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August 26, 2000
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ Welcome Notes
~ Tip of the Week
* PBA/PWBA News
~ WIBC Continues PWBA Sponsorship
~ PWBA and the Kegel Company Team Up for Unique Event
* ABC/WIBC/YABA News
~ Becker Concludes 2000 FightSMA.com Tour
~ ABC Senior Masters Sponsored by Sands Regency
* World Team Challenge News
~ Robert & Company Win in San Diego
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
~ Personal Stat Trackers
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
We continue our "so long" to summer with several links to personal stat trackers to make you more familiar with your game. Look for the article in the Miscellaneous News section.
***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George asks us to Look, Don't Aim.
When targeting, whether you use the dots, arrows, or pins, the idea is to hit what you are looking at. The trick is to stay loose enough so your natural flow can bring the ball to your target. When you start aiming, the muscles tend to tense up, disrupting your swing and can cause you to pull the ball, or throw it harder, or any number of other things. Anytime you try harder, you put more pressure on yourself, which in turn makes the job your muscles have to do that much tougher.
First off, relax. No one hits the same mark every single time (contrary to what some people will tell you). When you get up on the lane, look at what you want to hit, but don't put too much thought into actually hitting it. Remember, thought gets in the way of motion. Your muscles will naturally try to hit what your eyes are looking at, so you need to put as little conscious thought into actually doing it as possible.
Think of your brain as a pool of water. Think of thoughts as pebbles in the water. When the water is calm, you can see your reflection rather clearly. When you start dropping pebbles into the water, what happens? The water starts to ripple, and the picture gets distorted. The more pebbles, the more ripples--pretty soon, you can't tell what the reflection actually is. Bowling is the same thing--the fewer thoughts, the clearer the picture. So do your best to not actually try to aim at your target, just look at it, and let your body do the rest.
Till next time,
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** WIBC Continues PWBA Sponsorship *****
The Women's International Bowling Congress and The Professional Women's Bowling Association have jointly announced that WIBC will continue their presenting sponsorship of the PWBA through the 2001 bowling season.
For the entire story, visit http://www.pwba.com/Releases/WIBC_Extends/wibc_extends.html
***** PWBA and the Kegel Company Team Up for Unique Event *****
Kegel Bowling Center will host the Foundation Games II September 16th through September 22nd. The event will feature several different aspects, not previously seen on the pro tours. There will be no matchplay, no "bonus pins" awarded. During the televised matches, the highest seeds will choose the lane condition to compete on.
To find out more visit http://www.pwba.com/Releases/Historic/historic.html
*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News *****
***** Becker Concludes 2000 FightSMA.com Tour *****
After 104 days, Thomas Becker concluded his summer tour August 21 in Rochester, NY. Becker will have a "big finish" at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, where the marathon bowler/fundraiser hopes to reach his goal of $1 million for research to find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy.
For more information, stats on his performance, and how to donate, visit
***** ABC Senior Masters to Be Sponsored by Sands Regency *****
The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nev., has again agreed to sponsor the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters tournament, to be held Jan. 2-7, 2001, in the National Bowling Stadium. The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino was the presenting sponsor of the event in 2000, also held in Reno at the National Bowling Stadium.
For more information, visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2324
*** World Team Challenge News ***
***** Robert & Company Win in San Diego *****
2000 U.S. Open winner Robert Smith joins brothers Arturo and Mario Quintero of Mexico, Al Cullins, and Joel Reyes to win the final berth to the Brunswick/ABC World Team Challenge Grand Championships in New Orleans, LA.
For the complete story, visit
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 9/16 at 15:49 EDT on 08/25/2000
Brunswick (BC) 19 1/2 at 16:00 EDT on 08/25/2000
***** Personal Stat Trackers *****
Last week we offered help to secretaries and league officers on where to find software, electronic copies of the rulebook, and where to post your league sheets. This week we're offering help to league members who want to get the most out of your game.
Stat trackers allow you to start to see into your game--whether your first game is always your first or always your worst. Once you start to see the patterns, you can start to work out some of the weaknesses in your game.
If you have access to AOL, here's a FREE downloadable spreadsheet that uses Excel. (XLS) Bowling Stat Tracker v2.1 (On AOL Only) or at http://members.aol.com/burlbowl/links.htm. This and other programs are found in the Bowling Library (On AOL Only)
Another free stat tracker is located at http://www.bowlingstats.com/ This is a website, and doesn't require any type of download.
The next two range from $20-30 and contain additional perks.
Gone Bowlin' 2000 at http://www.gonebowlin.com/
Bowler's Diary II at http://www.cdesoftware.com/
*** And Finally ***
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