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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Proper Ball Drilling
01/07/2001 - By George Freeman
     One of the key points of the physical game of bowling is being able to repeat a shot, being able to throw the ball the same way, or relatively the same way, as often as you can. This will provide a consistent ball reaction, and help you read lane changes easier. But how do we go about doing it? Well, the first thing, of course, is practice. But there are other things to consider as well....

     First, make sure your ball is fitted correctly for you. This is where a talented pro shop operator is the key. A good pro shop operator will be able to fit your ball custom to your hand, providing you minimal exertion on your part to hold onto the ball. If the holes in your ball are drilled too big for your fingers, you will have to provide added exertion to hold onto the ball in your swing. Added muscle usage will create tension, tension will create an inconsistent release, and that will cause errant shots. Holes that are too small will cause the thumb to "hang up," and will not allow for proper lift and turn on the bowling ball. Span, the distance the fingers are drilled from the thumb, is important as well. If the span is too short, you will not be able to get the proper lift, the motion of the fingers coming around the ball, because your fingers will be exiting the ball too quickly. A span that is too long will cause added tension on the ligaments in your wrist and arm, this has been known to cause injury for many players.

     I cannot express enough the need to seek an IBPSIA certified pro shop operator when drilling your equipment. Kmart and Wal Mart are NOT the place to have equipment drilled, since they do not have certified ball drillers, and thus are more liable to mistakes. Also, when you find a ball driller that meets your needs, stick to him. You will find that your bowling balls will fit more consistently with the same person doing all of them.

     Having well fitted bowling ball will increase your ability to make consistent deliveries. But remember, nothing is a substitute for good old fashioned practice.

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