Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ten Pin Bowling Tips For Constantly Changing Oil Patterns

For many across the world, ten pin bowling is often seen as a fun, recreational activity to partake in with friends. Although many of us see it merely as something fun to do, we cannot disregard the extreme amount of competition which comes from taking part in activities such as this. For those who partake in bowling as a means of entertainment, for others it is a competitive and serious sport which is all about skill, tactics and precise execution of your plays. However, for those who watch bowlers take part in this competitive sport and yearn to have the skills to earn as many points as they do; they should be aware that it is not just the way in which they execute their bowling which affects their scores, but something else-oil.

In the early beginnings of ten pin bowling, oil was required in order to help protect and maintain the surfaces of the lanes. The oil is usually spread across the lane surface by a machine which distributes the oil to a set pattern which is determined by what the use of the bowling venue is at that particular time. It is these oil patterns which affect the way in which the ball will react to the surface of the lane which affects how accurately you will be able to hit your target. Some players may be unaware of the effects of the oil on their balls accuracy, but the quicker you notice how the oil pattern affects your playing, the quicker you will be able to learn more about oil patterns in order to adjust to them and help influence your scores.

One of the easiest ways in which you can increase your skills with manipulating oil patterns in your play is simply through practice.

Those bowlers who are able to gain high scores with multiple patterns will be those who practice excessively. In terms of league players, they will often take multiple practice shots before the start of the game in order to try and establish what the pattern on the lane is and then use this to their advantage. In some cases you may be notified of what the pattern is, but with practice you will be more able to see for yourself exactly how the oil pattern will affect the accuracy of your aim. You can also develop a starting point and type of shot to use at the beginning of each game which will help you to indicate the oil pattern based on where the ball hits in relation to where your intended target is and the route in which was taken to get there.

In instances where you find yourself playing with dry lanes, you will often find that the ball will move very abruptly away from your target due to the lack of oil. This will then make you change your target line in order to hit your intended target. In the event that you are playing on a heavily oiled lane, this will cause your ball to skid through the oil before grabbing the lane once it reaches a drier section of the lane. In these cases, it is important to be aware of how much oil is on the lane as this may result in a ball change being needed. However, it is important to be aware that the conditions of the lanes will change constantly when you bowl due to the oil on the lanes drying up or being stretched further down the lane through the balls rolling through it. This is an important factor to take into consideration as this will also greatly affect the way in which you ball reacts to the lane and whether it will reach your target or not. In this event, you will often find you have to continuously change your playing techniques in order to be able to work well with the pattern changes.

Oil patterns can greatly affect the way in which you score, but by being aware of how the different patterns affect the route in which your ball takes, you will be able to change the way in which you bowl each time and use this to your advantage. Remember that as your game continues you will need to change the way in which you execute each shot to compensate for the changes in the oil. But above all, practice; practicing will allow you to not only read the patterns quicker but also be aware of exactly what alterations you will need to make in order to keep your scores high and keep you winning.

Robert Eckert

The Basic Bowling Terms

Knowing how to bowl does not simply depend on practicing how to roll the bowling ball down the lane. As a well-back grounded bowler, it is good to know some (if not most) of the basic bowling terms. When beginner bowlers decide to skip this step, many aspects of the game may look confusing to them. It is true that you might acquire many more terms when you actually practice the game, however not knowing what a spare or a foul line is on your first game can be a grave gap.

There are tens if not hundreds of bowling terms out there. So how do you choose which one to learn first and which one to leave for later? The words that you need to first concentrate on are the ones related to the basic equipment and to basic scoring. While many people know what a bowling lane, bowling bowl and strike is some are not aware that a strike can only be done on the bowler's first ball. Hence if you knock down all the pins on your second ball, that would not be called a strike but a spare.

After you warm up, hold your bowling ball with your fingers and approach the lane. You need to know that the line at which you need to stop is called the foul line which can cause you to be disqualified - if you crossed it. After you do throw the ball as a first timer and if the ball goes off course, it will fall into the side "gutter" and that would be called a gutter ball.

To bowl, you need to understand the terminologies used in bowling techniques. For example, straight bowling is the bowling technique also referred to as point and shoot bowling which most if not all beginners resort to when they learn how to bowl. On the other hand, pro bowlers throw hook balls when they throw the bowling ball in a straight lane until it reaches a point where it curves and hooks back to knock down all the ten pins. Hook ball bowling is one of the most popular bowling techniques and hook ball bowling needs a lot of effort from the bowler because the bowler needs to use the proper grip and make the proper swing as he releases. Top-spin bowling is another terminology referring to one of the hard available bowling techniques through which the bowler is supposed to place his right arm right above the head level and have his wrist bent.

Other common bowling terminologies which we still have not discussed are: frame (which is one tenth part of a game), box (also referred to a single frame on the scoring card), dead ball (a ball not counter, like a gutter ball or a foul ball), double (two consecutive strikes), mark (a strike or spare), string (several strikes in a row), and turkey (specifically three strikes in a row).

Finally, you need to keep in mind that just like many other sports, bowling has a lot of slang bowling terms which can be directly caught off the bowling game one of which is apple (referring to the bowling ball). So, knowing how to bowl is not just about rolling the bowling ball down the alley, but also about being familiar with basic bowling terms.

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Bowling Alley Improvements - It Will Bowl You Away

Some bowling allies are now being built with much higher class standards, like exclusive lounges and clubs, elegant in ambiance and design. Therefore, now you can enjoy your bowling excursion in style. Make a dinner date even more fun, forget the movie and take her bowling - not in a echoing casual place, but in a high class environment that he or she will really remember with fondness.

There are so many new venues opening up. Places to bowl have been stereotyped as loud, often obnoxious places, where fun is the objective - not necessarily cleaning up all the soda stains from the floor. Not that these places are not perfectly suitable for their purpose, or for that matter, any less fun. But perhaps, despite the fun of them, they are not quite what you had in mind for your more luxurious outing. Well, all that can be changed. And it is. Look for high class bowling clubs near you.

