It’s a mind Game

In speaking with Chuck Mogavero of PBS pro shop in Kingman, AZ to get his take on bowling and the importance of being prepared. Chuck is no stranger to the PBA tour, as a former member, he has a very specific and enlightening view point on pro bowling. This is a very real conversation we had with him.

Chuck begins with: I have been bowling for 43 years, 5 of them on tour , 3 full time and several other leagues and tournaments. My father started me out when I was 7 years old . Sunday morning practice sessions and junior leagues followed .The only thing I knew was that I loved the game from the first year I started. I never averaged over 175 until I was 18 years of age . That’s when I met the best coach I have ever been associated with Wayne Zahn . He had the greatest natural ability and he took your game and improved it by taking what you did well and tweaking it and not changing so much you had to rebuild and all your natural ability was gone. Shortly thereafter honor scores came and tournament victories as well, just local stuff.

That’s when everything changed and the opportunity to go on the PBA tour arose. Biggest mistake my father and I ever made. However in 1985 it seemed like the right thing to do. At that time there weren’t any big money amateur tournaments . I don’t even know if collages had bowling programs back then. There wasn’t JBT or Team USA back then so if you had anything going you turned Pro. At age 22 I went out there and made the smooth transition from league bowler and sweeper winner to – touring pro. Yeah right, I thought my head was going to explode, that’s the one thing that saves your ass when you’re out there , I can attest to that, it was the weakest part of my game. If there’s one piece of advice I can give it’s this “ Don’t go anywhere near competing with the best in the world straight from your Thursday night beer fest”. Now a days there are so many things to do in junior competition and college bowling, you should take full advantage of them. They build your mind and self confidence. All in all, it wasn’t too bad. It could have been worse, a lot worse. I bowled in 112 national tournaments, I cashed in 48 of them and make 24 man match play in 30 of those. Highest finish I had was 7th and the most I made in a single year was just over $25,000. Just to make myself feel better, I took a look at the PGA golfer who finished at the same place on the money list that year – he made $465,000. Too bad my dad didn’t like golf. After I had decided to quit the tour, I took all of my equipment that I had and had won in the nearest dumpster. I didn’t bowl for over 7 years. When I picked it back up, that’s when I actually started having fun.

To make a long story a lot shorter, there’s two things that I would NOT change about the role bowling has played in my life. First, as a pro shop operator I really have the ability now to promote the sport. The proper fit helps every bowler enjoy the game without pain. The proper layout helps the competitive bowler get everything out of every piece of equipment they have Seeing both are very enjoyable for me. Secondly, I now have a son that is light years ahead of me in this game. Thankfully, he listens to me. I hope he gets all the junior and collegiate experience he can before he even tries to bowl professionally. You have to be extremely talented and mentally tough to compete with them, I wasn’t. I had no one around me who could understand or or help me with the situation at that time. I hope to be able to prepare my son to do whatever he has set his mind to do. The proper steps need to be taken. That’s the proper word – steps, stairs, don’t take the elevator like I did.

I know Chuck personally and he is a great guy. Chuck operates a pro shop along with Art Garcia. They both have first hand knowledge of the bowling circuit. Chuck is knowledgeable and will happily take the time to explain things, you only need to ask. You can contact Chuck Mogavero by e-mailing him at The pro shop Professional Bowling Services or P.B.S is located in Cerbat Lanes in Kingman, AZ, stop by and say hi anytime. Thanks for talking with us Chuck and I’ll see you next Wednesday



  1. Bill says:

    That was a great artical, its kinda comforting to know that I’m not the only one that feels like that. Some weeks I’ve been so frustrated that I just wanted to throw all my stuff away and take up golf. LOl. This is the kind of uplifting and positive artical. Thanks for the variety.

  2. George Manthey says:

    Remember setting pins for wayn zahn with his dad Earl on the George Webb team in milw at the northdside spa across from northside spa across from Borchert field where the minor league milw brewers. BOb Eucker would know more abt that! Anyway That’s bowling team won many nat titles. Wayne a really quite unassuming kid. Super smooth footwork. I believe ave in 220s but star of team was little Ray Shannon. Was always in mid 230s even leading the whole country at times. Guess he didn’t have temprement to turn pro. Any freeway went thru my bowling and my ballpark and that was that. Wayne would have been abt 17/18. He went on to bigger and better things with what I think was top flt instruction from Earl to start.

  3. George Manthey says:

    Still remember setting pins for wayne zahn at norhside spa accross from old borchert field/ minor league milw brewers(bob eucker would know more abt that. Wayne bowled with his dad Earl on George Webb team in top flt allstar league ave in 220s Top bowler on team was fiesty ray shannon who was always leading coutry in mid 230s. Maybe he didn’t have temprement to make good in pros. Anyway wayne was a really kid (maybe 17/18with really really smoth footwork. Webb team went on to win seversal nat titles. Wayne wen on to bigger and better.Freeway went thru my bowling alley (8 lanes) and ballpark and that was that. I think got of early top flt instruction from dad Earl. Still never forget smell of laquor in air. Ps; also member top pullling down $20,000 touneys and palmer, nicholas in hundreds of thousands. Of course shahn was only like 60, 000 with hank aaron and eddy mathews nowhere near that.

  4. George Manthey says:

    I used to set pins in the all star league at the northside spa accross from the old borcherd field milw brewer’s minor league baseball tram. Wayne bowed with his dad earl on the george webb team. He ave in the 220s but the top bowler on the team was fiesty Ray Shannon who was the mid 230s leading the s whole country at times. Wayne was a quiet kid 17/18 with really really smooth footwork. Anyway the freeway went thru my baseball park and my 8 lane bowling alley and that was that. Wayne went on to bigger and better! Can still remember the smell of lacker

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