Keeping your balance on the lanes

As the season continues to change toward that white time of the year many other things are fast approaching. Rifle deer season will be in full swing about 7 a.m. next Friday with area schools taking the day off for “safety”. This is just one of the many freedoms we have living in the United States that some people take for granted.

Monday we celebrate our nation’s veterans. Many of our bowlers are veterans and none of them are boastful but all of them are proud. Thank you to all of you who have served in our armed forces and kept our nation strong and free.

As the leaves continue to fall from the trees, we struggle to not have any on the lanes that would require our taking a second shot in a single frame. Last week I talked about balance being key to our victory over the sticks on the lane. Here is a drill to help with balance.

This drill is referred to as the step and stop drill. It is very important that the very first step of your approach is correct because once that 15 or 16 pound bowling ball is in motion, making adjustments is really difficult.

Take your push away step and begin moving the ball forward, away from your chest. Stop and take note of where the ball and your foot are positioned. Pushing the ball either right or left is an indicator the backswing will be off center making it more difficult to hit your target on the lane. Your foot should also point straight forward to keep your body moving toward your target.

The further you push the ball away from your body the heavier it will feel and may result in your squeezing your hand to be able to hold on to it. The ball should not be angled toward the ceiling or floor.

As for timing, the push away and foot should move at the same time. If you use a five step delivery, the push away will be on the second step so you should move to this point of your delivery and stop to see where your body is positioned in relation to where the ball is.

By breaking your delivery into small parts it will be easier for you to analyze problems and make corrections. Having a second set of eyes is also very useful or maybe the use of a video recorder will help show you where flaws of your delivery are. Give it a try in one of your practice sessions.

One bowler who constantly utilizes practice to improve his shot making ability is Peter Norriss who captured the high series for the guys this week rolling a 750 in the Eastgate Dames & Dudes League. Tim Hickman brought home the high game with a great 278 in the Tuesday Night House League.

Patty Adrianse took both of the top spots for the women this week rolling a very fine 577 series and 256 game in the Wednesday Night Keglers League.

Congratulations to all of our bowlers this week and I will be looking for your name in next week’s results. Best of luck to all of our hunters, be safe! And thank you again to our veterans. Good luck and good bowling.

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE RESULTS

EARLY KINGS & QUEENS: Pat Williamson 646, 217; Chris Karlin 625, 237; Van Johnson 586, 213; Shelly Myers 492, 181; Barb Fitzgerald 463; Carla Vredenburg 453; Dazed & Confused 1829, 637; Rock n Rollers 1808, 628, Wanna be Bowlers 1757.

THE GATE HOUSE: Tammy Finch 511, 187; Nellie Charron 510; Maureen Kubitskey 497; Isabella Bank 1840, 670; Cindy’s Cut n Curl 1769, 639; Eaton Heating & Cooling 1753, 615.

MONDAY NIGHT MEN: Paul Jefts 631, 236; Mike Whiting 625, 233; Darrell Aldrich 579; Custer Builders 2128, 714; Jefts Farm Bureau 2053; Clear Lake Golf 2031, 703.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOUSE: Nick Ross 701, Jason Sheldon 644; Tim Hickman 637, 278; Tracey Bosbous 518, 213; Shellie Danneels 422, 151; Big Rapids Trophy 2932, 1049; Wild Rose Café 2850, 1013; Chemical Bank 2681, 951.

EASTGATE DAMES & DUDES: Pete Norriss 750, 275; Lyle Dettmer 627; Todd Forgue 627; Cathy Smith 546; Kathy Dettmer 545, 211; Mary Lester 536, 201; Who Cares 1714, 602; Just For Fun 1700, 646; No Expectations 1678, 586.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT KEGLERS: Patty Adrianse 577, 256; Dusty Aldrich 533, 192; Sue Sczepaniak 502; Comstock house 2250, 785; Schuberg Agency 2203, 778; Just Bead It 2121, 790.

MECEOLA: Rick Keeler 737, 259; Peter Norriss 701, 268; Chris Baker 699, 275; John Henry Jr 688, 258; Don Aldrich 677, 257; Danny Burnett 665, 265; Tim Hickman 661; Alan Brennan 643; Steve Spicuzzi 637; Chris White 633, 256; Northern Lights 3272, 1164; DNS Auto 3091, 1102; Lebaron Financial 3022, 1091.

FRIDAY NIGHT MENS: Nick Ross 713, 274; Josh Graham 682, 279; Karl Mead 661, 234; David Nawrot 657, 250; Ryan Kanouse 657, 245; Professional Dental 3023, 1074; Rich Sheldon Sta 2909, 988; Sharks 2806, 958.

SATURDAY NON-SMOKING: Rob Pontz 518, 256; Chris White 518; Eric Jackson 510, 201; Mary Lenon 482, 181; Katie VonBroock 431, 158; Laurie Cendrowski 410; Spare Parts 1713, 615; Little Munchkins Day Care 1659, 639; Gutter-Done 1627.

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