Do you ever wonder what goes through the minds of some of the greatest athletes in the world? I can promise you it is going to be perfection going through their brains. How perfect the next shot will be or making sure everything feels perfect before execution. If you cannot picture perfection, more than likely perfection will hardly happen. You may have all the talent in the world, but if you can't back that talent with a strong mental game, your success may be limited. Here are some things to think about when making your next bowling shot.
1) Prior to your shot, be sure to do the same pre-shot routine, exactly each time, prior to every shot. Pat your hand with rosin, grab a puff ball, wipe the oil from the ball, dry your hand with the air drier, etc. In addition, in this phase, think about the exact technical mechanics you will use such as foot placement, hand position, target, etc. After you recall these technical requirements, go to the approach.
2) As you transition from the pre-shot to the approach recall a favorite song, close your eyes and inhale deeply. These steps will help your mind release alpha waves and prepare the subconscious for a quality execution.
3) As you set your feet, on the approach, visualize a successful shot in your mind. Take another breath, exhale and go.
4) In addition at home visualize yourself bowling successfully for 10-20 minutes daily. To begin, close your eyes and think about the speciﬁc bowling center. During this visualization, try to draw on all of your senses. Hear the sounds and imagine the smells and visual scenes that would be present in achieving your goal, from bowling your ﬁrst 200 to winning the USBC Masters. What does this process look like? What does it feel like? Sound like? Smell like? Think about achieving your goals. Imagine the crowd. The more integrated all of your senses are in visualization, the more effective it will be when you actually are in the situation. The next time you visit a bowling center be sure to collect concrete sensory data for use in your visualization exercises. Commit to at least one month of visual exercise to reap a beneﬁt. And, don’t be skeptical. Without a strong commitment, you will be wasting your time.
All viewers who watched this match witnessed an event that is familiar in sport. Year after year, we see a small percentage of elite athletes fall prey to a faulty situational mental game. Many recall the monumental collapse of golfer Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters. Norman went from certain victory with a six stroke lead at 54 holes to handing the title to Nick Faldo and losing by 5 strokes. This can all happen with in hours/minutes/seconds of a mental relapse.
To sum this up you have to think, breathe, and execute bowling as much as possible to get the edge over the next person. This will apply in any sport whether you are bowling, golfing, baseball, etc. Work on being mentally strong and the outcomes will be much greater! Remember to always Practice Practice Practice.
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The 2013 Teen Masters will be a historic event as a new playing environment featuring the PBA Skill bowling balls and low volume oil patterns from Kegel will be introduced. Top high school and 14 & Under boys and girls from across the US will compete in Fort Lauderdale for the right to advance to New York City's iconic Grand Central Terminal and a shot at the richest prize in youth bowling: a $64,000 college scholarship. No qualifying is necessary as the Teen Masters is offering the opportunity for eligible bowlers to compete in the 2013 National Finals through the purchase of a Direct Entry.
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Bowling is a sport that happens outside the lanes just like any other sport in the world. Practicing the fundamentals of the game can happen when you are walking in the shopping mall, practicing your form. The true bowler knows this happens more often than not. Posting a shot in the middle of the store. Yes it may sound funny but when you are determined to be the best at what you do, it has to happen not only during competition but outside of competition as well.
Yes most of our practice happens on the lanes. Who is to say that if you take your steps in front of a mirror at the house won't help? Making sure your hand at the end of your swing is opened and relaxed. The shaking of the hand above your head. The balance arm and leg going to their correct spots throughout your shot. You can always work on your game at any time. It is that determination inside of you which will bring out the crazy practice methods.
Let's take Lebron James. He is out to prove that he is the best in basketball. He is driven by winning championships. Do you think the streak the Miami Heat created happened just because they are good? No! It is because they wanted it more than anyone else out there. They are determined to prove a point, not only to themselves but to the world. This all happens on and off the court. Working as a Team, having fun as a Team, and mainly being there for each other! If the determination is not there, neither would the streak.
Tiger Woods is another person that is determined. He strives to be the best in golf. How can you go so many years being the number one golfer in the world and yet decide to change your game? Obviously he is out to get even better! Yes, once you change something, you are not going to be great again until your brain and body get back to a point where it is all muscle memory. Tiger may have been struggling the last couple of years but so far this year he is out for vengeance. He is determined to get back to the top. Until he owns every record possible I don't think Tiger will ever be satisfied.
Back to bowling, it is just like any other sport in the world. You have to perfect your game inside and out. Making sure that your style is the easiest to repeat for yourself. Also understanding the things that you need to work on to get even better. If you are falling off your shot at the line, which direction are you falling? From there it would be working on your lean or balance arm and leg to correct your balance. Trust me, there is always something to work on to get even better at the game. The little things always matter the most. Being determined to be the best will go a long way in your work ethics.
Make sure that you are determined in anything that you do. Whether it is bowling or another sport, even a job for that matter, be the best you can be! Remember to enjoy the game of bowling and always Practice, Practice, Practice!
Anyone that uses Hammer bowling balls and accessories is serious about the sport. The Hammer brand has made its name amongst professional bowlers and regular recreational bowlers alike. The products are affordable and top of the line making their appeal universal. They continually put out a line of balls and products that are impressive in design and that perform exceptionally out on the lanes. It is no wonder why so many bowlers rely upon Hammer bowling balls and accessories. Their products are of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Regardless of your budget you can find a Hammer bowling ball that will fit your needs.
The Hammer line also knows that serious bowlers need to use different balls under different circumstances. Many bowlers use a different ball to pick up spares. And some bowlers need another ball to pick up splits. And finally, there are some bowlers that like to bring four balls out to the lanes incase they are feeling unlucky using one ball they can just switch to another. For all of these bowlers, Hammer has the perfect solution. They have roller ball bags that can carry two, three, and even four balls at a time. Now that is impressive. Imagine how intimidated your opponents will be when they see you rolling up to the lane with your four ball Hammer bag.
You can find Hammer bowling balls and accessories in a number of pro shops and at online retailers. Hammer also produces other high quality accessories such as resin bags, towels, tote bags, and more. Just about every bowling retailer carries Hammer products because of their appeal and performance. There are a number of quality Hammer products available to suit a variety of budgets and skill levels.
You can't take your bowling ball and shoes to the office, but you can still bowl when you have a free minute between meetings. Crazy Monster Bowling is a new game that is catching on. Even though the name doesn't inspire you to think it was designed by PBA greats, it's a fun and entertaining to the game of bowling game that we all love.
Crazy Monster Bowling offers players an addictive, monster-inhabited arcade-style bowling experience. In the game, players launch colorful monsters down a long outdoor alley, and must avoid obstacles while aiming for the 10-pin figures of a selection of goblin-like creatures.
Players control their living bowling ball using a one-swipe mechanism, with which it’s possible both to accelerate and steer the ball as it cruises down the alley. As such, it’s easy to get the hang of Crazy Monster Bowling, and in minutes players will be launching monster after monster in an attempt to eradicate all of the waiting pins.
As outlined in the app’s release notes, further features include:
Fun to play Singleplayer mode
Easy-To-Learn-Tutorial teaches you how to play
Compete with the world best players using a unique highscore system (GAMECENTER)
Plenty of achievements are waiting to be released
Full HD-Retina 3D graphics support
Beautiful scenes to jump through
Plenty of action
Roll, Jump and Fly through 8 different hand-designed worlds
Roll through dynamite plastered lanes!
Jump through waterfalls!
Fly on rainbows!
Strike as many times as you like!
Crazy Monster Bowling is available in both free and pro versions. The pro application will set you back $2.99.