up in 39th place. Considering how little I bowl, I was happy with that.

The main thing that I took away from bowling this event was how automatic the adjustments are for these professionals when moving from one lane to another. You have to know who you are following and understand how the lanes are going to change based on who you followed. The veterans understand what the moves are, and they aren’t afraid to make big adjustments. For example, they will make a big move if they are bowling with or moving to a pair with a high rev two hander. That was the most impressive thing that I witnessed. The guys who did it and trusted it, with the right ball and the right execution with their angles, averaged 230+ to make the top 24. I was grateful for the opportunity to compete with them and learn. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: PBA Tournament of Champions

This past week, I was fortunate enough to bowl the PBA Tournament of Champions (TOC), held in Jupiter, FL. The TOC is known as one of the most prestigious events - competitors have to have at least some kind of PBA title and be an active PBA member to enter. As a PBA regional champion, I had to bowl the day before the main event in a Pro Tour Qualifier (PTQ). The field consisted of anyone wanting to compete in the main event who had won a regional title but not a national title. It was 8 games total pinfall and 17 bowlers made it through the PTQ. I bowled well my first 3 games – starting with 796. Then I bowled a 175, two 230s, and finished with a 155. Luckily, I was far enough ahead of the cut that the final game didn’t matter, and I came in 12th place to make it into the main competition.

The Tournament of Champions consisted of four 6 game blocks. It would be an understatement to say it was an experience of a lifetime. I was surrounded by the best professionals, including many hall of famers. Competing with them is a dream come true for a bowler. An event like this is different than anything else you’d bowl – regionals, nationals, local tournaments, etc. My pair included Matt Ogle, Walter Ray Williams Jr, and Dom Barrett. The scores were very high. While it wasn’t the hardest pattern, it also wasn’t the easiest. The competitors scored well because they really are that much better at doing specific things at specific times to average 240+ on these conditions.

I didn’t have a great first three blocks. I didn’t make the right move and had some mediocre games, especially on fresh. By 18 games, I was in the low 40s. I didn’t have a shot at the top 24 but was still there to learn. The last 6 games, I bowled the best. I changed up what I was doing on fresh, giving me a 230 average to start vs 180 average. I ended up in 39th place. Considering how little I bowl, I was happy with that.

The main thing that I took away from bowling this event was how automatic the adjustments are for these professionals when moving from one lane to another. You have to know who you are following and understand how the lanes are going to change based on who you followed. The veterans understand what the moves are, and they aren’t afraid to make big adjustments. For example, they will make a big move if they are bowling with or moving to a pair with a high rev two hander. That was the most impressive thing that I witnessed. The guys who did it and trusted it, with the right ball and the right execution with their angles, averaged 230+ to make the top 24. I was grateful for the opportunity to compete with them and learn. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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2 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Thumb Slugs

How your thumb comes out of the ball is crucial to the consistency and repeat shot making for both amateurs and professionals. When you are trying to achieve a goal in bowling, you want to make sure that your hand is in a position to release the ball correctly. Certain accessories come in to play to support a consistent release. One tool for this is using a thumb insert or slug. Thumb slugs are made from a urethane-based material that PSOs can drill in to when they are installed in the ball. The reason we’d recommend something like this is because the bowling ball material is inconsistent for your thumb. Most performance bowling balls made today have a shell material, filler material that is chalky, and a core that is very dense. Every time a thumb hole is drilled, you are drilling into these different materials. A thumb slug eliminates the inconsistency of the material, so your thumb is only touching that urethane from top to bottom. There are other thumb insert products that pro shops can and will use, like pre-drilled vinyl inserts. I personally prefer urethane slugs because they are a smoother material and vinyl can get sticky and soft. Everyone will have a different preference here though and that’s ok as long you can get that consistent feeling. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Power Step

It’s important to use your body’s momentum to generate power in your bowling game. There are several ways to do this but one of the most impactful is maximizing your “power step”. A power step is the last step in your approach before you slide (step 4 in a 5 step, step 3 in a 4 step). What coaches have found is that when somebody is trying to release the ball with the most power, loading up this step to set up a strong slide makes everything easier. Getting that step small can help you launch more efficiently. One way to think about that is to make your 3rd step larger (if you take a 5 step approach), so that the power step just can’t be as big. So your overall approach would go like this:

🎳 First step is small momentum step

🎳 Second is medium to get ball going

🎳 Third step should be the largest because the ball is swinging behind you

🎳 Fourth step is a push off when your ball gets to the apex of your backswing, the ball is coming down and forward towards your line of play

🎳 Fifth step is a slide with all of your momentum going forward

A great way to understand how to do a power step correctly is to do a swing and slide drill like I’m doing in the video. Back up to where you would start slide. Swing to get momentum going, once it hits the top of your backswing, find your timing to push off. Focus on keeping your feet together in the beginning and then push off with your right foot and slide towards the foul line.

Another good drill is to count out your step size. Walk on the approach and think small, medium, large, small, slide, so you start to understand your steps should not be the same going towards the line.

I recommend that you work on this by capturing your approach on video with the help of a coach because it’s very personal and hard to know what’s right on your own. Some people take four steps, some people don’t slide, and you’re going to want to know what works best for you. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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2 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Insights from a day with Mo Pinel

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have Mo Pinel visit one of the shops that I run in Orlando: Boardwalk Bowl. Mo Pinel is the ball designer of Radical Bowling Technologies. In years past, they have come out with extremely good balls at all levels (someone recently threw a 900 series with their Black Conspiracy). I’ve thrown a few of their balls and I think they are one of the most versatile companies on the market. Mo has been in the industry for several decades – he’s extremely experienced and intelligent. I learned a few things that I wanted to share watching him in the pro shop, lessons, and a seminar:

🎳 Fitting Styles: the way that Mo fits a hand is very much an art. He doesn’t go with the standard fitting tools. He has his own tools like a micrometer to measure the length and width of a thumb. He references charts for flexibility and size, but he really relies on his experience and intuitively knows what is best. He finds most people have a span that is too long and works to get their hands relaxed.

🎳 Ball Motion: He spent a lot of time one-on-one with students focusing on how their fit affects their ball motion. He went into detail about how grip pressure is the enemy of good shot making, and why it’s incredibly important to get it right.

🎳 Conveying ideas: Mo has a very interesting way of explaining things, but he is able to effectively get his point across. He doesn’t get people down. He told me that if he is working with a bowler who needs to be broken down a little by changing their fit or release, he can’t leave them like that. He has to make sure he takes the time to build them back up. This is intuitive but it was good to watch him put this into action. If someone is looking for your help, if you need to change them, make sure they feel good about the change before they leave. This takes time – or people will leave more confused than when they showed up.

Overall, the time with Mo was enlightening and I highly recommend that anyone work with him if they get the chance. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #wowthatsradical
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2 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Balance in Set Up

Balance is required from start to finish to bowl well at any level. When you set up, I recommend keeping the weight of the ball close to your personal center of gravity. I give a lot of lessons to people on strictly just staying balanced. The number one thing I look at is where their ball is in their setup. If the ball is away from their center of gravity, I’ll move their ball closer to them, and they immediately feel more confident.

Unfortunately, everybody is different, so there isn’t one magic spot in the setup where the ball should be. Some people like it close to their shoulder, some waist high, and some lower than their waist. There’s not a textbook ball stance in the set-up, because everyone’s center of gravity may vary. I do recommend that the bowler’s bowling shoulder and their head should be in line with each other (requiring some slight hip and shoulder movement to achieve that). From there, where they hold the ball is trial and error, but just start with the ball close to you and see what works. I recommend keeping your elbow outside of your body, so the ball doesn’t pull you down forward in the set up.

If feel like you’re wobbling to the line or teeter tottering, or you lose consistency in your approach, check where you’re starting your ball in the setup. You have to start off correctly to finish correctly. How do you stay balanced? #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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3 months ago

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Pro Tip: Finger Adjustments to Change Ball Reaction

Subtle differences in your hand positioning can make a big difference in your bowling game. More specifically, changing where your non-bowling fingers (your pointer finger and pinky finger) are in your setup will change the way the ball comes off your hand. The most common adjustment people make with their fingers is by tucking their pinky. If you try to put your hand in the ball and keep your pinky flat, then tuck it, you’ll notice that your ring finger tends to curl towards the palm while you tuck. This adds just a little of extra pressure on your ring finger and lets the ball roll off your hand with more side tilt. If you’re throwing it good but not having good ball reaction, tucking your pinky may get the ball spinning through the front of the lane.

Another option to adjust is by spreading your pointer and pinky away from the middle fingers, creating more forward roll with less backend. Little tweaks with your non-bowling fingers can allow you to release the ball differently on different conditions and maximize ball reaction. If you have questions about how to do this, consult your PSO or a certified coach #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Reflections from Players Championship

This past weekend, I bowled the PBA Player’s Championship South Region event in Tampa. It was an extremely challenging weekend: we bowled 28 games in 2 days. It was 4 seven game blocks on 4 different oil patterns. What surprised me was that 3 out of the 4 blocks played similarly to each other, even though they were different patterns and lengths. It makes it clear that topography and the type of oil used can be dominant factors. Urethane was in play on 3 of the 4 from the start. Over the course of transition and lane breakdown, the three patterns that started similar, ended similar. You had to stand pretty far left and be very open to the gutter to create the right ball motion through the pins. The fourth pattern was the longest at 48 ft but had the lowest volume. It didn’t play that different, but the ball selection was surprisingly different. Just because the oil pattern was long, the oil was low, you think you’d throw strong balls with a dull surface. You actually wanted to do the opposite because the bowling ball hooked very early but not a lot on the backend.

The guys who made the top 5 took advantage of the way that the lanes broke down. In our region, there were two very powerful left handers: Jesper Svensson and Ryan Ciminelli. The other three who made the finals were right handers: Cristian Azcona, Tom Daugherty and Dick Allen. It is a very dynamic top five because the right handers are all very different. Cristian throws a lot of urethane in his game, and he was able to do that successfully. Daugherty is a two finger no thumb one hander and his rev rate is very high. Dick Allen is medium speed/medium rev rate but he’s one of the most experienced bowlers in the field. He doesn’t have a lot of power but he has a lot of tricks.

