Questions we asked Jason Belmonte:

1.Tell us about the season you had and what it would mean to you to be player of the year?
2.How are things at home with the birth of your second child, Hugo?
3.What kind of sacrifices have you had to make in your bowling career and with your family?
4.What do you like most about Storm equipment?
–a.What is your favorite ball?
–b.How has Storm helped with your success in your career?
5.How did you develop the 2 handed release?
6.How is life on the PBA Tour?
–a.Give me the good, the bad, and the ugly?
–b.What type of assistance do you get on tour?
7.I see you are co-owner of a coaching company called the International Art of Bowling, can you tell us more about this and your role in the company?
8.What can you tell us about your new Youth Tour that will be starting soon?
9.Who was your greatest influence growing up and who did you look up to in bowling?

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first professional athlete to complete in a national PBA Tour event?
A – Larry Sieple – punter, Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, circa 1974 at Bird Bowl in Miami, Fla.

Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first PBA bowler to roll more than one 300 game in the same tournament on multiple occasions?
A – Watch the next episode

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Question from Brandon:
Q – The tendon on the inside of my thumb (where my thumb connects to my hand) gets very sore/painful and, if I bowl several times a week or more than 3 games at a time, it starts to affect my throw. I start losing the ball early because I can’t keep a hold on the ball as easily. If I don’t use vaseline/neosporin and some bowling tape to protect the skin there the skin tears open and causes even more pain. I usually use my 16lb Brunswick Nemesis and this has been a problem from the first time I used the ball.

My question is:
Is it common for the tendon on the inside of your thumb supposed to get sore/painful when bowling a lot? Is this something that the guys throwing 20+ games a week have just gotten used to or is the grip on my ball slightly too far apart?

Thanks,

Brandon

A – We are not doctors, but there is no reason you should hurt because of bowling. If you are hurting, you should have your equipment looked at by a pro shop operator and your hand looked at by a doctor.

As for the skin tearing problem, I have the same issue. I now use protecting tape, but when bowling a lot, that tends to still get very sore. What I find for myself, is that I am gripping the ball too much, putting to much flex in my knuckle, as if I need to hold onto the bowling ball. This is the wrong approach. Your thumb should be snug enough that the ball holds onto your thumb, not your thumb holding onto the ball. The force of the delivery should help your thumb out of the bowling ball on its own.

Question from Brian:
Q – My question is with regards to tournament play. I am having a problem with making a transition from game to game. Each game we move one to two pairs and I often am at a loss in the first 3-5 frames causing me to play catch up towards the end of the game. How do you approach the first shot on a new pair during tournament play?

Thanks for your time,

Brian S

A – I think that’s the whole reason they make you move. To let people that adjust quicker, more effective. After all, it’s a sport, and adjusting shows that you have more skill than your opponents.

Most tournaments have you moving just one pair over. Meaning that you can watch what is working for the people currently on that pair while you are waiting. Normally the lanes are not so vastly different that you have to make big moves from where you are currently at, but I have seen them vary widely.

The goal when you move pairs in a tournament is to make a safe shot in the opening frame and not only give yourself a look at the way that lane is playing but to at least come out of there with a spare. Like it was said above, the lanes normally are fairly close but due to the previous bowlers and type of tournament, they may not be close at all. Make smart shots until you get lined up and do not make your adjustments so big that you get yourself in trouble. Try not to get frustrated, once you do it is very difficult to overcome. Think about what you saw in the motion of your bowling ball and if you are lucky enough to not to be the first bowler watch your opponents or team mates ball reaction.

Question from Asro:
Q – Hi, my name is Asri from Singapore.. I intend to play two handed bowling like Jason Belmonte style. As you know this style does not uses the thumb.
Hence, we are required to use both fingers and to what extent does i need to insert my fingers? it is just the fingertips or has to insert those fingers deeper in, like what we would do when using those plastic houseballs? Thank you.

A – This applies to the rules in the US, which I assume are comparable all over the world. I would check with your local association if you are concerned about being disqualified for any reason.

I think you are referring to the fact that there can only be one hole in the bowling ball that is not used for gripping purposes (usually a weight hole). That rule just says that you have to prove you can use the hole for gripping, not that you HAVE to use it during competition. Fingertips into the finger holes would suffice. I think Jason and some of the other well know two handed bowlers go back and forth from just finger tips to fingers all the way into the ball like a conventional grip.

