This month's tip is selecting the proper weight ball and the process behind it.
We get many questions on a given week in the shop about ball weight and what is the best weight for me?. Once the ball is drilled the weight is irreversible, so proper selection is necessary. Men, Women, Seniors and our youth all come in different weights, ages and builds.
Bowling ball weight is an important factor in your purchase selection process. If you are searching for a new ball for your own use, the first step in choosing the proper bowling ball weight is to consider which weight ball you use presently and why you think a change in weight will be beneficial.
Normally, bowlers will choose a lighter ball weight as opposed to a heavier weight ball because it is easier to handle. If this is your main consideration, then dropping a pound might help, but please remember there is a fine line between too light and too heavy. If the ball is too light you could hold onto it to long and pull the ball across your body, missing your mark to the left, too heavy, the ball could drop off your hand to early missing your mark to the right. Since bowling balls are manufactured with very effective inner core designs and with varieties of cover stock materials, you can drop in overall ball weight and really not sacrifice much in ball control or impact power with the pins. But remember the golden rule; is use as heavy as a ball you can with out being tired or fatigued after bowling.
If you are a senior bowler who is experiencing physical challenges or laboring with the present ball he or she uses, then dropping a pound or perhaps two pounds in bowling ball weight might be the best choice, it can increase your speed which will make up the difference in the carry. With our youth a good rule of thumb (although not 100% perfect) is to match the ball weight with the age of the youngster, remembering that little girls will not be able to handle the same weight as boys.
Bowling balls start in weight at 6 lbs. at the lightest and can go up to 16 lbs as the maximum allowed weight. We still find recreational women bowlers depending on build still using #12 lbs and men finding #15 lbs has surpassed 16 lbs. as the popular choice. Again, always refer to your pro shop operator and ask for their advice in deciding your weight.Good luck with your tournaments and enjoy the last weeks of the season.Respectfully Sumbitted,Dwight Albrecht USBC Silver Level Coach and Owner of Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop.
that the season has started and we are in full swing, our thoughts
change to the Green Bay Packers, and unfortunately the colder weather
approaching and what that means to our hole sizing on our bowling balls.
We are also going to discuss about wearing jewelry on our bowling
fingers while bowling.
As we start our year in early September
for most of us the weather is quite warm and humid. Obviously we all
like this kind of weather, but it does cause our hands to be quite puffy
and large. Now that the cooler weather is approaching you might notice
the hole sizes of your ball starting to become looser. This can cause
you to squeeze or drop the ball. While no pro shop operator can control
your hand fluctuation, there are things we can do to obtain your good
fit. First, the use of tape is always helpful. Bowler's Tape is
available in two
sizes and two textures, a thin black available in 3/4" and 1" size.
Also a white, thicker textured tape is also available in 3/4 and 1"
sizes for bowlers who seem to fluctuate size more than the average
Protective tapes that many manufacturers make can
take up space in the thumb hole and protect the top of your thumb from
blisters and causes are also very popular year round.
three major manufacturers make interchangeable thumb insert systems
designed to prevent the use of tape by changing out the thumb hole for
different thumb hole sizes. As this sounds like the best method and for
most it is, but be aware that these systems are very expensive and
require a very large deep hole drilled into the ball. Consult your pro
shop operator on these interchangeable systems if they are a good choice
Finally, we had a older gentleman come into the shop
recently complaining that his ring
finger goes numb while bowling, later we found out that he wore a large
class ring on his ring finger while bowling which was cutting off his
nerve ending to the finger and blood circulation. Please remember to
remove all jewelry on your thumb or two bowling fingers while bowling.
Submitted by Dwight Albrecht, Silver Level USBC Certified Coach and
Owner and Operator of Albrtecht's SpareTime Pro Shop, located inside of
New Berlin Bowl.
Welcome back bowlers for the start of the 2011/2012 season.
We are going start off the year talking about
picking out a new ball and reviewing the trends in equipment from our
Selecting a new ball is like selecting the
right golf club when golfing. Not only is the brand important, but so
is finding the right club for that shot. Bowling balls are no different.
With the hundreds of balls to choose from, the most important decision
is meeting with a professional that understands your game, where you are
bowling and what enviroment you are bowling on.