To name a couple of the changes being made: owners are replacing plastic chairs and ratty benches with nice, velvet or leather sofas, waitresses serve good wines and better snacks than greasy pizza and soggy fries. Lamplight increases the environment and ambiance of the space. Perhaps there will be pool tables, maybe darts, but forget the video games and sticker machines. You can entertain yourself in elegance, some places even have color-coordinating bowling balls, bowling shoes, bowling pins and they even use sofas tables, curtains and chairs.

There have even (for example) been five star restaurants paired up with luxury lanes that have become avid in their success. Therefore, as one might say, such establishments have begun to "pop up everywhere." If you are in business and are considering the notion of opening your very own bowling establishment - you may want to consider the idea of making a place of luxury and lanes. You could open a place of poise and pins, a place of high quality food, elegant décor and, of course, lots of fun for everyone!

If you are a bowling enthusiast and would prefer to try a more alluring ambiance for your bowling experience, you should definitely seek out a bowling venue of this sort. I have even seen music venues that serve as a sort of side show entwined with a regular bowling establishment. The musicians side of the establishment contains a full bar for adults and performances are sometimes limited to people over twenty one. Of course, that is just this particular bar, many clubs / bowling ally environments will allow anyone in, and provide wrist bands for people old enough to drink. And the bowling lanes on the other side of the establishment, in most such cases, are much more accessible to suit the entire family - whether you attend the performance or not.

So there are many ways to spruce up a bowling ally or simply add to the excitement of it all by combining the bowling allure with other things. Going to a luxury bowling ally sounds like a wonderful time to me, and there are many other great ideas out there for you to find if you love bowling. Whether it be bowling and fine dining, to bowling and a rock 'n roll show, or anything in between - there are more options than the stereotypical ten pin joint. The bowling enthusiast should definitely check out these kinds of establishments - you may be in for something you really enjoy.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on bowling, please visit, supplier of high quality Bowling Balls and Wrist Support.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bowling Games - From Six Pin Bowling to Crazy Bowl

You can find bowling alleys virtually everywhere in the US. But some people prefer to play other variations of the traditional ten pin bowling game. For example: using six pins there are simpler versions of bowling perfect for kids, as well as the 3-6-9 variation of the game of the ten point set up. When I was younger, especially in girl scouts, we used to do what is sometimes called "crazy bowl" - making up our own rules as we went along.

You can get kids' six pin (or ten pin) games at many major toy stores. The six pin method is definitely suited especially for kids. Six pin bowling is usually designed to set up at home. There really are no strict rules, just the basics. In addition, there are no official tournaments, or even venues that provide this type of bowling for children's entertainment. Often these toys can be great preparation for a child who might become very involved in competitive bowling later in life. Or you can purchase a bowling game for the purpose of just having some fun that your kids can enjoy - and no other, major goal.

The "crazy bowl" game I used to play in Girl Scouts is one of the goofiest kid's games ever. If you decide to rent a lane or lanes to play this with a group of children - I seriously recommend that you get the gutter bumpers that are almost always available. If you have children or if you have ever worked with children, then you already know that goofy is good.

There are rules for crazy bowl - but you can make up whatever rules you want. Of course the rules should be made considering the safety of the kids, those bowling balls are heavy, right? And heavy can be dangerous, as you probably already know. For example: my Girl Scout troop went on little field trips to the bowling alley with double bumpers. We sat with our legs in a V position - almost on the lane and pushed the ball as hard as we could to see how many pins we could knock over (or how far the ball would roll. We rolled the balls backwards between our legs, swinging our bodies and the ball in both hands and rolling it behind us down the lane.

Back when I played crazy bowl we also enjoyed the carefree task of pushing the ball in teams of two, sitting on our knees on the lane. There were usually two girls pushing with both hands. One last example is the only one in which we were actually using the finger and thumb holes in the ball, but there was a catch - we had to do it blindfolded and a non-blindfolded partner would point the girl who was bowling in the right direction so that no one would get hurt accidentally.

When you are trying to find fun ways to entertain your family, consider bowling. There are many ways to make bowling a wonderful family hobby. Your kids may want to join a league, it can become a regular family activity, or you can just play around with bowling toys at home. Whether you do it for fun, profession, competition or for a simple family focus, bowling is a great sport that has lasted thousands upon thousands of years.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on bowling, please visit, supplier of high quality Bowling Balls and Bowling Equipment.

Lawn Bowling

Sometimes people simply enjoy trying out new things - especially recreational activities. So it only stands to reason that if you are a fan of indoor ten pin bowling as it is, you will probably like the outdoor version commonly referred to as lawn bowling. There are some people, such as a woman of whom I read who have sat idly by and watched the game - not knowing how much fun it really is. Her friends persuaded her that she had to at least try it, and she fell into it completely. She testifies now that lawn bowling is one of her absolutely favorite activities.

There are many ways to have fun in the sun than sunbathing by the pool. Many people, and especially more active people, prefer to do something such as outdoor volleyball, tennis, lawn bowling and more. Most of these are great for your regular outdoor fun and are great activities for people of all ages. This applies especially to lawn bowling, in my opinion, because you do not require lessons as you do in tennis and other outdoor sports.

Lawn bowling is also much less strenuous than some other kinds of outdoor exercise and therefore, accessible to people of all ages. Just to list a few examples: lawn bowling is a popular pastime for family reunions, adult outings and even for the clients of assisted living facilities. When you play lawn bowling, there are lots of unexpected obstacles to overcome. These are natural obstacles such as bumps in the lawn, rocks, uneven or slanted soil, and more this can make the game even more fun for anyone.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on bowling, please visit, supplier of high quality Bowling Balls and Bowling Equipment.

Bowling Scores - Knowing How to Score a Game of Bowling

Keeping score in a game of bowling may seem complicated, but it really just comes down to adding up the number of pins each player knocks down. Each frame, a player has two opportunities to knock down ten pins. A game consists of ten frames, and the player with the highest score at the end of the tenth frame, wins.

