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Written by Joe Slowinski   
Thursday, 12 October 2006

Look for my contributions to Bowling This Month in my Slowinski at-large column.  Here are some of my published bowling articles in BTM, Bowlers Journal and the Asian Bowling Digest. 


ImageIn the February 2012 Slowinski at-large, I discuss the evaluation of three critical areas to help get the most out of your team.  These include skill set assessments for knowing what a player can be expected to do in competition, evaluation of shared team goals and determining team social support.  

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Image In the January 2012 Slowinski at-large, I discuss the arsenal sequence process.  Specifically, how do you choose bowling balls (layouts & surfaces) to set-up for fresh, transition and burn?  In addition, how will the environment impact ball motion as well as choosing the appropriate sequence of bowling balls?



Image In the December 2011 issue of Slowinski at-large, I introduce readers to biomechanical terminology and how this can be utilized to more accurately describe the physical game.  In an effort to help readers understand the concept, I share a biomechanical analysis of Amleto Monacelli's game.

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ImageIn the November 2011 Slowinski at-large, Micro Execution Erosion Therapy: How To Correct Flawed Physical Technique, I discuss a training method I utilize to improve the physical game.

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ImageIn the October 2011 Slowinski at-large, Evaluating Youth Players for Success at the College Level: What You Can Do to Measure Preparedness, I share with readers an evaluation that can be done locally to determine a variety of skills, knowledge and attributes: academic performance, coachability, versatility, repeatability and spare shooting.

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ImageIn this article, I discuss the important of ball speed in ball reaction.  In addition, I provide readers with a research-based method to reduce ball speed.

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ImageIn the December 2009 Slowinski at-large, I discuss seven steps to developing a high quality high school or collegiate program.  

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ImageIn the November 2009 Slowinski at-large, I share with readers a research project on the most effective targeting methods for cross-dominant bowlers.  Specifically, cross-dominant bowlers are those who throw with the arm with is the opposite side of the dominant eye.  The findings of the research reveal that specific targeting methods can help cross-dominant bowlers improve target accuracy as well as improve ball speed consistency.

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ImageIn the October 2009 Slowinski at-large, I illustrate three different lane conditions in both 2-d and 3-d images.  Specifically, in the article, I discuss the importance of reviewing 2-D graphs and interpret these into 3-D as well as how to improve your visualization of micro-topography in lane conditions.   Since most individuals have not had the opportunity to see graphs in 3-D, in this month’s Slowinski atlarge, I present several patterns in three dimensions.  No special glasses are needed. It is an opportunity to truly see the contour, shape and topography of the pattern. To illustrate, I share with readers detailed two and three dimensional views of the 2009 “The BTM” Tournament (39 feet), the 2009 USBC Open pattern (40 feet) and a typical house shot (40 feet). Although the pattern lengths are similar, each pattern is very different, from a structural standpoint. Specifically, I want readers to see the differences between a 1-to-1 flat pattern and a typical house condition as well as an easier sport pattern.

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ImageIn the September 2009 issue of Bowling This Month, I provide readers with a diagnostic check-up list to evaluate their physical game.  From the stance, footwork, swing, finish and timing, this check-up will allow you to evaluate the current status of your game and determine how consistent you are with top players.

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This month I want to discuss a secret weapon. This secret weapon is critical to performing at your optimal best, yet few people take it seriously. Rather, this area is neglected, ignored or unrecognized as important. This secret weapon is how long you sleep. Research has revealed that extra prolonged sleep can improve athletic performance in a significant manner, while sleep deprivation is detrimental to performance.

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Image In the July Slowinski at-large, I share with readers an extremely effective visualization process: PETTLEP.  PETTLEP involves specific methods of visualization that have been shown to be significantly more effective than traditional visualization methods espoused in sport science.  In conclusion, I make specific recommendations on implementing PETTLEP into your bowling training process.  If you want to take your game to the highest level, you need to read this article.

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Image  In the June 2009 Slowinski at-large, I discuss the importance of the balance arm as a dynamic system in the physical game.  From creating torso rotation to improving the energy transfer from the hand to the ball, this is a must read for anyone who wants to elevate their physical game to an elite level.  It is also an important read for coaches to prepare their players for the modern game.