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first professional athlete to complete in a national PBA Tour event?
A – Larry Sieple – punter, Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, circa 1974 at Bird Bowl in Miami, Fla.

Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first PBA bowler to roll more than one 300 game in the same tournament on multiple occasions?
A – Watch the next episode

New Releases / Videos:

Choose Your Path Contest – Congratulations to COREY P on being selected as the winner of the Choose Your Path Contest! Chris is the lucky winner of a Pyramid Path bowling ball (Any Color/Weight), Path Bowling Bag (Any Color/Model) and Any Pyramid Shoe! Thank you to all who participated!

10000 likes on bowlinball.com (currently 9850) and have a chance to win 1 – $100 G/C, 2 – $50 G/C, or 4 – $25 G/C good on bowlingball.com

Contest reminder:
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Also through the end of the 2012, there is a separate giveaway just for participating on BowlingBoards.com. Come join the community of bowlers there, discuss equipment, lane conditions, tips, techniques, and more. Every post you make is an entry into a drawing for a brand new bowling ball.

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Question from Ulysses:
Q – Hi Guys !!

Have a question for you ? I started bowling at the age of 33 now am 46. At that time there was no internet or available media on bowling. I started playing backup and ever since not be able to change it ? Being located in Kuwait and not having more than 200 bowlers during that time I didn’t have a choice to whom to listen to as everyone came up with a different opinion. What do I do ? do I Improve on the style or should I change my style to something new? I know its bit late to score high but some basics guidance would help me also guide my kids who already are playing Hook.

Cheers !
Ulysses

A – Great question. My opinion and advice for you would be to continue with your current style and work on improving your game as it is. You have 13 years of muscle memory and trying to change over to a conventional bowling style would require a lot of work and may prove to be very difficult. I have seen some very good bowlers that throw a back up ball and are able to score very well on tough conditions.

As for your kids, they should definitely be taught the correct way from an early age. This will make their life in bowling much easier as they grow up. Although you may not be able to assist them in every aspect of their game you can still guide them in developing a smooth consistent approach and balance.

Bowling has come a long way in your area and I am sure that you can find some sort of coaching or league situation that will also assist them in developing as bowlers.

Question from YouTube Viewer DrivillianGenocide:
Q – I’m a self taught bowler in a sense. When I first got a hook ball I started to cup my wrist and un-cup my wrist to create Revs. A friend of mine told me I would get better ball reaction if I didn’t do that, do you agree with what he’s saying? And if so, what could I do to help stop doing that.

A – Well, first it’s a matter of consistency. Can you do that same motion repeatedly and consistently? To me, that is something easier to do when you are younger, but you want to be forming your game around the long term enjoyment of it.

One sure fire way to teach yourself to stop is by using a bowling wrist device. This will help you set your wrist in a position so that you can feel the motion. You can use this just as a training aid while you practice, or you can use it in league/tournament play if necessary. You can also get an idea if the reaction you get from the ball is what you want compared to when you take the device off.

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Which bowling center in the U.S. boasted the most lanes in a non-split house before it’s eventual demolition?
A – Edison Lanes, Edison, New Jersey – 112 lanes in a row

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Q – Who was the first professional athlete to complete in a national PBA Tour event?
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Question from Johnny Yang:
Q – I currently throw a 14 pound bowling ball at 16 mph with decent amount of revolutions on the ball ; I was wondering if I should move to a 12 pound ball where I can get LOTS of revolution on the ball and be able to amp up the ball speed to 18-19. Hope I get my question answered. THANKS!

A – There are so many things to discuss with this question. First off, most 12 pound bowling balls do not have the same weight block as their heavier versions. Usually 14 pounds is the weight in which the cores are most effective.

There is more to bowling than just speed and revolutions. Accuracy would be a huge concern. Usually when the bowling ball is too light for the bowler, they tend to be much less accurate. Also, with a lighter bowling ball, you have much more potential for deflection. The pins will actually be more of a roadblock to the ball than with heavier bowling balls.

My personal opinion, stay where you are at. 16MPH is a good ball speed as long as you are consistent and getting some revolutions on the ball. Also remember that just because you increase your ball speed, it does not mean that your ball will hit the pins any harder or with more force.

