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ing with your upper body. Instead, work on being solid and balanced at the foul line every time. That will make your shots easier to repeat. Try to drive with your legs and get as low as possible at the line. If your lower body is in position, the ball will follow your swing and your eyes.

Walter Ray Williams Jr.: I try to key on one thing. For me, it’s looking at that target and trying to get a good fol- low-through. If your swing isn’t right at the start of the approach, it’s hard to have a good follow through. Having a smooth arm helps, but for me having a good follow through

helps bring it all together. I’m just looking at my target and hopefully watching the ball go through it.

Kelly Kulick: The fundamentals are the keys to success. If you learn the ba- sic four-step approach the timing of the swing and release are key. From there, grip and bowling balls also make a big diff erence. Having a good set of eyes that you can trust behind you also makes a huge diff er-

ence. Consistency comes with visualization. You feel your swing

go through in the direction of the target. Every bowl- er is diff erent. Some key the forearm at the release. Others let their thumb go towards their target. I like to imagine my arm- swing tracing the path of the line or angle I’m trying to play. I try to see the whole lane, working back to front. I pick a focal point and see where the ball is going to go. If I can imagine my arm-swing going through that diagonal line, chances are I’m going to be close to it. The thing about


a target is that you want to be within a range of it…a board, board-and-a-half left or right. You’re not going to hit a crack every single time. The game doesn’t allow it. The bowling ball doesn’t allow it. Just being in the proximity of your mark is good.

Jason Belmonte: I don’t think you can beat practice. We’re in a repetition sport and we rely on muscle memory. Every rep helps. You can be the most gifted bowler on earth, but if you throw an errant ball every third or fourth frame be-

cause you haven’t practiced enough ,you’re not going to win a whole lot of

tournaments. It’s boring, but practice makes perfect.

Wes Mallot: Well, I don’t really have a mark on the lanes! But my 8-year-old son is averaging 173, and I tell him the two keys are to keep your slide foot straight and stay down on your shot. That allows the arm-swing to fall into place, and the hand to be in the right position. Everything takes care of itself. That’s a lot better than over

thinking it.

Chris Barnes: The simpler you can keep your game, the better. The fewer moving parts, the better. So, fundamen- tals are always going to be the key. Get with a coach and determine what the keys are to the approach. Those don’t ever go away and they always have to be there, no matter what level. If you’re missing your mark there are usually a few things you can trace it back to. It can be diff erent for every bowler. For me it can be the timing at the start of my approach, and that can create two or three other problems at the foul line, like my balance and upper body tilt.

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