Selecting the right ball or "matching up" the
right ball to your game or center is crucial to your success. Examples;
if you are a beginner bowler, keep it simple, straighter is greater,
slowly build up your physical game with our certified coaches in town,
start developing a better release, than start upgrading your equipment
to create more hook. Ladies, seniors, and our youth bowlers should start
off with a plastic pall like a Brunswick Target Zone or a low hooking reactive, like a Brunswick Slingshot.
More middle of the road experience
bowlers will look into balls with a medium hook level that will allow
you versatility over a variety of different conditions by moving with
your feet and mark. We call these balls "Benchmark Reactive's". Example
of these balls could be balls like the Storm Tropical Heat's, Ebonite
Cyclone's, and Brunswick Massive Damage. Every middle to advance bowler
should have a benchmark reactive ball in their arsenal.
The trend this year from the manufacturers
for the tournament bowler or bowlers that bowl on a lot of oil will look
into strong hooking balls, big dynamic weight block balls with
aggressive cover stock technology to help create the hook that you will
need for more of the demanding oily lane conditions. Polished big
hooking balls could be choices like the Storm Anarchy, the Brunswick
C-System Ulti-Max. Sanded cover stock balls like The Storm Virtual
Gravity Nano and Brunswick C-System Alpha Max incorporate the latest in
high friction technology for the speed dominant player or bowler bowling
on heavy oil patterns.
Always remember to go to your professional
and have your fit updated at least once every two years. As my good
friend and fellow coach Kevin Frew says, "You can't out-coach a bad
fit". Welcome back and enjoy the start to the new season.
Respectfully submitted by Dwight Albrecht, USBC Silver Certified Coach and Owner/Operator of Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop.
Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. New Berlin, WI. 53151 Inside New Berlin Bowl 1-262-641-0014 Ext. 110
This month we will be discussing what to do
when you go off to your tournaments and discover that the center you are
bowling at has different material for approaches than your home center.
This can affect your slide and balance and affect your accuracy. We
will discuss the things you can do to adjust to different surfaces and
the amount difference in your slide.
Just like lanes, the
approach surface can be different from center to center. The best
combination today is still centers that offer wood approaches with
synthetic lanes. The wood approach will give you the most consistent
slide from throw to throw.
If you are traveling to City, State,
or USBC Nationals in Reno, you could encounter different material used
in approaches. The National bowling stadium uses synthetic approach very
similar to the lanes you are throwing your ball on. We hear a lot of
complaints from bowlers on these types of
approaches, such as either falling or sticking.
Here are some
things you can do for your shoes or improving the consistently of your
slide. Brunswick has many accessories to adjust your bottom of your
slide shoe for a smooth consistent slide. They offer, "Power Slide", a
fine sealed powder that improves your slide when applied to the
slide bottom of your shoe. If powder isn't your fix, they also off
"Slide Stone" which is a small block of wood with paraffin wax attached,
a couple of coats of wax on your heel and sole should improve your
slide. Other items are a "Shoe Slider" which a flannel cover which slips
over your shoe providing a great non powder/wax alternative for
The most expensive and best answer is
purchasing a pair of interchangeable shoes like the Dexter SST, they
offer many interchangeable bottoms which you can use to customize your
slide for a variety of approach
Always remember, your best finish timing is
achieved when your ball is positioned slightly behind your slide ankle
when your slide foot finally stops at the foul line, balance and
leverage is then achieved. Best of luck in your tournament season.
submitted, Dwight Albrecht, USBC SIlver Level Coach and Owner/Operator
of Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop located inside New Berlin Bowl.
Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. New Berlin, WI. 53151 Inside New Berlin Bowl 1-262-641-0014 Ext. 110
January Bowling Tip of the Month
Hello Bowlers, Happy New Year 2011. I personally hope 2011 brings you much success in our sport. This month we'll talk about targeting, both with our feet and eyes, what those dots on the approach and on the lanes mean, and finally what the terminology means and what's best for you to aim at.
To begin with it's important to explain that all approaches in your local bowling center have either 5 or 7 dots in rows of three, one closer to the foul line and two rows of dots at the back of the approach.
You will notice in either case that the center dot is bigger than the rest. That center dot is 20th board. Each dot to the left or right of it are 5 boards or 5 inches apart, thus the 1st dot right of center is the 15th board and the first dot to the left of center is the 25th board, and so on and so on. On a 5 dot approach, the 1st dot on the right would be the 10th board and the farthest dot to the left would be the 30th board. On a 7 dot system the farthest dot right would be the 5th board and the farthest dot to the left would the 35th board.
