Since so many people turn to bowling as a leisure activity, it may seem sacrilegious to utter the word “practice”, but if you’re looking to improve your game, there’s nothing else that can do it. Thankfully, practice doesn’t have to seem like a chore. With a little planning, you can ensure that your bowling practice sessions are as productive (and short!) as possible, which will make you a better bowler without cutting into all of your free time. Use the following tips to develop your own personal regimen.
Schedule a Time
This is the most important tip for creating a practice regimen that you can truly commit to. Scheduling a designated time for practicing means you never have the excuse of being too busy to bowl since you’ve already assigned a block of time for it in your personal schedule beforehand. It’s important to treat this activity as you would any other important engagement. If you don’t take it seriously, you’re likely to not follow through.
Keep in mind that over scheduling is just as dangerous as under scheduling, though. If you dedicate three hours of your time six days a week to bowling, you’re likely to face burn out. Instead, start small and gradually build to a practice length and frequency that works for you—even if you can only spare one hour on the weekends, if you use that time wisely, you can expect to see results.
Drill, Baby, Drill
The best way to improve your overall bowling game is to break it down into smaller parts, so that you can focus on just one technique at a time. This means that you should always include plenty of skill drills in your practice times. After a while, this can feel repetitive and boring, but in a weird way, that’s kind of the point. Reaching a state where you can mindlessly (but perfectly!) perform the fundamentals allows your brain to focus on the more nuanced and difficult aspects of the game.
Endurance Is Key
It may not seem like it, but bowling is definitely an endurance sport. If you’ve ever played with a ball that was too heavy, then you’re already familiar with the debilitating fatigue that can plague your bowling arm. Even with a properly-weighted ball, you can get tired after several rounds of playing. To combat this, make sure to push yourself during your practice time. This means no lollygagging! Push yourself to practice with the same intensity you want to play with—the more fatigued your body gets in practice, the better endurance you’ll have available when it really matters.