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#159064 - 12/06/11 03:37 PM alignment, walking direction, aiming point
TominNJ Offline
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My release and technique have evolved to where I can't use my old shot anymore.

Since I started taking bowling seriously in Feb, my shot has always been lined up straight (parallel to the boards), walk straight and roll the ball straight over a mark allowing it to hook into the pocket. I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

That shot no longer works. I'm now putting more revs on the ball and I'm finding that I have to play the ball more across the lane. I'm not sure how to do it properly, what to use for aiming points etc.

I experimented today with aiming straight up the lane (shoulders parallel to the foul line) walking straight ahead then aiming the ball across the lane at the left most hash mark. I found that I got a strike every time I was able to roll the ball over the hash mark. This required a little bit of a twist as I took my final step but my shoulders were naturally open at that point anyway.

Is this how you folks do it? Do you walk straight (parallel to the lane) or walk toward your mark in the same direction as your intended ball path?

Do you aim at the dots, the arrows, the hash marks or the pins?

Thanks for any replies.
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#159066 - 12/06/11 03:59 PM Re: alignment, walking direction, aiming point [Re: TominNJ]
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Read this: http://www.bowl4fun.com/ron/btm01_files/btm1.htm

Just because you are putting more revs on the ball doesn't mean you can't play straighter, you can increase your speed and not let your hand turn around the ball, and keep your palm facing your target line this will make the ball roll forward instead of sideways and allow you to play straighter. Jason Belmonte did and he has more revs than most people.

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#159081 - 12/06/11 09:03 PM Re: alignment, walking direction, aiming point [Re: TominNJ]
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Originally Posted By: TominNJ
. I found that I got a strike every time I was able to roll the ball over the hash mark.


On a THS, the hash marks provide a great visual for the right distance and angle to the pocket. Most bowlers who strike will roll over them if their lines are correctly lined up.

Originally Posted By: TominNJ
.Do you aim at the dots, the arrows, the hash marks or the pins? Thanks for any replies.


Except for the pins, all the above at various times. Targeting early (dots) gives me a bit more of an earlier roll and i use that with my equipment that is set up to arc. The arrows are a general target to establish what the lanes are playing like with what i'm throwing. The hash marks are where i want the ball to roll over and (when i need more length with what i'm using) i will target that.

Just like throwing a pearl on heavy oil isn't matching your equipment to the shot, targeting early (with that same pearl) is not matching up properly. You're using a pearl for the reason you want length, target long. You use solids for overall hook, target earlier. I suspect there is exceptions such as high rev bowlers who create a lot of push, but this is a good general rule and works well for me as a tweener.

As for walking straight up the boards and throwing out, i don't like it. It opens up the shoulders to inconsistancy especially on those nights when the shot is playing tougher and the oil isn't playing as defined. You may be able to "get away with it" on certain nights but on other nights you may have to play quite a bit tighter (less room for error) and IMO the over/under look will be the common result.

If you are looking at different targets, try matching the "strength of the ball" to the "desired target". Cover type and pin location will dictate this.
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#159100 - 12/06/11 11:19 PM Re: alignment, walking direction, aiming point [Re: metguy]
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Alignment of your body from the hips up is critical to the direction of your ball in the fronts. You do not want to be square to the foul line and walking straight ahead if your goal is to send the ball from left to right. The only way to do that is to swing the ball behind your back and out to the release point, and do this consistently--not an easy task. You want your swing to be a true pendulum, and having your shoulders at a 90 degree angle to your target line is the best way to accomplish that.

As for aiming point, I've learned to play a line, not a spot. My down and in shot isn't about aiming at the third dot. It's about going over the third dot, between the first and second arrows, and down the lane to a breakpoint at the 9th board when the pattern ends. There was a test done with Chris Barnes regarding what target he was looking at before he took his shot. It was found that his eyes focused up and down a path 8-10 times--when to a spectator it appeared he was just standing on the approach. The one thing he didn't look at at all--the pins. If you're sending the ball out to hook back, looking at the pocket is the absolutely worst possible thing you can do. If you stand left of the headpin and look at the pocket, your mind is telling your body not to throw the ball to the right of the pocket, get it? You want to look down and out to your breakpoint, which is further right than the pocket.
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#159120 - 12/07/11 11:28 AM Re: alignment, walking direction, aiming point [Re: TominNJ]
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I used to try to walk "straight" and swing the ball out, as you're describing. I fought it and fought it and never got it. I did it because it was what I was taught was the "right" way - I wasn't supposed to drift. . .

Someone asked me why, if my swing is supposed to be a straight pendulum swing, why am I forcing it to loop around?

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So now I line up fairly straight with my intended target/line and make sure I'm squared up with my target, not the lane, per se.

Much more relaxed, much easier to get a straight swing, and I'm much more consistent.
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#159158 - 12/08/11 11:42 AM Re: alignment, walking direction, aiming point [Re: mmalsed]
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Originally Posted By: mmalsed
I used to try to walk "straight" and swing the ball out, as you're describing. I fought it and fought it and never got it. I did it because it was what I was taught was the "right" way - I wasn't supposed to drift. . .

Someone asked me why, if my swing is supposed to be a straight pendulum swing, why am I forcing it to loop around?

"ping"

So now I line up fairly straight with my intended target/line and make sure I'm squared up with my target, not the lane, per se.

Much more relaxed, much easier to get a straight swing, and I'm much more consistent.


Had the same problem, trying to not drift because it wasn't the "right way", after months of inconsistencies and missing my target I came to the conclusion that drifting isn't a bad thing at all, especially if it clears your hips, just make sure the drifting is consistent. Something that probably would have been explained 5 minutes into a coaching session.

As far as targeting is concerned I think it depends on what eye your dominant with. I'm cross eye dominant so near targets don't work as well for me as targeting the exit point. See http://bowlingknowledge.info/images/stories/slowinskinov09.pdf for more info.

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