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September 2, 2014 12:02 AM Subscribe
Recently, I bowled very poorly and it was embarrassing.
I'd like help with 2 things: a. Please help me trouble-shoot my bowling game. b. Can anyone out there give me an anecdote about how they started off as a crappy bowler but got better?...how did you do this?
posted by Hennimore to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (23 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Over the weekend, my wife and I went bowing with her parents, and they destroyed us. I bowled less than 30. Her parents were well into the hundreds.
I had a great time, but this loss kills me. I really must learn to bowl. I can't be humiliated again.
Her parents seemed to have terrible form. Her mother would nearly fall over after throwing down the ball, but somehow, she hit strikes and spares over and over again.
I'm not in bad shape, but I don't exercise too much. My wife is in the same situation. Her parents go to the gym during the week and they are fit and trim, but not insanely jacked or anything.
I started off knocking 9 pins down and getting a spare, I even bowled a few strikes, but at one point I just fell the hell off.
Nearly every time I bowled, the ball would gravitate toward the gutter. If I bowled hard, if I bowled toward the middle, toward the area next to the middle, whatever...I was feeble. Follow through didn't help, improving concentration didn't help, neither did trying to bowl slowly.
Here are a few factors:
1. I'm five feet eight inches tall, and I don't have a wide frame, but my hands are very big. Her father is similar in size to me, but his hands are small. The only balls I could find that fit were incredibly heavy. The balls he used were much lighter.
2. I had a migraine earlier in the day, I was fine though. Just a little tired.
3. My sleep schedule was way off because I normally work nights but had to wake up early in the morning.
4. I'm not good at any sport that requires a ball.
5. I'm from Mass, so I grew up on candlepin bowling. I didn't do it that much, but I've bowled very few traditional 10-pin games.
What do I do? I don't feel like practice will even be that helpful, because I'll just keep doing the same thing wrong over and over again. Do people hire bowling coaches? How do you get better?