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-Dealing With Weight Fluctuations
10/16/2000 - By George Freeman
     It has happened to most of us at one time or another. From either a change in activity, a medical condition, or just plain eating habits, we have all either lost or gained weight in the past. I am a prime example--in the last 4 months, I have lost 37 pounds (I couldn't fit through the doors to the bowling center, so I knew it was time for a change). I feel much better, but my bowling suffered a bit. Bowling, as with any other sport, requires a certain amount of "muscle memory." This means that the body, when it performs a certain action over and over and over, begins to remember the movements, and stores them in its memory. When the body experiences a dramatic weight gain or loss, it will take a little time for the body to reacquaint itself with its new parameters. Here are some things you can do if you experience such a weight shift.

     First, it is important to know that the first place you lose or gain weight is in your hands. Therefore, it may be necessary to either add tape to your finger and thumb holes, if you are losing weight...or take some sandpaper or other such device to widen the holes. It doesn't take much fluctuation to cause your hands to swell or shrink, it doesn't even have to be a weight change. If you walk into a bowling center that is kept very cold, your hands will automatically shrink. If you are bowling in an area that has a high humidity, your hands will swell. So it is important to always have tools to adjust your finger holes to insure you will always fit into your ball well. If the weight changes significant enough, say, due to a pregnancy or a drastic weight loss, make sure to have your specs checked by your pro shop professional, too

     Second, if you are experiencing a dramatic weight fluctuation, you have to realize that it may well affect your game. The important thing is to not let it frustrate you. Practice is the only way to get your muscle memory back, so it is important to keep working on your game. How long it takes to get it back depends on your individual body and the amount of time you spend working on it. It took me over a month, so it is important not to get discouraged, keep working on it.

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