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-Dealing With Delays
7/8/2000 - By George Freeman
     In modern times, you don't see the pinboy working feverishly to move all the fallen pins out of the way, put the ball back through the ball return, then hop up on his little bench before the next shot comes through. We have automated pinsetters, automated ball returns, even automated scoring. All this automation means that more things can break down. Usually the broken part or the dead wood can be cleaned up in a matter of seconds. But, every now and then, something goes on one of these beasts that can grind play to a halt for 10, 15, 20, 25 minutes at a time. If you're in a groove, or if you have a good game going, you don't want to be tied down with delays. However, Life is rarely perfect, and these things happen. Here are some things to remember when this happens to you:

     It is important to not get too worked up about it. The situation is nothing you can control, so you need to relax and go with the flow. Going up and screaming at the Manager or desk guy isn't going to make the mechanic work any faster.

     Try to keep limber. Sooner or later, you're going to bowl again. It's important to not get too cold waiting for the problem to right itself. You could wind up pulling a muscle and getting hurt. Try knee bends, and work your shoulders in a circle to keep them loose.

     Use mental imagery. Actually, this is good for anytime you aren't physically bowling. If you're in a good rhythm, you want to keep it. Just see in your mind throwing the ball correctly. Let your mind remember the movements necessary to carry out the tasks each muscle has to perform. Remember the feel of a good shot. Keep this going in your head when you are waiting.

     This is a good start. Hopefully this will not happen to you, but it has happened to all of us at some point or another. Try to make the best of it.


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