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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Progressing As A Player
03/12/2001 - By George Freeman
      One of the things that makes the sport of bowling so popular is that it literally has something for everyone.  From youth bumper leagues to adult scratch "sport condition" money leagues, and everything in between, there is a league for everyone.  But how do you know when to go from one level to the next?  Basically, it is personal preference.  One factor is how far you are willing to go as a bowler.  If you just want to go and have a good time with friends and family, then a mixed handicap fun league is probably for you: They are relatively inexpensive, and most are not very serious. This would be a good place for any beginning bowler to start out, because for the most part, there is little pressure to do well, the handicap is based on your average, which makes scoring more even across the board.

      However, if you are looking to become a more talented player, then handicap leagues will lose their luster for you as you progress, because the handicap will work against you as your average increases.  Plus, for many bowlers, the better the competition that surrounds them, the better they get.  So you'll want to be with bowlers with similar goals.  It also depends on how much time you are willing to devote to becoming a more talented player.  It won't do you much good to bowl in the big money leagues if all you bowl is three games a week, because your chances of maintaining any consistency in your game is severely lowered unless you are doing it over and over again.

      There is nothing wrong with being either the fun handicap bowler or the serious scratch money league bowler or anywhere in between.  Each group has a place in this sport, but to get the most enjoyment out of your league night, decide for yourself which is right for you, then do the necessary things to make it happen.  You'll have a lot more fun in the long term.

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