If you are bowling at an alley without a scoring computer, you'll probably be given a paper scoresheet. Before you start playing, record each players name in the appropriate area of the scoresheet. The pins that are knocked down on a player's first attempt are counted and recorded. The mechanical pin setter then removes the standing pins, clears the knocked-down pins, and then returns the remaining pins.

The player then takes their second attempt, and any additional pins that are knocked down are counted and added to the first. The score from both attempts is first added together, and then to any previous scores, to calculate the running score for the frame. Most scoresheets have a small area in each frame to record the number of pins knocked down in each of the first and second attempts. The running total is then written in the larger area of the scoresheet.

For example:

If a player knocks down six pins on their first attempt, and then two pins on their second attempt, then they've scored an 8 on the first frame. In the second frame, if that player knocks down seven pins on their first attempt, and one pin on their second attempt, then their total score is now 16.

Players score bonus points when they knock down all ten pins in a frame, by either bowling a strike or a spare. The number of bonus points depends not only on whether a strike or spare was bowled, but also on the player's performance with the next 1 or 2 balls.

You score a strike when you knock down all ten pins on the first ball of the frame. To record a strike, mark an X for that frame; their score will be the ten pins of the strike plus any pins knocked down on two balls of the next frame. (You delay recording the score for that frame until the next one is completed).

After a strike, the next frame should be scored as usual. If the player bowls a second strike, scoring will need to be delayed until the next frame. The pins knocked down with that ball are added to the 10 from each strike.

A player that knocks down all 10 pins with their second ball is scored as rolling a spare.

To record a spare, mark a/ in that frame. The score for the frame is the 10 pins knocked down plus the number of pins knocked down on the first ball of the following frame. Bowling scores accumulate each frame until 10 frames are completed. If, in the tenth frame, a bowler rolls a strike or a spare, they are allowed bonus balls to determine their score.

Once each player has finished the ten frames, the resulting highest score determines the winner.

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Bowling Tips - Bowling Strikes Or Bowling Spares! Which Really Is Best?

It's pretty evident that most people think that getting the bowling strikes is the major goal in bowling.. They are always looking for the strikes and get excited the more they make. And trust me, I am no different than the majority. As long as I have been bowling, I still get a thrill seeing that bowling ball mow those pins down in a clean sweep. It is an empowering feeling!

When we think of strikes we think of them as being the top score, ten points and also they give you that added bonus of the total points you score on the next two throws. One other positive purpose of a strike is that once you strike you don't have to worry about missing picking up a spare or worry about getting a split.

It doesn't matter if you are a pro bowler, or a beginner. No matter where you fit in with the bowlers, everyone is impressed by strikes. This can lead to taking the focus off of other parts of the game and putting the focus on just one area of expertise. Strikes are great but you also need to be proficient in picking up those spares too.

When the focus is on how many X's you can chalk up you then find yourselves concentrating on only that phase of the game and in many cases your improvement in the game of bowling is slowed or impaired. Actually, those bowlers who work more on the accuracy of their spare delivery are the ones who will also be improving most in throwing those strikes too.

It does not take long for those "strike chasers" to learn that those strikes are really just one part of the game. He soon realizes that he needs to mix things up by varying his bowling tactics. Once he learns this he will be able to learn to be a better bowler.

A lot of bowlers believe, at first, that speed and power will score more strikes too. These "Power Balls" seem to look good as they are thrown with all the bowlers strength. Trouble is that they most often end up missing the head pin and only picking up a few pins. In their spare shots they most often miss and are usually surprised if they even pick up those remaining pins. So it ends up that the game of bowling, to these bowlers, is to strike or do nothing at all. These bowlers usually do not succeed in becoming proficient bowlers.

OK, now let's talk about how to become good at making strikes. First and foremost, remember the pattern that the ten pins are set up. All of the pins can be knocked down if you remember to throw your ball into the 1 - 3 pocket. (That is the space between the 1 pin and the 3 pin.)

It is possible to strike using different patterns but the 1 - 3 pocket seems to give them the greatest possibility for a strike. It is here that the bowling ball hits the 1 pin, then the 3 pin, next the 5 pin and finally the 9 pin. The other pins will go then go down as a result of these pins. Once you have determined that the hot spot for your ball is the 1-3 pocket you are well on your way to mastering the game of bowling.

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Bowling Places

Bowling is a game where players score points by rolling the bowling ball. The ball is rolled on the flat surface into the objects which are called pins or it is rolled to get closer to a target ball. The most recent type of bowling is ten-pin style. The bowling game has been started since the ancient Egypt. Currently the game is enjoyed by more than 95 million people who are present in more than 90 countries worldwide. The best pace to practice is the bowling alley. All alleys have an instructor who teaches and guides any new players about the game in few hours. Bowling places have shoes and balls that any player can borrow or rent from the racks. As one enters the bowling places it is advised to choose the right type of ball and shoe size before starting practicing. To avoid distractions in bowling places the player should always be far from other people. Bowling is such a game which requires precision and skill rather than physical fitness. For this reason it has been associated with older generation games.

Though the alley is the best place to practice bowling but it can practiced in home. To make home a bowling place; firstly the floor of the house should be made of hardwood, tile or vinyl. This type of flooring will make the house to have texture of bowling lanes. The game is divided into ten frames. These frames have boxes which are numbered and lined up in a row.

The ball which is used in playing the game is a spherical shaped object which has holes. The holes present in ball helps to have a good grip before it is released. Players who are playing the bowling game have to insert the ring and middle fingers into the holes of the ball. There are three ways to insert the fingers in the ball holes firstly the conventional grip, secondly the Sarge - Easter grip and thirdly finger tip grip. The best bowling places which are present worldwide are AMF Bowling Centers in America, Brunswick Recreation Centers, Bowl America, Vantage, Active West Inc, DON Carter All Star Lanes, Gold Coast Center, Seidel's Center and Coconut Bowl. All the above mentioned centers have urbane technology, with lane bookings and documentations and have efficient customer service which makes it a game a great fun. Most of the bowling places have efficient instructors who guides people specially beginners about the game. Many alleys have automatic scoring system which helps in quick figuring scores of the team. To understand bowling fully, knowing how to score high is utmost important.

