Dan Murphys Guide to Better Bowling

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hi I'm Mike Morin for the past hundred

years or so people have enjoyed

candlepin bowling all the way from the

Canadian Maritimes into New England of

course bowling itself goes back

thousands of years to the time of the

Egyptians but our form of bowling candle

pins was introduced in Worcester

Massachusetts back in 1881 since then

thousands of people have enjoyed the

game and there are many reasons one of

which is everybody could enjoy candle

pins you don't have to be big or strong

or fast children senior adults everybody

can play and the reason we're putting

this bowling video together for you is

so that new bowlers getting acquainted

with the game can learn the proper style

and technique and for those of you

who've been at it for a few years would

like to improve your game maybe add a

couple of pins to your average make it a

lot more fun perhaps we can help you too

so at this point let me introduce our

instructor he's a touring professional a

television the competitor as well and a

bowling center proprietor please welcome

Dan Murphy Mike hey Dan thanks for

inviting me to the fletcher here like

what we're going to try to attempt to do

today for yourself and for the people at

home just give all of us a few tips a

few ideas that's hopefully going to help

me improve our game okay what we're

going to try to do today is to break

down this instruction of the four

different areas the grip the stance the

approach and the follow-through and each

one of those areas relates them directly

or indirectly to timing and that's the

second thing I'd like to emphasize me

timing is everything in the game of

candlepin bowling hopefully what we're

going to accomplish today is to get

everyone to be consistent the time they

pick the ball up off the rack until the

time they deliver toward the target all

right so we start with picking up the

ball exactly we'll go right into the

grip Mike any safety features so I don't

get my fingers mangled well that's a

good point Mike what I'd like to have

you do is thumb on one side of the ball

and fingers on the other and for you

people at home will have youngsters that

are going to evolve this game is a very

good thing for them to start to practice

as I've seen some nasty accidents with

those balls coming back on the ball

return okay a couple things to watch in

the grip you notice the space between

Mike's palm of his hand

okay there should be a space there that

space course the size of the space

depends on the size of your hand what

this enables us to do is you keep a

fingertip control the ball which we need

we don't want the ball sitting in the

palm of our hands

notice the thumb and index finger of

Mike's hand it's at a 45 degree angle or

there there abouts and also the other

four fingers spread evenly across the

ball I I guess I don't really want to

squeeze the ball or grip it it's just a

nice light relaxed position okay we want

a firm grip on the ball okay

not too tight okay okay let's go right

into the stance then all right what I

want you to do is to stand in the middle

of the approach okay I want you to be

relaxed keeping in mind that when we

start our approach our slide ending

position is going to be four to six

inches behind the foul line okay all

right I want you facing the target in a

relaxed position because the ball should

be held in a position between the nose

and the waist okay I prefer it about

waist-high or slightly above waist I'm

real comfortable at that position

okay the foot I like to stagger the left

foot in front of the right however a lot

of people have both feet together which

is perfectly all right a real big

difference is it no there's no advantage

or disadvantage so that's it's again

personal preference and if you get with

your local instructor I mean he's going

to help you with a lot of different

things that make you feel real

comfortable here but I like mine


okay the other thing I'd like to mention

is that I like the weight a little bit

on the right foot slightly more weight

on the right this enables me to take

that first step with the left foot with

no problem and we are talking about

right hand and bolos I may add mentioned

to you people at home those of you are

left-handed are going to have to reverse

some of the things that were talking

before we go any further with the lesson

maybe we should for a moment address the

issue of etiquette because a lot of

times bowling centers are crowded and

you don't want people getting in your

way and you don't want to get in their

way so how do we know who's got the

right-of-way down that's true and for

you people at home etiquette is a big

part of candles and bowling it's a big

part of any sport and what I like to

emphasize today is the fact that the

bowl on the right usually has the


now I say that if I'm the bowler on the

right and I'm up ready to make my

approach all of a sudden I want to take

another second or two

I should step back indicate this to both

polar on my right in my left so they're

ready to go they can proceed with their

approach the second thing and I know

this is indicative of everyone is that

when I get a nice game going I seem to

get a little extra body English actually

nodding motion okay I want to confine

that to the width of my length so I'm

not disturbing the ball as the right and

the left and one other technique that I

personally use that I want to look and

see where the bowler and my right starts

on the approach as well as the bowler in

level if those bowlers are on that

particular spot are close to that spot

then I should take the few extra seconds

and let them proceed because they're

almost ready to go okay just common

courtesy we all enjoy the game that much

more that's right all right back to the

center of the lane and the other

footwork okay we're going to now talk

about the basic three step approach now

some of you use three some of you use

four I've seen people use five okay my

philosophy here is to keep it to a three

step approach because there's less

chance of us making a timing error

because we're taking less less move

we're using less movement to get to the

foul line okay Mike we're going to start

or talk about the three step approach

and for the right hand and bowler it's a

simple three step approach I've left

right and left what I'm going to do is

break down that those three steps

keeping in mind that after I get the

approach down and we talked about it I

like the fluid motion continuous as soon

as I start my approach but for the sake

of the video we're going to break it

down show you a couple techniques couple

things to look for as far as timing

alright okay I got my feet staggered

position of the ball is just above waist

the first step is to push away step okay

it's with the left foot and at the same

time as you can see I'm starting now to

bend at my knees and at my waist at the

completion of this first step you'll

notice that the iron the balls at

approximately a four o'clock position

so continue through with the second step

my right foot coming through the arms

lean now starts back you'll notice that

the arm in the leg past at approximately

a six o'clock position and I complete

that second step in at this step Mike at

