Do You Want to Learn How to Really Bowl?
Bowling in league one or two nights a week is only a start. Actually it is the start of many things like elevating a bowler's ego and inflating a bowler's average probably 10 to 30 pins. League play will also not lend to the versatility a bowler needs to combat tournament or sport conditions. Most league conditions are setup to be as easy as possible and give bowlers that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Showing up for league play is like a walk in the park, you arrive, see the same things, and experience the same terrain. One thing is for certain, your one or two night a week league bowlers will not be able to compete on tough tournament and sport conditions. Why?
Many factors and variables will prevent "Joe Bowler" from success on tough tournament or sport lane conditions. The obvious is bowling equipment. The market is saturated with bowling balls that will do everything a bowler can dream up. But if you don't have the knowledge when to use it or put it away your never going to be more than a league bowler who can only bowl on league conditions.
A second important factor is converting your spares. On league conditions you are agitated when leaving the occasional corner pin and it probably doesn't matter what bowling ball you use to convert the spare. On tournament and sport conditions you will throw at more spares and more pins with each spare attempt. Easy enough right? Not on tough lane conditions! Your nonchalant league approach to spare shooting will result in open frames and dramatic pin count loss. The fun is only beginning because you will not be leaving just corner pins. It gets so bad at times that the waitress comes down after your first shot and asks what kind of potato you would like with your half rack.
Woody Demma of WDTournaments has always thought tough conditions are important. If "Joe Bowler" wants to learn how to bowl, Boot Hill and Top Gun tournaments are a great training ground. Entries have been down but Demma still guarantees $1000 top prize or more every single tournament no matter what the turnout. Boot Hill Tournaments used to draw an average of 110 bowlers a tournament. If Demma could get those numbers once again, bowlers would be competing for a first place prize of somewhere between $2000 and $3000 per tournament. For the last 15 years Demma has stood by his convictions that lane conditions should be demanding but fair to all bowlers. It has cost him a lot of money to stand behind what he believes bowling was meant to be.
Bowling is relatively easy during traditional league play. If you want to learn how to bowl you must learn to bowl on all lane conditions. You must also practice and gain as much knowledge about your equipment as well as equipment available. Bowling league and carrying a big average does not establish that you are a good bowler, it simply means you're a good league bowler. I don't mean to over simplify the game of bowling on any lane condition because once you think you figured it out, here comes that damn waitress again. http://kenoshabowling.com/