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SUKMA XIII 2010 – Bowling

SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) XIII held in Melaka has proven to be the best for some states, but disappointing for others.

As far as bowling is concerned, it has proven to be the best for Sarawak. With a total haul of 7 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, they have surpassed their official goal of 4 gold medals. Wilayah Persekutuan gave them a good fight by amassing 4 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

What this year’s results show is a far cry from past SUKMAs when powerhouses like Selangor, Penang and even Sabah, dominated most of the medals on offer. What went wrong? I suppose it’s back to the drawing board for some states to dissect their performance.

Having said that, the youths who dominated this year’s tournament have proven their worth. The majority of them are either in the country’s national backup squad or national youths. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leaving the 10 Pin: A Close Examination

I posted an article on The Perfect Strike a year ago (2009/02/22). I believe what I have for you today will benefit many bowlers who always lament leaving pin 10 standing.

LEAVING THE 10 PIN: A Close Examination

Most of the time when a good shot is thrown into the pocket, we anticipate a strike. This does not always happen. Your first thought could be you were just unlucky. Let me tell you this…luck has very little to do with it. The two diagrams I’ve drawn for you will explain exactly what has actually taken place.

 

You are looking at the ball hitting the pocket at a 60-ft distance. The ball could have struck the head pin slightly heavy (diagram A) or it could have struck the head pin slightly light (diagram B). Of course there’s always the question of the ball’s angle of entry to consider.

 

Ponder the above scenario. If you wish, you can leave me your comments on my Facebook Page (ABC To Bowling).

 

To all the fathers out there, HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

 

Jonathan


 

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TWO STEP DRILL

I would like to continue my last posting with an additional tip that should improve your scores.

TWO-STEP DRILL

– Accelerated Power Step –

The two-step drill is an integral part of a bowler’s bio-mechanical functions in the process of developing the power step. Besides acquiring good swing timing, the two-step drill also acts as a catalyst to developing an accelerated swing…a knowledge that is so advantageous in today’s modern power play.

HOW TO PRACTISE THE TWO-STEP DRILL

Start by positioning yourself about 4-5 feet from the foul line.

Place your feet in the staggered starting stance, with the take-off foot (right leg for right handed bowler) about 3-4” further back.

Hold ball stationary by the side of the body. Extend balance arm to 8-9 o’clock.

Begin by pushing the ball forward. During the backward downswing, take a small step forward with the take-off leg.

When the ball reaches the apex of the backswing, you should be in the set ‘pro’ posture and your body weight should be centered on your take-off leg.

NOW you are in the power zone. With your take-off leg, push forward strongly to drive into the slide with your sliding leg…as you accelerate the forward swing.

The result will be a higher ball speed with higher rev rates.

Practise this drill until you achieve the desired results.

I would once again stress that your Basic Fundamentals are the building blocks for a solid game. Once you get them right, learning new things become a breeze.

Look out for more bowling tips in the weeks to come. Till then…have a blast on the lanes!

If you are not a fan yet, go to the link on the top right of this page to join my Facebook Page (ABC To Bowling) to connect with me. Exciting things coming up soon.

Jonathan

 

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