In all the bowling places the lane is most distinguishable area. The bowling lane serves as a primary area which helps bowler to display the skills. If any bowler is familiar with the lane then to locate strike line becomes easier. To become efficient bowler understanding the dimensions of bowling lane is important.

I am John James from bowlingballforsale and I am an expert on Bowling. I hope this article gives you a good start on the game of Bowling, I have written a lot more Free advice on Bowling Places and tips on the Bowling Game.

How to Add Twenty Nine Points to Your Bowling Average - 3 Tips For Bowling in the Zone

Over the years, I have counseled and coached a wide range of bowlers. Some of these people compete in weekly leagues. Some of these athletes compete at the high school level. Others bowl for a college team. And some are professional bowlers competing on the PBA tour or are individuals who are hoping to make it on this prestigious tour. Every bowler who talks to me wants to learn how to bowl in the zone more often.

It does not matter if you are an amateur bowler or a professional bowler, the name of the game is getting more strikes and more spares every time you step on the alley. In addition, you want to avoid open frames and you want to avoid leaving yourself difficult splits for spares. As most bowlers know, splits are usually a function of being to high on the head pin.

Now, there are many ways of learning how to bowl in the zone and there are many psychological, emotional and physical barriers which can prevent you from bowling your best. Bowlers have described all kinds of psychological blocks to me over the years. Nevertheless, no matter who you are, you can enter the zone more often, if you can do three things before you move toward the foul line with your fingers in your ball.

First, you need to know how to relax. Your mind and your body need to be calm, limber and at ease.

Second, you need to able to be focused on what is most important to you. It may be your mark. It may be your stroke. It may be your line. It may be a board. Or, it may be your follow through. Or, it could be your tempo. Usually, being focused on just one thing is the right frame of mind for competing at a high level. I teach advanced bowlers how to focus on one thing or I teach them to have an empty mind which is clear of all distractions.

The third thing you need is confidence. You need to know how to allow yourself to believe in yourself and to believe in your physical and emotional strengths. This is vital for a bowler or for any athlete. I believe that each of these elements can be worth nine or ten points to many bowlers. Think about it. If you are relaxed, focused and confident, you are going to make a few more spares and a few more strikes.

These mental skills parallel what one feels when one is in a hypnotic state. The zone can be thought of as an altered state of mind. Many bowlers find that when they master self-hypnosis, they are better able to bowl in the zone more often.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ten Pin Bowling Tips You Need to Know

Ten pin bowling is a very popular sport across the United States. Millions come out to bowl every night, and many have their own ten pin bowling tips that they guard closely. However, to help you bowl better... and to help you fit in with the pros, here are some great tips for your own ten pin bowling game.

Essential Tips
Here are some essential tips for your bowling game:

1. Be positive at all times. The more you focus on having fun, the better you will works trust us!

2. If you can, look for a bowling coach at your bowling alley. They can help you become a better bowler using their own ten pin bowling tips.

3. Focus on your improvement. Pay attention to the games you do not do well in so that you can improve your game.

4. Don't keep score when you are practicing. You are just having fun then and if you keep score, it could discourage you and make you play worse, or cause you not to concentrate on improving enough.

Nifty Tips
For some added advantage, use these tips:

1. Insert tape into your bowling ball so that your thumb does not slip out of the ball when you are doing your arm swing.

2. Have a spare ball that you use only for getting spares, this ball should be made out of plastic.

3. One of the most important ten pin bowling tips is to have a lighter ball. Heavy bowling balls do not give you more power and a lighter ball can give you more movement and swing.

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Saving Money Tips - Get Into Sports

Okay, we all know that we should exercise but what is it that gives us that extreme sense of lack of motivation? Interesting question this one isn't it. I guess we are all rather prone to prefer to kick off the shoes, grab a cuppa and sit down in front of the TV / computer instead of grabbing out the joggers and pounding the footpath or running around a tennis court.

However, if you start to get into sports you will realise how much of a difference it can make to your whole well being. You will start to feel more enthusiastic and alive and this will flow across into other areas of your life. Your overall attitude to a multitude of things will be lifted up to new levels.

Being active also gives you additional benefits such as keeping your body healthy (saves on medical bills and doctors visits) and giving you something to do (saves you spending money on expensive forms of entertainment). Get into sports today by dusting off the joggers, digging out your swimming costume, grabbing a tennis racket or cleaning off your golf clubs. Participating in a sporting activity can not only keep you fit and healthy but provide you with hours of entertainment for generally a small fee.

Here are some clues to get you started:

1. Choose what sorts of sports you might be interested in

Jogging / Running / Aerobics
Tennis / Squash / Badminton
Football / Rugby / Soccer
Basketball / Netball / Softball
Cricket / Hockey / Croquet
Lawn Bowling / Ten Pin Bowling
Swimming / Diving / Aqua aerobics
Horse Riding / Polo
Canoeing / Kayaking / Rowing
Yoga / Pilates / Tai Chi / Gymnastics
Track and Field
Rock Climbing / Abseiling
Boxing / Martial Arts
Fencing / Archery
Weight lifting / Wrestling
Skateboarding / Rollerblading
Skiing / Snowboarding

2. Think about who might be able to join you (often if you are committed to go somewhere with someone else you are more likely to do this activity than if you have to go alone)

Family member
Work Colleague
Business associate
Member of a club / group / church you are in

3. Check out your local area to see what sports clubs / associations are located in your area that offer your chosen sport?

