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Bowler's Corner: How to pick up the 10-pin

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009

Here's a quick look at the leagues, with a few highlights: Sunday, Youth-Adult, 6 p.m.; Monday, Good Morning Monday, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Golden Oldies, 1 p.m., Monte's Eagles, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 55 Plus, 1 p.m., Al Stirman, 232 game, Cook Inlet Masters, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dirty Dozen, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Golden Oldies, 1 p.m., Wild and Wacky, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Peninsula Strykers, 10 a.m.

Tip of the Week

This week's tip is about how to make the 10-pin for the right-handed bowler. The 10-pin requires a great deal of attention. For starters, most right-handed bowlers consider the 10-pin to be the most difficult of spares when it comes to converting single-pin spares. Second, converting the 3-pin and 6-pin spares can be based off of how you convert the 10-pin.

If you ever watch the PBA or PWBA, you will notice that most right-handed bowlers use the cross-lane method to cover the 10-pin. What this means is that your feet will be on the left side of the approach, and your left foot should be close to, or maybe even over, board 32. Your target arrow will be on the third arrow from the right, board 15. Where you stand on the approach, the angle you use, and the target that you attempt to roll the ball over will vary slightly from other bowlers.

After you put your hand in your bowling ball, you will want to flatten or even break your wrist. A broken wrist will greatly limit how much your ball can hook, if at all. Second, the back of your hand should be facing and parallel to the floor. Now that you are all set all you will need to do is face, walk and follow through toward your intended target.

Converting the 10-pin is not difficult, it just takes a little practice. The next time you go bowling, instead of trying to get the highest score possible, attempt to get a score of 10. With a full rack of pins, try picking off the 10-pin for a game. If you want even more of a challenge, try taking out the 7-pin on your second shot.

For lefties converting the 7-pin, all you need to do is flip things around. Place your right foot near or on board 32 and aim for the third arrow from the left. The rest is the same.

Little bit...

Did you know that in a three-game series, 134 muscles contribute in some way to the lifting, swing and delivery of 865 pounds of bowling ball weight over the course of up to 63 rolls.

Bowler's Corner is submitted by Randy Stiedl. Any questions or comments can be sent to akrms1@yahoo.com.



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