the completion of this step you see my

arm swing is at the at the height of the

backswing parallel over the floor or

slightly above the parallel position is

there any reason why Danny couldn't wind

it up and really really wing it wide

just parallel to the floor well you'll

see a lot of the great can open bowls

probably have a bigger backswing than

that but again my theory is that the

extra movement of that arm is going to

create some problems when you release

the ball as far as the timing goes so

parallel with or maybe slightly above

parallel okay I'm in that second second

step now the third step or the slide I'm

going to reach the foot and the arm

reach at the approximately the same time

at the foul line okay and right into the

follow-through which is nothing more but

a continuation after I release the ball

up toward the target okay now what I

want to check here Mike is my sliding

foot should be pointed toward the target

pin as well as my follow-through and my

arm toward the target

okay this enables my shoulders and my

chest to be squared to the target as

well alright

is there any maybe we talk just a moment

about a couple of the common problems

that many bowlers have there must be a

couple things that you as an instructor

see on a day to day basis well the two

things that come to my mind and I'm sure

you people can relate to this at home

how many of you have thrown the ball

after you release the ball you act like

a ballerina at the farm not deliberately

but it just happens right you lose your

balance what's happening is that you're

taking a three step or four step

approach toward the foul line your

momentum of the body is going forward

the natural tendency after you release

the ball is to want to stand up so the

body is moving forward this way and you

want to stop that and create a bizarre

movement of upward movement and it's

cause you lose your balance now a quick

review of our four main points we'll

start with the grip the ball rests

comfortably yet firmly in the palm of

your hand with fingers spread evenly

next the stance stand erect get relaxed

at the center of the approach eyes on

target and the ball between nose and

waste the

approach slight bend at the waist and

fluid movement without rushing to the

foul line and finally the follow-through

we'll give you two versions first from


remember stay down at the line and

extend your release upward while staying

down at the line until you're absolutely

sure the ball is well on its way I think

what we should do at this point is have

you maybe roll a game and I'll score it

because a lot of people seem intimidated

by the bowling scoring system which is

very simple you probably have people

come up to you every day at your bowling

center and ask for lessons on keeping

score exactly right right so you give

the lessons on the bowling I'll give the

lessons on the score keeping and

everybody will be happy ok let's go go

to it the bowling game is comprised of a

total of 10 frames with a maximum number

of three balls per frame and on the

first frame Dan throws a strike requires

just one ball for the frame and that's a

total of 10 pins

however there are two bonus balls that

will now be added to the 10 pins on the

strike so it's 10 plus the total number

of pins knocked down on the next two

bonus balls and there's another strike

ten pins on the first bonus ball and

when you get into a multiple strike

situation it can get a little bit

confusing if you need a little help

don't be afraid to ask the bowling

center proprietor he or she would be

very happy to explain it to you one

extreme to the eye a twisted to the left

so two pins the second bonus ball on the

first strike giving us 22 pins in the

first frame

in this case I'm going to go for the

head pin and see if I can pick off three

or four of them and a total of seven

pins for the frame so we can add up all

the bonus ball situations now and comes

out to forty five pins in the third

frame 45 through three into the fourth

now now is the breakpoint at seven pin

went down these I like the reason Dan

likes them is because you have a little

broader targeted with the pin lying down

in front of the five pen easier to make

that way nice shot by concentrated

hitting the head pin on the slain three

stay down

square up my shoulders to the target a

spare is ten pins plus the total number

of pins on the next ball which is nine

seven pin so we had nineteen 245 giving

us 64 through four Oh tough judgment

call do we give him a spare or don't we

well we'll give them the benefit of the

doubt give Dan a spare but if the ball

goes into the channel before it hits the

pins any pins that go down as a result

do not count on the score but for

demonstration purposes we'll give them

the spare so ten plus the bonus ball is

6 16 to 64 is 80 hit the tooth pin in

the wood at the same time a little bit

to full on that shot very important in

the third ball is grab as many pins as

you can

total of eight for the frame 88 ebolas

give up on the third ball very very

important get as many as you can with a

all-important third ball

so through six frames Dan Murphy has a

total of 88 pins and now a six drop four

horsemen right side

I just put the one in the three need a

little more luck there everything with

the tenkan well he hid it where he

should between the one and the three but

the ball was deflected around the left

side of the tenpin what she gets and a

10 is signified by putting an X in the

frame 98 through 7 again concentrate in

hitting the head

and a total nine drop and then once

again dan has a little piece of wood to

work with up front to watch the double

piece of wood here I think if I go right

at the five pin of all should carry and

a nice shot so a spare on the eighth

frame and once again a spare is scored

ten pins plus the total number of pins

knocked down on the very next ball so

it's ten plus the number of pins right

here which again is nine giving us 19 to

98 a total of 117 in the eighth try to

cover the four pin a little more

difficult shot without the help of any

wood upfront and a nice shot spare for

Dan Murphy in the ninth as we go into

the 10th okay tenth frame again timing

seems to be fairly good at this point

stay down follow through working on the

spare this is the bonus ball seven to

117 134 through nine actually played a

six pin with a piece of wood in front of

it see if I can snap the wood over into

the other two very difficult shot going

for the right side yeah you had a

foolish luck there come on Dan don't be

so modest that was a great shot so a

spare working 10 plus whatever Dan

throws on this ball to 134 add 17 to the

score for 151 what a great game lady

like it was my age

you really make it look easy but I'm

sure it's taken a lot of years to get to

be as good as you are today well when

you want to be proficient at anything

Mike it takes it requires repetition and

can open bowling is no different as I

mentioned the beginning of the video I

suggest each and every one of you watch

the videos many times do you think you

need to and then go down to your local

bowling center for a few games of

practice maybe even join the league but

practice continuously and have fun

I'm Dan Murphy and I'm like more and

thanks for watching