Processing the process before and during bowling


Mike Hawkins Bowling Columnist


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This column shares lots of information each week about the process of helping a bowler’s game, but have you ever thought about the how we process the process?

Posed in this manner, the first “process: is actually a verb; how we put the information we have gathered to work for us.

The first bit of information we have to process is what are the lanes and pins trying to tell us?

Without going into too much detail, bowlers are always staring down dreaded corner pins, either the 7 or the 10.

The tough thing is being able to tell why that pesky corner stick, after an apparent “perfect” shot, is still proudly standing as if it is testifying to the church congregation on Sunday morning.

The answer to this question is what did the pin in front of the corner pin do?

We have what’s known as a ringing 10 pin, where the 6-pin goes to the left of the 10, then a flat 10, where the 6 pin lies in the gutter, in front of the 10.

What causes all of this?

Truthfully, there’s not enough space or ink to explain all of this.

On top of that, for most of us, including myself, it’s nearly impossible to see where a specific pin travels once the ball goes into attack mode.

The next thing we have to process is our mental game, and that starts way before we actually arrive at the bowling center.

Some of this borders superstition, but it is simply getting yourself in the right frame of mind prior to bowling.

A number of years ago, I had qualified first in a tournament.

Prior to bowling, I had enjoyed a plate of chicken livers, and that weekend, I went on to win the tournament.

The next year, no livers, no qualifying.

So on the second day of qualifying, I found more livers.

I became the top qualifier for the second straight year, tossing games of 279 and 268 and bowling my highest set ever.

I’m sure I’m not the only bowler to follow a lucky menu, but now most bowlers now stick to a time table of what time they arrive at the center, what time they shoe-up, what they do for preparing their equipment, and some even rely on their specific playlist with their wireless earphones. I’ve written before about a pre-shot routine.

This can be considered the pre-pre-shot routine.

The most difficult part of your game to process is probably your physical game, primarily because unless you are videoing your shots, you can’t see what you are doing in your delivery.

In my prime seasons, I was always fortunate to have teammates that could recognize little quirks in my delivery and help me to correct those, and of course, I would do the same for them.

Fellowship League cashed in some big tickets last week lead by Chris Farrell’s 252-689, followed by John Bradley’s 245-681, Jeff Barefoot’s 244-678, David Ange’s 248-656, and Boris Beatty’s 221-616.

The ladies of Fellowship were topped by Brittney Gaumond’s 203-558, Kaytee Simpson’s 201 game, and Ruth Odell’s 181-488. Ruth also had a 239-662 in the handicap column.

Thursday night’s Martin Luther King League had a pair of bowlers break the 600 series goal as Paul Lacher (254-646) and Lake Krehel (233-629) both hit that goal. Garry Williams (592 series) and D.C. James (236 game) added to the high scores list.

On the ladies’ side, Brittney Gaumond’s 205-593 and Penny Eure’s 205-530 earned a MLK little ink.

Monday Night Mixed didn’t turn in the big sets they have recently, but they did cash in on some nice games across the lanes, starting with Rondell Christian’s 246, to go along with Mark Tarkington’s and Jeremy Beasley’s matching 245 efforts.

The ladies’ top scores included Bonnie Sawyer’s 195, Debbie Winslow’s 186, Susie Thomas’s 174 and Stephanie Winslow’s 174.

Ocie Manos, from All American Ladies, claimed both the high game and high series from the all ladies leagues last week, using a top game of 196 in the middle of a 500 series. Mary Beasley’s 168-444, Sharon Yonek’s 442 series, and Patsy Sanders’ 168 game joined Ocie on the top scores list of All-American Ladies.

Congrats also to Valerie Hardison for posting her top game and series for the season with a 141-358, which also gave her the top handicap numbers for Thursday morning at 245-670.

Albemarle Rollers witnessed Kathleen Thomas claim the top series last week with a 169-464. Patsy Sanders (154-453) was a close second, followed by Pamela Griffin’s 158-446. Sharon Hoffler (182) and Sylvia Holley (158) rolled top games last Wednesday evening as well.

Tristan Hardison led the Bumper bowlers with a nice 123 game, missing his season by just one pin.

On the boys’ side of the youth sheet, Ben Hawkins’ 189-527 topped all, followed by Jacob Davenport’s 194-517, and Bryce Hawkins’ 192-497.

The youth girls were led by the 157-392 effort from Violet Olds, just ahead of Lindsay Porter’s 154-359, and Kaylee Winslow’s 111-302.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.