Surf the internet
Visit your gymnasium
Read the local paper
Ask your local school
Check the advertising outside your local hall
Ask at your local sports centre / youth club
Check with your council
Visit your local community centre

4. Decide where can you participate in your chosen sport

cycle track
running paths
sports field
council pool
bowls club
local hall
sports centre
dance studio
local school
ski fields
skating rink
bowling alley
squash / tennis courts
friends / neighbours home

5. Establish the costs for your chosen sport

Membership / club fees
Participation / entry fees
Sports equipment (purchase / hire)
Sports uniforms / shoes (purchase / hire)
Travel costs
Food / drinks whilst undertaking chosen sport

6. Consider organising a group

Get your work colleagues to accompany you on a walk / jog around the block at lunch time
Tee up your neighbours to all go for a walk / jog two or three afternoons / mornings a week
Advertise at your local gym / school / sports centre to set up your own running / cycling / walking / swimming group where you meet at a set location and all head off together for 30 mins / 1 hr
Look at the groups you currently belong to and can you add value to any of these groups by setting up a running / cycling / walking / swimming group as an offshoot
Talk to your local council / community centre / sports centre for assistance and promotion in kick starting a new group off in your area

7. Get out there and give it a go

Don't procrastinate - start working on this today
Set up a routine for your sports activities
Commit to your routine by marking time in your diary / calendar
Consider hiring equipment instead of buying the equipment at the start, just in case it doesn't work out for you
Set money aside in your budget to cover the costs for your chosen sport
Set a goal around your sport as this can keep you motivated to keep going e.g.

Build up to a certain speed with cycling / rowing
Swim a certain number of laps of the pool
Jog for a certain period of time
Learn a new dance routine regularly
Score a certain score
Touch your toes, do a back bend, do the splits

If you haven't done much exercise lately, just ease into it gently - one step at a time

Detective Heather Wood is Managing Director and writer for Money Detective Pty Ltd.

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Have You Ever Bowled a Strike and Said, "I've Got It"?

What would your score be if you could bowl, all the time, with that same feeling? Pretty good? What would you say if we promised you that high score? Unbelievable? Incredible as it may seem, that is exactly what we promise.

If you are willing to keep an open mind for a new concept while you read this article, we can point a way to help you improve your bowling score immeasurably as well as your enjoyment of the game.

Have you ever rolled a gutter ball while concentrating on the theories of the proper stance, delivery, slide, release and follow through? You know all there is to know about the mechanics of the bowling delivery and can recite the theories forwards and backwards.

The only thing you don't seem to understand is your score. It seems the more you know and the harder you try, the worse you get.

If it is true that you know the fundamental movements of the bowling delivery and yet fail to bowl well, your failure must be in your mental play.

Here is a promise for better Bowling. Our new bowling book is dedicated to the mental side of bowling or, more specifically, to the use of self-belief for control of the mechanical action of the bowling delivery. The use of self-belief is a new concept and one that will help the bowler with all phases of His or Her game. The reader will learn about the simplest, most effective technique ever devised to help him bowl consistently high scores.

What will they think of next. Your first reaction to the use of self-belief for improving your bowling game will probably be a big smile followed by the comment, what rubbish, its all been tried before, ahh, but not the way we'll teach you! The way we instruct is by self-hypnosis. Let us examine some interesting facts. Bookstores and libraries have racks filled with volumes on the physical side of bowling.

Autobiographies by professional bowlers reveal, with the frankness of confession story writers, how they "feel" during every moment. Endless "tips" appear in newspapers and magazines aimed at improving the game of the average player. Yet, why are there so many players seriously seeking improvement when the bowling delivery has been completely revealed, charted and plotted with the thoroughness of a geographical map?

The average player knows the fundamental movements of the bowling delivery, yet fails to play well. It must follow that his failure is in his mental play. Through hypnosis, the way to obtain a mental effect may be explained, understood and put to use. It reveals the mental side of bowling with the clarity that high speed cameras disclose the physical movements of the delivery. Here's the Secret. Self-hypnosis helps the bowler to attain "the subconscious feel" which is imperative to good bowling. The subconscious feel has been described as the rhythm you have during a practice delivery, or that "sweet feeling" when a ball is thrown correctly. Any conscious effort usually produces muscle tension. This is what is meant when you are told "you are trying too hard." Your conscious mind is so concerned with the mechanical movements and your desire to spill the pins that it repeatedly produces muscle tension.

Use Your Practice Game In League Play. Keeping that important feeling is what you are going to learn from using self-hypnosis. It is the secret of the champions and high average bowlers who have discovered the means of taking their practice games into tournament and league play.

It is known as "the subconscious feel'. Once you have learned how to activate this subconscious feeling and to bowl with the timing, relaxation and coordination possible in practice while under the tension of competition, most of your problems will be solved and you'll be well on the way to the high average you are capable of carrying.

The Experts Agree. Take it from Hank Marino, world champion, named bowler of the Half-Century and a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame. Hank said, "it isn't until a bowler enters a tournament of competition, no matter how small it may be, that the mental side of the game asserts itself.

"The one thing that is impressive is the incredible change of temperature. This change of mental attitude almost makes a bowler a stranger to himself". The great bowling master, Joe Falcaro, explained it as, being "The kegler who feels he has a 300 game in the offing after two or three successive strikes will discover that every delivery gets tougher.

His relaxation turns into tension and his muscles tighten. The ball seems to get heavier and more difficult to release. That's the mental side of bowling. Every star writing on bowling or lecturing at clinics stresses that form is a highly individual matter. The only thing that really counts is being able to relax tension for a smooth delivery.

Carmen Salvino, who started bowling at 12, was in a classic league at 17 and at 19 was the youngest American Bowling Congress (ABC) titlist, states: "I practice until the game becomes automatic. I don't have to think about what I intend to do with the ball, so I can be completely relaxed and natural when I am in competition".

Here's more Proof From The experts. You could go right through the Bowling Hall Of Fame and get identical advice from each of the greats. Ed Lubanski, Bowler of the year in 1959, said, "Think what you are going to do as you take your stance. Then don't think about anything in particular and just learn to spill the pins".

