Archive for June, 2008

Getting Ready To Roll?

There are a few things we have to address before we start throwing balls down the lanes.

Are we appropriately dressed for bowling? I would advise you to dress comfortably in clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Too loose or too tight attire will hamper and restrict fluidity in your movements.

Next, find a ball that fits your hand properly. One that is not too tight or too loose. The rule of thumb is to pick out a ball that’s about 10 % of your body weight. A ball that’s too light or too heavy will affect your swing direction. Advanced bowlers tend to use heavier balls for optimum pin carry.

You have now selected a bowling ball. Get a pair of bowling shoes. Your ordinary day to day wear is not suitable and most bowling alleys disallow anyone without proper bowling shoes to get on the lanes. Get them from the alley. Alternatively, you can get your own equipment, though it is not necessary if you’re just trying to get a feel of the sport.

Time to get those muscles warmed up. Get into some stretching and flexing excercises. These should take about 3-5 minutes. DO NOT START BOWLING until you’ve completed your warm-up routine, otherwise injuries may occur.

Stay tuned for my next posting when I’ll be sharing the benchmark for beginners – The Basic Release.



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The History Of Bowling (Part 2)

While it is uncertain when the game of tenpin bowling evolved, it was prevalent in many states such as New York, Ohio and as far ‘west’ as Illinois by the late 1980’s. However, details like ball weights and pin dimensions varied by regions.

In 1875, eleven bowling clubs came together to standardize the rules. Yet, it would be another 20 years before this became a reality. Restauranteur Joe Thum finally managed to pull together representatives of the various bowling clubs. On September 9, 1895, at Beethoven Hall in New York City, the American Bowling Congress was born.  Standardization was established and major national competitions could be held.

While women had been bowling since the later half of the nineteenth century, the American Bowling Congress was for men. It was only in 1917 that the Women’s International Bowling Congress was born in St. Louis. Encouraged by this development, women leaders from around the country participating in tournaments, decided to form what was then called the ‘Women’s National Bowling Association’. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History Of Bowling (Part 1)

Bowling has a long and rich history. Today, it is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, bowling is believed to be a game that existed almost 5000 years ago.

Sir Flinders Petrie, an antropologist, discovered a collection of objects in a child’s grave in Egypt in the 1930’s. It appeared like tools used in a crude form of bowling. If he was correct, then bowling traces back to 3200 BC.

William Pehle, a German historian, asserted that bowling began in his country at about 300 AD. It was a religious ceremony for determining the absence of sin. German parishioners had to roll an object at a pin or kegel (why bowlers are also called ‘keglers’) to avoid performing an act of penance. Those who managed to knock down the pins were considered of good character, while the others were not, and thus had to complete their penances.

There is also substantial evidence that a form of bowling was in vogue in England in 1366, when King Edward 111 allegedly outlawed it to keep his troops focused on archery practice. King Richard 11 also banned the game. However, it was evident that bowling was popular during the reigns of King Henry V111 and Sir Francis Drake. Read the rest of this entry »


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