Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time to Get Ready for League Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time to Get Ready for League Play

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Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent

Many bowlers will pick up a bowling ball this month for the first time since May. Most area bowling centers begin winter leagues during the next three weeks.

According to Joe Greco, a certified Silver Level USA bowling coach, bowlers make several common errors before and during the first month of league play.

"One of the first mistakes is to go out and buy what they think will be that magic bowling ball. They think a new ball is going to cure all of their problems and then go into league play without practicing with the new equipment," Greco said.

"Each bowler must know their equipment. Every ball has different characteristics such as cover stock, hardness, break point, etc. You must know each bowling ball you own."

Greco and other local pros recommend two weeks of practice before beginning league play.

"Practice, practice and more practice," said Barbara Batt, owner of Cassat/Bowl Bowl. "I always recommend that bowlers get in several practice sessions before the first night of league play."

Another common mistake is not knowing if equipment is updated and ready for use.

Resurfacing a bowling ball and replacing the finger grips is a must, said Miles Batt, owner of Beach Bowl and two pro shops in Northeast Florida.

"You must keep the ball in a new condition. That is the purpose for reconditioning the bowling ball,'' he said. "Your grips will wear out just like a pair of shoes and you have to replace them to have the same grip each time you release the ball.

"Bowling centers are always updating their equipment. Maybe they got a new lane machine over the summer or maybe the oil pattern has changed. Be ready for those changes when the fall leagues start."

All three pros agree that when you get to the lanes, it is essential to take a few minutes to stretch all parts of your body. Then take it easy on those first few shots.

"Don't go all out at first,'' said Greco. "Take your time to throw a few easy shots. …

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