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Technique


“MAKE SURE YOU ARE WORKING WITH A KNOWLEDGEABLE,


ENGAGED PRO SHOP OPERATOR WHO DEMONSTRATES A GENUINE CURIOSITY ABOUT YOUR GAME. IN OUR PODCAST, YOU WILL HEAR LEARN EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR PRO SHOP OPERATOR.”


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Bob Learn Jr. shared recently with Bowlers Journal Interactive as he discussed factors bowlers should consider when deciding what new equipment to ask for this holi- day season. Be sure to listen to the podcast for much more from this PBA Tour cham- pion, longtime bowling instructor, and co-founder of the new coaching venture, Bowling Revolutions: Advanced Coaching Strategies, which Learn initiated this year with PBA Hall of Famer, Amleto Monacelli.


THE BALL HAS TO FIT YOUR STYLE OF PLAY When you see a Tour player win a title on TV with a particular ball, you cannot go out and buy that ball expecting to create the same kind of ball reaction you saw on TV. You are not the same player, and you are bowling in a different environment. This is why Learn says it is important for bowlers to “manage expectations.” As powerful as today’s equipment is, it cannot throw the ball for you. That still is up to you, and your equipment decisions should be informed


FUNDAMENTALS MATTER: Learn stresses the need to manage expectations; a combination of new equipment and coaching is the optimal way to improve performance.


by the way you throw the ball rather than the way you saw another player throw it, or by the results that other player may have enjoyed in doing so.


YOUR PRO SHOP OPERATOR SHOULD TALK WITH YOU As Brent Sims, operator of the pro shop at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales,


Fla., says, “If your pro shop operator does not watch you bowl before drilling up a ball for you, run.” Similarly, PBA Tour champion, Michael Haugen Jr., has said that bowlers are “getting a raw deal” if their local pro shop operators are not educating themselves about their customers’ style of play before drilling up some new equipment


TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BOWLER


for them. Make sure you are working with a knowledgeable, engaged pro shop operator who demonstrates a genuine curiosity about your game. In our podcast, you will hear Learn emphasize the importance of communication with your pro shop operator.


THINK ABOUT YOUR ARSENAL, NOT JUST YOUR NEXT BALL Learn advises that bowlers think beyond just their craving for “another hooking ball.” The objective should be to develop a balanced arsenal. Be aware of which games in league give you the most trouble in transition—perhaps it is game two, or game three—and think about what ball reaction you are seeing in that part of your league session. That could then be the topic of your next conversation with your local pro shop operator. Describe what you are seeing at that point in your league session, and consider several equipment options that may give you the best chance of addressing those challenges in your game or in the lane conditions at a given bowling center.


BONUS INTERVIEW To hear more from Bob Learn Jr., touch the play button above.


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