Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time to practice?
Here are five things you can do to practice away from the lanes:
Bowling is as much mental as it is physical. In order to be fully-prepared for league or a tournament, you need to do as much “mental practice” as possible. When you have a free moment in the day, take some time to mentally practice by visualizing your shot, thinking about how you will make adjustments with confidence and get yourself into a calm and confident mindset.
2. Talk Bowling with your Friends
It is important to make bowling a part of your everyday conversation. Whether you are at lunch, or socializing with your friends over social media, it is important to talk about bowling. By having these conversations, you may find that you can learn a lot from others. All bowlers have their own experiences, so listening to them may help you when you are in a similar situation on the lanes.
3. Watch YouTube
Many bowlers do not realize how powerful of a tool YouTube can be. YouTube is the second-largest search engine next to Google and has a vast amount of FREE bowling videos. These videos include Professional Bowlers Association matches, coaching videos, ball reviews and so much more! Take advantage of this free video resource, and learn by watching.
An important part to any sport is staying healthy. In bowling, we use many different muscles to deliver a bowling ball, so we must be strong from head to toe. Make sure to stay healthy, fit and train for bowling using bowling-specific exercises.
5. Practice in Front of a Mirror
We all know it is awkward if you suddenly start practicing your arm swing in public, so avoid that awkwardness and practice in front of a mirror at home. By watching yourself in the mirror, you can see what tendencies you have when delivering a ball. Take a moment each day to stand in front of the mirror, get into your finish position and practice your arm swing (without the ball) to help ensure a relaxed swing the next time you hit the lanes. Don’t worry, you do not have to tell your friends that you do this at home to practice.