Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar


Practice can be routine or functional with purpose. In every attempt to improve there should be clear definition of what’s expected and a method for results. Just like competition, practice should include planning, adjustments, and evaluation.

To practice getting better with your focus, first decide what it will be (i.e. physical approach, targeting, or perhaps avoiding distractions). Next, use your time wisely to concentrate on the adjustment needed or on a focal point. Something as simple as focusing on your breathing or your heart rate can clear distractions and narrow your focus.

Let’s face it, bowling’s not the most physically demanding activity but with one of the heaviest pieces of equipment in sports, (up to 16 lbs.) fatigue can become a factor. Practice endurance by working longer than anticipated. If league night is three games practice for six or nine games and take time between shots instead of just continuously firing bowling balls down the lane.

Tournament formats can be long and grueling, especially if they include multiple levels such as qualifying, match play, and stepladder. Each stage is different and needs a level of endurance. Stay hydrated and nourished by drinking something with electrolytes and snacking on foods with high protein content when you’re practicing and competing.

Practicing awareness takes energy, and don’t underestimate the need for rest. To be alert and aware for practices and competitions get good rest on the nights before bowling, and better still, train your sleeping habits to be well rested for anytime there’s competition coming.