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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073603708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736037082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Dean Hinitz is considered the leading authority on bowling psychology. He works with several elite competitors, including many champions in the Professional Bowling Association and the Professional Women's Bowling Association. Hinitz is also a regular guest speaker at the highly regarded International Bowling Academy Super Schools and writes a monthly column for Bowling This Month. He is a member of the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners and the Nevada State Psychological Association.

Hinitz received his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in psychology at the University of Nevada. He resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife, Amy Bay-Hinitz. He is the chief of psychology at West Hills Hospital in Reno.


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There are many exercises and suggestions in this book that will help you develop a stronger mental game.
Robert Highlander
This book is great if you have the technique down but are having problems with the mental parts of bowling.
Samantha Washington
Well since I have read this book I have had two good nights and two bad nights, so the results are a wash.
Michael T.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Highlander on May 15, 2005
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I've attended bowling camp, had lessons, watched videos, regularly read Bowling This Month, have read a dozen books on bowling and this by far is the best. If you're looking for advice on the physical fundamentals of the game this is NOT the book for you, read John Jowdy's Bowling Execution. However, if you have shown signs of having a relatively sound physical game then Focused for Bowling is for you. It emphasizes developing your mental game, which any seasoned bowler will tell you is the key to consistency and success.

Why do some excel in the spotlight and others crack under pressure? Your mental game is the answer. There are many exercises and suggestions in this book that will help you develop a stronger mental game. There is even a section on dealing with slumps.

Two years ago I was developing into a pretty good bowler. I loved the moment of needing a turkey in the tenth to win; and I often delivered. Then I went into a terrible slump. I tried everything, over thought the game, became negative about my ability, and lost my confidence as the anchor of my team. This year I started regaining my old form, but was still inconsistent and found myself thinking too much. The final straw: I missed a seven pin in the tenth that cost us a game. I picked up this book and have been lights-out since. I bowled a 299 and have average a consistent 205 for the past 8 weeks.

Once you understand the physical aspects of the game, you must read Focused for Bowling!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Zuzeek on December 22, 2003
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These are advanced concepts about the game that Hinitz has broken down into the simplest form. Physical talent will only get you so far in any sport, then comes the mental game. Hinitz's approach will help you identify who you are in the game, where you are in the game, and where you want to go...then help you get there! Along with Brian Voss's foreward are helpful comments and views throughout the book of several other top pros. Read, enjoy, bowl better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pooroldharold on August 23, 2010
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This book is great for the bowler who has pretty much got the physical bases of bowling down. probably around 190 average on more than one bowling center. It's a great book for the mental aspect of moving into elite bowling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Washington on December 12, 2008
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This book is great if you have the technique down but are having problems with the mental parts of bowling. However, it's a good book all around but specializes in the mental part of bowling.
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My bowling game had hit rock bottom and I could tell it was mostly mental. I had lost all confidence. I was desperate so I decided to give this book a shot. Well since I have read this book I have had two good nights and two bad nights, so the results are a wash. However, after my bad nights instead of being frustrated and angry at myself I am now focusing on what I did right and visualizing being more consistent. Will it work in the long run? I don't know but it is nice going home and not wanting to "kick the cat" so to speak.

I have not fully tried all the exercises this book instructs but I believe if I really practiced what this book preaches my game would improve significantly. If you're in a slump give this book a try, it will not hurt.
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By dichelle casey on May 26, 2014
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i enjoyed the reading and the tips in this book are easy to apply to your game. my mental game is really improving as i hoped.
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By W. JORDAN on February 17, 2014
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This book Rocks!!! I learned stuff I could never imagine about bowling technique and
performance issues, reading lanes and perfecting and honing your shot.
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By JimN on February 12, 2014
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Although I've bowled in local tours 40 years I was still able to pick up some new ideas. I passed it on to a younger bowler who really enjoyed it.
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