On the lane we see a row of dots approximately 5 feet out on the lane with 5 dots coming off the right gutter and 5 dots coming off the left gutter. We also see arrows approximately 15 feet away from the foul line with each arrow 5 boards apart starting 5 boards in from each gutter. As a example 3rd arrow would be the 15th board for a right-handed bowler.
Next time you watch or bowl with a high average bowler you might hear the terminology that he or she is standing with their left foot on the 30th board and looking at the 15th board. Basically meaning they are standing with their left foot on the farthest dot left on the approach on a 5 dot system and looking at 3rd arrow.
These dots serveas important feedback to us coaches and you the bowler when practicing to make sure you walk straight to the line. It is very important that we as bowlers walk straight, if we start with our left foot on the 20th board, big center dot, we must finish at the 20th board up at the foul line and do this on a consistent basis to improve our accuracy.
Targeting on the lane is also just as important, as well as keeping your head steady while walking to the line and watching your ball roll over dot or arrow. Which one to look at is determined by the quality of your eye sight. I personally use the dots 5 feet out onto the lane as my eye sight has deteriorated over the years. For me the closer I can target the more accurate I am at hitting my mark.
Again trial and error and what you feel is more comfortable will determine what to target at. Keep track of where you are standing in a number system of boards with the 20th board being center and make your adjustments when the lanes change and you too will see higher scores.
USBC Silver Coach and Owner of Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop.
(Albrecht's Spare Time Pro Shop will be opening in the 1st Week of January located inside New Berlin Bowl, 16800 W Cleveland Ave in New Berlin)
December Bowling Tip of the Month
This month we are going to write about 4 step or 5 step timing and which is best for you. Or in other words, when to take 4 steps and when to take 5 steps.
As a new bowler to the sport we are taught to take 4 steps. We are basically taking three walking steps and a slide on the last step. With each step we take, the ball should be moving in time.
On the first step, you take a walking step with your right foot and the ball is pushed away from your body for a right handed bowler. On the second step with your left foot comes forward the ball should be at your right side behind your right knee. On the third step with your right foot forward again the ball should be position in your back swing where the ball is positioned ideally at a shoulder high position. On the fourth step or last step the left foot slides forward to the foul line. Ideal timing is created on the last step when the ball is positioned just behind your stopped slide foot at the release.
5 step timing is simply talking another step starting with your left foot. With this step the ball is not moved away your body until the right foot is moved forward in your second step. Some bowlers get confused with taking additional step. Let's think about 5 steps this way. Seeing that the ball does not move until the right foot comes forward on the second step, lets consider the first step a zero step. So consider 5 steps 0,1,2,3,4.
So why do bowlers take 5 steps. If you have short legs, very young bowlers,or seniors that don't take a big stride to their natural walk, five steps can help create faster tempo and get you to finish closer to the foul line.
If you are a taller bowler, taking 4 steps would work better for you, if you are shorter, very young or older and take short stride steps, 5 steps could improve your game. As everything in bowling and in any sport, there are no absolutes, experiment between the two and see what feels more comfortable for you.
When you feel in "time" at the finish, you will have your balance and a better release and will be able to hit your mark more consistantly. Give this a try and see what works best for you.
Dwight Albrecht USBC Silver Certified Coach.
October/November Bowling Tips
Well we have a few weeks under our belts as the 2010/2011 season has started. With that said if it has been a slow start and you are not scoring as well as you like it might be your equipment, a new ball could help. If you are considering a new piece of equipment here are three important factors that you and your pro shop operator should consider. This should help you match up the ball choice to your style and lane conditions that you are bowling on.
Pro shop operators are flooded with many choices of balls each year, we go to seminars and classes to help educate us on the latest technology and to help us make a proper decision on which ball will improve your scores.
1a: Ball Speed: What is your ball speed, do you throw the ball slow, medium of fast? What is considered slow medium or fast? There are two ways of determining ball speed. First bowl at centers with score monitors that tell you your ball speed, it may not be the most accurate way but it gives you some idea. Second, have your pro shop operator watch you throw, with a stop watch and proper calculation, you can get a very accurate reading of your speed.
1b: Revolutions: Do you put a little turn on the ball, medium revs or do you crank the cover off the ball. Again educated eyes should be able to tell you if you are a "Stroker/Roller", a "Tweener" or a "Cranker".