I was very fortunate to cash at the players. But I missed a lot of spares in order to barely get a check. If I was going to try this tournament all over again, I need to get better at throwing urethane and, when that’s not in play, opening my angles and hooking the ball more. And of course, I need to practice my spares. I'll be working on all of this as I get ready for the Tournament of Champions next month. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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3 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: A little loft

When lanes start to get dryer, your ball will likely start hooking early. There are a number of things you can do to get the ball down the lane further before hooking. Muscling the ball isn’t one of them – it hurts because it results in deceleration. A common adjustment is just to move left where there is more oil. There’s another one that helps people stay online without it hooking early: lofting it a little. Loft is nothing more than staying under the ball longer and creating air between the lane and the ball after the ball has been released.

One successful way to do this is to engage your legs more and get a little taller with your upper body, keep your weight on your heels to keep your hand under it longer. A lot of professionals do this in competition. A lot of people have developed their whole game around this technique so that their ball doesn’t hook early. It’s better to loft the ball a little bit rather than getting your body forward and having it start rolling at the foul line. A great tool to help you start lofting the ball more consistently is putting a towel beyond the foul line to give you a reference on where to start. Then you can practice doing more and more, depending on how much you want to work on it. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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3 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Short oil patterns

For the final part of our generalized pattern recommendations, we’re going to talk about short patterns (under 36 ft). The good news is that short patterns normally force you into one part of the lane, like long patterns, so there’s a more straightforward place to start. They often force you play close to the gutter, far away from the pocket. Why is that? The pocket is at the 17.5 board. If you’re near the gutter, you are maximizing the distance that the ball needs to travel to reach the pocket. If it starts moving sooner because the pattern ends earlier on the lane, you need to make sure it doesn’t travel too far and go Brooklyn. Like everything else, there are a plethora of balls, angles, and layouts you can use on short patterns. And they can be very tricky depending on the volume. Short patterns can easily be the lowest scoring in tournaments.

For the last 20+ years, balls have been designed to maximize hook. If there is not enough oil on the lanes, balls become unmanageable on the backend and hook way too much. There are two main mistakes I see people make on short patterns: using urethane at the wrong time and using weak equipment thinking it will give them more control.

Urethane on Short: If there is low volume on a short pattern, urethane is a good choice for some bowlers. It allows you to control the hook front to back on the lanes. Urethane gives you the earliest hook. It doesn’t collect oil but pushes it down the lane. That can make short patterns play longer. If you don’t have a 450 rev rate, urethane probably shouldn’t be in your bag because you will struggle to carry. If you have trouble using urethane because you don’t have a high enough rev rate, you may want to consider a short pin layout because the core will rev up faster and your ball won’t change drastically on the back end (check out this short video on short pin vs urethane from Mo Pinel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YuL-v9fFM4). Unless you’re a 2-handed bowler, and urethane may always be your A-game, I don’t recommend starting with urethane on high volume short patterns.

Weak vs Strong Balls on Short: People often start with weak equipment thinking it will give them more control. Weak and shiny equipment retains energy through the front part of the lane and stores it until the backend. That means your ball will be the most powerful when it’s completely off the pattern, which could make it extremely difficult to manage and do the exact opposite of what you’d hope. You actually want to see your ball slow down as early as possible, so that it is controllable on the backend. If you’re not using urethane or there is high volume, I recommend starting with a strong asymm ball with a low grit coverstock. You’ll likely be more successful with this higher end equipment.

As always, watch what the lane is doing, how your ball is going through the pins, and how others attack the pattern to maximize your success. A million things can affect the conditions and you don’t want to be locked into one plan. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart Pro Tip Friday: Short patterns

For the final part of our generalized pattern recommendations, we’re going to talk about short patterns (under 36 ft). The good news is that short patterns normally force you into one part of the lane, like long patterns, so there’s a more straightforward place to start. They often force you play close to the gutter, far away from the pocket. Why is that? The pocket is at the 17.5 board. If you’re near the gutter, you are maximizing the distance that the ball needs to travel to reach the pocket. If it starts moving sooner because the pattern ends earlier on the lane, you need to make sure it doesn’t travel too far and go Brooklyn. Like everything else, there are a plethora of balls, angles, and layouts you can use on short patterns. And they can be very tricky depending on the volume. Short patterns can easily be the lowest scoring in tournaments.

For the last 20+ years, balls have been designed to maximize hook. If there is not enough oil on the lanes, balls become unmanageable on the backend and hook way too much. There are two main mistakes I see people make on short patterns: using urethane at the wrong time and using weak equipment thinking it will give them more control.

Urethane on Short: If there is low volume on a short pattern, urethane is a good choice for some bowlers. It allows you to control the hook front to back on the lanes. Urethane gives you the earliest hook. It doesn’t collect oil but pushes it down the lane. That can make short patterns play longer. If you don’t have a 450 rev rate, urethane probably shouldn’t be in your bag because you will struggle to carry. If you have trouble using urethane because you don’t have a high enough rev rate, you may want to consider a short pin layout because the core will rev up faster and your ball won’t change drastically on the back end (check out this short video on short pin vs urethane from Mo Pinel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YuL-v9fFM4). Unless you’re a 2-handed bowler, and urethane may always be your A-game, I don’t recommend starting with urethane on high volume short patterns.

Weak vs Strong Balls on Short: People often start with weak equipment thinking it will give them more control. Weak and shiny equipment retains energy through the front part of the lane and stores it until the backend. That means your ball will be the most powerful when it’s completely off the pattern, which could make it extremely difficult to manage and do the exact opposite of what you’d hope. You actually want to see your ball slow down as early as possible, so that it is controllable on the backend. If you’re not using urethane or there is high volume, I recommend starting with a strong asymm ball with a low grit coverstock. You’ll likely be more successful with this higher end equipment.

As always, watch what the lane is doing, how your ball is going through the pins, and how others attack the pattern to maximize your success. A million things can affect the conditions and you don’t want to be locked into one plan. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Medium Oil Patterns

Happy New Year! In our second week discussing oil patterns, we’re shifting from the more straightforward long oil patterns that usually force you to keep your angles closer to the headpin, to medium oil patterns that can present a number of different ways to succeed or fail. These are by far the hardest oil patterns to bowl on for one main reason: there is no defined hook spot or angle that you need to play. When it comes to zone patterns (long or short), you’ll normally be in the same part of the lane regardless of volume etc. Medium oil patterns throw those guidelines out the window because a multitude of factors change the way these patterns play. The same exact pattern could and normally does play very differently based on lane surface and oil volume. I have bowled on many patterns that are described as medium that play much longer or much shorter. So, how do we attack an oil pattern that seems to be different every time you bowl on it? We’re not going to talk about layouts, surfaces, or where to bowl, but we’re going to focus on the importance of observation.

Start with a benchmark ball or your favorite ball to get a read. Throw a ball up the gutter, a ball in the track area, and a ball left of the track area (or right of the track if you’re a lefty). You need to watch your ball go down the lane and through the pins. Does it roll out? Does it hook too much? Keep an open mind and don’t try to force something that doesn’t work for your game. On a medium oil pattern, the rule of 31 can still be applied, but in my opinion, it’s just not useful in these scenarios as it is for short or long. It usually does a great job telling you where you might want to start but I sometimes see people be close minded about how patterns should play. If you’re not truly observing your ball, especially on medium patterns, you will struggle more than necessary. Do not get locked in to one plan – it doesn’t always work the way you’d expect. I’ve seen bowlers throw urethane and the strongest ball in the market and both can work.

Be aware that medium patterns are very susceptible to fast changes because everybody is often bowling in different part of the lanes. A lot of people will throw based on what their style and their own observations. Are you struggling to figure out how to adjust? Try watching others bowl. If I’m struggling, I will find the leader or someone else around me bowling well. I’ll see what they are doing and try to do it myself. Stay present, keep an open mind and you’ll be successful. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart #moocrew
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Pro Tip Friday: Long Oil Patterns

Merry Christmas! In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to tackle how to handle different length and volume oil patterns. In general, there a lot of variables that mean that the oil pattern can only serve as reference and a starting point. It’s critical that you observe your actual ball motion to tell you what’s really happening on the lanes. You may also want to talk to other people bowling or observe their ball going down the lane for more information. There are two main variables I recommend understanding when looking at a pattern graph to start: Length and volume. These two variables will likely dictate where you play on the lanes, what balls to throw, and the amount of surface to throw. We’ll first go over length and talk about volume as a secondary factor.

To start off this series, we’ll begin with longer patterns, which are defined as longer than 44ft. However, unless the center is very old and the track is very defined, most long patterns need to be played in the middle of the lane, towards the left, if you’re a right hander. Use the rule of 31 to determine the ideal breakpoint and set your target from there. For example, a 45 ft pattern means that I should subtract 31 from the length, and have my ball exit the pattern on board 14, which is in front of the 3 pin and only a few boards from the pocket. When your ball isn’t able to hook as much as it normally does, you need to play closer to the pocket. That’s because there isn’t as much time between the end of the pattern and the pins for the ball to make a big move. You’ll want to find a zone to start that lets you dry the lanes up and move left from there. If you’re bowling on a longer pattern but the volume isn’t high, you could hook the lanes, but “giving the ball to the right” probably won’t let it get back. While it’s true that there’s usually less hook on long, there’s a big misconception that these patterns mean that your ball will never hook. This will largely depend on the volume of oil and the topography of the lanes. As an example, the Paris pattern is 47 ft but your ball will probably hook early because the total volume is very low, which means you need to watch your ball from the front of the lane to the back and off the pin deck.

Now that you’ve determined your starting target based on length, let’s look at the volume. In my opinion, volume determines surface. If there’s a lot of volume (more than 30 ml), use grit of 500 or 1000, depending on your rev rate. If the volume is lower, you may not need as much as surface. Surface influences how early your ball hooks. If you use too much surface, the ball could hook too early and roll out before driving through the pocket, leaving flat 10s etc.

