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Kegler's Connection

   March 13, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ GSTDs Return Safely
     ~ Scrambler Chat
     ~ Rick's Report-- The Release
     ~ Tournament Updates
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ BPAA Bowler of the Month
     ~ ABC Tournament News
     ~ Live ABC Convention Coverage
     ~ WIBC Tournament Coverage
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** GSTDs Return Safely *****
GSTDs BigBee, 12Bagr, Pizza, Maroon, and Diva successfully survived the trek to Albuquerque for ABCs. Not even chaotic weather could keep us from returning to our mission to share the trek with you. We'd like to thank The Perfect Fit Pro Shop in Coram, N.Y. for sponsoring our doubles and singles shirts, and Barry Asher Embroidery ( for the fine job in creating the shirts. We're currently developing film and building websites, and as soon as we're ready, we'll be sharing our pictures with you.

***** Scrambler Chat *****
It's the second Monday of the month so that means it's time for Scrambler Chat. Join GSTDSteveM while he challenges chatters on their bowling Q. For a list of all the week's scheduled chats, visit Bowling Chat (On AOL Only) .

***** Rick's Report--The Release *****
This seems to be one of the most interesting topics of discussion amongst bowlers. Most bowlers thing of the release as the hand position they use when making a shot. In reality the release is more than the hand position. The release is a combination of the Approach, the swing, the, slide or lack of, the hand position, the hand motion, the body leverage, the follow through and the amount of force in each of these elements. The release is the transfer of energy from the person to the ball which is to transfer the energy to the pins. There are many things that effect the forces applied to a bowling ball. I like to consider the release as a combination of force vectors. Imagine the direction and the strength of the forces being applied to a bowling ball at release. Try and represent these forces with a directional vector and the strength of these forces needs to be considered as well. Thinking only of the directional forces being applied to the ball is the first step. Lets consider how our physical game effects the directional forces applied to a ball. When we understand this it is easier to understand why certain styles match up to certain conditions.

Before we even think about how the hand influences the directional vectors lets consider the approach, because this is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood. The approach consists of a forward movement to the foul line and the tempo of this approach is just as great a consideration. Obviously this forward movement of the approach provides a forward directional vector. This is part of the release. As we examine the approach a little closer, we notice that many bowlers have additional movement in their body that may not seem important but I promise you it can have a huge effect in ball reaction. If a bowler dips as they prepare to release the ball the shoulder is also dipping, and if the shoulder is dipping so is the ball. Like wise if the body is raring up so is the ball. Now consider the torque of the body and swing. This should also be given a directional force vector. Other things should be considered as well. The braking action of the slide, the shape of the swing arc, the motion of the hand, the swing plane, the body leverage, the bend of the fingers and their strength, and the follow through. Altering any of the above has an effect on the release and can be used as tools if understood. To try and understand this, use your own mind to give each of these forces a directional vector relative to your style. This may take a little thinking but watch others as they are bowling and try the same thing. Once you can see this you will begin to have a better understanding of the tools available to you.

To be continued next week.

***** Tournament Updates *****
Are you heading off to Albuquerque or Reno for Nationals? Did a bowler bail out on you at the last moment and you're trying to find a sub? Make sure to visit our ABC/WIBC Tournament (On AOL Only) folder and check out what's going on.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Pete Weber BWAA Bowler of February *****
Pete Weber was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for February by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Tina M. Gohr announced today.

Weber, the 37-year-old Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer from St. Ann, Mo., won his 25th PBA title by defeating Cincinnati's Brian Himmler in the deciding contest of the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y. The victory left Weber one title short of tying the 26 championships of his legendary father, Dick Weber. The younger Weber also placed second to Dennis Horan, Jr., San Diego, Calif., at the Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship in Akron, Ohio.

Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., who captured the PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio, was runner-up in the balloting.

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Tournament News *****
For the latest tournament news visit:

***** Live ABC Convention Coverage *****
ABC will provide live convention coverage from the Albuquerque Convention Center during the legislative session. Visitors to the site can see live time results on issues like the dues increase and handicapping

For more information, visit

***** WIBC Tournament Coverage *****
For the first time, WIBC will have an official tournament site to provide bowlers with online information during the WIBC National Tournament held in Reno this spring. The tournament, which began Friday, will run through June. Bowlers interested in information the 500 or 600 club tournaments, future tournament sites, and other information can visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 7/16 at 13:44 EST on 3/13/2000
Brunswick (BC) 15 7/16 at 14:13 EST on 3/13/2000

*** And Finally ***
Many of the GSTDs are back from Albuquerque and we're ready to share our experiences with you. If you're curious about the shot, how late the squads are, how the prices in the equipment booths are, just drop by chat and we'll share. Pretty soon, we'll have our pictures up on the Grandstand Home Pages and on

If you have any suggestions for this newsletter, make sure to write Bowling GSTDs. If you're in the midst of tournament season, good luck and good bowling.

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