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The Balance Line Drill

 It’s been a while since I last posted some bowling tips. I was recently reminded of this by a bowler. So today, I would like to focus on a drill that will help you to produce more consistent results.

THE BALANCE LINE DRILL
– Your Finish Position & Pendulum Swing –

Let’s start with your BODY POSITION.

1. Begin with the in-step of your sliding foot on the middle dot at the foul line. Bend your body forward so that your toe, knee and shoulder are above each other in a balanced line through your body.

2. Develop a deep knee-bend with the balance leg, while you develop a straight waist bend to get your shoulders above the knee. The trailing leg should be stretched back slightly.

3. The toe of the trailing leg should be UP ON THE APPROACH or should be turned over on its side. The trailing leg should be OFF TO THE SIDE to provide for balance. (About 45 degrees, creating a triangular base). Keep your body weight OFF THE BACK FOOT.

4. Your non-bowling arm should be stretched out parallel to your body between 8.00 and 9.00 o’clock for balance and counter resistance.

Now, let’s discuss the DRILL TECHNIQUE.

1. Begin by building the correct balance line at the foul line.
2. Do five swings starting with the ball motionless at the side.
3. Start the drill with the backward motion of the ball by pulling gently, and relax.

Swing # 1: Gently pull back and relax, let the ball swing freely.
Swing # 2: INCREASE the backward pull more, relax, let the ball swing freely.
Swing # 3: INCREASE the backward pull EVEN more, relax, let ball swing freely, and release the ball on this third swing
Swing # 4: Arm swing back, and relax.
Swing # 5: Arm swing back, and relax.

The 4th and 5th swings after the ball has been released are to determine if you can maintain your balance position (if you lose your balance, it indicates that you have pushed or pulled the ball and have not created a FREE PENDULUM SWING).

All swings must be the same, especially the 3rd one, where the ball is released.

Work on this drill and see if your consistency improves after a while. You can check out more FUNDAMENTAL TIPS here:

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Have a great day on the lanes…

Jonathan

 

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How to apply the 3:1:2 Ratio System

 Today’s post is dedicated to all you fathers out there. Have a Happy Fathers’ Day!

 

Here is a very simple but proven system.

 

THE 3:1:2 RATIO

ADJUSTMENT FOR VARYING LANE CONDITIONS

 

Strikes occur more frequently when the ball strikes the 1, 3, 5 and 9 pins. But this accuracy is seldom achieved on the first few balls of practice or game. You should be trying to find a line.

 

When rolling practice balls, you should strive to establish an accuracy line. This line will be found when the ball hits the head pin and causes that pin to take out the 2, 4, and 7 pins, that is, those on the left side. To establish this accuracy line, you should use the 3:1:2 spot bowling ratio system to make the necessary adjustments.

 

This ratio system means that to create a 3-board difference or adjustment at the pins, a 2-board adjustment must be made at the starting position.

 

The 3:1:2 ratio system means that a 2-board adjustment at the starting position causes a 1-board difference in the finishing position at the foul line and a 3-board difference at the pins.

 

This adjustment technique can be used on any evenly-dressed lane condition and with any speed of delivery or any size of hook or curve. The system depends on ratios that exist between the various markers-spots on the approach and the lane.

 

The explanation of the 3:1:2 system is fairly simple. The pins are 45 feet from the arrows. The arrows are 15 feet from the foul line. The starting dots are 30 feet from the arrows. The initial ratio of all these points is thus 45:15:30. Dividing by 15, the greatest common divisor, reduces the ratio to 3:1:2.

 

Because the ball is delivered and pivots on the second arrow, a move of 2 boards at the starting position results in a change of 3 boards at the pins.

 

All bowlers should be encouraged to use this ratio adjustment system. It is a positive method for making adjustment and eliminates guesswork. Adjustments should always be positive and deliberate. However, as in all successful bowling methods, the delivery should be consistent.

 

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Enjoy your FREE Report and I hope you’ll be able to find some invaluable tips there that can assist you in improving your bowling.

 

Till the next post, happy bowling.

 

Jonathan

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Malaysia’s Female Bowling Icon…Shalin Zulkifli

 In Malaysia, the name Shalin Zulkifli is synonymous with Bowling. In many ways, she helped put Malaysia on the World bowling map.

 

Shalin was born in England, but brought up in Malaysia. She started bowling in 1989 when she would follow her parents to the bowling alley. To date, she has carved herself a most impressive list of achievements that include being voted Asian Bowler Of  The Year for two consecutive years in 2000 & 2001.  

 

Shalin has won gold medals in a host of impressive tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games/ ABF Tour/ Hong Kong/ Doha Asian Games/ SEA Games/ 20th Asian Championships.

 

Her most memorable moment was winning the World Tenpin Masters by defeating the then World Bowler Of  The Year, Tore Torgerson! 

 

 

In May 2008, Shalin became Malaysia’s first Probowler. This had always been a dream to her. Her next step would be to win a PBA title…ultimately achieving her dreams.

 

In the mean time, this determined and talented bowler hopes to qualify for the next PBA Tour which will start in August. Speaking to her recently, she conceded she was honored and proud to be the country’s first Probowler. She now has to go one step further…and that is to prove she belongs in the group of  top bowlers in the world.

 

Shalin was humble enough to admit that there’s still a lot of work she has to do to prepare herself to compete at the highest level of bowling. Watching the pros has opened her eyes to the stuff she needs to improve on.

 

On what tips she would offer to aspiring bowlers, Shalin has this to say:

 

Have more variations on your release and ball speed.

Don’t miss spares.

Listen to your Coach.

Never stop learning.

Must acquire more knowledge by doing your own research.

 

But the most important advice Shalin and hubby Azidi Ameran (former National Elite Squad member) are giving would be to ‘put country above yourself’.

 

You can find out more info on Shalin Zulkifli here: http://web.mac.com/shalinzulkifli/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html 

 

Till the next post,

 

Happy bowling

 

Jonathan

  

 

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