Only the phrasing changes as each of the champions gives advice. Buzz Fazio states it as, 'timing can make or break a bowler. The path to the fowl line is short but is strewn with pitfalls if your timing is off. Avoid stiffening. Be calm, relaxed and don't hurry your delivery".

The application of hypnosis to your bowling game was explained by Joseph Whitney in his popular King Features syndicated newspaper column, "Mirror of the Mind". He wrote: Properly performed, hypnosis is capable of changing mental attitudes at the conscious level. If faulty mental attitudes are responsible for an athlete's inadequate performance, a change wrought by hypnosis could improve his skill".

You can Use Your Subconscious Mind For Better Bowling. Should the term hypnosis connotate mystery, black magic, stage trickery or fear, disregard it. Upon closer examination, you will find you are not only familiar with it, but you have been using it while thinking of it in other terms such as self-discipline, positive thinking, automatic response, muscle memory, suggestion or unconscious desire.

Hypnosis is not a new phenomenon. Its recorded history goes much further back in time than that of the ancient and honorable game of bowling. The only new thing about hypnosis is when you, yourself, become aware of it. Then, it's great power to influence the mind becomes known to you. You will learn to use it effectively, because you will understand how to channel it's forces to tap the hidden resources of your subconscious mind.

With the proper application of self-hypnosis, you will be able to bowl the best game you are physically capable of playing. The method of accomplishing this will be as normal as the automatic response while walking.

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Bowling Tips on How to Bowl a Perfect Strike

Every time a bowler throws their first ball in a frame, there is ONE hope in the forefront of his mind, "Please let it be a STRIKE!"

Knocking down all ten pins with a single bowl is the best possible outcome and the goal to which all bowlers aspire. We all experience "beginners luck" at first, but then seem to lose sight of whatever we did to make it happen.

We all look up to the bowler who can get multiple strikes in a game. Thankfully, there are bowling tips and techniques you can learn to replicate that magic moment...and bowl a strike over and over again!

Where do you begin?

Right where you stand. Literally. Your foot placement is absolutely fundamental to your success. Even if you do everything else correctly, if your feet are not where they need to be, the ball won't go where it needs to either!

Are you right or left handed? If you are left handed, aim your right second toe at the 1-pin. If you're right handed, aim your left second toe at the 1-pin. It may feel odd at first, but make no works! Watch the foot placement of pro bowlers and you'll see they do it too.

Keeping your proper foot aimed at the head pin allows your shoulders to relax and square up with the foul line, making the ball more likely to go where you want it.

Step up to the swing

You now know where you stand. Let's talk about where we're your first intentional strike. Cradle your ball and retract your arm. You're just four steps away from bowling your first strike ball! If you are right handed, step with your right foot, then with your left foot. As you step with the left foot your ball arcs downward. Take your third step with your right foot as the force of the ball lifts your arm upwards. Release the ball and use your left leg as a counterweight to keep your balance.

Release the ball

It's important to release the ball at the proper time. If you release too soon, your ball will start rolling too soon and it won't have enough energy to knock the pins down. If you release on the upswing, you're likely to divot the lane at worst, and roll into the gutter at best. The best time to release the ball is just as centrifugal force begins to guide the ball upward. You'll feel it in your hand as gravity begins to pull at the weight of the ball. Be sure your wrist is straight and relaxed and that you're aiming for the strike zone (the little "x" on the lane in between the arrows).

Follow it through

As you release the ball, remember to NOT look at it. Your eyes should remain fixed on your target and your arm should continue its upward arc until after the ball has been released. It happens all too often when a beginner pulls his arm back quickly and watches the ball, only to have it roll off course. Don't let that happen to you! Where your eyes are looking is where your shoulders and feet are usually pointing. And we know that to bowl a strike, they all need to be facing forward!

By following these easy to learn techniques, you'll be bowling strike after strike. Your friends will be amazed and the competition disappointed. You can stand proud knowing that you have mastered the skills needed to bowl a strike again and again!

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Bowling - Different Types Of Playing The Game

The basic concept of bowling, a game that extends back to ancient times, is to roll a ball along a flat surface in order to knock over objects. Our most popular and most well-known and widely played form of bowling in North America is the ten-pin version. This kind of bowling method, in both amateur and professional capacities, is (in the opinion of many people) a wonderful game. Its exceedingly long term entertainment success for general recreation is proof of that.

Different types of bowling are typically classified, in the most basic sense, as indoor or outdoor bowling. Obviously, the one most of us are used to playing takes place inside. There are common factors, of course, the use of what is referred to in the game as a lane, the ball, and objective of the game itself. Most often the lane is much longer than it is wide and is similar to a section of straight road. The most common regulation lane measures about sixty two to sixty three feet from the foul line to the pin pit, it is also usually between forty one and forty two inches lengthwise.

North America's ten-pin bowling method is one of several - it actually evolved from a nine pin game in the nineteenth century. Five pin bowling is also very popular in Canada. Europe most commonly plays a version of a nine pin game that they call nine-pin skittles. Candlepin bowling is very popular in astern Canada and in the New England states. This is yet another version of ten pin bowling.

A version of the game of bowling referred to as duckpin bowling is most often seen in the mid-Atlantic, and southern New England States, as well as Eastern Canada. Using small "squat pins" which are particularly smaller, wider pins. And these include rubber parts. It is a fun, ten-pin version of the game you can enjoy as a recreation or hobby to play with friends and family members or anyone else.

Another version I will use as an example is the version of bowling called "Cocked-Hat bowling." This version of the game actually originated in Germany and was adopted into popularity by certain people in the United States. Nonetheless, its popularity was short-lived. There is, I believe, only one location in the US where cocked-hat bowling is still played. This place is a little club called The Corner Bar in St. Charles, Mo. It is a three pin game, using special duckpin bowling balls.