Question from Kevin:
Q – Why did the PBA stop using the Gold Pins and I think you mentioned this before but I couldn’t find it. Which is better More Power/Speed with major hook, or less power less hook.

A – I really don’t know the reason they stopped using the gold pins.

As far as power/speed, we kind of just addressed that in the last question. A heavier bowling ball will provide more “power” at the pins provided it has enough speed and revolutions. You want driving power into the pins, not necessarily hook. People want to see the big hook, moving the bowling ball from gutter to gutter and back again, but that doesn’t increase your carry percentage. You want enough hook to get the ball driving into the pocket at an aggressive angle to help carry the pins.

More power/more hook or less power/less hook. What really matters is how your ball in entering the pocket and how it is driving through the pins.

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first PBA Champion to win titles using a three step approach, a four step approach, and a five step approach?
A – Former PBA TV analyst Mike Durbin

Question of the Week:
Q – Which bowling center in the U.S. boasted the most lanes in a non-split house before it’s eventual demolition?
A – Watch the next episode

 

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Question from Chris Otap:

Q – I throw a 15lb ebonite tornado with the out of the box finish, I have a high throw speed and medium rpm’s. when i throw my ball on a normal house pattern i can see the ball spinning but it never hooks i just goes straight, simalur to the way pros plastic spare balls go, any ideas on what is happening and how to fix it ?

 

A – This one is pretty simple yet one of the most misunderstood aspects of our sport. People that don’t bowl think you just roll a ball down the lane and hope to knock down pins. In reality, the skill is to match your bowling style (speed, revs, etc) to bowling balls and lane conditions. And being able to adjust your style is another skill. You said that you have a high ball speed, with medium rev rate. It sounds like you are getting the ball too far down the lane with little time to react. You definitely need more aggressive equipment, as the Tornado is on the lower end of the spectrum. You could also lower your ball speed, giving the ball more time to react. This one takes some time though, and sometimes makes men feel less like men. You want the high speed because it looks cool and is impressive, but sometimes laying off the speed and just letting the ball do its job is key to high score.

 

Question from Mark L:

Q – Thanks for producing these videos. I’m a new viewer and am feverishly trying to catch up on all the episodes. I can only take you guys in so many doses a day. I have a question about lane breakdown and carry. I bowl in a center with a lane condition similar to the USBC blue oil pattern. As the lanes breakdown, I migrate left and am able to keep the ball in the pocket but my carry goes down drasically. I end up spending a game or more making adjustments to correct this. Sometimes I find something that works and other times not. What should I do to speed this process up and what order should I try them in. For example moving on the approach, adjusting speed and then changing balls. Thanks.

A – Mark, thanks for watching Talk Bowling. We have said numerous times, the further right you stand, the wider the pocket is/seems. Your carry is going to decrease as you move further left, unless you have some great speed and revolutions to compensate for the additional distance the ball must travel. Your best bet in most cases is to change balls and stay right. Sometimes this just isn’t possible based on lane conditions, so at that point, do what the pros do. Stay in the pocket and leave makeable spares, take your 200 (because you are making your spares), and keep making minor adjustments to line up for the next game.

There is not going to be a magic fix for times like this. The smaller your adjustments, the better you will be at staying in the pocket while trying to find a line that works. Sometimes though, you have to make the major adjustment out of frustration. At that point, realize you are sacrificing a few frames with the potential of finding a great line. You are gambling on losing a few pins now in return for a big score in the future. Is it a gamble you are willing to make?

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Last Week’s Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first left handed player to win a national PBA tournament?
A – Roy Lown from El Paso, TX

Question of the Week:
Q – Who was the first PBA Champion to win titles using a three step approach, a four step approach, and a five step approach?
A – Watch the next episode

Choose Your Path Contest – Get 2000 likes and win a Choose Your Path Prize Pack
10000 likes on bowlinball.com and have a chance to win 1 – $100 G/C, 2 – $50 G/C, or 4 – $25 G/C good on bowlingball.com

Contest reminder:
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Also through the end of the 2012, there is a separate giveaway just for participating onBowlingBoards.com. Come join the community of bowlers there, discuss equipment, lane conditions, tips, techniques, and more. Every post you make is an entry into a drawing for a brand new bowling ball.

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