1c: Axis Tilt/Rotation: Simply, do you roll the ball off your hand with a end over end roll or do you spin the ball like a top going down the lane?
2a: Lane conditions: Dry, Medium or Oily, does your ball hook a lot or not at all. If you are replacing your old ball or complimenting it, what is the old ball not doing that you need the new one to do? 2b: What surface are you bowling on? Ask your Proprietor. Are you bowling on wood, Lane Shield or Guardian, or Synthetic Panels?
3a: Ball choice: Polished, Lightly Sanded, or Heavily Sanded Surface? Polished for dry lanes, lightly sanded for medium conditions/"Benchmark" ball or heavily sanded for big hook on oily lane conditions.
3b: Weight Block shape and size. Small; less dynamic shape core for control/less hook or large high flaring weight blocks for strong change of direction.
3c: Pin distance from your axis point. Father pins from your axis will make the ball read the lane later and pins closer will make the ball hook earlier. 3d: Mass bias location. Do you want a smoother break point or a sharper break point before the ball makes it move towards the pocket?
As this seems like a lot of decisions, and sometimes it is for us, a set of educated eyes can make quick calculations for you and suggest a proper ball selection to improve your scores. Discuss your options with your pro shop operator, together you two can increase your scores and make the game more fun.
The GM-USBC-BA would like to congratulate Dwight Albrecht, who will be opening his own Pro Shop this fall. More details will be forthcoming on date and location.
August/September Bowling Tips
Welcome Back. Where did the summer go? Hopefully the Fall 2010 season brings you much success. Now that the bowling season is approaching fast, I thought we keep you up to date with the changes that occurred over the summer with our sport and its governing body, the USBC (United States Bowling Congress).
First of all, more talk over the summer has circled around the Red/White/Blue lane conditions and what does this mean to us for this coming fall? USBC will be "Test Marketing" certain cities this year using Red Conditions for leagues. Most bowlers will not see much difference between this pattern and a typical house shot that your current proprietor puts out. Less oil will be applied to the outside boards and more to the middle of the lane allowing for a larger margin of error and easier for us to hit the pocket. Ratio's of oil could be in units of 10 to 1 to 15 to 1. White conditions, will possibly be seen in local tournaments like City Tournaments. With this pattern, there will be slightly more oil put on the outside boards with the ratio's of oil resulting in 5 to 1 or 6 to 1. This will demand more accuracy and consistency from the bowler to hit their mark to hit the pocket. Blue Conditions will possibly be seen in State Tournaments & National Tournaments and is very similar to sport conditions where to ratio could be 2 to 1 or 3 to 1. With the ratios lessened, the shot can be very demanding and premium put on shot making, usually you will see more oil put on the outside boards and less recovery if a errant shot is thrown to the right of your mark (for right- handed bowlers). Think of these three patterns as a slope rating on a golf course. The lower number = easier conditions while the higher slope ratings = harder conditions. Remember as of right now if a tournament director or proprietor puts out any of these patterns it would be to their discretion as none of these patterns are mandated by the USBC yet, as they are totally voluntary by the tournament director or proprietor. More information about these conditions can be found at USBC's website www.bowl.com.
Remember, if you are having a rough start and not scoring as high as you like schedule a lesson with a certified coach. They should be able to discuss the Red/White/Blue conditions with you and how it affects you game. They can also fix the bugs in your game and make you a better bowler. Welcome back and enjoy your league. Respectfully Submitted,
B&G Bowling Manager/USBC Silver Certified Coach
April Bowling Tip
Now that the 2009-2010 fall/winter season is winding down (hopefully on a successful note for you), there are important things that we all can work on in the off season to make us better when fall leagues resume in September.
The off season summer months are a great time to work on your game. Get with a certified coach and work on things you were not able to do during the bowling season, revamp your game to improve your average so you'll be in mid-season form by September.
One great option is to join a learn to bowl or improvement league to gain some knowledge on our sport. PBA experience leagues are also a great test for the higher average bowler. Check with your local center to see if they offer these types of summer leagues.
Make sure to also get your equipment into your pro shops, as summer is a great time to have your ball resurfaced and cleaned up. Get your grips changed or look into a new ball with off season or discontinued specials to save you some nice money.
Finally, check with your centers in town to see if they will be offering some summer tournaments. Continuing to bowl and work on your game over the summer will make you just as such sharp when the fall leagues start.
