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45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup

courtesy of The STAR Sports
By SHAMSHUL FITRI

PETALING JAYA: The newly-built 52-lane Malacca In­­ter­na­tional Bowling Centre, which will stage the 45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup from Nov 15-19, has received mixed reviews from national bowlers Zulmazran Zul­kifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.

The duo, who will represent Malaysia in the tournament, took to the lanes for a two-hour practice session on Tuesday.

Zulmazran, who will turn 26 a day after the tournament ends, said he was generally satisfied with the lane conditions there.

“Although the actual lane conditions were not laid out when we practised, the lane conditions for World Cup competitions are generally easy as the organisers want to see many strikes,” he said.

“Hence, it will be an open field.”

The Indonesian Open and Jakarta Super Classic champion said he aimed to make it into the top eight of the tournament and “then I will take it from there to bring honour for the country”.

Siti, however, had a different spin to the conditions at the bowling centre, saying she felt a bit cramped with the split-house style of the lanes – where 26 lanes sit on each side of the centre. “I am quite used to playing in big bowling centres but somehow I feel cramped there,” said Siti, who will turn 19 a day before the tournament begins.

“I’m also concerned that the fans may crowd the centre and the heat generated may alter the lane conditions.”

However, Siti – the reigning World Ranking Masters champion – admitted that her concerns were minor and she would focus on giving her best on tournament day.

For the record, the best Malaysian efforts in the men’s and women’s events of the World Cup were the runner-up finishes by Michael Chuah (1983 in Mexico) and Shalin Zulkifli (1996 in Belfast).

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Multiple Releases For Different Lane Conditions

JonOver the past fortnight I’ve conducted two bowling clinics. Part of it focused on the importance of knowing multiple releases.

I regularly get bowlers coming to me asking: ‘How do I make my ball hook? How do I make my ball enter the pocket at an angle?’ Some only want to know that because it looks good! But there are others who realize that this knowledge is crucial for lifting their game to the next level.

Bowlers who attended my Intermediate Level bowling clinics were also subject to reviewing their basic fundamentals to ensure they are well versed with their bowling foundation. Without this foundation, it’s difficult to progress further.

Bowlers were taught among other things:

The LIFT RELEASE (definition: an upward movement)

The TURN RELEASE (definition: rotation around the ball)

The TURN & LIFT RELEASE (definition: a rotation of the hand beginning from behind the ball moving to the side of the ball, at which point an upward force is applied to the ball)

The LIFT & TURN RELEASE (definition: turn created by the function of lifting upward)

Above video clip shows me demonstrating that you can create different degrees of Axis of Rotation to nail that perfect strike! Just apply your knowledge on the lanes.

You can find more information on multiple releases in ABC To Bowling Strikes & Spares #Vol 2. Get a Special Offer price here:
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You can also get the complete ABC To Bowling Strikes & Spares system here:
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To your bowling success

Jonathan

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7th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge

Midtown Bowl, Manila, Philippines

Courtesy of BowlingDigital.com

Two-time Asian Youth Games gold medalist Michael Mak of Hong Kong, out averaged his nearest competitor in the Round of 24 by almost 14 pins to lead the top 8 players into the match play portion of the 7th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge.
 
Michael Mak (left) Cha Mi-Jung (centre) Aaron Kong (right)

Mak had a slow start into the 8 game block starting from scratch with 199 and 201, then fired games of 238, 288, 279, 257, 257 and 238 to finish atop the leaderboard with 1957 8-game total and an average of 244.63.

Korean women’s pro bowler Cha Mi-Jung, who rolled the tournament’s first 300 game in the qualifying, was a distant second with 1866 including 8 pins handicap per game. Round of 48 leader, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, was third with 1847.

His fellow countryman, Aaron Kong, made the cut in fifth place with 1838 followed by Hussain Al-Suwaidi in sixth place with 1823.

Three of the top eight spots belonged to PBA bowlers. 2-time PBA champion and 2007-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, Rhino Page was fourth with 1840, with 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year, Doug Kent in seventh at 1817 and 2009 USBC Masters champion John Nolen in 8th at 1814.

Those 8 will determine the four finalists in round robin match play over seven games plus position round, once again starting from scratch (10 pins bonus per win, 5 for a tie).

The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals. No. 4 bowls No. 3 and the winner takes on No. 2. The winner of the semifinal match must defeat the top seed twice to win the title. The winner will walk away with one million Philippine Peso or approx. 21,000 U.S. Dollar.

 

 

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