bowler's mental game is perhaps the biggest road block to improvement in
ones game. Bowlers tend to become depressed or angry at their bowling.
It is especially difficult since improvement is rarely quick, and to see
a dramatic improvement is rare. As with other sports and in life
improvement in bowling is often in stages with long pauses in between.
Becoming too excited, or over-thinking the game are also common problems
faced by many bowlers. On the other hand, others will lack enthusiasm
|Bowling Always Means
you feel bowling became upsetting or boring this is a "blinking
neon" sign that you need to change your mental game.
Every time you bowl you should be faced with a different set of
challenges. The conditions will be a little different, you'll be
different, the pin action may be a little different. This is the
challenge and the fun of bowling. Its important not to get so
involved with improving your game that you forget to enjoy it.
your bowling skills increase, so will your confidence.
This can only be achieved through practice, developing a reflex action,
and muscle memory. It is not something that comes over night, and you
need to handicap yourself and know your limits.
are what you think, You do what you tell yourself to do.
Think positively while bowling, do not focus on the negative aspects of
your game. Use positive reinforcement, and encourage yourself as
well as others while bowling. The happier you are, the easier it
|Use Mental Imagery
imagery is usually bits and pieces of your memories.
It is important to think of positive mental images that aid in you in
your bowling. Go step by step of the proper approach and follow through
using mental imagery. Think about your ball hitting your target, and its
result. Using this mental imagery will help you relax and reach your
Be careful, not to think about any goals while bowling as it can add
unnecessary pressure. Its good to dream about bowling a 300 or a new
high series before bowling, but it is essential not to think about these
goals while bowling. Concentrate on your approach, release, ball's
reaction, and adjustments and your goals will follow on their own!