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Good preparation works for bowlers

February 24, 2019 GMT

Bowling tournament time is approaching. The end of the regular season is not far off either. So when you take to the lanes, think about a good warm up first. It might make the difference in good scores.

National coach Ron Clifton offers some pointers on how to maximize the action when your 10 to 15 minutes of pre-competition practice begins. Far too many bowlers don’t use the time as effectively as they could, significantly hurting their chances of having a strong start. Preparation starts long before the first practice shot. Make sure all of your equipment is 100 percent ready for action. Make sure your balls fit properly and make sure your ball surfaces are cleaned and properly prepped. Have all accessories (such as towels, tape, gripping sacks, etc.) in order. Perfect your thumb hole fit before practice starts. Get everything perfect right from the start and then adjust from there as needed during your warm up.


Make every second count. Make sure you explore the entire lane and approach during practice. Throw shots in several “zones” to try to gauge the oil distribution and approach slide consistency, throw several different bowling balls so you’re ready for possible ball changes during competition and make sure you remember to throw your spare ball once or twice.

These tips hopefully inspire you to appreciate what it means to be prepared and how that time hopefully translates into success in your next tournament or league date.

ON TARGET: Theressa Dillon had it going in the American Legion Post 93 League (seniors) at Strike Zone Bowling Center. She fired games of 233-251-268 for a 732 series in league play last week. Brandon Allman, whose used to bowl in several leagues in Huntington, is now in a league at Pike Street Lanes in Parkersburg and shot games of 229-278-264 for a 771 series on Feb. 18.

ROUGH NIGHT: The Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League at Strike Zone has its share of good bowlers. This year, though, the league is using various Kegel patterns on Monday nights and last week proved quite difficult. Kyle Arthur shot a 266 on the way to a 645 series. That was the only honor series for the night. There were nine games of 225 or higher, the low number for an individual honor score.

HONOR TO SIMONSEN: History was made last weekend at the PBA Players Championship in Columbus. The honor went to Anthony Simonsen over Jason Belmonte in the battle of two-handers. Simonsen, the No. 2 qualifier, beat No. 1 seed Belmonte, 232-212, in the title match shown live on FOX Sports. Simonsen, 22, became the youngest player to win two PBA major titles and denied Belmonte a record-setting 11th major crown.

MARSHALL FUNDRAISER: Marshall University Southern Coalfields Alumni and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation are having fundraiser March 3 at Pinheads Bowling Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Time from 1 to 6 p.m. $15 for at least two games of bowling, shoe rental, meal and non-alcoholic beverages.

Prizes, raffle, silent auction and other events to raise money for the Big Green. Call 304-465-5500 or visit