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George Freeman's Expert Bowling Tips

-Bowling Shoes
11/21/1999 - By George Freeman
     Bowling shoes may be the most important piece of equipment you have in your bag, because if you don't feel comfortable in your approach, it won't matter if you have the right ball in your hand, or if you are playing the correct line. Shoes are the foundation to a solid game.

     Whether you like to slide a lot or plant and throw, there are shoes made to fit your individual needs. However, be aware that no two center's approaches are exactly alike, and even in the same center, things can change--humidity for one. Each center has its own characteristics, so you should be prepared.

     Many pros have more than one pair of shoes in their bag. That way if they encounter approaches that are a little slippery, they would have shoes that don't slide as much, therefore getting back into their "comfort zone." If the approaches are a little tacky, they can go to a shoe that has more slide to it.

     If you can't afford or have no desire to buy a second pair of shoes, remember to take a wire brush or scuff pad with you. That way you can adjust the texture of your soles to meet your needs on the lanes.

     On the other hand, While even a recreational bowler would do well with better shoes, there is a limit on how much to spend. A once a week, one-center bowler doesn't have the need for the bells and whistles that come with top of the line shoes. The "Cadillacs" of bowling shoes come with interchangeable soles and heels, or disks that adjust the amount of slide.

     Talk to your pro shop, and find a quality pair of shoes without going overboard. Just remember, your shoes provide the foundation that will make everything else fall into place. Take good care of them.

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