BOWLING TECHNIQUES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BOWLER
heart when I was 7 or 8 years old, and when I’m bowling my best my elbow still fi ts right in that slot. The inside of my elbow should be touching my side on the way back and on the way through. That’s part of keeping my swing straight up and down the line. That’s one reason I can play straight or hook it.
Chris Barnes And Jason Belmonte
KELLY KULICK: Believe it or not, my favorite piece of advice is something Lynda Barnes shared with me. She told me, “Your body is not going to be the same every day. Things are going to be different. What feels good for you today may not feel the same tomorrow.” What I took away from that is to take what the day is giving you and fi nd a way to make it work.
CHRIS BARNES: For me it’s always been the old “keep your elbow in” rule. My elbow is always inside my hand and I think that’s always been an advantage for me. That’s something I took to
JASON BELMONTE: Something I learned later in my bowling life is that you don’t have to have the highest rev rate in the building. It used to be important to me to have the highest rev rate and hook it the most. But someone pointed out that my ball will strike at 550 rpm as well as it will at 650 rpm. It’s more important to simply do what needs to be done on the lanes. On tour that can mean cutting the rev rate and throwing a really good shot as opposed to trying to send a three-wall messenger every third frame.
WES MALOTT: Recently I was talking with Del Ballard, and I mentioned that I was throwing the ball terrible. I was using the right ball, but I was throwing it terrible. He told me, “As long as you’re already throwing it terrible, you may as well throw a different ball terrible.” Basically, he was saying
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that perhaps a different ball would give me something else and might allow me to loosen up my armswing. Once that happens I could go back to the original ball choice or in any other direction. It really opened my eyes.
BILL O’NEILL: With me, being taught that you need to disengage your muscles has been key. It always reminds me to take the muscle out of the swing. When I make a bad shot I’m usually pulling it down from the top, which means I’m really grabbing it.
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