Enjoy your summer as we will be taking Coaches Corners off over the summer and pick it back up in August. Thank you all for the kind words and comments.
B&G Bowling Manager and USBC Certified Coach.
March Bowling Tip
Hello Bowlers, This Month's tip is the discussion of finger grips, or in other words, whether to grip or not to grip. We will look at what finger grips do for you, the use of thumb inserts, and finally when to change your grips.
You have advanced to the fingertip grip and your game has gotten better, why use finger grips?
Grips are made out of several materials from soft rubber to vinyl to plastic thermal all with the same purpose in mind. That is to increase the loft/lift of the ball off the fingers at release resulting in more revolutions on the ball and increasing the back end reaction. There are many positives to finger grips including color, comfort, the lift like we mentioned earlier, and the ability to allow for changes in the hand size easier due to weather or hand/body chemistry. The only negatives are the initial cost and that they have to be replaced. We recommend if you bowl at least once a week to get your grips changed at least once a season, twice a week, twice a season and so forth. Finger grips aren't for everyone though, as if you have any of the following conditions you might want to think twice before installing finger grips. These conditions include: if you have a long loft already, or want to come out of the fingers quicker, or have a lot of turn on the ball and want to cut it down a little, or have wrist injuries.
Bowlers please remember that your release should be established and is consistent before trying grips to prevent injury to the fingers and hand.
Thumb inserts or solid thumb grips are a great invention and is used widely among bowlers. A thumb insert gives you the same feel from ball to ball for more of a consistent release. Pro shops use them to prevent having to plug a thumb hole to make changes in size and pitch. Again they come in many colors and have a lot of advantages. The only negative is the initial cost but thumb inserts because of their hard smooth urethane surface usually last for the life of the ball.
Some grips manufactures have designed interchangeable thumb inserts instead of the use of tape for adjustments of thumb size. Please remember the initial cost invested in these interchanges could reach $50-$70 for the 1st ball you put them in. Again they have many advantages for feel, the only negatives are the cost and the pilot hole used for these inserts can reach up to 1 1/2" in diameter.
Always remember feel is everything to your consistency and improvement with your release, if you have any questions regarding grips check with your local pro shop operator. Until next month, happy bowling.
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas a great New Year's celebration. This month's tip is finding success when faced with tournament lane conditions. Within the article below I'll discuss how to prepare, what to expect and what equipment will work best on them.
The new year signals the beginning of the tournament season -- can you believe the season is already half over? Hopefully your physical game is where you want it to be and you are primed for the approaching tournaments. Here's what to expect when bowling in "tournament conditions":
On your local "House Condition" for leagues most centers put out a fairly easy oil pattern where the outside 10 boards are somewhat dry, a minimum of 3 units of oil tapering the oil up to 60 or more units on the inside 20 boards from 2nd arrow to 2nd arrow, under current USBC rules. This allows you the bowler to have a fairly large miss area and still hit the pocket, thus producing high scores.
When you bowl tournaments you can expect to see more oil, less friction, especially to those outside 10 boards on each side resulting in a flatter pattern. When there is more oil placed on the outside boards and less in the middle of the lane the ball does not want to hook back from a errant shot to the right of your target and does not want to hold in the middle. Therefore, proper ball selection and better shot making become a premium.
Before I continue, I'd like to give a quick kudos to the GMBA board for having Mike Stanney and crew monitor lane dressing and maintenance on the oil machines for this years City Tournament.. Their diligence makes sure the lanes are consistent for all bowlers on all squads.
Still with that being said, here are a few suggestions on how to prepare. First, tighten up your line, the motto here is "Straight is Great", get all of your teammates in practice and your first game to play the same line to break down the oil and form a "Track". Start off with aggressive hooking equipment and play straight up 2nd arrow and then move in from there. Your track will eventually become your swing area. When the lanes break down make a ball change to a less hooking ball but keep your trajectory somewhat straight. If your team works together to break down the oil pattern you will see higher scores.
Tournaments need to put out tougher patterns to make it fair for everyone and to put a premium on a properly executed throw. Also, look at the lanes when you arrive at that Center as synthetic lanes play different than wood lanes. On wood lanes the oil will break down faster and usually require playing a deeper angle to the pocket. This is compared to synthetic lanes where you probably see a tighter and more oilier pattern.
