SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
To bowl your personal best, you have to constantly develop your own technique. Your personal best involves skills that need to be consistent and practiced regularly to perk up your game. To do so you must practice, practice, practice!
12 tips on how to improve your bowling
Compiled by Alex Marshall & Ellen Falkner (Aero Bowls)
You do not need the ‘biggest bowl you can hold.’ To find out what size and grip is best for you, hold the bowl upside down and if it feels comfortable and you have total control over it, then this size and grip will be fine for you.
This will help to improve your game as you can learn from what shots they play and when, how they adjust their weight and observe how they take their line.
When you practice, go and work on something specific making sure you have a focus, for example, the draw shot, the drive shot or drawing to the ditch.
Win, lose or draw, look at how you could have improved your performance whether that is mentally, technically or tactically.
Give yourself the best chance to perform at your optimum level. Make sure you have time before every game to ensure you are physically and mentally 100% ready right from the trial ends, these are important to start to gain the knowledge of the surface you are playing on.
Always have something to aim for.
Success doesn’t come easy.
Regardless of whether it is good or bad.
Remember that not everything happens as soon as you would like it to.
Focus on the task/shot in hand.
And plan for how you will respond.
We all play this sport for the enjoyment it can bring whether it’s for social or competitive reasons. If you are starting to not enjoy your bowls, ask yourself why and don’t be afraid to make a change!