Jim Stefanovich’s recommendations
Unable to imagine his life without sports, in his youth, Jim Stefanovich was first fond of golf and baseball, and only then decided to make a career in bowling. Victories were not long in coming: at the age of twenty, he takes third place in the ABC Master tournament – an astounding achievement. The following year, Jim achieved even greater success with 662 points in the ABC Tournament, helping his team to take first place. Jim is most proud of the fact that he was included in the US team to participate in the 5th World Bowling Tournament, which is held annually in Mexico City, where he finished second. Taking part in the Inter-American Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, organized by the International Bowling Federation, Stefanovic took first place with Les Zikes in doubles. He was also part of the six-man USA team that won the competition. Jim’s success at the amateur level convinced him to go pro. The first victory he won as a professional player came when he won the Baltimore Open competition. He earned $ 14,510 that year.
The next time you arrive at the bowling center, watch the first ten players you see perform their finishing moves. Don’t be surprised if you notice that half of them are sending the ball to the side and are struggling to keep their balance so as not to jump out of the path. It is a regrettable fact that 50 percent of players make mistakes that lead to poor coordination, and this is reflected in their synchronization and balance. These two factors are just as important in bowling as a well-fitted ball. The process of synchronized execution of movements is far from simple; moreover, it is rather difficult to define it. But in general, this concept boils down to complete coordination of footwork and hand swing in order to regulate the speed and send of the ball for the most effective results.
Correct timing is at the core of success in any sport, especially bowling, where the result is an 8-10 split instead of a strike. You can be considered to have perfect synchronization if the toe of your left foot (the one with which you slide) is at the line of throw when the ball is thrown. When this happens, you should have an accurate and strong grappling hook. Whether the ball was sent correctly or not can be determined in another way – through the feeling that you are sliding like on wings to the line of throw, and the tar seems weightless. After sending the ball, you are in perfect balance. High points scored will also tell you that the synchronization of movements has not been disturbed. Unfortunately, not many players are able to achieve perfect synchronicity. We can say that for the overwhelming majority it is at the level of adequacy. Synchronicity errors are as common as unbroken SPEs. And by analogy with the latter, they happen to everyone – from novice players to venerable professionals.
Coordination (or synchronization) of movements begins with the correct stance, according to which your feet should be in the appropriate position, and your hands should properly hold the ball. If you are not holding lightly and freely, it is highly unlikely that your movements will be performed correctly. The first step is to move the ball down for a swing. At the beginning of the second step, the ball should reach the level of the right knee, and after its completion it should be behind the back; while doing this, your left arm is pulled out to the side to maintain balance. In the third step, which is done at a faster pace, the ball reaches its highest point of swing. At this moment, the tilt of the body increases. The fourth step is often called the tempo step. This stage is the quintessence of the whole run. You push off with your right foot, bend your left knee, and slide. At the same time, the ball is brought forward. This kind of execution is called perfect synchronization (coordination), which includes every phase of your run and ball throw.
The most common mistake that leads to de-coordination is overspeed. The professionals call it a foray. It consists in the fact that your body is at the line of throw 1-2 seconds earlier than the ball. Such an error can only mean one thing – you will not be able to give the ball the proper lift during the send, and as a result it will hit the minimum number of pins. But the consequences can be much more serious: you will have a feeling of losing the ball; however, you really run the risk of dropping it. The best way to get rid of this disadvantage is to slow down your steps during the takeoff run. But this is easy to say, but difficult to do. Counting steps is one way to slow them down. Count every step you take. In other words, keep the rhythm you want. Instead of saying: “One, two, three, four,” mentally say: “One thousand one, one thousand yach two, one thousand three … ”This method will set you the required pace.
The second way to slow down the speed of the run is to first put your foot on the heel with each step, and then touch the surface of the floor with the arch of the foot. If you’ve ever seen a sprinter run, you may have noticed that they run on their toes. This helps them develop high speed. The bowling thrower throwing himself on the send line tends to do this, but the heel-toe technique limits the fast run. Sometimes lengthening your strides will help you take a more measured takeoff run. However, this method involves a lot of compensating movements with a lateral swing, which is fraught with complications. I find that slowing down your steps using one of the two methods I described will be the easiest solution.