Longer oil patterns generally mean you should use an asymmetrical ball with a stronger core and solid coverstock to start. If you’re in a medium to low volume pattern, use a hybrid or pearl cover. You want your bowling ball to slow down and roll through the pocket. High performance asymms are usually required on long to make that happen. However, every time a ball goes down the lane, they change. Depending on the volume, you may jump into a strong symm ball later in the day. Many people have different opinions on how to handle oil patterns but we can all agree that the actual lane needs to be your guide. From what I’ve seen, length determines where to play on the lanes, volume determines which ball and surface, but use the system that works best for your game! #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Weight Shifting

There are a lot of moving pieces in a bowling approach with your footwork, swing, and release. There’s a lot to focus on beyond the foul line like hitting a target, watching ball motion, and hitting the pins the right way. The only way to dial everything in and be more efficient is to eliminate variation. One thing I notice often is that bowlers shift weight side to side or front to back in an approach, which risks your balance and adds a variable to your game. All of these parts need to work together to get the ball out on your hand the right way, especially being balanced.

People don’t think about their weight shifting as a concern. It can become a problem if not addressed. When you’re trying to get better at something that requires balance, coordination, and movement, your footwork is your foundation. One way to think about keeping your weight centered, is to imagine you are walking on a balance beam with the ball close to your body. If the ball doesn’t get close, you’ll struggle. If you watch a lot of people on tour, they have their own personal way of staying balanced, but many traditional examples keep everything tight and centered. This supports a straighter swing and smoother approach to the finish position.

So how do you address this? Starting in your set-up, be conscious of where your weight is starting. Which foot is the majority of the weight on? In a traditional five step approach, your weight should start on your right foot since you’re going to start your approach with your left foot. You don’t take a step going down the street with weight on the foot that you’re stepping with. If you want to work on staying stable, a good option is mirror drills at home. Put a full-size mirror up and take your full approach. Put painters’ tape down the mirror as a line to see if you move. This can be a challenging thing to manage so I always recommend consulting a qualified coach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Balance Arm

If your center is closed, you can practice this at home. Instead of the ball, use a free weight and practice swinging with your balance arm out. Or do a one step drill with a ball into pillows or a mattress.

It's critical to be balanced in order to hit your target consistently on the lane. The non-bowling side arm (also known as balance arm) is an often overlooked but very important part of the physical game. Using the opposite side to create leverage can affect swing, rev rate, and speed. However, many bowlers I work with aren’t even aware of their balance arm.

I’ve learned a lot about the impact of swinging a 14 – 16 lb object on only one side of the body since I’ve started coaching. While there are many ways to engage the balance arm effectively (reaching towards the wall, swimmers motion, bent elbow/forward shoulder, etc), it’s clear that bowlers need to create a force of resistance to maximize the transfer of energy from our body to the ball. I was working with a bowler a few months ago who was struggling to keep her balance and falling off to the right side almost every shot. We spent a session doing drills where I asked her to focus on reaching towards the wall as the first step in using her balance arm. By the end of the session, this student was posting the shot 60% of the time. Stabilizing the shoulders minimizes trunk rotation and increases consistency. For some, focusing on the balance side instead of the ball side can keep from overworking the ball.

I like to do one step drills to practice my release. In the video on the left, I’m not engaging my opposite side. It’s harder to stay balanced to post my shot and my ball is both slower and less accurate. On the right, I’m pushing my arm out towards the wall, which helps to keep my shoulders and hips in line with my target and gives me significantly more stability. If you’re struggling to repeat shots, think about how you’re utilizing your balance arm in your approach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Teamwork

This past weekend, I was able to bowl the “Make It Reign” scratch challenge run by Pete Ferraro in Deland, Florida. It was a 100% team format with five person teams composed of three regulars, a woman, and a senior. My team was Cory Misura, Jimmy Hutchison, Missy Klug, and Jason Couch. Last year, we bowled this event and came in second. This year, we were fortunate enough to get the win.

Many bowlers work on teams on a regular basis, but the stakes often look different: in league, regional, state, or national tournaments, or events like this one that mandate collaboration. You can’t win a team tournament by yourself. It takes a lot of communication, understanding people’s games, and trust in people who are telling you to do something.

So how did we collaborate? The first day of competition was 5 games of 10 pin and the second day was 18 games of baker bowling. In the baker bowling format, each individual only gets two frames a game to do something. As a member of a team, my advice, beyond focusing on your own game, is to watch the ball motion of your teammates to ensure everyone is all lined up with the right ball in their hand. This can help you consider all of the elements that require you to throw a good shot, which is the only thing you can really control, and consider things that can help your overall team performance.

However, you should be wary of offering advice unless it is solicited as sometimes that negatively affects a bowler. This is especially true if you don’t know your teammate well – I have seen all too often well-intentioned people who offer advice that misses the mark and upsets someone. If a bowler is already overanalyzing a situation, or sees something differently, your feedback could make it worse. On the flipside, you won’t be able to help when asked if you’re not watching and supporting.

Everyone has a responsibility on a team. Team bowling can be extremely difficult because not everyone is a good communicator or sees the game the same way. Sometimes you won't have a good day and will feel like you let your team down, or the pressure will cause you to bowl worse. This weekend, we were lucky because we all worked well together. But it wasn’t accidental - there was a lot of active and collaborative decision making and good communication that did not hurt people’s feelings. We recognized the opportunity for what it was and just bowled. We left the emotion at the door and got the win. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Power Step

It’s important to use your body’s momentum to generate power in your bowling game. There are several ways to do this but one of the most impactful is maximizing your “power step”. A power step is the last step in your approach before you slide (step 4 in a 5 step, step 3 in a 4 step). What coaches have found is that when somebody is trying to release the ball with the most power, loading up this step to set up a strong slide makes everything easier. Getting that step small can help you launch more efficiently. One way to think about that is to make your 3rd step larger (if you take a 5 step approach), so that the power step just can’t be as big. So your overall approach would go like this:

🎳 First step is small momentum step

🎳 Second is medium to get ball going

🎳 Third step should be the largest because the ball is swinging behind you

🎳 Fourth step is a push off when your ball gets to the apex of your backswing, the ball is coming down and forward towards your line of play

🎳 Fifth step is a slide with all of your momentum going forward

A great way to understand how to do a power step correctly is to do a swing and slide drill like I’m doing in the video. Back up to where you would start slide. Swing to get momentum going, once it hits the top of your backswing, find your timing to push off. Focus on keeping your feet together in the beginning and then push off with your right foot and slide towards the foul line.

Another good drill is to count out your step size. Walk on the approach and think small, medium, large, small, slide, so you start to understand your steps should not be the same going towards the line.

I recommend that you work on this by capturing your approach on video with the help of a coach because it’s very personal and hard to know what’s right on your own. Some people take four steps, some people don’t slide, and you’re going to want to know what works best for you. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Hitting the Reset Button

If you ever feel like you need a reset button on your game - you're out of rhythm, your timing is off, you’re muscling the ball, your footwork is not right, etc - I recommend doing a free swing ball drill before your approach (it's what I do in these situations). This gets your upper body muscles in a position to be relaxed, so when you do your full approach, you are able to focus on your feet vs your arm swing. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll swing the ball 1-2 times, so I don't overdo the drill and throw my timing off in other ways. I'll use this tool in league, tournaments, and practice.

A lot of people get out of rhythm because the ball is in the wrong part of the swing as they are walking to the line, causing them to muscle it and have an inconsistent release. This simple swing drill forces the weight of the ball in to your fingertips, which prevents muscling. When you bring the ball back up from the drill, make sure to put the weight in your non-bowling hand. That triggers your body to relax your bowling arm and all of the small muscles in your hand, so that when you pushaway, swing the ball in your approach, and release the ball, your hand is as soft and relaxed as possible. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Under Pressure

If you bowl competitively, you are going to find yourself in situations to have to show up and throw a strike to win a strike pot, a tournament, a state record, an action match, to bowl 300 or even just to win a point for your team. How you handle pressure determines how you get the ball off your hand the right way.

Some people live to be in these moments – they love having to show up. They do things other people don’t do to throw that shot, like follow their pre-shot routine, breath more deeply, or keep their heart rate under control. You have to focus on the things that you can control. The only thing you can do is throw a good shot; you can’t control the pins.

When you’re preparing for a shot like this, go back to the basics that got you to that point already. For me, I’ll do my pre-shot routine, visualize the ball going down the lane, and focus on how the ball needs to come off my hand. These are my personal tasks that I think of. Other people tend to not think and set up and go. Some people are more analytical. Everybody is different. Find what works for you. You need get into these situations often, to get ready for them as there really isn’t a good replacement for experience. Unfortunately, I don’t think practicing pressure situations is realistic because you don’t have people watching you and people hoping you’ll miss. Ask high end competitors of all sports – there’s no scenario you can put yourself in that compares. The best thing you can do is practice in your head: remember the times you’ve shown up, thrown good shots, and demonstrated your ability. Imagine being in that pressure position throwing your best shot. You can also work on your game and pressure management with an experienced coach.

Most important piece of advice here is that if you feel like a failure after not performing under pressure, you have to understand that it’s not life or death. Just learn from it. There’s always the next tournament or game. Life goes on and you’re onto the next situation. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart Mike Moore
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Pro Tip Friday: Foul Line Bowling Drills Will Help Your Finish Position

If you’re not balanced when you’re releasing the bowling ball, you probably won’t hit your target. Drills can help you work on components of your game and develop the muscle memory necessary to repeat shots when they count.

I was working with a beginner bowler this week. When he released the bowling ball, he was crouched over at the foul line with his non-bowling hand touching his slide knee, causing him to fall off balance. We did foul line drills to help him understand what it feels like to release the ball correctly.

A Foul Line Drill for balance:
🎳 Bend the slide knee at the foul line

🎳 Get the non-bowling arm out to the side for balance

🎳 Swing the bowling ball a few times, and then release it.

After 6-7 times, he was feeling more confident and we integrated this finish position in to his approach.

