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How Important Is The Pre-Shot: One Case Study from Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Thursday, 14 June 2007

I recently prepared 6 Malaysian youth bowlers for the first annual Singapore Sports School U18 International tournament.  Bowlers from 9 countries were represented and bowled three days of qualifying on four different lane surfaces.  This is not four different centers but 12 lanes with four different lane surfaces.  The conditions are challenging.  You go from one pair of water-based wood to synthetics in one game.  So, a lane play plan and a strong mental game are essential to success.  In the 8-day preparation, we worked on the development and revision of an advanced lane play plan, mastering different releases relevant for the lane condition, developing important self-talk statements, fitness training, a hydration plan as well as practicing an extensive pre-shot routine.

One bowler's story illustrates how important the pre-shot routine is to success.  He went from 39th to 17th in one round when he finally decided to move from a 70% committment to 100%.  Read-on to learn more.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 June 2007 )
PBA Tour Trials Illustrate the Power of the Mental Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Saturday, 02 June 2007

You might have never heard of PBA player Todd Book.  To be honest, I hadn’t.  He is new to the PBA having joined in 2006.  But, certainly, he is making headlines with his consistent performance at the 2007 PBA Tour Trials, winning and leading 4 out of 5 rounds.  And, his quotes, provided below, provide us with a clear example of how important the mental game is to being successful at the elite level.  The mental game is a critical component to success at the highest level.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 June 2007 )
Experimental Tip # 5: Advanced Pre-Shot Routine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Sunday, 20 May 2007

I present another in the Bowlingknowledge.info experimental tip series.  These articles are designed to help you experiment with some new concepts in an effort to provide more tools to utilize on the lane.  In this issue, I present an advanced pre-shot routine process.  It will allow you to be more purposeful and set the stage to execute more consistent shots, each time you throw the ball.  This tip is a 7-step pre-shot routine process.  I guarantee is will help you improve your shot-making quality. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2007 )
5 Pillars of a Strong Mental Game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Thursday, 10 May 2007
PBA sport psychology consultant Dr. Eugenia Kolasinski presents the 5 most important mental game pillars: (1) taking responsibility for your performance; (2) controlling your emotions; (3) controlling your thinking; (4) focusing on the present; (5) committing yourself to constant learning.    This article, reprinted here with permission, is an invaluable resource for the competitive bowler or coach who wants to introduce sport psychology.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2007 )
How Cool Are You? The Iceberg Profile and Successful Performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Sunday, 29 April 2007
How do you feel just before you bowl in a tournament?  Are you calm, positive, happy and energized?  If so, you will likely realize a peak performance.   Or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, are you tense, depressed, angry, tired and confused?  If this is the case, you should probably put your bowling balls in your bag and go home.  If this is your profile, you are in for a day or two of contribution to the prize fund and underperformance.  Mood plays an important role in performance.  How you are feeling that day can play an important role in doing well or not doing well. 
Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 April 2007 )
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