Sharp execution improves your entire bowling game

First order of business is for me to wish my daughter Kerri a happy 24th birthday! Second order of business is to wish my mother a happy birthday from yesterday!! Here is to wishing you both many more to come.

As the cold weather continues to keep a strangle hold on us we have more time to spend on those indoor activities. So, how about spending that time practicing!

This is a common theme in the magazines as to how to improve. Remember, we aren’t just throwing the ball. Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!

In a recent article in Bowlers Journal International, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard expressed her ideas concerning practice. Her ideal is that execution of the shot outweighs lane play.

After all of the talk is done concerning matching your equipment to oil transition on the lane whether you’re going to play your best over an extended number of games still depends mostly on whether your execution is sharp.

During practice, you are learning to troubleshoot your physical game for times when your approach is not clicking or in sync. Develop a mental checklist of mechanical keys that you can apply to regain your good form and get your confidence back.

She suggested the following six checkpoints for solid execution of the shot: shortening the first step; calming down the balance or non bowling arm; slightly delay the pushaway; staying down with the shot during the release and follow-through; taking 20 percent of the effort out of the shot; and, when all else fails, simply focus on hitting your target with no other mechanical thought.

These six checkpoints may not be for everyone but you can come up with some sort of modified list around these areas that may work for you. Give it a try…

The bowlers were making things happen this week as several high games were rolled throughout the leagues. Special mention should be made of retired sheriff’s deputy Roger Harrison who rolled his first ever 700 series in the Meceola League hitting a 709 with a high game of 287. Congratulations Roger!

High series for the men this week was rolled by Chris Karlin with a 770 in the Early Kings & Queens League. High game was a tie between Eric Schafer and myself with a 289, both bowling in the Meceola League.

Other 700’s this week were: Ricky Keeler 747 Saturday Nite Live; Nick Ross 741 Tuesday Night House; Chris Baker 738 Meceola; Ryan Kanouse 735 Friday Night Mens; Chris White 722 Meceola; John Chadra 715 Eastgate Dames & Dudes; John Vanwagner 713 Saturday Nite Live; Nate Strong 705 Monday Night Men; Rick Keeler 703 Meceola.

The women were lead this week by Jessica Wallace who rolled a 539 in the Wednesday Night Keglers League while high game was captured by Michelle Hartline with a 220 in the Saturday Nite Live League.

Congratulations to all of your top bowlers from this week. Remember to make a concious decision to practice some aspect of your game during your practice sessions, don’t just walk up there and throw the ball several times and I will be looking for your name for next weeks article. Until then, good luck and good bowling!

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE RESULTS:

EARLY KINGS & QUEENS: Chris Karlin 770, 278; Mike Cline 645, 248; Van Johnson 640; Kevin Sherman 640; Shelly Myers 519, 181; Linda Sherman 509, 183; Alice Kuikstra 484; Wanna be Bowlers 2018, 699; Dazed & Confused 1994, 739; Good Time Roller 1984, 702.

MONDAY NIGHT MEN: Nate Strong 705, 242; Dave Yskes 675, 257; Don Mason 645; Custer Builders 2422, 828; Morningstar 2334, 807; Clear Lake Golf 2168.

EASTGATE DAMES & DUDES: John Chadra 715, 279; Roger Andrews 637, 224; Mark Franks 633, 221; Kathy Dettmer 597, 213; Joan Foote 516, 225; Shirley Apsey 491, 168.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOUSE: Nick Ross 741, 268; Denny Danneels 698; David Nawrot 665, 279; Shellie Danneels 367, 128; Big Rapids Trophy 3046, 1047; Wild Rose Café 2858, 1015; Chemical Bank 2795, 984.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT KEGLERS: Jessica Wallace 565, 201; Mary Sanford 562, 199; Anne Graham 544, 204; Penny Nickel Dime 2236, 770; Fab Five 2190, 769; Jordan Law Office 2151.

MECEOLA: Chris Baker 738, 278; Chris White 722, 279; Roger Harrison 709, 287; Rick Keeler 703; David Nawrot 694, 256; Eric Schafer 685, 289; Rick Carrick 684, 264; Vince Webber 678, 265; Jim Cook (me) 671, 289; Peter Norriss 666, 257; DNS Auto 3251, 1110; Northern Lights 3228, 1139; Love Real Estate 3034; R&R Metal 3034.

FRIDAY NIGHT MENS: Ryan Kanouse 735, 268; Adam Hatchew 683, 247; Tim Hickman 676, 255; Bob Venlet 674; Chris Baker 670; Allen Brennen 664, 247; John Steffes 649; Steve Cook 646; Josh Graham 646, 237; Sharks 3211, 1131; All Star Pay Day Loans 3071, 1096; Professional Dental 3060, 1051.

SATURDAY NITE LIVE: Ricky Keeler 747, 276; John Vanwagner 713, 264; Michael Wade 661; Jessica Wallace 539, 194; Cindy Snavley 536; Michelle Hartline 536, 220; The Rockin Bowlers 2203, 782; PB&J’s 2027, 737; Custom Vinal Design 1991.

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