Billy Velu Recommendations and Demonstration
One of the world’s best bowling players, Billy Vel, can be trusted when he says that you are not much different from your parents. Learn how to send balloons correctly from the very beginning so that you do not have bad habits that will be very difficult to get rid of in the future. Young people must master the same fundamental principles as adults, with an emphasis on an even, well-coordinated take-off run and correct hand function. The rest, as they say, is a matter of practice. “The first thing I try to inspire young people is to be patient,” Velu says. “It takes time to learn how to do something right.” There are already leagues for boys aged six to seven, but Velu is of the opinion that bowling should be started at the age of ten or twelve. “They just don’t have the strength to handle the ball,” he explains, “but guys and girls ten to twelve years old will be able to tame 10 or even 12-pound balls. A teenager can switch to a regular ball weighing 16 pounds, but only after working out the swing. ”
Remember the following from the beginning:
1. Only through relentless training will you be able to master the secrets of bowling.
2. Start with light balls, as they are much easier to practice different techniques.
3. Be patient. Anything worth learning takes time.
Mike Durbin’s recommendations
The pace that Mike Durbin took when he entered bowling would have envied many veterans. In his very first year, he was voted Best Newcomer by the Professional Bowling Association, and in Southern California he was named Player of the Year. Mike won the Tampa Bay Open and Youngstown Open and finished second in the New Orleans Open. He averaged over 214 points per game. Due to the fact that there are now countless programs for teaching boys and girls bowling, there is every reason to believe that teens are perfectly familiar with the basics of this game. The role of a good instructor for a person who decides to start bowling is difficult to overestimate. The attempts of any young man or girl who wishes to master this complex science on their own are doomed to failure. Almost every bowling center has at least one full-time employee who specializes in teaching the game. Choose someone with the appropriate qualifications.
In principle, it doesn’t really matter if the instructor is a top-notch player. The qualities that make a good instructor one may be missing from a star performing on the tracks. It is important for the instructor to know how to strike a strike, and there is no need to demonstrate this skill himself. Of course, there are bright personalities who can do both, but they are not so common. In addition to fully understanding how to play bowling, the instructor must have a lot of patience explaining the elements over and over again. It is better for a beginner to listen to only one instructor. Someone once said that bowling has as many instructors as there are participants. In general, this is a correct observation. Everyone wants to help. But listening and doing as everyone else advises is no less harmful than not listening to anyone.
I started bowling quite late – at the age of fifteen. Once a week, my father took me to the bowling center with him. It is difficult to say at what age you should start bowling. Some already at seven or eight years old have sufficient strength and coordination, while others are only ten or eleven years old are able to cope with balls. Boys and girls should not be allowed to compete until they can take a run and send the ball in the normal way. I watched the youths drag the ball, wrapping both hands around it like a watermelon, and then throw it onto the path. They quickly get bored with such a game, and besides, the tracks fail. In my opinion, the adolescent’s attitude to play is extremely important. My father used to tell me: “Remember, this is just a game. Do not rush. Enjoy it. ”
It seems to me that the majority of young people attach great importance to the number of pins hit. But for beginners, first of all, they need to concentrate their efforts on the synchronization of movements, that is, on the coordinated work of the arms and legs. The desire to immediately and quickly score more points among adolescents is expressed in a tempo approach to the throw line. They believe that the faster the steps are, the faster the ball will roll. The speed of the ball, in their opinion, is the factor that determines the number of pieces knocked down. Of course, this theory is fundamentally flawed. Coordination and precision are what matters. Before I took the first step in the take-off zone, I was taught to pause, select a landmark on the track, and send the ball while adhering to that landmark. All these tips made me cool down and keep the right rhythm.
It is also important that the younger generation understand the norms of behavior in the bowling center. I mean, first of all, a frivolous attitude towards the game, which manifests itself in a different way in rarely. Noisily supporting or encouraging each other, they interfere with the concentration of those who are nearby. Their movements in front of the take-off line annoy the players. These people often drop food on the floor or cover it with various drinks. One of the reasons for this behavior of young people is the inability to understand that bowling requires complete concentration. It is necessary to convey to their consciousness the fact that not only others will benefit from good manners, but also they themselves.
