Let's Watch Some Bowling!!
From time to time I'll post some videos from waaaay back when...
Now in public domain, these are the shows that sparked my interest in bowling when I was a youngster. The quality isn't exactly up to modern standards, but they're all fun to watch.
A 1966 Match Between Two Superstars
Nelson Burton, Jr. was in his 20's was this show aired. A member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, Burton won 18 tournaments on the PBA tour. After retiring, he stayed in the game, spending 22 years as color commentator on the PBA's televised shows.
Harry Smith, 33 at the time of this match and also a PBA Hall of Fame member, won 12 tour events. And as this Sports Illustrated article from 1963 attests, he supported his family in style.)
(Be patient. The video doesn't begin until :43.)
A Practice Tip: Be Smart
Let's say you're a competitive bowler who wants to improve. In order to improve, you practice a lot. But do you practice smart?
Practicing smart means setting goals, devising a plan to help you reach those goals, then taking action to put that plan in action. I call it The GPA Method.
It means you avoid distractions, like your friend who wants to sit down and tell you her sad story of how badly she bowled in league the other night.
It means you practice every chance you get, compete when possible, read every bowling publication and online magazine you can find, and always focus, focus, focus on your goals.
It means you bowl by yourself, because if you're with someone else you will get distracted.
Bowling is fun, but competitive bowling adds another element: work.
So get to it. It's worth the effort.
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FloBowling (online pro tournaments)
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Where to Go Bowling*
Albany Bowl - Albany
Castro Village Bowl - Castro Valley
Double Decker Lanes - Rohnert Park
Manor Bowl - San Leandro
Petaluma Bowl (AMF) - Petaluma
South Shore Bowl (AMF) - Alameda
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