3 Common Bowling Mistakes

Mistake Number One:

Never let the facts get in the way of a bad decision. Ok, so you always
play second arrow in this house! But it’s not working tonight, is it? Like in real life, bowling puts
us in the position to make a choice between playing the odds and creating new odds, it’s a risk
vs. reward situation. You may even try a different line or a different ball that you’d normally
wouldn’t use. You might obtain higher scores than before! Don’t be afraid of changes.

Mistake Number Two:

The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given
phenomenon is infinite. If you find yourself standing at the foul line with your hands on your hips
and a disgusted look on your face, you may indeed be thinking too much. The best thing to do is
examine the last few moves you made and/or the ball choices you have tried. Select the one
that was the closest to getting you into the pocket. Try it again with a clear head and an relaxed
mind. Analyze the results after executing the shot carefully. Always accept the results you get
and keep in mind that not every night is going to be “your night”.

Mistake Number Three:

Have you ever considered you might be a part of the problem when
you are bowling badly? You can repeatedly miss the pocket or blow a 10-pin spare if your plan
of attack is flawed or your mechanics don’t work so well. So be honest with yourself and make a
good assessment of how you are bowling. Always ask yourself these questions:

  • What am I doing wrong?
  • Is my hand position correct?
  • Are my knees bent?
  • Am I staying focused on my targets?
  • Is my armswing staying in plane?
  • Is it my pushaway that is messing up my timing?

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