The last example I will provide is a kind of bowling called "feather bowling." This kind of bowling is also referred to as Belgian trough bowling. As you may have deduced, this particular form of bowling originated in Belgium, but it has gained popularity in Detroit as well. Nonetheless, there are very few places or venues in which the game is available for the public to play. And bowling leagues in this style of bowling are unheard of, as far as I know they do not exist.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Throw a Children's Party They Will Be Talking About For Years

Children's parties are notoriously difficult to get right. You have a large number of hyper kids to entertain and they all know what a good party should be.

Do you go all out and hire a travelling circus for the day or are there some simpler options which still make the day one they will remember for years to come.

I have come up with 3 great party ideas for a simple yet exciting day:

#1 Take them Ten Pin Bowling:

Most, if not all ten pin bowling alleys cater for children's parties these days. You can often get special deals which include bowling, drinks, food etc for a fairly reasonable price. Kids absolutely love ten pin bowling and it more importantly it gives them a focused activity which keeps them occupied. Staff will also assist with serving food etc which is a brilliant help.

#2 Take Them To The Zoo:

Kids and animals. A perfect combination. They will be fully engaged with the Lions and Tigers (and go ape for the monkeys, excuse the pun) and most zoos are large enough that you will be able to spend virtually the whole day there. Ring ahead to ask catering staff to lay on balloons and a birthday card and you really will have a grrrrreat day out.

#3 Hire An Entertainer:

This one can really works wonders. What bunch of kids doesn't love a magician or a clown. Get some recommendations from people who have hired entertainers before and you are on easy street. The entertainer keeps the kids busy while you get a chance to relax for a while.

I hope you have found my tips for a great children's party helpful. Ten pin bowling, the zoo, or hiring an entertainer are all fairly inexpensive ways to keep a group of children occupied for a decent amount of time and is definitely something that will have them talking about your party for years to come.

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Sports Psychology For Bowlers - A Very Important Bowling Tip to Get You Bowling in the Zone

Do you love bowling? Are you pro or do you bowl in a league or two a few nights a week? Do you love the feeling of seeing the ball in the one-three pocket? Can you feel a strike ball the second it leaves your hand? Do you know what it is like to bowl in the zone and get on a roll? Do you hate seeing a high ball knowing that you will face a split? Don't you hate it when you miss a seven pin or a ten pin?

Once you master the mechanical and physical techniques that are involved in bowling, this sport becomes quite mental. That is, once you know how to roll the ball, hit your marks, keep your rhythm and your balance the game becomes quite psychological.

Over the years, I have counseled many bowlers. Some have been recreational bowlers and others have been professionals. I have used hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation training, confidence building techniques, focusing techniques and motivational strategies to help them achieve their long term goals and their short term goals.

Some want raise their average. Some want to earn their living on the lanes. Some bowlers want to be stars in their weekly leagues. Others want to avoid choking when the pressure is on.

In counseling these bowlers, I tend to learn a great deal about their personalities, their dreams and their approach to the game. Believe it or not, many of them have very different things running through their mind when they step up to the lane and get their fingers into their ball.

Some bowlers are target oriented. Others are more technique oriented. Some enjoy the pressure and the crowds. Others like to feel alone, centered and focused on the lanes. They like feeling that they are in their own cocoon of concentration. The mental training I do with them is about getting them into the ideal state of mind to perform to their fullest potential.

One of the very important decisions I help my clients make is whether or not they want to watch their opponents bowl. They also need to decide if they want to watch the score or not. Some players do better attending to the competition and some do better bowling in a physical and psychological vacuum.

The bowler and I frequently sort this decision out via counseling and trial and error. We tend to go with whatever works, whatever feels most comfortable and whatever produces the highest scores and the most wins.

So, no matter what level you bowl at, you need to decide how aware you want to be of external cues.

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Bowl a Strike - How to Spin a Bowling Ball

Learning how to spin a bowling ball correctly will surely improve your bowling game and have you bowl a strike in no time. If you are often left feeling disappointed at your bowling score, feel something is missing from your game or simply feel ready to take your bowling technique to the next level, keep reading for bowling tips.

Ten pin bowling pins are actually 12" apart so when you bowl a strike you need to cause the pins to knock each other over. Learning how to spin a bowling ball, instead of throwing it straight causes the pins to behave more destructively upon impact, knocking each other over in the process and earning you a strike. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it looks to spin the ball and bowl a strike ! However, there are a few bowling tips which will help you to spin the ball.

Having the right type of bowling ball is going to help you alot if you want to bowl a strike more often as some bowling balls are better for spinning than others. The plastic balls which you find at your bowling alley are excellent for straight shots and therefore not really suited to spinning (or hooking as it is called). Bowling balls made from urethane have a better hook or spin. Professional bowlers prefer to use particle balls, this gives them increased control over the spin.

To spin the bowling ball properly and improve your bowling game, you want only your fingertips in the bowling ball not your whole fingers. Otherwise, if you try to spin the bowling ball your fingers may be rolling down the lane too. Buying your own bowling ball that is custom-built for your fingers will also help.

The next thing you need to do to learn how to spin a bowling ball properly is concentrate on your form. Keep in mind that the ideal point of impact is the "pocket" between the first pin and the third pin (the front pin and the one directly behind it to the right).

If you are right-handed then you will want to aim for the second triangle marker from the right (the opposite if your left-handed) You may find you veer naturally to one way or another so keep experimenting to see what works for you. Once you know what positioning is best you need to practice releasing the ball in this way every time to bowl a strike.

To spin the bowling ball, hold the ball with your hand underneath and your thumb on top as you approach the line and before you release the ball, twist your wrist so your hand is near the top of the ball and your thumb at the bottom. So, if you are right-handed this will mean you are turning your hand to the left. Remember, by aiming the ball for the second marker from the right will accommodate for the distance the ball will spin to the left. With a bit of luck and a lot of practice, your ball should spin into "the pocket" and earn you a strike!