He went from hitting his target 3 out of 10 times in a game to hitting it 8 out of 10 times within a one hour period. After this lesson, I’m very confident that he’ll be shooting well above his average moving forward. What drills do you use regularly to improve your game? #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Surface

Contrary to popular belief, bowling balls are extremely adjustable. Changing the surface can dramatically change the roll of the ball. In my 13 years working in a pro shop, I’ve heard numerous times that a ball isn’t hooking enough, or it hooks too much, and that people want to redrill it, add a weight hole (which will be illegal in 2020), or even ditch it completely. However, they’re overlooking the most impactful and flexible way to change a ball’s hook. Studies have shown that up to 70% of the ball’s hook potential has to do with its surface.

There are essentially four variables to a bowling ball that determine its hook: the core, the coverstock, the drilling pattern, and the surface. People often think that coverstock and surface are the same thing. The coverstock is the resin material that the manufacturers wrap around the core that is solid, hybrid, or pearl. The surface is the texture of that material. You can change the surface of any coverstock to complement your personal game and conditions. Basically, what you’re doing when you change the surface of a bowling ball is determining where the ball wants to start hooking on the lane.

Changing the surface of a bowling ball is done in a multitude of ways. Bowlers in the 70s or 80s used basic sandpaper. Following that, many people used Scotch brite pads. In today’s game, most people use Abralon or Brunswick Siaair pads. They are just like sandpaper – the lower the number, the high the grit and more abrasive the pad is. You can see in the video the same exact bowling ball in each picture with different sanding finishes. We started at 180 grit, which is the lowest I’d recommend going to create earlier hook, and we go all the way up to a polished ball, which will hook much later down the lane. If you have a really heavy volume of oil on your house pattern, you normally will want to start with a bowling ball at 500 or 1000 grit. You need a ball that has some teeth in the coverstock to dig and bite through that oil. As the lanes transition, and as that 500 or 1000 grit bowling ball takes up oil off the lane, you should go to a smoother bowling ball like a 2000, 3000, or 4000 bowling ball, depending on your style of bowling. However, there are a number of combinations that you can use to find get the right roll. I personally like to sand the ball down to 500 grit, a really rough surface, then I go over that with a 2000 grit pad. That means that the ball doesn’t hook as early as a 500 grit ball but I get a predictable ball motion. 180 and 360 grit Abralon pads are normally used by PSOs to resurface. Even though you’re allowed to use them. I’d only recommend that grit in extreme conditions like a urethane ball on a short pattern. If you’re not in that kind of situation, the lowest grit I’d recommend is 500. Experiment to figure out what you like best.

I recommend that everyone with one or more performance bowling balls, or someone who bowls in multiple leagues or tournaments, has Abralon pads in their bag. It’s not uncommon to find a ball getting lane shine because oil gets back in to the coverstock after it’s been sanded it down. If the pro shop isn’t open or you’re at a tournament, you want to be able add surface back to the ball without relying on someone else. Just remember that according to USBC regulations, you can only change the surface of the ball before or after competition and in practice, not during competition, even if the ball is only in your bag. You can usually change the surface between blocks in a tournament, at the director’s discretion. After every 25-30 games, if you have a dull ball, take it to the pro shop and have them add surface on a ball spinner or resurfacing machine. The machine process allows for consistency that we can’t achieve by hand. What’s your favorite surface combination? #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Lane Surfaces

A lot of people don’t realize there are different types of lanes. Lane materials have evolved over the years to maintain durability and promote cost effectiveness. Back before the 1990s, about 90% of lanes in the US were wood. Wood lanes were popular because they used to be cost effective, even though there was a lot of maintenance required. There wasn’t a prevalent synthetic option. Wood has a tendency to be soft, making your bowling bowl hook more. When reactive resin came out, wood ended up being an extreme scoring condition – either very high or very low. In the late 70s, synthetics came around. Some centers installed synthetic overlays on top of wood lanes to extend their life. They are naturally much harder (like a table top) and bowling balls didn’t hook as much.

A big reason that bowling balls started to advance faster had to do with the lane surface getting harder. As time went on, different companies saw an opportunity to invest into different types of lane surfaces. AMF/Bowlero got into the lane bed industry and came out with two surfaces: HPL and SPL. They were designed to mimic wood surfaces without the high maintenance costs. The mechanic didn’t have to resurface the lanes every 2-3 years. The most popular lane surfaces now from Brunswick: Pro-Anvil. They are distinctive because they have tracer marks down the lane on the 15 and 10 board. The predecessor is the Brunswick Anvil from the 90s, which some centers still have. Pro-anvil is one of the hardest surfaces around.

An important note about all lane surfaces is that they play differently as time goes on. Every time a ball goes down a lane it wears on the surface. A 20-year-old surface, even of the same material, will give you much different ball reaction because of what it has endured. Very rarely nowadays do people replace lanes – it’s an extremely expensive process that make take years to recoup.

If you are a competitive bowler who wants to be better at understanding why you bowl good in certain centers, I recommend learning about that center’s lane material and age. Where the ball physically contacts the surface 100% dictates how your ball rolls. Very similar to a racing track – if there’s an older track that hasn’t been maintained well vs a brand-new one, the tires will react differently. Your ball roll 100% gets affected by the age and type of the surface. When I bowled regionals more, I’d call and ask the center about the material and age of the lanes so I could game plan. It helped me consider the right ball surface and layouts. I could go in prepared by knowing some of the variables. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip: Finger Adjustments to Change Ball Reaction

Subtle differences in your hand positioning can make a big difference in your bowling game. More specifically, changing where your non-bowling fingers (your pointer finger and pinky finger) are in your setup will change the way the ball comes off your hand. The most common adjustment people make with their fingers is by tucking their pinky. If you try to put your hand in the ball and keep your pinky flat, then tuck it, you’ll notice that your ring finger tends to curl towards the palm while you tuck. This adds just a little of extra pressure on your ring finger and lets the ball roll off your hand with more side tilt. If you’re throwing it good but not having good ball reaction, tucking your pinky may get the ball spinning through the front of the lane.

Another option to adjust is by spreading your pointer and pinky away from the middle fingers, creating more forward roll with less backend. Little tweaks with your non-bowling fingers can allow you to release the ball differently on different conditions and maximize ball reaction. If you have questions about how to do this, consult your PSO or a certified coach #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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6 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Corner Pins

Spare shooting is the glue to your game. Missing a 7-pin or a 10-pin costs you 11 pins off of your possible score. The more you cover spares, the more confidence you’ll have to your next shot. Overall, your frustration level will be lower. But it is dramatically overlooked in the game today because strong equipment has increased strike percentage significantly. At a higher level, when you see people struggle with lane conditions, it becomes apparent how critical good spare shooting is to the game. The majority of lessons I give with bowlers for bowlers between 150 and 180 is because they do not make their spares very consistently.

Corner pins are right next to the gutter and can be a little intimidating because people think that you have a very small margin of error to make a single pin. The bowling ball is 8.5 inches wide and the bowling pin at the widest base is 4.75 inches. If you think about it in terms of room on the lane, you realistically have about 12 inches of miss area when you’re going for a single pin.

So what’s the key to good spare shooting? It’s about repetition. Some people don’t practice their spares enough to be repetitive enough. When going for a single pin or corner pin, the way that I figure out where to stand is to go for same pin ten times in a row. If you miss one of those shots, you start over until you make ten 10 pins or ten 7 pins in a row. Everybody is different, so there isn’t one ideal place to stand. You can see in the video, you can see that I stand more left for my 10 pin (board 27) and more right (board 11) for my 7 pin. That’s my specific spot, you could be on board 26, 31, or others. It doesn’t matter where you stand, as long as you can be consistent. You can figure out where to stand and then get comfortable repeating shots.

There are a plethora of drills and other recommendations that can help you learn to shoot spares. There are some standards to look at when working on spares. I will always recommend anybody to throw a spare ball, especially at corner pins. Some people will throw a reactive ball end over end to kill the ball’s hook. I’d rather keep things simple. Spare balls are reasonably priced and have a plastic coverstock. They do not hook unless there are extreme dry conditions. Urethane balls can also be acceptable, as they hook a little but not as much as a reactive ball.

If you find yourself making below 75% of spares, I’d recommend working on this at least once a week. If you are disciplined enough, bring only your spare ball in for practice that day. Try ten 10 pins in a row and ten 7 pins a row. You can also play low ball: in one game, you’re trying to score as low as possible. If you can make the 10 pin off of a full rack and the 7 pin off a full rack, you’d get 2 per frame. Therefore, a perfect game would be 20. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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7 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Backswing Height - Just Because It Looks Cool, doesn’t mean it’s necessary

I get asked a lot in the pro shop and out on the lanes while bowling how I get my backswing so high. I also get asked how bowlers on TV get their backswings so high. The answer is relatively straightforward, but it may not actually be helpful. Not everyone needs a high backswing to be successful. The reason why some bowlers’ backswings get that high is because their upper body is more forward and lower in their approach, which creates like an optical illusion. It looks muscled but it’s not.

One thing I learned at Kegel Training Center Master Coaching Program is that there are a lot of people who generate a high backswing the wrong way – which means they open their rotator cuff, pull the ball up into the swing, and then close it on the way down. The professional bowlers usually don’t open their rotator cuff, and if they do it’s minimal. Opening and closing can lead to injury and introduces unnecessary muscle.

While the benefits of a high backswing are more momentum, speed, and power, there are a lot of people who succeed without it. A good example of not needing one is PBA up and comer Nick Pate. He bowled great in the PBA league without a high backswing. Another good example is Wes Mallot. He’s the tallest and biggest guy on tour and doesn’t need to get his swing high for power.

If you want to work on getting your backswing higher, you should consult a certified coach. It can cause a shoulder injury and is too risky to work on without help. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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7 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Interchangeable Thumbs

When you are getting in to bowling more heavily and building an arsenal, one of the biggest variables for your release is having a consistent thumb hole. Interchangeable thumbs were introduced 25 years ago and were revolutionary. They provide even more consistency than the thumb slugs that we recently reviewed because you can make one thumb hole that fits every bowling ball that you buy. There are a couple of systems that grip companies have developed. One is a tab system with a lock at the bottom. Another has a screw-in type like a bottle cap. These companies have perfected their systems over time. If you are a feel bowler and you need the thumb to be exactly the same from ball to ball, it’s highly recommended to invest into one of these systems.

