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Feature Instruction CHALLENGING CONDITIONS USBC Open Championships: Keys to Success John Janawicz has enjoyed incredible


success at the USBC Open Championships, winning Regular Singles and Regular All- Events in 2004, and being a member of


the Lodge Lanes Too squad that rolled the highest team series (3,538) in the 110-year history of the event in 2013.


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Above all else, Janawicz attributes the success he has enjoyed at the USBC Open Championships over the years to preparation. “A lot of it starts literal- ly months in advance,” Janawicz says. “Getting bowling balls ready, getting practice and making sure that your skills are sharp, making sure you’re able to go up the back of the ball, making sure your lines are straight to be able to go up the lane.


“Especially in the team event, you


know you’re going to need to go a little straighter . . . so you just need to make sure you’re sharp and comfortable throwing it up the lane. But even though you can go in with a game plan, you still need to be able to bail out if the pattern or the pair doesn’t play like you thought it would. You just need to be able to adapt and use whatever skills are neces-


had comes from—that experience, and also that communication with your teammates.”


Expect a Learning Curve


For fi rst-timers at the USBC Open Cham- pionships, another thing to be prepared for is a learning curve. And if you are tempted to get down on yourself after a lousy opening game in your Open Championships debut, consider this: Six frames into the fi rst game he ever bowled at the Open Championships, John Janawicz logged a total pinfall of 64. Yes, 64. “My fi rst USBC Open Championships


Record Setters: Click on the video for a recap of Janawicz’s clutch performance, helping the Lodge Lanes Too squad to a record score in Teams at the USBC Open Championships.


sary to get the ball to react the proper way.”


Communication


Bowlers also must be prepared to communicate with their teammates. For Janawicz, communication is indispensable to an understanding of the kind of ball reaction you are seeing, the ability to stay ahead of transition, and making sure you are aligning your game with your teammates in order to


break down the lanes properly. “You don’t just want to watch other


players; you want to communicate with- in your team as well,” Janawicz advises. “Talk about whether you’re throwing good shots or not, or talk about poten- tial adjustments you see that will be happening in transition. Bounce ideas off of other players. Once you get some of that confi rmation, then make your shots and commit 100 percent to them. That’s where a lot of the success I have


was in Toledo in 1991, and it started out as a pretty good learning curve be-


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“YOU DON’T JUST WANT TO WATCH OTHER PLAYERS; YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITHIN YOUR TEAM


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