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Kegler's Connection

   May 28, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. $100,000 Miller High Life Open TV Top Five
       4. Telecast Schedule
       5. 13-Year-Old Girl Shoots 800
       6.  Coach of the Year Named
       7.  YABA Volunteer of the Year Named
 World Team Challenge News
       8. Florida Team Takes Georgia BWTC   
 Miscellaneous News:
       9. Summer Camp Suggestions
       10. Stock Watch
       11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Kegler's Connection wishes everyone a fantastic start to summer, and a great long weekend.  Even if you're not bowling in a league this summer, keep up to date with all the bowling news by reading Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll read about the 13-year-old girl who shot 800, you'll find all the telecast times for June, you'll read about summer bowling camps, and Jeff Piroozshad talks about that pesky ten pin.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, Jeff Piroozshad suggests various ways to increase your odds of tripping out the ten pin.

Have you ever thought you threw a pretty good shot, only to leave a 10-pin (7-pin for left handed bowlers)?  Over and over, it seems that's all you leave?  There ARE ways to get that tenth pin to fall and most of them are not major adjustments, but minor tweaks that you can incorporate into your game almost immediately.

First of all, you can either move up or back on the approach.  Keep in mind you don't have to move more than six inches.  The idea is to have the move subconsciously change your walk pattern enough to be effective, but not enough that you notice.  Moving up makes your steps shorter, thereby resulting in you throwing the ball just a bit slower.  This gets the ball to come up slightly higher in the pocket, hitting much more solidly.  Moving back makes you take slightly larger steps, making the ball travel just slightly faster.  This gets the ball to the pocket a bit lighter so you can get one of those mixing strikes.

Similarly, you can also hold the ball a little bit higher or lower in your stance, allowing you to change your ball speeds to get the same result.  Holding the ball higher results in more swing, making the ball travel faster, and holding the ball lower results in less swing, making the ball travel slower.

Try those tweaks and see if they work.  If not, here is a very subtle tip to try: Change the pressure on your fingers.  If you release some of your finger pressure then you will hook the ball a bit less and it will come up lighter in the pocket.  Conversely, increasing the finger pressure will make the ball rev just a little bit more, helping the ball to be more solid in the pocket.

You can also change the pressure on one of your fingers.  Greg Maddux, major league pitcher for the Atlanta Braves is a master at this, making a baseball do different things on its way to home plate.  You can use the same technique to carry out the ten pin.  By putting more pressure on your ring finger than on your middle finger, you can get the ball to go slightly longer down the lane and flip just a tad more on the backend, creating more entry angle to trip out the 10-pin.  The opposite, using more pressure on the middle finger than the ring finger, will get the ball to roll up sooner and hopefully the ball will hit the pocket more flush.

Don't just settle for corner pin after corner pin.  And most importantly, don't get frustrated when you're leaving them.  Realize that the ball is not hitting the pocket in the right place, or in the right way, and use one of these techniques to increase your carry percentage, and ultimately, your scores.

Need help with your Physical & Mental Game? Discuss it with's Volunteers and other knowledgeable bowlers at:
3. $100,000 Miller High Life Open TV Top Five

On Tuesday's telecast (note date change due to Monday's holiday), Michelle Feldman will be bowling from the top seed to defend her Omaha title.  The TV top five will be

1. Michelle Feldman
2. Carolyn Dorin Ballard
3. Kelly Kulick
4. Leanne Barrette
5. Cara Honeychurch

In keeping with Kegler's Connection policy, we don't publish results before a telecast.  To find out the winner, visit:
4. Telecast Schedule

PWBA, Miller Lite Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Tuesday, May 29, 11:00 pm ET and Thursday, May 31, at 1:00 pm ET.
PBA, Seattle PBA Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 3, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Albuquerque Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 4, 9:00 pm ET and Tuesday, June 5, at 3:00 pm ET.
PBA, Northwest PBA Senior Classic, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Wheelchair Awareness Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 11, 10:30 pm ET and Sunday, June 17, at 3:00 *am* ET.
ABC Masters/PBA, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 17, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Greater San Diego Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 18, 9 pm ET and Thursday, June 21, at 1:00 pm ET
PBA, The Orleans Casino PBA Senior Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 24, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Fort Worth Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 25, 9 pm ET and Thursday, June 28, at 1:00 pm ET

Keep up to date on every bowling telecast by visiting:
5. 13-Year-Old Girl Shoots 800

Kristy Kerr, 13, is the youngest female member of the Young American Bowling Alliance to roll an 800 three-game series. Kerr, Essexville, Mich., rolled the record-setting 816 series (258-280-278) on April 7 at Bay Lanes in Bay City, Mich., just 67 days after her 13th birthday.

Diandra Hyman, currently a member of TEAM USA and an All-American bowler at the University of Nebraska, previously held the
record. Hyman, Dyer, Ind., rolled an 824 three-game series on Nov. 4, 1995, at the age of 15.

Kerr's score also ranks 10th all-time in the YABA record books for highest series by a female youth. Emily Snyder, Whitehall, Pa., is the record-holder with an 843 series.

Read more about it at:

What's your highest series?  Talk about it at:
6. Coach of the Year Named

The youth director at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois has been named the David Dahms Coach of the Year.  His local and state YABA associations receive $1,000 to further coaching education.

Read about his accomplishments at:

Tell the world about your favorite Collegiate or Youth coach by posting a message at:
7. YABA Volunteer of the Year Named

A junior coach from northern California who raised $13,000 for a scholarship program was named Volunteer of the Year.

Read about it at:

Know a volunteer who should be recognized?  Thank them in front of the world by posting a message at:
8.  Florida Team Takes Georgia BWTC

Even with an open in the final frame, members of AP Pro Shop of Pensacola, Fla., were able to rally for the narrowest of victories May 20 in the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifier at Brunswick Peachtree Lanes in suburban Atlanta.

Trailing by 38 pins after the first of two Baker System games, AP Pro Shop put itself in a position to win with spares and strikes
through the first nine frames. That was enough to earn a 359-358 decision over Brunswick of Pittsburgh.

The victory means Anthony Prather and Don Best will return to the BWTC Grand Championships Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas after finishing 20th in 2000 in Virginia Beach, Va. Clay Duke, Greg Heck and Bill Guthrie will be making their first trips to the Grand Championships.

In addition to airfare and lodging to the Grand Championships, they earned $3,175 in cash, Keepsake championship rings and a sponsor's award.

For quotes, other cashers, and information on bowling in a future WTCs, see:
9. Summer Camp Suggestions

So you decided to take the summer off from leagues.  Great.  Everyone can use a break now and then.  But don't let your game get rusty.  Check out the following summer camps, and when you come back in the fall be better than ever.

U.S. Sports Camps teams up with the PBA Tour to offer bowling instruction from PBA members.  Just choose a particular region from those listed at:

PBI, Inc. offers half-day, full-day, and two day sessions this summer in various locations across the country.  For more information visit:

Dick Rigter Bowling Camps offer five-day summer camps.  Information can be found at:

The Bob Summerville 2001 Memorial Super School is named in honor of Bowling This Month's founder.  Held in August at the Sante Fe in Las Vegas, the five-day camp features a variety of instructors and a 1:5 instructor/student ratio.  For more information, visit:

Or let the coaching come to you.  To find a USA Bowling certified coach in your area, visit:
10. Stock Watch
AMF (AMBW) 0.09 on 05/25/01 at 13:20 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 22.43 on 05/25/01 at 16:00 EDT.
11. And Finally

We're looking for bowling news!  We accept for consideration any news, story ideas, and press releases, or anything else you think we should know.  Just email: [email protected]

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