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DON’T THROW AWAY PINS “The thing most league bowlers do poorly is throw away pins. What they don’t understand is that our game is about strikes, yes, but also spares. Whether you’re out on tour or bowling league, spares are still the most integral part of our sport.”

— 34-time PBA Tour champion, Parker Bohn III

HOW TO PRACTICE FOR SUCCESS “My practice routine is still pretty much the same — working on repeating shots, practicing on different lane conditions, different parts of the lane, and making spares.” — 47-time PBA Tour champion, Walter Ray Williams Jr.

UNDERSTAND EQUIPMENT “Most league bowlers tend to use too strong a bowling ball for the oil condition. Some- times, less is going to give you a little bit more hook down-lane

to create the angles you need to knock pins over.”

— 2003 USBC Masters champion, Bryon Smith

THE PINKY TRICK “A couple tricks I use to manipulate my release are closing my index finger and spreading my pinky out, which helps

you stay more underneath the ball; and closing my pinky and opening up my index finger, which help you come more around the ball.”

— 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship winner, Anthony Pepe

IT’S NOT THE BALL “So many people go into pro shops asking for a ball that will carry the 10- pin. But it’s not the bowling ball; it’s the bowling ball operator.” — Six-time major champion, Kelly Kulick

THE ILLUSION OF HOOK “Some people think that more surface equates to more hook all the time. That’s a big-time misnomer. More sur- face makes the ball hook earlier, burn up earlier, which, in turn, gives the illusion of not hooking. I think that’s really hard for the average league bowler to understand.” — PBA Tour champion, Dave Wodka

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