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7 Bowling Tips For Beginners - What Bowling Beginners Need to Know

If you are new to the game of bowling, there are plenty of bowling tips for beginners that will make you successful at the game. Bowling is a very popular game, played across the United States...and the world, and it keeps growing in popularity. When you can bowl well, you will not only gain confidence, you will have more fun as well.

The Beginner Bowling Tips

If you are new to the game and want to get better, then follow these tips:

1. Get bowling shoes that are the right size for you.

2. Get a bowling ball that is light enough for you but not too light, and not too heavy. The right balance is very be selective.

3. One of the important bowling tips for beginners is to use a five step approach when coming up to the lane.

4. Practice as much as you can.

5. Work on throwing the straight ball, before you start working on throwing a hook ball. Aim at the seven pin and ten pin as much as you can so you can at least pick up spares if you don't get strikes.

6. Work on a quick delivery of the ball so the ball moves slowly out of your hand and along the lane without banging against the floor. Do not throw the ball, release the ball gently down the lane.

The Most Important Tip

Probably the most important of the bowling tips for beginners is to have fun. Don't get frustrated and just go out there and have a good time bowling.

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Bowling Etiquette - Do's & Don'ts

Bowling, like any other sport, has a set of DO'S and DON'TS that must be followed so that all can enjoy the game. The rules are based on common sense, and express courtesy and good sportsmanship.

Here are ten of the most important ones:

1) DO yield the 'right of way' When two bowlers are on adjacent lanes, and simultaneously ready to bowl, the bowler on the right delivers first. The other bowler ought to remainoff or to the rear of the approach area. This rule doesn't apply if the bowler on the left is shooting for a spare.

2) DON'T take a practice swing with your bowling ball on the concourse or behind the approach. Wait until you are upon the approach itself before doing any practice exercises.

3) DO be ready when it's your turn to bowl. Remain in your lane area while your teammates are bowling, don't wander off.

4) DON'T use an excessive amount of body gyrations at the foul line after delivering the ball. Confine your body 'English' to your own lane.

5) DO bowl immediately when it is your turn. Once you have your ball, assume your stance and start your delivery, it isn't necessary to wait for lanes on either side of you to be cleared before you bowl, just observe the 'right of way' rule.

6) DON'T bring food or drink into the settee or bowlers area, a drop of liquid or any type of foreign substance spilled on the approach could cause a slip and serious injury.

7) DO wait until you have completed the frame before checking your score. Don't come back to the scorekeeper after the first ball has been rolled.

8) DON'T bench jockey while others are bowling. Friendly bantering is an accepted part of the sport, but don't overdo it. Be a good competitor.

9) DO return your bowling shoes to the counter control desk after bowling, and if you've borrowed a 'house ball' return it to the storage rack.

10) DON'T linger at the foul line after releasing the ball. As soon as your ball hits the pins return to your seat.

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7 Tips for the Advanced Bowlers

Once you have mastered bowling's fundamentals, you will find that there are many subtleties of the approach and delivery that still may be something of a mystery to you. Be heartened by the fact that even the most advanced bowling stars have scoring problems. Some of the most common of these are listed below:

1) ALLEY SENSE Bowlers too often "fight" the lane. The ball either hooks too much or it won't hook at all, so try to adjust to lane conditions.If you feel you are releasing the ball properly and the ball still won't hook, there are a number of adjustments you can make: a) move slightly to the right of your normal stance position; b) attempt to slow up the speed of your ball, thereby giving it more traction; and c) try changing your target to a point inside the second rangefinder.

You may move it in as far as the third rangefinder (from the right). Experience will show you the proper adjustment to make. If the ball is hooking too mucjh try one of the following: a) move your starting stance slightly to the left using your same target, b) try picking a spot further down the lane to use as your target, or c) increase the speed of your ball.

2) TEN-PIN LEAVES When the ten pin remains on what seems to be a good pocket hit, the fault generally lies with the bowler. Experts in the sport feel the reason for it is that the ball doesn't have enough rolling action when it strikes the 1--3 pocket, or the ball may be traveling at too great a speed when it hits the pins. If you are bothered by ten-pin leaves, try giving the ball more roll, less spin, and less speed.

3) POCKET SPLITS Many bowlers are bothered by troublesome splits that occur on what should be 1--3 pocket hits. If this happens to you, it is an indication that the ball is "quitting"--failing to finish in the proper rolling fashion. Usually this is caused by the thumb coming out of the ball too late. As a result, the ball is given inadequate finger lift. To overcome this failure, shift the position of your thumb in the ball--bring it up to at least nine o'clock.

4) SPEED Speed really isn't an all important factor in getting your scores. Control and accuracy are much more important.If you are rolling a ball that is too fast, I suggest you shorten the approach by two or three feet in order to cut down your backswing. Junie McMahon, Hall of Fame star, had almost no backswing at all, and he became one of the East's all-time stars. If you want to generate more speed, simply increase the height of your backswing. Or, a change to a lighter ball will work, too.

5) SPARE SHOOTING Many of the more advanced bowlers stand to the left of the approach area when attempting to convert pins remaining on the left side of the lane. This is done to diminish the possibility of "chopping," and I don't recommend it to newcomers. The left side of the lane can be troublesome unless you have a precise understanding of just how the ball is going to react.

6) DRIFTING Drifting simply means failure to approach the foul line in a straight line. The remedies for this malady are simple. If you are drifting to the right of the approach, I suggest you keep your first step more to the left than is normally proper. If you are drifting toward the left, step off a bit to the right on your first step.

7) BALL ROLLING OVER THUMB HOLE A ball that rolls over the thumb hole sometimes causes loss of direction and thereby inaccuracy. Usually, a ball rolls in this way because the bowler turns or breaks his wrist at the time of his release. Or, again, it may be simply a case of the thumb hole not fitting properly. Always, the Index finger should be placed on the ball. But don't be overly troubled by this. Just let your finger relax over the contour of the ball in a natural way.

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