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ImageIn the May 2009 Slowinski at-large, I discuss several important elements of preparing for tournaments.  The May issue focuses on helping elite youth bowlers prepare for success at Junior Gold, where Junior Team USA is chosen.  Yet, the items discussed in this article can help any bowler be better prepared for tournament play.

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In the April 2009 Slowinski at-large, I discuss 6 steps to dealing with the fresh as well as transitions more efficiently.  Specifically, I discuss lining-up on the fresh, dealing with transition, conducting a bump test, arsenal sequencing as well as surface change. 

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ImageIn this Bowlers Journal Picture Perfect article, in March 2009, I discuss the important elements of promoting a professional swing from the stance through the engagement of the swing.  This is an important read for coaches and bowlers.

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Image In the March Slowinski at-large, I discuss a very unorthodox approach to improving your swing and improve your hand position into the release.  Specifically, the drill mirrors the swing into the release of top PBA players.  And, at the Kegel Training Center, we have used this drill to significantly improve a bowler's swing and release.  The drill is a back-up ball drill.  Why is this effective?  The motion of an elite bowlers swing through-to follow-through is equivalent to a back-up.  This is seen in bowlers such as Chris Barnes, Sean Rash and most top professionals.  By practicing this drill, on a frequent basis, you will improve your release and swing.  And, it also provides an effective strategy to shoot many difficult splits.  Give the idea a chance and your game will improve.  To learn more, read on.... 

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In the February 2009 Slowinski at-large, I discuss the benefits of using a hinge in your physical game.  Specifically, I discuss how the hinge has a relationship with:

 (*) target accuracy

(*) grip pressure reduction

(*) body tension reduction

(*) increased ball speed

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ImageIn my January 2009 Bowling This Month article, I introduce readers to the negative impact of stress and anxiety on performance.  These realities are often over-looked when attempting to improve one's game.  But, the truth of this evidence reveals that bowlers will not improve unless they make a proactive effort to improve their mental game, especially in recognition of stress and reducing anxiety.  In closing, I discuss some easy-to-use techniques to reduce stress. This is an important article for those who are bowling at a high level and want to improve.

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In the December Slowinski at-large column, I share with readers a new drill that I developed to help bowlers improve their swing as well as torso rotation.  The Swing and Slide drill is a one-step drill to help you establish an improved slide to flinish.  With consistent use of the drill, you game will improve.  This is also a great drill for coaches to introduce with their students.

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ImageIn the November 2008 Slowinski at-large column, I share with readers how effective the 3-Point Targeting with Quiet Eye system is when bowlers implement it correctly.  Through the use of before and after C.A.T.S. data, the system has proven to increase a bowler's accuracy in a remarkable and immediate way.

In addition, I provide readers with a detailed discussion of the current iteration of the system.  This will help you master the use of the 3-Point Targeting with Quiet Eye system. 

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 ImageIn the October Slowinski at-large, I share with readers an extremely detailed picture of how lanes transition on the 2007 Junior Gold medium pattern, 40 feet.  The data was collected at the Kegel Training Center Tapes were taken in 8 places per lane (5, 10, 15, 22, 25, 30, 38 and 44 feet) on the fresh, after 15 minutes of practice, after game 1, after game 2 and after game 3. With this knowledge, bowlers can better anticipate lane transitions and take advantage of optimizing scoring.  I demonstrate that carry down is a myth.  Rather, oil depletion is why ball motion changes in the modern sport of bowling.

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In my September Slowinski at-large, I discuss the importance of developing a food and beverage plan for improving tournament consistency.  I discuss the critical importance of remaining hydrated as well as managing glucose in-take.  Both can greatly affect accuracy.  In addition, I provide readers with a how-to develop a food and beverage plan.


ImageDid you realize that Jason Couch and Chris Barnes share nearly identical biomechanical movements.  It is true. This is why they both have been so successful at the top level of our sport. 

In the July 2008 Slowinski at-large, I share with readers the keys to creating the best swing. Specifically, I explore the components of creating a swing slot.  A great swing is the direct result of a number of specific and critical biomechanical movements.   The top professionals do specific things that lead to the most efficient biomechanical movements.  Learn how to do these in your game.

