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#129907 - 06/13/10 02:07 PM missing my target
lakredrai Offline
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the last few weeks I have been in a slump because I have been missing my target ( I use the arrows as markers ) both to the left and the right. it's driving me crazy. if I had not joined a league I would take the summer off.
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#129908 - 06/13/10 02:25 PM Re: missing my target [Re: lakredrai]
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Try using the dots, I used to aim for the arrows as well, but my game improved when I used the dots that were closer. Also make sure that the thumb is able to come out of the ball smoothly and doesn't get caught up because of moisture. Before I throw my first ball down the lane I powder up my thumb and rub it in and out of the hole. I used to have issues with missing my target and 50% of the problem was because my thumb was getting caught up in the ball.


Edited by jwill (06/13/10 02:31 PM)
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#129909 - 06/13/10 05:05 PM Re: missing my target [Re: jwill]
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Your swing aims the shot.

If you're missing both left and right, then you are messing up your swing.

The most likely cause of this is trying to aim the shot as the ball falls forward. That is the wrong time to aim.

You aim during the pushaway.

A relaxed, unmuscled, gravity-driven swing helps to ensure this. Once the ball drops into the backswing, your biggest job is to stay out of its way and let it do its thing.

One of my bowling buddies likes to say "the ball throws itself".
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#129910 - 06/13/10 05:15 PM Re: missing my target [Re: lakredrai]
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Many things can make you miss your mark such as timing, arm swing, ball fit (as jwill mentioned), concentration, etc. Could also be something as simple as cutting your follow-thru short.
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#129919 - 06/13/10 09:34 PM Re: missing my target [Re: VFF57]
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How could I forget, cutting my follow-through short was the reason I used to hit my ankle with the ball and accounted for 35% of the problem.
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#129943 - 06/14/10 08:56 AM Re: missing my target [Re: lakredrai]
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You can hit your target at the arrows and miss, badly in some cases. How is this? because you didn't slide in the same place and cut down the angle or increased the angle across the arrow you were aiming at.

By the same token you can miss your target at the arrows and still make a great shot. How is this? Because you still managed to hit the break point (your true target) down lane where the ball hooks back to the pocket. Hitting this point is what's important. On house patterns if you just hit this point (usually around the 7 board at 40-45ft depending on the length of the pattern), the ball will be flush in the pocket.

Check your feet and see if you are sliding in the same spot every shot, if so the next thing to check is to see if the heads (the portion of the lane between the foul line and the arrows) are dry causing the ball to hook off your hand and miss inside of your target before it gets to the arrows. If so then move into the oil more, get a ball that will get through the heads cleaner, or learn to release the ball more smoothly so it doesn't grab in the heads so much.


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#129955 - 06/14/10 11:15 AM Re: missing my target [Re: CoachJim]
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I agree with everything above, there are many things to cause missing the target. I also like using the dots, even if it's just to help me feel what's going on a little better. One thing to remember when using the dots, your ball doesn't have to land on them or even roll over them for that matter. But you can fix your eyes on them or the boards in between them, and throw over them(thru them). (Wes Matlot does this)
Because lots of times you tell people to use the dots and they don't follow through, or they throw the ball slower, resulting in over hooking.
Also to put together what Jim and Spareme said, if you get your body to far away from your target with your feet (drift) your swing path won't be correct to the target, and your body will say, you need to do something to make this happen, the result will be a pull, if you get to far left of your target, or a fly out to the right because you got to far right of your target. Walk pathway and swing pathway have to work together.
For example: You want to throw right down the first arrow, so you line up your swing path to do so, but you drift left all the way to the fourth arrow, you would throw it in the gutter if you didn't pull the ball. This is exaggerated, but your doing this on a smaller scale.


Edited by Revenator (06/14/10 11:34 AM)

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#134113 - 08/30/10 12:34 AM Re: missing my target [Re: lakredrai]
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Had the same problem a while back, as some bad habits creeped into my swing (at the worst possible time, near the end of the season).
Some things a coach told me for hitting that mark consistantly, and they really helped:

- Keep your head smooth and steady, no bobbing up and down as you make your approach. This lets the eyes stay focused on the target more easily, whether it be an arrow or dot.

-Keep your shoulders square to the line. And if you throw an errant shot, look down at where your slide foot stopped to make sure you haven't been drifting left or right in your approach.

-Let the ball throw itself. Think of it as a pendulum swinging, rather than an actual throw and the ball will do the work for you.

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#134118 - 08/30/10 06:55 AM Re: missing my target [Re: Cheetahsneverprosper]
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Quote:
-Keep your shoulders square to the line.


Keep your shoulders square to your target line, not square to the foul line, this is a common misconception. If you finish square to the foul line and aren't playing square or straight up the boards, then your swing will have to go away from your body to hit the target line and cause you to develop many bad habits.

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#134124 - 08/30/10 08:20 AM Re: missing my target [Re: lakredrai]
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Choose an arrow and choose a pin. Let's say the second arrow and the 6 pin.

Now imagine the line between those two spots on the lane.

Now imagine a vertical wall that goes right through those two spots on the lane and extends all the way back through the approach.

Now, standing on the approach, swing your ball while standing still so that the ball swings in the plane of that imaginary wall.

Now walk alongside that imaginary wall and throw the ball, keeping in mind that the ball is always in the plane of that imaginary wall.

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