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Tips From The Pros

game relies on consistency. Consistency in the approach, con- sistency in the delivery, consistency in your timing, etc.


One of the key elements in shot repeat- ability is hitting your mark. All bowlers pick a target on the lane that they feel will get their ball to the proper breakpoint. But while hitting your mark with consis- tency is largely reliant on your physical game, all bowlers do not take the same mental approach to hitting that mark. Even at the professional level, bowl- ers employ diff erent approaches to consistently hitting their mark.

Mika Koivuniemi: Of course, if you have a straight swing it’s much easier to hit your target. I walk around the ball to maintain a straight

swing, which to me is the most important thing. Make room for a straight swing and straight pushaway. The straighter you can keep your swing, the better you will bowl under pressure as well. Mike Fagan: I try to base everything on my lower body. Obvious- ly, you want to keep your swing as straight and free as possible, but if you’re not bal- anced at the line it’s going to be hard to hit that target every

time. Try to resist throw-

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irtually every discussion of success on the lanes be- gins and ends with “consistency.” Because bowling is a sport of repetition, every phase of your physical

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