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In my June 2008 Slowinski at-large, I share some secrets of throwing the ball straighter to improve spare shooting accuracy.  This is a must read for those who want to get getter with their spare shooting game.


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In my May 2008 Bowling This Month column, I discuss some important considerations for coaching elite youth, high school and college bowlers.  These include differences between adults and teenages in the actual wiring of their brain and how this can impact coaching a bowler.  In addition, I discuss the unique sleep needs of youth bowlers as well as how to improve the self-efficacy of youth bowlers.  This is a very important piece for coaches to read.



 In my April 2008 column in Bowling This Month, I discuss an easy-to-use method to increase your rev rate.   To generate a higher rev rate, your hand must be in a strong position entering into the release.  In the April Slowinski at-large, I show you how to achieve this strong position allowing you to bump-up your rev rate when you need to increase it.

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ImageIn the March 2008 installment of my Slowinski at-large column, I share with readers how important quiet eye targeting techniques are to elite performance in sport.  The article begins with an overview of the research on quiet eye techniques' contribution to improving accuracy and consistency.   I conclude the article  with a 3-step process to improve targeting and accuracy.  This includes recommendations on how long to target and where to target.  I strongly recommend that readers use both the 3-Point Targeting system and Quiet Eye targeting process together.  You will find that these compliment each other well and will contribute to a significant improvement in your performance on the lanes.



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Download 3-Point Targeting for Advanced Lane Play: For a Bigger Margin of Error (1.22 MB - PDF)

In my February 2008 Bowling This Month, Slowinski at-large column, How Important Is the Mental Game?  Are You 100% Committed When Competing?, I share with readers two case studies illustrating the importance of the mental game in improving performance.  In the first case study, I analyze the mental game of Todd Book, winner of the 2007 Tour Trials.  In the second, I share the story of an elite youth bowler in Malaysia who transformed his performance at an important international event with an increased dedication to the mental game.  Finally, I share with readers my 7-step pre-shot routine which has been used successfully in maximizing scoring consistency and reducing emotional inconsistencies.  After reading this articles and learning about these cases, I think you will agree that the mental game is a key to success at the highest levels of our sport.

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ImagePeriodization: A Systematic Plan for Training Success, Bowling This Month, Pages 40 - 43

In the January 2008 installment of Slowinski at-large, I share with readers information on developing more detailed training using a periodization plan.  In short, periodization will help you determine how-to peak for major tournaments.  You begin by prioritizing all of competitions throughout the year, by importance, from not very to the most important. As you build your New Year's Resolution, use periodization to determine your important competitions and corresponding training volume,frequency and intensity to peak for the most important events.  Use this article to help you develop a plan for pre-season, season and post-season training.  The article also includes a general training guidance for practice during the main season.

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Download Periodization Planning Chart - Goes With Above Article (PDF 9 kb)

ImageDetermining Your IBSSN (International Bowling Skill Score Number): A Way To Compare Bowlers Worldwide? Bowling This Month, December 2007.   Click here to download the article in PDF (<700 KB)

In the December installment of Slowinski at-large, I introduce the idea of an international bowling skill score number as a method to evaluate a bowler's overall skill level (versatility, acciuracy, power, repeatability & knowledge).  I believe an International Bowling Skill Score Number system will allow us to compare any two bowlers worldwide.  With the use of C.A.T.S. or DigiTrax with Bowlers Map, coaches can assess players allowing a more thorough identification of strengths and weaknesses.


 ImageBecoming a World-Class Player: Implementing a Practice Process, Asian Bowling Digest, Oct/Nov 2007 (pages 32 - 33)

For my October/November 2007 article in my Asian Bowling Digest column, State of Our Sport, I provide readers with a recommended practice process to help them become world-class holistic bowlers.  The articles includes recommended domains of training, a 90 minute general training process (warm-up, release variation, spare-shooting, mental game, cool down) as well as discussions on comparing your ball reaction within your arsenal, fitness and goal-setting.

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Experimental Tips to Improve Your Skills.   Bowling This Month, November 2007, 10 - 12.

In the November Slowinski at-large, I offer readers 4 experimental tips that will expand their skill sets.  How does putting your thumb in the ball first impact ball motion?  What is the intersection spare system?  How can you adjust axis rotation with finger tip pressure at release?  Can you throw straighter with just two fingers?  The answers and a discussion available in the article.  Click here to download the file (243 KB). 

