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you don’t give up . . . even if you’re 300 pins away from the cut, you may learn something from that last shot that’s going to better you down the road. You’re going to be in that situation again, on that same pattern, at the exact same time of transition. The only diff erence is that now you’re going to need that strike to make the cut. If you gave up three years earlier on that same shot, you won’t know what to do. And now it’s all a big notebook just to learn for the next time.”


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Tour trials: According to Daugherty, every day on the PBA Tour is a learning experience.


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Leave Your Pride At Home “It’s a diff erent level on tour. No matter how good you think you are, you’re nothing compared to those guys,” Daugherty says. “You learn


that really quickly. And if you don’t . . . you’re going to be off the tour before you even get started. It’s such an advantage to get to go out there and bowl with these guys, get to know these guys, and listen to what they have to say. And what they say is right, regardless of what you think. You’ll learn that over time; some people take a little longer than others.”


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Pay Attention “There are very few guys that come out and have instant success,” Daugherty says. “It took me a little longer to learn things, but it was


just about paying attention to what’s going on around you—not just my ball, but paying attention to everybody’s. If somebody is doing something and they’re striking and you’re not, there’s a reason why they are. Figure it out. Pay attention to that person and fi gure out why his ball is striking and yours isn’t. That’s going to pay dividends down the road.”


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September 2013


TOM DAUGHERTY


DAUGHERTY’S KEYS FOR ASPIRING PBA TOUR BOWLERS


Never Stop Learning “No matter what stage of the tournament you’re in, from the fi rst shot to the last fi ll ball, you’re going to learn something,” Daugherty says. “If


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