If your thumb changes, you can have multiple interchangeable thumbs with different sizes vs using tape to get the feeling just right. I’ve seen people have 5-6 different thumbs. The only downside to consider with these products is that they are made out of plastic, which can wear out. USBC rules say everything has to be made out of something non-metallic, which means it’s less durable than something made with metal. Costs for these systems can vary. If you end up investing in this product, go to a qualified Pro Shop Operator who is experienced in installing them. If they are installed incorrectly, you’ll have issues getting the insert in and out, locking it, or breaking it due to excessive force, so do your research. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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7 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Every Shot is a Chance to Learn

This past weekend, I went to Tampa to bowl a four-game sweeper. I had the unfortunate luck of not bowling well for three games. In the video, you can see that I shot 300 game after that rough start. I made a decision late in the block to throw urethan and it gave me better ball reaction. I think of tournaments as a series of decision-making opportunities and I had exhausted all of my available options – every other ball in my bag, hand positions, and speed changes. Urethane was the only thing left and it turns out that it worked. If I had given up on trying things, I would have lost a lot more money that day. Pulling out a strong performance at the end allowed me to cash in a couple of side options.

Even when you’re struggling, you can always think about your shot making as a chance to learn. For example, I learned on Sunday that it’s probably better to throw a urethane ball in that part of the house to control ball reaction. When it comes to making decisions, and you choose the wrong decision, don’t get overwhelmed and upset, just try something else. Realize that it’s not a big deal to struggle in a tournament sometimes and you can learn from your mistakes. Whenever you feel like you’re digging yourself a hole with score, shotmaking, etc the worst thing to do is to lean into it and feel defeated when there’s still time left. Bowling bad in a tournament isn’t the end of the world and there will always be another opportunity, so use this for learning. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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7 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Fueling your body for competition

If you’re a competitive bowler, it’s worth considering how you fuel your body to maximize performance. What you eat or drink in tournaments may impact your mental consistency and physical ability. There are already enough variables in bowling - you don’t want to make the game harder than it needs to be.

Obviously, eating can be largely driven by personal preferences. I don’t like to eat while bowling, and I don’t like to have heavy meals right before I bowl. I’ll eat a protein bar or a small breakfast before a tournament so that I don’t feel overly full. Eating a combination of carbs and protein can provide you long lasting energy, like bananas and peanut butter, or protein shakes. I also try to drink a lot of water so that I don’t get sluggish while I’m bowling. After bowling, especially if it’s a multiple day tournament, I eat carbs to refuel, but try not to eat too much. I know other people who eat big breakfasts so that they don’t have to eat for the rest of the day. That works for them, and you’ll need to figure out what works best for you.

Eating is a small component to staying focused in the moment, but it can be a variable that you can control. If you’re worried about your hunger, you may get distracted. Packing snacks can keep you fueled through the day and prepared for changes in energy. As you start to take this sport more seriously, consider consulting a nutritionist to get personalized recommendations. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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8 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Should you hinge or push?

In today’s bowling game where power and control go hand in hand, it’s important to evaluate how you start the bowling ball in your swing. A lot of people were taught to push the ball away from them in order to create a pendulum. With todays’ balls being much more aggressive, and often needing angle, you don’t have to push the ball to achieve an optimal roll anymore. If you analyze the best bowlers now, most hinge the ball vs pushing away. Hinging means dropping the ball to your side and walking by it, rather than pushing away and slowing down. If you push away, you force your feet to slow down because you have catch up to the ball. It can lead you to pull up in your backswing and pull down at the top. Simply dropping the ball into the swing can create a lot more efficiency. It will help you get to the line with more leverage and more time by using your legs to create power.

A good way to practice trying to hinge the bowling ball is to put yourself on video from the side and pay attention to where your bowling ball is going in the beginning of your approach. If your elbow or your ball is moving forward as you start your approach, vs downward, you are pushing the ball. Everybody has their own variation of a hinge, including the starting height, so there isn’t one prescription for success. You may need to try a few different ways to do this to find what’s right. But if you feel like you’re struggling to get to the line consistently, your release varies more than you want, or your weight distribution is teeter tottering in your approach, this could help you. It’s always good idea to have a second pair of eyes from a qualified coach, but especially with something like your pushaway. A very small change could significantly change your approach, making this very hard to recognize and work on by yourself. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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8 months ago

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Woohoo! Congrats Jody Ellis Sheerer for winning the scratch event of the Airport Lanes womens 5 game sweeper. Keep it up Jody!What can we say?!? Thank you for the amazing turnout for our first Ladies 5-gamer. 49 ladies + a tough pattern = A Great Day! Winning the main event was Melanie Maguire and the Scratch option was Jody Scheerer! Looking forward to the next one ...

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Pro Tip Friday: Dual Angle Layouts

Because we talked about performance drilling costs last week, I wanted to reshare my post on dual angle layouts. After your PSO has watched you bowl, found your PAP (positive axis point), and you’ve chosen a bowling ball to drill, the next step is to drill that high-performance bowling ball. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There are many methods to drilling a bowling ball today but the most popular one is a layout system that Mo Pinel created called the “Dual Angle” System. Once learned, it is a very simple way of understanding of how to fine tune your ball roll with specific layouts. The layout can change the ball’s roll but not its fundamental characteristics. This becomes important to understand when you start building an arsenal for yourself (3 or more bowling balls), as an avid league bowler in different places or different tournaments. If you have one ball at one center and you’re happy with that, drilling patterns won’t be as much of a factor. If you want multiple reactions from your equipment, you should take an interest in this process.

In the pictures, you’ll see bolded out angles on two of my personal bowling balls. These angles describe what shape the ball will have on the lane. Without getting too technical, because this isn’t a Pro Shop Operator Tip, I’ll briefly review the three components to the dual angle system – the Drill angle, the Pin to Positive Axis Point (PAP) distance, and the Vertical Axis Line (VAL) angle.

Drill Angle:
The drill angle is where the weight block is going to be shifted left or right when you’re looking at the bowling ball from pin to CG to mass bias. The drill angle basically tells you how early you want the ball to start rolling. The smaller the drill angle, the more right (left for a lefty) the core will be shifted from your grip, which creates an earlier roll.

Pin to PAP:
This determines how much overall flare you want on the bowling ball. Flare is the oil rings when you roll the ball down the lane and see the track. When you drill a strong pin to PAP distance, the track flare is much wider, so the track marks are much further away from each other. 3 and 3/8 to 5 inches is considered a strong pin to PAP distance, depending on a person’s rev rate. You want to take in to account how much rev rate a person has because if a person has a high rev rate, they won’t need a very strong pin to PAP distance.

VAL Angle:
Vertical Axis Line, in my opinion this is probably the most important factor when laying out a bowling ball. The VAL angle basically moves the weight block up and down on the bowling ball in relation to your grip. If you have a smaller VAL angle, your pin will normally be above your fingers. 30-45 degrees is normally a pin up VAL angle. A bigger VAL angle of 65 – 90+ degrees is going to be pin down drilling. What this determines is how is the ball going to react at its break point. A smaller VAL angle makes the bowling ball transition from the hook phase to the roll phase faster or “snap” when it hits the break point. As you would think, a larger VAL angle is going to be a smoother transition when it hits the break point. The reason why this is very important is if you drill a bowling ball for lane conditions that are not ideal for the VAL angle to react right (as an example, if you drill a bowling ball for a specific pattern like heavy or long, drilling a large VAL angle on the bowling ball means that your ball won’t change direction quickly and you’ll have poor pin carry).

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule but the drilling patterns in a dual angle system are about FINE TUNING the bowling ball’s characteristics. If you drill a super strong asymm sanded bowling ball with a nature to roll smoothly, like a Hammer Statement Solid, to transition quicker, it will transition a little quicker but it still won’t be as dramatic as if you drilled a Columbia 300 Black Chaos to transition quickly. Even if you drill them the same way, the second ball will change direction stronger down lane because of the characteristics of the ball. I highly recommend working with your Pro Shop Operator on your layouts and making sure he or she can watch you bowl. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Why does performance drilling cost so much?

I’ve been working in pro shops for over 15 years. Over that time, I have had many customers who are confused about why performance bowling balls cost so much to be drilled. Drilling a performance ball can cost anywhere from $50 to almost $100, depending on whether you use interchangeable thumbs or other accessories. I thought I’d try to demystify the cost – and explain what really goes into it when it seems like just putting holes in a ball.

There’s a lot of knowledge, training, and physics behind drilling a ball to achieve a specific roll. Your PSO needs to get the right things before we drill a bowling ball, including a person’s Positive Axis Point (PAP), Axis Tilt, and Axis Rotation. That takes time, and potentially a game or two out on the lanes and evaluating other equipment. In addition to understand these variables, the PSO needs to fit the ball to your hand correctly through accurate measurement and evaluation of a person’s flexibility or physical challenges. All of that needs to happen before we even start drilling. You get what you pay for. If you want the ball drilled correctly and to match up with your needs, normally a PSO in a bowling center that has knowledge and experience in this will take care of these things as part of their service.

With the new rules changing this year around weight holes, the layout of the bowling ball becomes significantly more important than in years past. When the driller doesn’t have the axis point or axis tilt and doesn’t take the time to find things that are important, they are taking a guess on a $200 bowling ball and hoping it rolls correctly. Given the importance of accuracy in this process, relying on a bowler’s input alone without a trained PSO observing is risky.

In addition to paying for highly skilled help, the business model of pro shops has changed dramatically over the last 20 years with the growth of the internet. Nowadays, bowling balls cost so little online, and leave small room for profit. Pro shops need to ensure there is enough margin to cover their operational costs and pay highly skilled employees. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Setting up to stay balanced

Balance is required from start to finish to bowl well at any level. When you set up, I recommend keeping the weight of the ball close to your personal center of gravity. I give a lot of lessons to people on strictly just staying balanced. The number one thing I look at is where their ball is in their setup. If the ball is away from their center of gravity, I’ll move their ball closer to them, and they immediately feel more confident.

