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-Staying Confident
8/20/2000 - By George Freeman
     One of the biggest causes of slumps is the loss of confidence. You throw a bad game, and try even harder the next game. Sometimes one tries so hard they forget the fundamentals, they try "steering" or "aiming" the ball into the pocket, and this takes away from the natural flow of your game. This causes another bad game, maybe even worse than the first. A snowball effect ensues and all of a sudden you're in a bonafide slump. All from the perception that you were doing something terribly wrong the first time around, when in fact it was probably a case of bad luck, or in the more likely event, you lost the confidence in your ability to throw a bowling ball.

     There are some people who think they are only as good as their last game. These are the types who find them in slumps the easiest. When Norm Duke bowls a 140 game in a tournament, he is still Norm Duke, he doesn't become a 140 average player simply because he has a bad game. He trusts his abilities, and sticks with his game plan, the next game could very well be 300. That is something all the top pros have in common, their faith in their own abilities. You can do the same thing. You have to realize that each game is just 10 individual frames in one package. Just because you have a bad game doesn't mean you're a bad bowler, it means you're a human being that can sometimes make mistakes. Don't brood over a bad game, or even a bad set. Every game starts out at zero, so every game you have a clean slate to do the best you can do. So, next time you have a bad game, take it with a grain of salt. You'll still have bad games from time to time, but you'll rebound from them much more quickly.

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