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Kegler's Connection


   March 3, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Abbreviated Edition Due to ABCs
     ~ Rick's Report--Timing is Everything Part 2
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ Pete Weber Suspended By PBA Tour
     ~ PBA/PWBA Telecast Schedule
     ~ Balls Used on the Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship
  * ABC/WIBC/YABA News
     ~ ABC Tournament News
     ~ Aggressive Campaign of tests and Sport Level Competition Spelled out
     ~ YABA Honor Scores
  * College Bowling
     ~ Nadeau Named to Junior College Hall of Fame
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally


*** Grandstand News ***
***** Abbreviated Edition Due to ABCs *****
This edition of Kegler's Connection is slightly abbreviated due to the fact that many of your friendly neighborhood GSTDs are in Albuquerque bowling the ABC National Tournament. So if your favorite chat is canceled this week, take heart, there will be pictures and plenty of updates when they get back.


***** Rick's Report--Timing Is Everything *****
I do not know of a single bowler who is has perfect timing from shot to shot. It is not uncommon to see the timing a little earlier or a little later than perfect in a series of shots. What I believe in is having a timing that does not require too much perfection. We can see this by looking at the shape of the swing at the release point. If you see the swing as a perfect arc, there is no flat spot at the bottom of the swing. So if the timing is not consistent from shot to shot your body leverage and release timing will vary accordingly. If your timing is so called "perfect" your body will be in perfect leverage position just as the ball passes the ankle. If your timing is so called "early" the ball will pass the ankle before the body is in a good leverage position. If your timing is so called "late" your body will be in perfect leverage position before the ball reaches the ankle.

To me the important factor is room for mistake. If you are early several things can happen and most of them are related to release and ball direction. None of which is optimal, so I do not believe you should try and achieve early timing. If you try and achieve perfect timing, I have no disagreement but I warn you that nobody has perfect timing from shot to shot. If it is a little early you can over hit the ball or miss it entirely, If it is a little late you will certainly have a stronger leverage position and probably see a heavier roll on the ball. My objection is not with perfect timing but with the consequences of the imperfect shots. If you have late release timing and you are a little early, you are still late, if you are late you are still late, and with that in mind I prefer to see a bowler opt for a little later release timing because that means the body will always be in a good leverage position and the energy transfer from the body to the ball is increased. In simple explanation I prefer to see the body in full leverage position before the ball reaches the ankle. Now lets discuss how we get to this position. This is where the approach timing comes into play.

Approach timing is a fluid one peace motion and becomes very confusing when trying to think of it as a 4 or 5 step sequence. When discussing the optimal approach we see a balanced body and a build up of momentum. The key element is getting to the optimal release timing with the most consistent and most fluid method possible. This is where you see a wide variety of differences. I will give you my chose of approach timing sequence and explain it as a simple one-two-go-and wait system.

Think of your timing in a 4 step approach. The ball and the foot on the same side as the ball are the synchronizing gears that should mesh early in the approach. The ball should be set in time with the foot and it should follow the foot back behind the body, this allows the ball to clear the hip on its backward motion. This is where many bowlers are confused. Many bowlers do not have the ball follow the foot back behind them. They will keep the ball in front of the body too long and as the ball goes back the foot on the same side as the ball is already in its forward motion.

Ok to keep it simple here we go: step one the ball is meshed with the toe of the foot on the same side as the ball. As the foot goes back behind the body the ball stays with it. Now the ball is behind the body with ease and little redirection. Step two is when you should quit thinking about he position of the ball in relation to the foot. Thinking about it at this time is only going to create very poor timing and inconsistency. It is time to let it happen. Go! Once the ball is behind the hip it is time to let the body gain forward momentum while we let the ball continue to swing back wards. It is not beneficial to think of the ball position relative to the feet at this time. The ball has already been meshed with the toe of the foot. Now it is time to gain momentum and let the ball swing. The next object to think about is to make sure you stay on your push off foot long enough. Do not get off it too quick. This is the time you should be thinking about waiting with the ball. Stay on the push off foot and wait on the ball. Set the slide foot under the body to achieve the right body leverage position and let the ball fall. Remember wait wait wait.

I hope that this tip allows you to achieve a more fluid one piece timing sequence that provides a balance of leverage, tolerance and release consistency.

Good Luck and don't forget one-two-go and wait!
Rick

PS: I think it is wise to add a timing step to the four step approach system just because it helps get the body motion started. The step should be very short and the ball should remain quiet during this step.


*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Pete Weber Suspended by PBA Tour *****
The following is posted at www.pbatour.com.