Unfortunately, everybody is different, so there isn’t one magic spot in the setup where the ball should be. Some people like it close to their shoulder, some waist high, and some lower than their waist. There’s not a textbook ball stance in the set-up, because everyone’s center of gravity may vary. I do recommend that the bowler’s bowling shoulder and their head should be in line with each other (requiring some slight hip and shoulder movement to achieve that). From there, where they hold the ball is trial and error, but just start with the ball close to you and see what works. I recommend keeping your elbow outside of your body, so the ball doesn’t pull you down forward in the set up.

If feel like you’re wobbling to the line or teeter tottering, or you lose consistency in your approach, check where you’re starting your ball in the setup. You have to start off correctly to finish correctly. How do you stay balanced? #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Taking your time

When you’re playing any hand eye coordinated game like golf, darts, billiards, or bowling, you need to consider the time you take between shots. It’s important to have awareness of your overall timing, rhythm, and patience because sometimes these things are more important than the physical action of rolling a shot in competition. Personally, I can’t even count how many times taking my time has saved me from losing a match, helped me continue a string of strikes, or stay ahead of my opponent. At the highest level of competition, taking your time between shots is one of the most important things that you can do.

The ideal amount of time between shots really depends on the person. For me, picking up a ball immediately off the return and going again is too fast. At this point, I’ve developed a sense of knowing when I’m ready and when I’m not. If you start to focus more on your process than the actual tournament or lane pattern, you’ll have a sense of control over the environment without controlling your body too much. If I have a student who struggles with this, I may encourage them to walk around the bowler’s circle between shots, or take a drink of water to make sure enough time has passed to reset.

I have seen a lack of awareness of the time between shots cause problems for less experienced people in competition. Imagine that you’re in matchplay against an opponent that you need to win against move on and you’re up to bowl on both lanes. Your first shot, you throw a strike and your heart rate shoots up from the adrenaline. Then you go over to the next lane and immediately go into your pre-shot routine and throw the next shot. It’s not as focused or sharp, and you miss. That could be the difference between winning the tournament. You can’t control your opponent in these situations, just yourself. Taking your time in high stakes moments like this, or when you’re going for an honor score, is critical. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart #ripcoloniallanesorlando
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9 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: String Pins

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to bowl in a very unique tournament down in Naples Florida: The Qubica AMF “Some Strings Attached” tournament. Both Saturday and Sunday, we alternated bowling on string pins and free falling pins. String pins have a rope/cable attached to the pins that gets them set every time. The strings place them up and down inside the pinsetter machine. Qubica needed to run a high-level competitive tournament to see how bowlers did with these pins to make a case for them to be USBC sanctioned for tournaments and league bowling. String pin bowling is very cost effective compared to old school pinsetters that require more expert maintenance. If you’re curious, you can find many videos explaining the difference.

When I bowled this weekend, there was a noticeable difference in pin carry, spare shooting, and split conversion. In my personal opinion, the string pin bowling machines need to be tweaked a little bit to allow the pins to fall more “freely” than they did this weekend. Saturday’s invitational paid first place $5000. This brought out the cream of the crop in a 48-spot limited field of competitors. The string pin bowling vs free falling bowling, didn’t affect the level of competitiveness of bowling because we all had equal time in each scenario. It added an extra variable that us as competitors are not accustomed to, but we are used to managing different variables in competition. I was happy to have placed 12th in such a strong field.

While the overall scores were slightly higher on the string pins on Saturday and minimally higher on Sunday, my personal experience is that I did not average as high on string pin bowling vs free fall. For me, when the ball hit the pins, the strings decreased the impact. However, if this becomes a regular tournament, I will be the first to sign up because it’s a unique environment and a new challenge. If this becomes part of bowling in the future, we’ll all need to learn to adapt. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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9 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: 2020 rule changes on weight holes – it’s going to be OK!

Effective next week on August 1st, 2020, the USBC will be changing the rules on static weights and banning weight holes. The goal of this rule change is to limit the impact of the performance of the bowling ball. The purpose of a weight hole is to change the dynamics of the ball’s core. When you put a weight hole in today’s equipment, contrary to what many people believe, it is not to increase or decrease static weights. You can drill two bowling balls exactly the same, except adding a weight hole to one, and they will roll significantly differently down the lane. You can also increase or decrease the hook just by moving the location of the weight hole in the ball.

In my opinion, the reason why USBC is no longer allowing weight holes is to help even the playing field. While they are eliminating weight holes, they are increasing the allowable static weights from 1 oz to 3 oz. This increase will allow you to still drill the bowling ball with the center of gravity moved away from the grip to manipulate the weight block without needing to add a weight hole. However, even if you manipulate the core to shift the weight block away from the grip, you’re not removing a part of the ball and changing the core’s dynamics. So while you can change the way the ball rolls with this drilling, these rules limit your ability to change the ball from its intended purpose.

Whenever I drill a pin down bowling ball (where the top of the core is below my fingers), I add a weight hole. However, none of my pin up equipment has a weight hole. When the pin is lowered or the VAL (Vertical Axis Line) angle is increased, the flare potential decreases so it doesn’t hook very much. By adding a weight hole down by the thumb quadrant, I find that the ball flares more and rolls better. With the new rule change, I foresee that I’ll drill fewer pin down balls for my own game.

My personal take is that bowling balls today are so strong, with the dynamics of the cores and the strength of the coverstocks, that you do not need a weight hole to achieve a good ball roll. I think this rule is a step in the right direction, but I think there are other things that USBC could still address (like lane conditions). If it were completely up to me, I think a better way of going about this is not to worry about ball dynamics and instead focus on lane conditions to even the playing field. If you have equipment with a weight hole now, you will want to plan on plugging the hole at a local pro shop before throwing it again. That will make it legal for USBC. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart #moocrew
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Pro Tip Friday: Bowling a Doubles Event

This past weekend, I got a chance to bowl a doubles tournament in Tampa Florida, with my good friend Ashly Galante. Today’s pro tip is all about working as a team to bowl well together. Because many times I have seen in team formats or doubles formats that two great bowlers don’t always work together to bowl well. Bowling a doubles tournament, whether it’s male or female, professional or amateur, communication is the single most important factor. It’s often easier to communicate if your partner is a friend.

Last weekend, I started off bowling pretty well and Ashly struggled initially, but I was there to help and give her confidence in her moves. Then when the pattern got really ugly after game 3, she was there to keep me even keeled and encourage me. Watching her ball reaction helped me see what I needed to do to stay ahead of the moves. When things start to break down, the advantage of bowling doubles is having someone to talk to about transition, see ball reaction, and talk about which balls to throw. If Ashly and I didn’t have good communication, I don’t think we would have made the final match and finished second.

I’ve had similar success in other doubles tournaments where I noticed how important communication was to our success. I’ve been fortunate enough to bowl the PBA Member/Non-Member Regional tournament with Shawn Naumann over five years, when we got two first place and two second place finishes.

When it comes to picking a partner for a tournament, consider who you’ll have the best time with. If you’re worried about being competitive, try to analyze somebody’s game and choose someone with a similar ball roll to gather more information for your confidence and adjustments. Ultimately, doubles tournaments should give you the opportunity to enjoy the tournament because of your partner. When you don’t mesh with your partner, you’ll realize how important it is to prioritize the fun and communication over everything else. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Bowled the TD doubles event today with Ashly Galante. Ended up 2nd place on a very demanding pattern. The two matches before the title match were nothing but exciting. First match against John Janawicz and Trevor Roberts came down to the 10th frame. Needing a strike in the 10th to move on and I nailed it. 10 back no doubter. 2nd match was against Jason Zook and Walter Ray Williams Jr again the match came down to the 10th. Ashly struck in the 9th giving me a chance to throw 3 strikes in the 10th to force Walter to show up. Got all 3 and Walter did not strike in the 10th which lead for us to win the match. It was an incredible match. The last match was not ideal unfortunately. Verity Francesca and Kristijonas Sergejevas stayed cleaned and Ash and I dug a hole early and never got out of it the whole match. Congratulations, they deserve the win for sure. Balls of choice:

🎳 Track Bowling Black Paradox
🎳Brunswick Bowling Prism Hybrid
🎳Brunswick Phantom
🎳 Columbia 300 Chaos Black
🎳 Ebonite Bowling Omni

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Pro Tip Friday: Steady Head

Keeping a level, steady head while bowling is probably one of the most important fundamentals to establish. There are multiple reasons to keep a steady head while bowling – the main one is that it lets you keep your eyes on the target. If you dip forward and back in the approach or pop up at the foul line, your head will move, and your target will go from stationary to moving. While there are exceptions based on unique bowling styles – one of the most known is Walter Ray Williams Jr, arguably the most accurate bowler of all time – most great bowlers have a steady head from the beginning of the approach through the release.

In order to maintain a steady head, you need to focus on the foundation of your game: your footwork. You should never feel like you’re done critiquing your footwork and should always be working on it. If you lose it, or don’t pay attention to a solid foundation, you will not maintain a consistent approach or steadiness. If you’re not confident in your head staying still while walking, take a video from your phone or ipad from the side, filming the entire approach. Focus on whether your pushaway is causing you to dip forward or if you pop up the line. If your head is bobbing up and down or forward and back during your swing or at the foul line, you could slow your feet down. You might be running and getting your feet going to too quick in relation to your arm swing, causing you to muscle. You might not be using your legs and lunging enough. Lunging allows you to get deep at the line and create a lot more stability, so you don’t pop up. It’s almost always about the legs. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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10 months ago

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Pro Tip Friday: Stay in the Moment

This past weekend, I bowled my first tournament since the shut-down: The Florida State Open. It ended up being a pretty special weekend overall because I won All-Events Scratch and Handicap. Over 9 games, I put together a 2343 scratch series (260 average), with two 300 games in the team event. Winning this tournament is special because many of the best bowlers in Florida compete in it every year – this year you’ll see people like Matt McNeil, Sean Riccardi, and so many others on the results.

