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Two-handed Bowling

Mental Game Toolbox

Lane Play


Practice Devices and Props

A Wall

Something there is that doesn't love a wall ...
However, walls can be very useful on the the approach side of the foul line.
With apologies to Robert Frost from whom I borrowed the opening line from, the list begins.

Most of you know about walls on the lanes but are you aware of the many uses of a wall as a bowlers aid? There are more than the initial two that follow.

1) Look at post#4 by Jim Merrell regarding "the ball placement step"

2) Richard Shockley "the finish"

More uses of a wall to come ...

Targeting devices

Always get permission from the center authorities first.

1) Tape
On the lane as targeting devices - connect the dots (a line) several feet apart, look and listen.
On the lane side by side (a corridor) separated by a few boards, object roll the ball between the pieces of tape,use two sets several feet apart

2) PVC Targeting tool
You can buy them, but you can make them for a lot less, you can improvise adding features. This is variation of an old concept. This forum post has suggested spec's and materials list

Motion Monitoring Aid

1) A piece of tape on your PAP during practice sessions can help you see what your ball is doing and when its doing it
A simple method for finding your PAP -

First Step First Aid

A plastic drinking straw can be taped to the approach in the spot you want your first step to go. This was demonstrated in a USBC video


Instructional Material

Last Update 8/2/2013
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Books - The Written Word

Bare Bones Bowling
by Brian Voss Publication date: 3/11/2013

Bowling Execution - 2nd Edition
by John Jowdy (Feb 13, 2009)

Bowling Fundamentals - a better way to learn the fundamentals
by Michelle Mullen (2004)>

BOWLING: The Handbook of Bowling Pschology
by Eric Lasser, Fred Borden, Jeri Edwards

by Susie Minshew

by Susie Minshew

FOCUSED for BOWLING: Mental Skills to Master Every Shot
by Dean Hinitz

Intrinsic Bowling - Beyond "The Zone" Into The Inner Bowler (Volume 1)
by Dr. Dennis A. Hooker PhD and Palmer Fallgren (Oct 15, 2012)

Let it go
by Palmer Falgren

Par Bowling: The Challenge
by Thomas C. Kouros

Play the High Friction Game CD
by Mo Pinel

See It, Feel It, Do It
by Mo Pinel

The Game Changer: A simple system for improving your bowling scores
by Mark Baker

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
by W. Timothy Gallwey, Zach Kleiman and Pete Carroll (May 27, 1997)

by George Allen

With Winning In Mind
by Lanny Bassham


A Pro's Guide To Better Bowling - Volume 1 -VHS
by Don Johnson

A Pro's Guide To Better Bowling - Volume 2 - VHS
by Don Johnson

Dick Ritger Series Volume 1: The Perfect Strike Feeling - DVD
by Dick Ritger

Dick Ritger Series Volume 2: Developing Accuracy & Playing Angles - DVD
by Dick Ritger

Norm Duke - Learn to Bowl Competitively DVD
by Norm Duke

Quiet Mind Bowling - DVD
by Steven Yellin


Ball Drilling For Dummies Series
with Tim Burg, Joey Cerar, and Mo Pinel

Internet Assets

Above 180 Take your game to the next level
Tim Burg and Joey Cerar

Ron Clifton's Articles Archive
Articles by Ron Clifton

Next Level Bowling - 6 Video Lessons by Norm Duke
Found withing the Tech Tips Tab - Instructional Videos

Richard Shockley's VideoTips

Joe Slowinski's Bowling Knowledge

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