- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Universe (November 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789304945
- ISBN-13: 978-0789304940
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bowling: How to Master the Game Paperback – November 11, 2000
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As for the subject matter, this book is also very different. The two best books on bowling that I'm familiar with (Par Bowling and Knowledge is the Key) take a systematic approach. This book reads more like a personal lesson on bowling by Parker Bohn III, along with other top professional bowlers. Of course it is also more up-to-date, focusing on the issues that are important to today's bowlers.
The book's coverage is broad, including equipment, strategy, and the mental game, along with fundamentals and an interesting history of the sport. The section on spare shooting is particularly useful, since it focuses on the hard-and-straight method used by most top players, as opposed to the strikeline-relative approach presented in other books.
The downside is that the discussions do not contain the kind of detail that would be necessary to learn to bowl from the text alone, making this book best suited for intermediate players. Then again, the best way to learn to bowl is from a coach, not a book. Advanced bowlers may learn a few things too, but are probably better served by specialized publications such as "Bowling this Month" magazine.
Finally, this is a must-have for left-handed bowlers. It is the first book I have seen that gives lefties equal treatment in discussions and diagrams, instead of telling southpaws to "just reverse it in their heads" (Parker is a lefty himself).
Bottom line: if you are looking for a textbook on bowling, this is not it. But, if you want to learn about the sport as it is played by the best in the world, buy this book!
As a right handed bowler I found the advice to be sound and practical, even though the book is written by a famous left handed bowler. I'm looking forward to using the practice techniques outlined in it.
The first 35 pages (Preface) covers the history of bowling in the U.S. which is fascinating and I don't recall seeing in any other books on bowling. The pictures of early players and facilities are great.
While it has the look of a coffee table book, it is one that, for me, will be a valuable resource. The only item I found detrimental is that it seems more difficult to read. I don't know if it is the font or the point size but larger would have been better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful for bowlers looking to take their game to the next level.Published 26 days ago by A. Swanson
BOTH WERE SIMILAR , GOOD ON THE TECHNICAL SIDE BUT NOT ON THE PROBLEMS OF EVERYDAY LEAGUE BOWLING OR ONCE A WEEK BOWLERS.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I learned so much that I could implement on the lanes. Easy read and informative.Published 10 months ago by paula scimone
I have bowled in local tours over 40 years and was still able to pick up some pointers. A must read if you are serious about the sport. Parker has been tuned in for years!Published on February 12, 2014 by JimN