Aleta Sill, co-owner of Aleta Sill’s Bowling World and www.yourbowlingcoach.com joins us today. Sill talks about what she feels can be done to help the sport of bowling. Aleta also talks about a proper fitting and proper grip are vital to scoring. What can be done to slow down some of the high scoring these days, Aleta and Joey discuss.
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It seems like good advice, video critique.
Wow. You guys sure know how to insult the majority of bowlers. So, anyone that doesn’t bowl on sport shot leagues is basically playing putt putt golf? We just don’t know any better and we’re just full of BS excuses? 🙂
May I suggest, especially in today’s economy, that buying a dozen balls, paying for coaching and then trying to find and enroll in sport shot leagues, is more than a little much to expect from the average bowler. That doesn’t seem to be the way to attract new bowlers or entice existing bowlers to improve either.
I’d also like to suggest that THS, being the only oil pattern that people can easily find in any center, is the only real bowling experience that the average person can have.
But, I’d like to ask, do you guys really have 300 averages on THS? It’s not a challenge because you’re always throwing perfect games? Wow. That’s great and very impressive. I wish that I could watch you.
You bring up a valid point regarding finding centers that are offering sport patterns, as a bowler if I want to bowl on a sport pattern I have to hunt one down. Word of mouth seems to be the only way to hear about any sort of challenge shot. As to your comments regarding buying a dozen balls you are correct to a degree, although in the sport leagues I bowl in most guys don’t walk in with more then a three or four ball bag(and those balls are over a year old). Their are plenty of bowlers who are content with averaging 200 on a THS maybe bowling city or state and that is it. They treat bowling a night to get out and relax, maybe have a beer, all things well and good.
I’m a senior that would like to compete, but I want to compete on a level playing field.
Bowling doesn’t offer that to me, if I don’t have the time, money and desire to get coaching on the various shots, acquire many balls every year and then travel to a center that will put out a sport or PBA shot to practice on. At 60 years of age, I don’t have a lot of time left to learn about oil patterns and balls and then gain the experience using them, to become competitive.
The various oil patterns add a level of complexity to the game that moves it far beyond the means of the average person to be competitive.
I’d happily bowl scratch against other seniors my age, on THS, because I can easily find centers to practice on THS and it doesn’t have a huge learning curve to get past, before I could be really competitive. Of course, that assumes that I have the physical skills and capability to be competitive.
It wasn’t like this in the old days. Nobody worried about the ball in their bag or the oil on the lanes at different houses. They put their money down and tried to beat their opponents with the skills that were easily acquired and honed at any center in the country.
The bottom line is that competitive bowling today isn’t done on a level playing field and it is prohibitively expensive and time consuming for the average person to try to become competitive. In short, it’s not fair and is not open to all would be competitors.
I know a lot of bowlers that are more serious than you imply, but they also don’t see the point in expending the time, money and effort needed for sport shot. I also know quite a few bowlers that carry 4 balls to their THS leagues.
I don’t know anyone that carries a 300 average, or even close to that. You didn’t state that you guys carry 300. So, I don’t get the part about THS not being a challenge.