Staying in good rhythm from frame 1 until the final frame is critical to success in events like this one. It’s the feeling of flow that you get from the ball coming off your hand and executing a shot the right way over and over. A lot of times when someone is bowling well and they have a good rhythm or vibe going, they don’t really think about it. Here are some keys to staying in the moment based on my experiences and what I’ve observed as a coach:

- Follow your process: You need to go through the pre-shot routines motions, watch the ball going through the pins, and stay ahead of the moves almost automatically. You should get to a point that you don’t think about doing things, you just react. Focus on these foundations if you don’t have the right rhythm.
- Prepare: Achieving flow and consistent rhythm takes practice and the right fit. Personally, I tried to practice several times before states and adjusted my grip. It’s much easier to get into the flow and rhythm of a competitive environment when you go into the tournament confidently prepared.
- Don’t think too far ahead: When you’re bowling multiple day or multiple game tournaments (more than 3), many inexperienced competitors will get ahead of themselves if they start to bowl well. They think that one day or one game will vault them into the leaderboard, even if they still have multiple games left and their performance will suffer.
- Don’t dwell - It may be obvious but it’s hard – you can’t think about the good or the bad too much. You can’t hold on to that one good game when there’s more good games in front of you. You can flip this. If you have a bad day/game/tournament, the hardest thing to do in that moment is not focus on it and not get more frustrated and throw the whole event away.
- Keep your mind off of bowling when you’re not on the approach: On Sunday, I started off with a 300 game. It was very difficult for me to stay in the moment because I was thinking about the all-events total. My team helped me relax in the moment and kept me distracted by cracking jokes. They helped me stay in the moment and I shot another 300 the last game, even though I only needed a 170 to take over the all-events lead. It’s easier with teammates to stay distracted but you can find ways to do this in a singles event also – use your phone, play games, etc.

How do you get into and manage flow during competition? #mdmoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Keep your hand behind the ball (release part 2)

Last week, we talked about loading or getting on the inside of the ball to create more angle. This week, we’re going to talk about staying behind the ball or using a “natural” release. This doesn’t require any extra ability or loading the wrist more than normal. If you’re bowling on a sport pattern, broken down house shot, or the fronts are dry, the best way to attack the lanes may be going straighter. This means that you’ll need to take your hand out of the ball and have a softer release that doesn’t hook as much.

A simple process to promote a softer release is to put more weight in your non bowling hand during the set up and allow your bowling hand to be as relaxed as possible before you start your approach. This should make you to stay behind the ball longer and at the release point, the thumb can come out a little bit quicker. There should be very little jerking motion to get the ball off your hand, getting it out on the lane softer and smoother. Pay attention to how much grip pressure you’re putting on your ball in the set up. Think about softness before you start. As you’re focusing on releasing the ball and looking at a target, try not do anything crazy with your hand and let it roll smoother. You’ll see less down-lane hook motion but more control. Between this natural release and loading your wrist, you should be prepared to manage almost any situation. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Loading up your release

When you’re bowling in league or competition, you may need to adjust release to the changing lane conditions. Every time a ball goes a lane, the lanes change very slightly. Over time, the shift could be dramatic. Changing your hand position can keep you in a bowling ball that is working well or allow you to adjust your feet and open up the lanes.

This tip is about when and how to “load” your wrist more than normal when you want to see the ball push through front part of the lane, change direction, retain energy, and hit harder on backend. The time to use a loaded wrist is usually when the lanes have started to transition and you’re moving farther left (as a right hander). You should consider it as an adjustment option when you need to create more angle through the front part of the lane so that the bowling ball doesn’t lose axis rotation (or energy) earlier on the lane. Loading your wrist more can be good or bad, depending on how you do it.

We’re not talking about “cupping the wrist” because in my opinion, that causes tension and could risk an injury, especially if it’s not a normal part of your game. So if this isn’t cupping, what is it? Loading your wrist means staying on the inside for a longer period. You can see an example of me doing this in the video. If you’d like to see a better illustration of staying on the inside of the ball and loading your wrist up more (I personally struggle to do this consistently), you can look at Wes Mallott, EJ Tackett, and Marshall Kent. You can practice different releases by doing foul line drills where you watch your hand come around the ball and follow through. If you’re doing it right, you’ll notice that the ball rolls differently on the lane – it’ll go longer before it hooks and come back harder.

Next week, we’ll talk about staying behind the ball during your release and when to use that approach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Getting back into it

There are many ways to get back into a game like bowling. One thing I’d recommend is beginning with foul lines drills to get your hand, swing, and legs back into the right position. You’re also going to want to re-establish your rhythm before tournaments and leagues restart. Everyone is coming out of a break and is likely off in some way. In recent conversations, I’ve been trying to help people figure out what has worked in the past to help them reach their pre-quarantine level.

As an example, I have a student that was very challenged in drifting left as a right hander. The student always used to walk to the right “towards her target”, obstructing her ball path and affecting her adjustments. It was a really big flaw that she worked really hard to change before quarantine, but she went back to old habits coming out of the break. To get back to where she was, I told her to start further right, where she’s comfortable and just focus on walking left. After a few sessions, she’s back to her more effective approach.

Everyone is going to have their own personal challenges and will need to figure out what will work. It may be hard to pinpoint what is wrong, unless you have a coach or PSO you can ask for help. If you can’t solicit help, take a video of yourself or do an inventory to think about what you’ve worked in the past. Move to a part of the lane where you’re most comfortable then move to a part of the lane where you’re less comfortable and see if anything is different in your approach. Practice where you’re comfortable to re-establish good habits.

There are a lot of moving parts in the game itself. Another factor worth some attention is your grip. It’s really important to get your thumb refitted or your span double checked because you probably lost callouses and maybe gained some hand flexibility on this break. I don’t recommend radical changes because your hand will likely go back to what it was pre-quarantine, but it might be appropriate to get your thumb regripped. Your PSO can help guide you. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Is the ball behind your head?

As you get back into the game, you may notice that your natural tendencies return, even if you worked hard to change them. I'm resharing this tip, as I think it's going to be important to use drills to ease back in and be aware of your swing direction.

One of the most important things that I evaluate as a coach is where the bowling ball is at the top of the person’s swing in relation to the bowler’s head. Ideally, the best spot for a ball to be is behind your head in both the upswing and downswing. There is an imaginary line called the “line of play” that starts with the pushaway, goes through the backswing, and back through the release. The reason why it’s important to have a straighter line of play is that for every little bit that your bowling ball is not behind your head, you have to compensate and redirect your swing back into the line of play in order to hit your target. This requires some muscle, which can become a liability, possible injury or simply poor mechanics that wear you out.

A lot of bowlers, even good bowlers, develop their game based on compensations but we need minimize them. One of the biggest challenges I personally have is getting the ball too far outside my body, creating too large of a figure 8 loop. If my ball gets too far on the outside, I have a tendency to pull it or my hand gets on the outside, I have very little tilt, and my ball doesn’t roll well. I constantly work on feeling like the bowling ball and my swing go behind my back. What’s more common is people who pull the ball inside their head or behind their back too much. This swing can cause the chicken wing or ball going around their body in the downswing. Both of these tendencies aren’t good.

In order to manage your line of play, you have to put yourself on video. If you’re too far right or left, I recommend drills that make you feel like you’re doing the opposite of what is natural. Since my ball goes too outside, I push to the right and feel it going behind my back. That gets me to straighter, even though it feels unnatural. As always, time with a qualified coach can be very beneficial. This is one of the hardest things to correct but can be very impactful to people’s games. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: To lean or not to lean?

Posture is something to pay attention to as you get back into bowling. If you had a tendency to get slouchy in the past, it may be something you do when you pick up a ball again. Be mindful so you protect your body and your game.

If you want to have proper leverage at the foul line, it all stems back to your set up position. We’ve gone over setting up, finish position, and trail leg in previous pro tips. Proper posture is the thread that ties them all together. Most people should aim for a little bit of spine tilt forward (10-15 degrees), avoiding standing straight up like a statue or leaning too far forward. Have your shoulders face the pins vs the ground while gradually getting lower by engaging your legs. I recommend starting with a slight knee bend. Much like picking up a heavy object, you want to focus on using your legs vs your lower back. You want your upper body to stay over your hips throughout your approach without having either your shoulders or your feet get too far ahead of one another. I’m demonstrating my own ideal posture in the top video, which includes engaging my legs while keeping my upper body facing the pins.

The bottom video is an example of what I see nearly 80% of my students do when they start. They like to lean forward, even if it’s not ideal for their body type. When they push away, the weight of the ball tends to cause people to tip. I have noticed that after working on posture during lessons, most students are able to establish better leverage at the foul line, which generates more speed and consistent motion. If your posture is not optimal, you will tend to feel like you can’t slide enough. Your lower back may hurt after bowling. You may feel like you’re dropping the ball or find yourself all around muscling.

The best way to evaluate your own posture is take a video of yourself bowling from a side view, like the one of me here. Keep in mind that every body type is different and will require a solution that works best for your game. For example, a shorter person needs to get their feet going to faster to generate speed. One way to do that is by getting your shoulders in front of your legs, resulting in a forward lean. If you can, I recommend working with a coach to identify your own ideal posture. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching
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Pro Tip Friday: Legs

As we get back into the game, it's important to focus on the fundamentals. Everybody thinks that your upper body is the key to bowling well. However, in order to throw the bowling ball consistently and accurately, there are three key physical components that need to work correctly:

1) Direction/Arm Swing
2) Revs/Hand Rotation
3) Power/Legs

All three need to be working together in order to optimize performance and prevent injury. We’re going to focus on legs today because that’s where your power comes from. If you watch any hand/eye coordinated game that involves throwing an object, you’ll notice that energy is all derived from the athlete’s legs.

A lot of people I start working with try to create power with their upper body, resulting in an inaccurate release. When people don’t use their legs correctly (you might see someone leaning forward with their upper body vs getting low with their legs), a lot of time they might injure themselves, get tired a lot faster, or have trouble repeating shots. Relying on one’s upper body doesn’t create athletic ability.

So how do you use your legs properly in bowling? You need to have a consistent approach so that when you lunge in to your slide and transfer that energy to the ball, your upper body is calm and focused on hitting a target. Your legs start with your hips, so focus on your hips as you’re getting to lunge to the foul line. You should try not to lean with your upper body but your upper body should feel like it’s taller AND lower because you’re able to get closer to the ground by using your legs. Your knee should be continuing at the end of your slide to maintain momentum at the foul line. You should be more balanced at the foul line from one shot to another.