 How Much Can You Alter Ball Reaction? What the Research Says.  Bowling This Month Sept 2007, 10, 12, 14)   Click here to download the article in PDF (758 kb)

ImageIn the September 2007 installment of Slowinski at-large column, appearing in Bowling This Month, I share with readers a summary of research on ball reaction from Columbia 300, Ebonite International and USBC.  The article discusses how much we know, specifically how much ball reaction change a skilled bowler can create by manipulating  axis rotation, ball speed, rev rate change, cover surface change, etc.  This is a must read article for the serious bowler or coach. 



Components of an Elite Training Program for Tenpin Bowlers: For Teams and Individuals, Bowling This Month, August, 2007 (Pg. 48 - 51).  1 MB in PDF

In this issue of my Slowinski at-large column, I discuss the structure of an elite training program for teams or individuals.  These are the minimum components needed for a holistic program.

How to coach or bowl with the two-handed thumbless delivery: An emerging powerful style.  Bowling This Month, July 2007 (Pg. 6, 8 - 10).   1.06 MB in PDF

In the July Slowinski at-large column, I share an analysis of the 2-haned thumbless delivery as well as some guidance on how to bowl with this or coach it.  Welcome to the future! 

3-Point Targeting for Advanced Lane Play, Bowling This Month, June 2007 (Pg. 36 - 41).

Slowinski at-large shares with readers an advanced targeting system to greatly increase accuracy and consistency.  The system aids a bowler in appropriate launch angle, choosing where the ball should exit the oil pattern and choosing a visual target to alter ball reaction.

Youth & Coaching Development: Comparing Malaysia & the United States, Bowling This Month, May 2007, 34 - 37.(880 KB)

 This is the actual article published in the May issue.  A comparison of youth and coach development models.  In essence, Malaysia is extremely structured with much centralized funding.  The article discusses both models of development.

Off the Top of My Head, Bowling This Month, 46.  (350 KB)

This is also an actual copy of what was published in the May issue.

A Pushaway Drill to Improve Your Swing and Timing: Four Phases You Can Do Easily and Anywhere, Bowling This Month, April 2007, 35 - 38 (1.25 MB).

A more extensive version of my pushaway drill incluing more illustrations and description.

 State of Our Sport, Becoming a World-Class Player: Part 2 (Improving Your Spare Shooting)

Feb-March2007, Asian Bowling Digest

This is the 8 Tips to Improved Spare Shooting in publication form.  This article focuses on 9 tips to improve your spare shooting.

Psychological Characteristics of Champions: Countdown to Success, Bowling This Month, Feb 2007 (Actual Published Article, 1 MB)

Psychological Characteristics of Champions, Bowling This Month, February 2007 (Submitted Article, 57 KB)

Article reflects on research condicted by USOC sport psychologists.  Specifically, the articles shares what elite bowlers can learn about the psychological attributes of 10 of the greatest USA Olympians of all time.  These 10 athletes won 28 gold medals and 32 overall between 1976 and 1998. 

Ebonite Releases Portable Wonder, Feb-March 2007, 44 - 45, Asian Bowling Digest, actual published article

Ebonite Releases a Portable & Inexpensive Software Alternative to the Computerizes Aided Tracking System (CATS) : A Review of DigiTrax (submitted article)

I present a review of Ebonite's new software tool, DigiTrax, for the Asian Bowling Digest.  DigiTrax is a software package that uses 30 frames a second of digital video to calculate a bowler’s ball path with a complex analysis of 16 individual data points including: laydown board, loft distance, launch angle, launch boards covered, board at the arrows, launch speed, launch boards covered, midlane speed, entry speed, breakpoint board, entry board, backend boards covered, total boards covered, hook power and more.   

Bowling Talk, 8 Steps to Improving Your Spare Shooting, February 2007

In this article, I discuss 8 tips to help you improve your spare shooting.  If you follow these steps, you will become an improved and more consistent spare shooter.  Remember, the old adage still applies on challenging conditions (i.e., strike for show - spare for dough).