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Pete Weber has been suspended from PBA tournament competition effective immediately and will not be eligible to compete in PBA events for the remainder of the year.

Weber, a 37-year-old from St. Ann, Mo., received a conduct fine for "conduct unbecoming a professional" during the PBA Tour event at Bay Lanes in Bay City, Mich., last fall. Weber was already on probation when this incident occurred.

According to Article VII, Section 4, Paragraph IV, of the PBA's rulebook, "Any conduct offense while on probation will, if the Member is deemed guilty, result in suspension and a possible fine, the length and amount to be determined by the Commissioner."

PBA Tour Commissioner Mark Gerberich suspended Weber for the incident in Bay City. Weber then appealed the decision of the Commissioner as outlined in the PBA Constitution, but the decision was upheld. Weber still had the right to appeal the decision to the PBA Board of Directors, but decided to drop his right of appeal following the Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (which concluded Feb. 27) and accept his suspension.

Therefore, Weber's suspension took effect Feb. 28, 2000, and will run through Dec. 31, 2000. During this time Weber will not be eligible to compete in PBA national, regional or invitational tournaments. Following the nine-month suspension, Weber will remain on probation for a period of 18 months through June 30, 2002.

Weber, who was the 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year, trails only Walter Ray Williams, Jr. on the PBA Tour's all-time earnings list with more than $2.2 million. His 25 career titles (including one this year) rank him seventh all-time. He is one victory behind his legendary father Dick Weber, Mike Aulby and Don Johnson, who are tied for fourth on the all-time list.

Weber, who was inducted in the PBA Hall of Fame in 1998 in his first year of eligibility, is one of only four players (Aulby, Billy Hardwick and Johnny Petraglia) to have completed bowling's Triple Crown (Tournament of Champions, PBA National Championship and U.S. Open). He was off to a fast start in 2000, having won the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open in Latham,

N.Y., and finishing second at the recently completed Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship in Akron, Ohio.


***** PBA/PWBA Telecast Schedule *****
The PBA National Tour is now on hiatus until June. The PWBA doesn't begin until April, as do the Seniors. How do you remember it all? Visit http://www.bowlingfans.com/tv/


***** Balls Used During the Touring Players Championship *****
1. Dennis Horan used a 15 lb. Thunder Flash Pro--4" pin and mass bias in track, no hole
2. Pete Weber used a 15 lb. La Nina--5" pin and mass bias located in between strong line and perpendicular axis line, extra hole 2" off his axis along perp. axis line
3. Ryan Shafer was using a TPS Tour model. It has a Cougar weight block with our T P S shell. It was drilled with a 5 1/2 inch pin from axis below the fingers. C.g. was an inch shift with a 7/16 hole. 15 pounds
4. Eric Forkel used a 15 lb. La Nina--3 3/8" pin and mass bias located in track, no extra hole
5, Patrick Healey, Jr. used a Beast w/MICA, 5 inch pin 2 inch cg big hole, very deep.
6. Danny Wiseman RevolutionIst Green
7. Bryon Smith used the Denim Quantum that he had used most of the morning blocks
8. Jeff Lizzi


*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Tournament News *****
With any luck, you'll see some of the GSTDs doing well enough to cash this week. Otherwise, you can find the latest news about the ABC National. The web cam is alive and well on the tournament site, so you can actually SEE what's going on in Albuquerque.

For the latest tournament news visit: http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/index.html
or www.abcbowling.com


***** Aggressive Campaign of Tests and Sport Level Competition Spelled out *****
The American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress are moving forward with major plan to overhaul the system of Bowling, the interaction of components that control the sport's scoring.

The groups are pursuing an aggressive campaign that includes equipment research, implementation of a "sport level" of competition and educating association leaders, convention delegates, media and the general membership about why the program is important.

Read the rest of this story at http://www.bowlingfans.com/


***** YABA Honor Scores *****
The latest honor scores have been listed by YABA.
http://www.bowl.com/bowl/yaba/common/news/record.html?record=1695


*** College Bowling ***
***** Nadeau Named to Junior College Hall of Fame *****
Three-time TEAM USA member and 1986 U.S. Amateur Champion Dan Nadeau of Las Vegas has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Bowling Hall of Fame.

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/usa/common/news/record.html?record=1702


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 1/2 at 16:01 EST, 3/3/2000 - Down 1/16 (-2.44%)
Brunswick (BC) 16 11/16 at 16:01 EST, 3/3/2000 - Down 1/16 (-0.37%)


*** And Finally ***
We're on our way to Albuquerque, where there seems to be an unwritten law that says we must get lost once. So if you see some folks with laptops and bowling balls, kindly point us in the direction of the Convention Center.


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