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-Do You Know Your Shoes?
01/30/2001 - By George Freeman
      One of the most important pieces of equipment in your arsenal has nothing to do with your bowling ball. Your bowling shoes provide you with a foundation in which to throw your bowling ball. But what about when you get brand new shoes? Here are some tips on how to implement them into your game.

1. Walk around in your new shoes. You need to get the feel of your shoes. How they bend, how they feel on your feet, etc. All these things contribute to a comfortable feel, which is essential. If you are up on the approach thinking how weird your shoes feel, you're taking away from your focus on the lanes. So get as comfortable as you can with them. Try walking around in your house with them on, or even around the concourse of the bowling center. Anywhere you'd be likely to walk at the bowling center.

2. Test them on the approach. Don't try to throw a ball with your shoes without doing a "practice slide." Go up on the approach and pretend there is a ball in your hand. Then make your approach, and slide. This will give you a good starting point to judge how your shoes differ from what you are used to. You may need to scuff the soles of your shoes to give them a more worn texture to make them easier to slide on, most centers have wirebrushes at the counter, but most pro shops sell them. It's a good tool to have in your bag.

3. Purchase shoe guards. Again, most pro shops sell these too. They are little booties that go over your bowling shoes so you can walk in areas that are hazardous to bowlers, like snack bars and bathrooms, where water and other things can get on the soles of your shoes, affecting your slide. I would strongly suggest investing in a pair of these things. If not for both feet, then just the sliding foot.

      Well, hopefully these tips will help you get better aquatinted with your new shoes. Shoes are the foundation to a solid delivery, so make sure you know them.


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