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Bowling Strikes Paperback – September 1, 1991

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Dawson Taylor, a 200-average bowler, is the coauthor of Winning Bowling and Earl Anthony's Championship Bowling.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809239779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809239771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,435,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Bowling Strikes was off to a great start. It jumped right into the mechanics of bowling in good detail. Suddenly, after 30 or 40 pages, it just died. It almost looked like the author became bored and just wanted to throw another hundred pages on to make the book longer. A good portion was spent displaying almost every possible spare. First of all, with the title being Bolwing Strikes, was was there more space dedicated to picking up spares? I would have rather the author diagnosed precisely what caused the spare and options to correct your throw rather then spending a page on how to pick up the 6-9-10! Even stranger, the author assumes you're advanced enough that you throw a hook, yet spends several pages on ettiquette, how to score, and injuries. The first 20 or 30 pages have some helpful tips, but you're better off spending the money on practice. Best suited for someone who just bought a fingertip ball and wants to learn how to hook.
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Where do I start?

This bowling technique (the power ball) is most certainly NOT geared to the beginner or intermediate bowler. A hook ball with a medium release (thumb at 11 o'clock position) and a free armswing is more than adequate for all but the most demanding players and playing conditions (at least that was what we were taught at coaching school). The power ball would put excessive strain on the wrist and fingers.

The power ball enters the pocket at 75 to 80 degrees? On which planet does this occur? CAT analysis has shown the pros angle of entry to the pocket at a mere 5 1/2 to 6 degrees, which would be about the maximum achievable without using a rocket-powered ball (currently illegal, I believe).

This is a fairly recent book, yet some of the pictures look like they were taken during the 1950's. What gives?

The spare making suggestions have been rendered obsolete by the 3-6-9 and 2-4-6 spare systems.

The two-page section on advice to seniors was just hilarious (go bowling and make new friends after you retire - wow). Nothing on bowling itself. Bowling does change as you grow older, because the game becomes, physically at least, a bit more difficult, particularly with regards to hand strength/ball weight and knee/leg and back problems. The obvious come to mind - switch to a lighter ball, hold the ball lower in the stance, reduce the length of the steps in the approach.

I would not recommend this book to any of my students at any level. Beginning players should choose Strickland, intermediate players, Kouros.
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Another nice book for beginners to intermediates. I generally find I have the same complaint with most bowling books. Not enough illustrations and drawings of the release. Showing works a lot better than just telling.
There's just not enough useful information here for more advanced bowlers who want to graduate to the 200+ range...
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I have averaged in the low 130's for the last 6 years. After reading "Bowling Strikes", I bowled a 550+ series my first time out.
All you have to do is read it and practice the easy techniques, and you can't help but improve.
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