 3-Point Targeting for Advanced Lane Play, Bowling This Month, 2007

This article will appear in an upcoming 2007 issue of Bowling This Month.  It describes an advanced targeting system that I have created called the 3-Point Targeting System.  Based on research of where the ball should exit the lane condition, based on pattern length, the system also uses the ideas of focal point paired with visual target length to provide increased accuracy and repeatability playing any lane condition.

5-Step Drill: Does It Look Familiar, Bowling This Month, January 2007 (Actual Published Article - 1.3 MB)

5-Step Drill, Bowling This Month, January 2007 (Smaller File)

In this month's issue of Slowinski At-Large, I share with readers a 5-step drill that I teach bowlers.  Specifically, the 5-step drill aids bowlers in improving timing and achieving a swing that is more free.  It is also a great warm-up drill prior to bowling.

What Is Your Focus IQ?  Take the Test, Bowling This Month, Dec 2006 (Actual Published Article from BTM - Larger File)

What Is Your Mental I.Q.?  Bowling This Month, December 2006 (Submitted to BTM)

In this month’s issue, I explore the concept of a Mental Focus Intelligence Quotient (F.I.Q.) for bowlers.  As an elite bowler, your F.I.Q. is a critical element to your mental strength because it illustrates at what level of commitment to excellence you are dedicated to in the sport of tenpin bowling.  For those with a high F.I.Q., they take each shot with the same dedication and energy, a high mental focus.  They are focused with great attention to detail on all of the bowling tasks at hand.  These type of bowlers, focus on every aspect of the game and with an equally high level of energy.  On the other hand, those low on F.I.Q., are bowlers who will not reach their full potential since they are inconsistent with focus, mental energy and commitment on the lanes.  Are you one of these?  Do you suffer with a lack of bowling focus?  From my perspective, this is like an illness inflicting many bowlers game with a lackadaisical approach.  Or, rather, are you mentally strong with a world-class approach to mental focus.  What is your F.I.Q.? 

The 4-Point Release System For Easy Axis Rotation Changes, Bowling This Month, November 2006

(* Actual Published Article *)

Easy Axis Rotation Changes with the 4-Point Release System, Bowling This Month, November 2006 

(* Submitted Version  - Smaller File *)

An article based on my reference bowling system.  This introduces readers to a method to change the axis of rotation with relative ease allowing better consistency through improved repeatability.  Please note, when you read the article, that the 1 o'clock and 12 o'clock reference points have to do with a point in the follow-through NOT INSIDE THE BOWLING BALL AT THE RELEASE POINT.   I suggest that you read the article several times. 

Image Can Monkeys and Ballet Dancers Help Us Improve Performance, Bowling This Month, Sept 2006 (Published actual article - larger file - in full color)

Can Monkeys and Ballet Dancers Help Us Improve Performance, Bowling This Month, September 2006 (submitted - smaller file)

This above article provides readers with an advanced training program based on current research in how humans learn.  Specifically, this new brain research suggests some very powerful truths about the relationship of viewing in human minds and complex movement of our bodies. In this article, I will discuss these findings as well as make some recommendations on a new but effective training process based on this new information. I call this process the Visualization Training Cycle for Bowlers (VTCB). I believe strongly that this process will help improve your game as well as those you coach.

State of Our Sport, Becoming a World-Class Player (Part 1), Asian Bowling Digest, Oct-Nov 2006

The above article discusses the five ball reaction manipulations that elite bowlers must master.  This is Part 1 of a series of six articles.  Part 1 discusses axis of rotation, axis tilt, speed, revolutions and loft.

(* UPDATED *) State of Our Sport, Importance of a Pre-Shot Routine, Asian Bowling Digest, Mar-Apr 2006

The above article discusses research findings on pre-shot routines and offers readers a pre-shot routine that will help improve their performance.

How Good Are You? Rating Yourself Bowlers Journal International, June 2003 (Copy of Published article)

How Good Are You?, Bowlers Journal International, June 2003 (from the Bowlers Journal web site)

Article discusses using statistical data to measure performance and compare bowlers. 

Filling the Coaches Pool, Bowlers Journal International, April 2004 (Copy of Published article)

This article earned a Third Place prize in Ebonite's International Bowling Writers Contest.  I discuss the state of bowling coaching.


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