I hope these tips help you score better in your tournament season as we wish you the best of luck in 2010. May you emerge a Champion!
Sincerely Submitted by Dwight Albrecht, B&G Bowling Manager and USBC Certified Coach.
December Bowling Tip
Hello Bowlers, happy holidays to you and your families;
This month's tip includes great gift ideas for you or your favorite bowler as the holiday season approaches. Any bowler, new to the game or a seasoned pro will love a new ball. For new bowlers, look into ball and bag packages from your local pro shop focusing on plastic balls and single ball bags, using the "kis" theory, "Keep it simple". Plastic or Polyester straight balls are best for the beginner bowler and are available in many weights and colors. Check with your pro shop for combination packages that include a bag and shoes.
The advanced bowler will appreciate a new high tech ball, give them gift certificates from your local pro shop so they can select the correct ball. Keep in mind you might be looking into $150-$200 range when selecting a gift certificate. Many decisions on hook range and back end reaction have to be discussed with the local pro to help improve the higher average bowlers score. Also proper weight is a must.
Looking into a higher quality pair of shoes to improve balance and slide is also a great gift idea. Stepping up from the athletic designs to a hand dominant pair, example right hand only and interchangeable bottoms to customize slide like Dexter SST's.
For the advanced bowler in the family a 2,3 or 4 ball wheel bag will put a smile on your bowlers face. Packer bags or Harley bags are popular gifts that the bowler typically wouldn't buy for themselves but would appreciate as a gift and would be used well by that bowler.
Accessories like micro fiber towels and ball cleaners, bowlers tape and hand dry bags along with shoe covers to keep the bottoms of your shoes dry make great stocking stuffer gifts.
Gift certificates for lessons from your local coach also are great ideas, and increase that bowlers score.
Bottom line, bowling equipment and lessons make great affordable Christmas gifts. Our family at B&G wishes you and your family a blessed Christmas season and many happy wishes for a great new year.
Hello Bowlers, As mentioned in last month's bowling tip we will be discussing the proper maintenance for your Expensive High Tech reactive bowling ball. A reactive coverstock consist of chemicals designed to absorb oil. Every time the ball is thrown down the lane the coverstock will absorb oil. The oil is absorbed into the porosity of the shell. Over time the pores fill up with oil and the ball loses friction on the lane, thus loss of back end reaction. Here are some methods for properly cleaning your ball.
While bowling, clean the surface of the ball between shots with a Microfiber Towel. The towel has aggressive fibers that are not found in a standard loop towel. The Micro fiber towel also holds more oil and dirt before having to wash it. Make sure to use laundry detergent only when cleaning your towel. I recommend once a month.
After bowling, take one of the many cleaners that are available at your pro shop and thoroughly clean the ball before putting it in your bag.. Don't let the oil have a chance to settle in or absorb into the pores of the coverstock.
Over time, approximately 40-60 games you will notice the ball loses backend reaction, at this point take your ball to your local pro shop and have the oil baked out of the ball with heat machines like the "Revivor" or "Rejuvenator" that work on a slow heat principle. Ebonite recommends "Hook Again" which a special oil absorbing powder that compresses around the shell drawing the oil out of the ball into the powder. These methods will not bring back 100 percent of the ball's reaction back but will help.. Ebonite's chemist have also suggested the use of hot water in a bucket to soak out the oil.
Bottom line, maintenance will extend the life of your ball and improve your scores.
If you have questions regarding cleaning of your ball and surface maintenance check with your local pro shop operator. Until next month, good luck and good bowling.
B&G Golf, Bowling, and Racket Sports. USBC Certified Coach.
This Months Tip is about you, the league bowler and preparing for the bowling season.
To have a successful start to the year, here are some tips to think about. You haven't picked up the ball since last April/May, get out and practice and work out the kinks. The body will remember what to do, if not get with a certified coach.
Take your ball to a Pro Shop, make sure the surface of the ball is in good shape, have the oil baked out of the ball and have the ball refinished to make sure it has a smooth round surface so it rolls correctly down lane. Make sure your finger grips are replaced, or look into a new ball to improve your balls reaction. Nothing beats a new ball's performance. If your shoes are old, look into replacing them with a game improvement pair.
Next month we will look into maintaing your investment and proper methods of cleaning and sanding your ball. Welcome back, have a great start to the new season.
B&G Golf, Bowling, and Racket Sports, USBC certified coach.