You get out what you put in, right? But, are you putting in the right things? Are your practice sessions as efficient as they could be? I want to bring you a few things to think about the next time you hit up the lanes for some practice time. Be sure you go in with a plan. There is no sense in rolling in the bowling center (pun intended) just trying to keep score. That’s exercise. Be sure to know why you are spending the time there.
Otherwise, it will turn into wasted time or even worse- you could go backwards in your game. Things to ask yourself before you go practice. What will you work on today? How will you work on it? What will determine if it was a positive practice session?
Always have intention. Is it your swing you need to work on? That’s hard to do yourself. Having a practice partner will make it much easier to assess how things are going. You can ask a friend to videotape you from the back to determine if your swing is straight or a bit behind your back. This is something that is super hard to know without actually seeing it.
That brings me to my next point. VIDEOTAPE YOURSELF! This is the easiest way to assess where you are at. Are you drifting too much? Are you popping up at the line? Videotaping yourself will allow you to look at your game objectively and with a different perspective. My favorite video analysis app is Hudl Technique. I use it every single time I coach someone. It allows me to slow down their game and really look at it in pieces. I really love it!
And the last thing to be aware of at practice is when to finish. If you practice too long you could develop bad habits out of fatigue. If you practice thoughtlessly and just to “get a practice session” in, then you waste your time and you don’t get anything out of it. Be mindful when you practice and be aware when it’s time to go. I can practice sometimes for 45 mins and get a better session out of it than when I’m there for two hours. It’s all about quality. Not quantity.
May your next practice session be more efficient.