Women bowling also make mistakes related to coordination and balance, but these are mistakes of a different type. Instead of rushing to the take-off line, they run too slowly. It happens that the ball is the first on the take-off line. When this happens, all you have to do is hope that the ball will roll to the pins. I once saw a woman run extremely slowly but did a quick lateral swing, causing the ball to roll so slowly that it eventually froze about 6 feet from the pins, touching the surface of the track with the thumb hole. The most negative side of a slow run is that it makes it difficult to maintain balance. The weight of the ball can also be a serious problem. Often he pulls the left shoulder off. Whenever you feel its heaviness, you can rest assured that somewhere during the take off you made a mistake related to the coordination of movements.
Sometimes it’s easy to find a solution – just shorten the steps. Rhythm failure is sometimes due to the fact that you began to move the ball away from your chest before you took the first step. It is enough for the player to realize that he is mistaken, and this problem can be easily eliminated by carrying out the first step and withdrawing the ball from the chest at the same time. Synchronization problems can also be associated with the swing. The desire to get to the line of throw as soon as possible and to send the ball harder leads, in addition, to an exceptionally large scope. I advise in the starting position to stand perfectly straight, with the ball dropping slightly. In the final phases of the takeoff run, you should not lean too far forward. Coordination of your movements can be negatively affected by the first or second steps during the run, taken at a rapid pace, or the sudden sending of the ball to the track. You should slide smoothly; you should gently guide the ball onto the track. From the moment of accepting the stance until the end of the final movement, one should remain calm and equanimous. You should feel as if you are skating to the line of the throw.
Balance, like synchronicity, is directly related to each phase of your run and ball throw. Balance is based on correct stance. Stand up straight. Your body weight should be on your heels. When you take the first step, starting the takeoff run, step forward gently. If you are in favor of a four-step run, keep your right foot slightly behind your left to give you a smoother initial step. If you are doing a five-step run, then there is no point in placing one foot behind the other. As a rule, everything. bowling players intuitively start the first step with their left foot.
When the ball enters the swing stage, move your left hand to the side. This movement will balance the weight of the ball. Most likely, you will not forget to do it anyway, since the left arm will move away from your body by itself.
Regular strides and moderate speed will also help you maintain balance during your takeoff run. But the last step is very important here. At this stage, you should bend your left knee so that the center of gravity of your body moves downward. Otherwise, you can deviate to the right or left, as well as go beyond the line of throw. The low squat will also make it easier for you to swing your right leg back. Remember to bend at the knee. A bend in the lower back can pinch your upper body, and then you have to move your right leg forward to keep from falling. With the correct knee bend and ball send, remain in a low stance for the finishing swing with your right hand.
Striving to get closer to the line of throw as soon as possible does not help maintain balance. Steps should be taken at a proper pace. Counting the rhythm discussed above is the best way to slow down your run. Imbalance can also cause skid, that is, the tendency to take a run at an angle rather than in a straight line, starting from the starting position and ending with sending the ball onto the track. Some bowling pros use a skid technique, but they know how to compensate for its shortcomings in one way or another. The average player doesn’t know how to do it. Suppose you are drifting to the right. At the last moment, you will have to turn your body to the left in order to achieve a good and accurate position. sent. However, such adjustment of movement is very likely to lead to the fact that you lose your balance. To eliminate the possibility of skidding, select a board in the take-off zone and make sure that your second and fourth steps (which you take with your left foot) fall on it. This will make it easier for you to keep your balance. In addition, too short a takeoff run is also not conducive to maintaining balance. In this case, you will find that, once in front of the line of throw, you have no room to slide. You will have to quickly turn your left leg to the right side to avoid the spade. The result is an inevitable imbalance. There is only one conclusion – have a margin of space.
Synchronization of movement is achieved when the toe of your sliding foot reaches the throw line at the same time as the ball is sent. Most out of sync errors are caused by running too fast. Slow it down by counting each step or using the heel-toe technique. Get into the correct starting stance to maintain balance. Your body weight should be on your heels. During the takeoff run, take your left hand to the side. Finish the run by bending your knee and extending your right leg behind your back. Maintain a low stance until you complete the movement.