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- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc. (April 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007SXHZTQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Game Changer: A simple system for improving your bowling scores Kindle Edition
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If you are a higher level bowler and struggling or maybe just want to shore up your game Its worth the read.
My particulars/Why I think its a game changer.
For the last ~ 10 years I have been in the 205-210 avg.
I have had lessons with various coaches/instructors over these years, some Gold and Silver certified.
Last two years I wanted to better my game more and started taking more lesson and practicing more.
Result: worst year in 10, first year under 200 in 10 years.
This year even worse after first three weeks 182 avg.
Somethings gotta change. I bought this book last week partially for me and partially because I am going to start coaching a local high school.
One major problem I have had for probably ever was bringing the ball behind my back.
Pretty much all the coaches commented on it and we worked to stop it, by just saying STOP IT.
I couldn't and I had also changed/messed with other parts of my game.
Again the last year and a half, not fun.
Enter Mark's Book.
One of the thing he talked about was why the ball will come behind your back,
and what to do to fix it. A very simple fix.
I bowled two game at a fund raiser on Friday and tried it, it looked good.
League on Monday in practice, probably 10-12 strikes solid.
Totally balanced at the line.
I missed the pocket twice that night, never went brooklyn and never missed the headpin.
I was solid at the line, and in balance, unlike the last year.
It was a complete Game Change in one week.
Others noticed as well.
Was it the book that helped? You Bet.
Would I recommend it? You Bet.
To sum it up quickly, I would call it mostly fluff. The whole book is basically based on the timing similarity, what Baker calls the 'timing spot', found from watching video's on good/pro players which is shown on the cover (btm left). That is "as their slide foot got flat to the approach, their swings (bowling arm) is parallel to the floor". Funny thing is, this timing spot is also covered in others books without the need to base an entire book to it.
To be fair the book does stress that a good swing comes from your footwork and covers form to varying degree's, but again, this is not something that other books don't cover in as much detail or more. After reading I never came upon a 'simple system' to improve my bowling scores as the title says. There is nothing revolutionary or should I say, game changing, here.
To compare a similar product, I would suggest Brian Voss, Bare Bones Bowling. I found it technical for an aspiring bowler but also a wealth of useful information.
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It is very informative, very updated and offers in depth information for coaches.
It lacks bowling drills, but this is the coaches' job, of course.
I read it every day!
Bad news though - on receipt it proved to be about 10-pin bowling, not Lawn Bowls.
I will take greater care in future.