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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Getting Back Into Shape
09/10/2001 - By George Freeman
      For many bowlers starting the 2001-2002 fall season, this will be the first time in about 3 months they have picked up a bowling ball. While these bowlers may have remained active in the summer doing other sports activities, bowling taxes muscles that usually are not called upon in other sports, so it is important to make sure you are prepared.

      Before your league night, take 5 minutes or so to stretch. Flex the knees with some deep knee bends, holding it there for a 10 count, this will help loosen the leg muscles up, and help prevent muscle pulls. It is also a good idea to stretch the arm and shoulders. Take your bowling arm and bring it across your body, lifting your other arm to hold it there for a 10 count or so. Windmills are also good, simply moving your arms around in a big circle to help loosen those muscles up too. although this tip is intended for bowlers coming back after a long layoff, these stretching exercises are good for all bowlers before they start their league night.

      Also, when throwing your first couple balls in practice, don't go all out 100%. Take the time to throw a couple easy shots to get your body used to the muscle memory required for bowling. This will also help avoid straining muscles that have not been used in a while.

      Being prepared for league means more than just having your shoes on your feet and your ball on the rack. Getting the body ready is as important as getting the equipment ready.

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