Anyone who has decided to go bowling from a young age should also explain the purpose of this or that equipment. The player should understand the difference between balls that can be rented in a bowling center, those that are owned by a bowling center, and custom made, so as to avoid confusion. He should also explain how to choose the ball correctly, that is, to take it with both hands on the sides opposite to those that are in contact with the adjacent balls lying on the rack to return the balls. Thus, he will protect his fingers from being hit by the balls rolling back. In addition, he needs to explain the principles of the machine for setting any configuration of pins. Very often I see inexperienced players send a second ball before the one that was sent first rolls back. Having intercepted someone else’s ball, they try to knock out the spee, although the machine has not yet installed new pins. This attitude leads to damage to equipment. Finally, the novice player should be instructed on how to operate the pin-setting machine in both the whole set and individual pin modes, paying particular attention to the function of the “emergency button”. Finding a ball that suits the complexion of a young man or girl is not so difficult. In all bowling centers, their nomenclature is very diverse. The lightest of these weighs 9 pounds, although balls weighing 8 and even 6 pounds have recently appeared on the market. The heaviest ball for boys and girls weighs 12 pounds.
The weight of each ball is directly related to the size and position of the thumb hole and the holes for the middle and ring fingers. For example, a ball in which the thumb hole is relatively wide and far from the holes for the other two fingers is designed for a large person. It will be heavy enough. But when a teenager chooses a ball with a comfortable grip for the fingers, then, most likely, the weight of this ball will be fine with him. A lightweight teenage ball should sit on the hand as well as an adult ball, and the thumb should also fit freely into the hole, only lightly touching its inner surface. The fit of the holes for the middle and ring fingers is tighter.
To determine if the distance between the thumb and middle finger is correct, I recommend that the young player insert his thumb and then insert the middle and ring fingers into the ball at the second joint. Then have him slide a pencil between his palm and the ball. If the pencil slides freely, then the fit is correct. Like all the guys, I first used the bowling ball, holding it in the usual way. Having been bowling for about a year, I bought a ball that was made to order for me. It is highly controversial whether a teenager can have his own ball. When an adult buys a balloon, he is sure that it will last him several seasons. However, for a ball for boys and girls, this approach does not work. Adolescents develop so quickly that after a year their fingers will be too big for the previously chosen ball. But physical development does not mean that he will have to part with the chosen ball. Redesigning it is not such a difficult task. A specialist in a sports store can easily patch up a hole for the thumb and drill a new one at a greater distance from the holes for the middle and ring fingers, then reaming the latter. Very few young men and women are able to hold the ball with their fingertips or knuckles. This style requires the palm and arm to be strong enough, plus the experience gained in league games, which should be played at least two to three times a week.
Younger players need to be taught the four-step run, the one used by adults. When I was practicing this run, the instructor told me: “Retract the ball on the first step, lower it on the second and retract it behind the back on the third step. On the fourth slide and send. ” I did so, slowly counting “One, two, three, four” as I approached the line of throw and performing the appropriate movements at each step.
Luckily, my training started with practicing sending techniques using landmarks on the track. Young people, of course, think about aiming the ball directly at the pins, which is quite natural, and no one bothers to retrain them. And yet I believe that the beginner will achieve more if he learns to select points (landmarks) on the track, rather than aim directly at the pins. Try to switch to a point system as soon as possible. If a guy or the girl stubbornly clings to the direct hit system, it will be more difficult for them to master the new method. The most common question among young people: “How can one learn to send a ball with a hook?” – I answer simply – when sending, turn your thumb to the left. If a young player has at least some experience in bowling, I go over this element in detail. I tell him that when sending, the thumb should be directed towards 10 or 11 o’clock, and the rest should be under the ball.
Boys and girls who go in for bowling should pay special attention to the technique of synchronous execution of movements and accurate sending of the ball, and only then think about the points scored. Teenagers should use balls that have a standard grip, be able to select landmarks on the lane, and know how to practice the ball send with a hook. Young people should master the basics of a four-step run, which can be briefly described as follows: “Retract – one time, down – two, back – three. Four – slide and send. “