I'm sure this has happened to you at least once in your bowling life time. You're probably already thinking as a bowler, and saying "you're probably right". You are bowling in a league, tournament, or just for fun and you go to get something to drink. Now its your turn to bowl. You grab your ball and go through your pre-shot routine. You are going through the motions of making your shot. You are now at release point and BAM! You stick! Causing you to either fall completely off balance or even worse causing you to fall down. You forgot to check something! What do you mean you ask? Well you missed one important thing here, checking your slide! Remember you went to get something to drink? Well upon pouring a glass of water for yourself at the bar counter there was a small ice-cube that hit the floor, melted into water and you became a victim of liquid on the slide shoe. Remember to check the little things that you do on every shot like sliding. You can do two things to prevent this from happening again. One: Put a shoe cover on your slide foot. The non slide foot is not as important since most of the time you need traction on one foot but if you like put shoe covers on both shoes. Two: Simply take your slide foot off and you could walk around in your sock for the quick snack or bathroom run.
Now that we have protected ourselves from a slippery situation here is another scenario for you. It's time to refuel a hungry bowler. No problem there except you just used the number one tool, your bowling hand, to inhale a snack. You go to make the shot and the ball falls or sticks to the hand. Guess what!? That delicious food you were snacking on just caused that! There is moisture and other things in food that will alter your shot. Remember to check the little things here like eating with your opposite hand. This goes for drinking water, soda, or even an adult beverage. Moisture can effect your shot! Use your off hand to do all of the grabbing.
Little things will affect your shot. It sometimes comes down to the misuses of accessories. Whether you put tape on the front of your thumb or the back you might not have thought about this. But if you put tape in the front of the thumb hole this causes your span to get slightly longer. Some need this and some don't. It depends on your span to start with after drilling. Each bowler is different on what feels right for them. Do what feels comfortable throughout your shot. Just remember sometimes tape in the wrong spot in your thumb hole can cause you to hang, slip or even worse, cause blisters.
Pay attention to all the details while you are bowling. Those little things tend to creep up on you more often than you think. Make sure everything feels perfect in order for you to execute a perfect shot. Enjoy the game of bowling and remember to check the little things. Oh and Practice, Practice, Practice!