In the video, you’ll notice that in “Strong Legs” example my legs are calmer, and my trail leg is off to the side more to create a more balanced approach. In the other video, I end a little taller at the foul line and I didn’t look confidently balanced. The differences may seem subtle but the impact on my game is significant. A good way to understand how to use your legs properly is by doing a one-step drill focusing on lunging to the foul line. Your legs should feel a little sore after a practice session – like a good workout. #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart #bowling #legs
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Check out my conversation with Coach Shockley and Andrew Jensen about pro tip friday, coaching, and bowling!

BowlerSmart Richard Shockley Coaching Corner
Mike Moore is a USBC Silver Coach who has some history in bowling. Mike is a professional bowler that juggles running his MDM Coaching while managing our Orlando and Winter Park locations in Florida. He has been a great addition to our Bowlersmart family.
This week we sit down with Mike to discuss his #ProTipFriday posts he has and ask some of the usual questions we have. If you haven't seen them, he posts them every Friday in hopes to help us get better with our games.
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Pro Tip Friday: Balance Arm (chat with me live about it!)

In resharing a recent post because I'll be talking to AJ Jensen and Richard Shockley about it live today at 1pm ET! facebook.com/events/s/coachs-corner-with-mike-moore/557806998465164/?ti=icl

You can practice this at home. Instead of the ball, use a free weight and practice swinging with your balance arm out. Or do a one step drill with a ball into pillows or a mattress.

It's critical to be balanced in order to hit your target consistently on the lane. The non-bowling side arm (also known as balance arm) is an often overlooked but very important part of the physical game. Using the opposite side to create leverage can affect swing, rev rate, and speed. However, many bowlers I work with aren’t even aware of their balance arm.

I’ve learned a lot about the impact of swinging a 14 – 16 lb object on only one side of the body since I’ve started coaching. While there are many ways to engage the balance arm effectively (reaching towards the wall, swimmers motion, bent elbow/forward shoulder, etc), it’s clear that bowlers need to create a force of resistance to maximize the transfer of energy from our body to the ball. I was working with a bowler a few months ago who was struggling to keep her balance and falling off to the right side almost every shot. We spent a session doing drills where I asked her to focus on reaching towards the wall as the first step in using her balance arm. By the end of the session, this student was posting the shot 60% of the time. Stabilizing the shoulders minimizes trunk rotation and increases consistency. For some, focusing on the balance side instead of the ball side can keep from overworking the ball.

I like to do one step drills to practice my release. In the video on the left, I’m not engaging my opposite side. It’s harder to stay balanced to post my shot and my ball is both slower and less accurate. On the right, I’m pushing my arm out towards the wall, which helps to keep my shoulders and hips in line with my target and gives me significantly more stability. If you’re struggling to repeat shots, think about how you’re utilizing your balance arm in your approach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Timing

When you restart bowling, you may notice that your timing has changed. Be aware of when you get to the line and where your ball is in the swing. Evaluate how this compares to your norm and whether you need to work on it - timing is one of those factors that can cause many issues that might be distracting from the root cause.

Timing is the most important factor in whether someone has a good or bad release. We use the term timing to describe the relationship between a bowler’s footwork and swing during their approach. Most bowlers who have an issue with consistent release have what is called “late timing”: when the bowler’s feet are at the foul line before the swing reaches the line. Everyone is different and ideal timing can vary person to person but most people want to strive for timing that is a little late – when the bowler reaches the foul line but the ball is just behind their slide foot ankle. You can see that demonstrated in the photos of me at colonial lanes.

Symptoms of late timing include: pulling the ball, missing target left, ball sticking on thumb, and “chicken winging”. What I have personally seen over five years of coaching, is that either the first step in the approach is too big or the bowler is too close to the foul line in their set up. If you think your timing is late, try adjusting where you start on the approach or the size of your first step. Working with an experienced coach is the best and fastest way to achieve results because every person is different. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching
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Pro Tip Friday: Grip Pressure

I'm sharing a tip that will be relevant to many of us when bowling alleys reopen. Our hands may have changed during this break and we'll need to be mindful of not squeezing too much. I'd recommend checking with your pro shop operator of you have questions about your grip.

If you’re having trouble releasing the ball consistently, you might have too much “grip pressure”, which means that you’re squeezing the ball too much. The more competitive you get, the more important how you hold the bowling ball becomes. If somebody squeezes the ball too hard, they will release it differently almost every time. The whole goal in bowling, and any hand coordinated game, is to release the ball consistently and smoothly Therefore, your grip pressure should be very minimal. If you’re used to grabbing, a change to grip pressure could cause you to drop the ball more. You might need to go through several grip changes with your pro shop operator before you get it right.

Why do we squeeze? The majority of bowlers begin with house balls that aren’t fitted for them. People are trained from the beginning to grab the bowling ball. In order to learn to not grip the ball, the proper fit needs to be applied. This can be unsettling because the holes are tighter, and the span might be different. Good indicators that you are grabbing the ball too hard are blisters. You also might be extremely fatigued after a night of bowling because, if you’re grabbing, you’re using a lot more muscle in your upper body, causing you tire out faster. Check your grip pressure with a Pro Shop Operator or a trusted coach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iabowlersmart #coachedbythemoo #moocrew #moonation
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MY FIRST PODCAST! Super excited about this! Couple of weeks ago Anthony Caso and Chris Polizzi asked me to be a guest on there YouTube channel. I of course was down to do it and here it is. Like, share and subscribe to there channel so they can grow and expand. #bowling #wearebowlersmart #mdmcoaching #protipmonday

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Pro Tip Friday: Balance Arm

Here's a tip I previously shared that you can practice at home. Instead of the ball, use a free weight and practice swinging with your balance arm out. Or do a one step drill with a ball into pillows or a mattress.

It's critical to be balanced in order to hit your target consistently on the lane. The non-bowling side arm (also known as balance arm) is an often overlooked but very important part of the physical game. Using the opposite side to create leverage can affect swing, rev rate, and speed. However, many bowlers I work with aren’t even aware of their balance arm.

I’ve learned a lot about the impact of swinging a 14 – 16 lb object on only one side of the body since I’ve started coaching. While there are many ways to engage the balance arm effectively (reaching towards the wall, swimmers motion, bent elbow/forward shoulder, etc), it’s clear that bowlers need to create a force of resistance to maximize the transfer of energy from our body to the ball. I was working with a bowler a few months ago who was struggling to keep her balance and falling off to the right side almost every shot. We spent a session doing drills where I asked her to focus on reaching towards the wall as the first step in using her balance arm. By the end of the session, this student was posting the shot 60% of the time. Stabilizing the shoulders minimizes trunk rotation and increases consistency. For some, focusing on the balance side instead of the ball side can keep from overworking the ball.

I like to do one step drills to practice my release. In the video on the left, I’m not engaging my opposite side. It’s harder to stay balanced to post my shot and my ball is both slower and less accurate. On the right, I’m pushing my arm out towards the wall, which helps to keep my shoulders and hips in line with my target and gives me significantly more stability. If you’re struggling to repeat shots, think about how you’re utilizing your balance arm in your approach. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Every Bowler Needs a Pre-Shot Routine

As most of us are home and unable to bowl, I'm sharing tips about things you can consider even while quarantined.

Bowling is all about repeating shots. If you are doing something differently every time you get up to roll a ball, you're not going to be very consistent. I hate when people say “it's 80% physical and 20% mental” or whatever they want to say. You have to give 100% physically in order to roll the ball properly and 100% mentally in order to focus on the task at hand. You need your mind to get you on "auto-pilot" so that your body can do what it's supposed to do every single time.

Every hand eye coordinated game has a Pre Shot Routine (PSR). You need make a checklist in your head of what you want to do before you roll a ball. From picking up the ball to visualizing it hooking on the lane, think about the things that get you set before you throw a shot.

After we’ve established fundamentals, I ask all of my students to create their own PSR. My own PSR is:

1. Dry my hand over the fan at the ball return (if they work lol)

2. Wipe the oil off the ball with a towel

3. Check my slide shoe with my hand to make sure I got nothing on it

4. Visualize my ball going down the lane and rolling into the pins the proper way

5. In my setup, I look down and my hand in the ball to make sure I'm in the correct position for what I want to do with the ball.

6. Before I start my approach, I take a deep slow breath to calm myself down and take my first two steps slow.

You can see in the video, that I’m doing my PSR in what is arguably the highest stress situation I’ve experienced. I was on my 34th strike in a row and needed to remain calm. While I didn’t get all 36 that night, I did go on to break the Florida State 4 game record (1179), which I could not have done without a consistent mental game. Given the power our minds have over our performance, it’s worth spending some real time developing strategies that support success, like a PSR. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart
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Pro Tip Friday: Slumps

I'm resharing this previous tip because one slump buster is to take a break from the game, which most of us are forced to do right now. When we get back into it, we may need to remember these other strategies. Stay tuned for tips to stay sharp at home in the coming weeks.

When you’re playing a game that requires a lot of coordination, you’re going to fall into a dreaded slump at some point. My definition of a slump is finding that you aren’t doing as well as you used to do (just a few weeks or months ago) over the course a few sessions. When you feel like you’re in a slump, there’s a couple things that you need to do. First, remind yourself that it’s not going to last forever and that there are ways to get out of it. Extreme frustration prolongs a slump. Every professional and elite level bowler has experienced numerous slumps. They aren’t the end of the world – but it’s worth knowing that they are easy to fall in to and hard to get out of. How do you get out of it? 1) practicing more 2) practicing with a purpose (look at last week’s pro tip) or 3) taking a week or two off to recharge your batteries because you could be burned out.

My preferred way to get out of a slump is by practicing with a purpose. Because there are a number of things that could cause a slump (maybe a grip change, lack of bowling, trying a different technique, or something completely unrelated that has you distracted from your game), you may need a lesson with a certified coach to get a second pair of eyes on what’s going on. You could also use video to analyze yourself and decide what to work on. As I’m working through things, I try to tell myself that it will be a little better the next day because bowling is about a repetitive motion. There is no standard for how long this will last – could be weeks or months – and will depend on your situation. It won’t get better if you don’t get your head back in the game, so start there. #mdmcoaching #protipfriday #iambowlersmart
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