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gHatMan

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flat spot
« on: April 22, 2008, 08:31:03 AM »
i know that sean rash may be  grreat example of a flat spot during the approach. exactly how would one increase their flat spot?

 

mrbowlingnut

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Re: flat spot
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008, 04:38:51 PM »
I would like to see if Jeff Carter would answer this, somebody upper level or an upper level coach like Ron Clifton should answer this question.

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Re: flat spot
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008, 04:49:15 PM »
Great timing!

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PS one step drills flattened me slightly out lately!
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Re: flat spot
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008, 04:54:20 PM »
What's a flat spot?

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Re: flat spot
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008, 04:54:42 PM »
Apparently I am not as savvy as I thought. What is this "flat spot" you talk about so highly?
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Re: flat spot
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008, 05:11:53 PM »
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Talking about at the bottom of your swing
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mrbowlingnut

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Re: flat spot
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008, 06:44:43 PM »
More like coming down in your swing, too bad Billy Hall is not around here anymore he could talk about it for an hour easy. In fact he could talk about anything bowling related for a good hour or three, hope he comes back to vegas sometime i miss BSing with him about small stuff that is bowling related.

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Re: flat spot
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008, 11:17:03 PM »
When people speak of the "flat spot", they are referring to the way bottom of the downswing, right before release of the bowling ball. Ideally, a bowler would want as large of a flat spot as possible, but it is something which is hard to duplicate shot after shot.

If you were to take a video clip from the ride view (preferably the same side as your bowling arm), and in slow motion watch the clip towards the bottom of the swing, you will see that at a spot close to where your feet are, there is a flat spot where your arm swing is no longer moving in a circular pattern, it moves in a straight line. Programs like Ebonite Bowlers Map has a built in thing to trace flat spots, so if you ever get a chance to take a lesson with this software, take advantage of it.
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Re: flat spot
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008, 02:12:15 AM »
Ron Clifton has a drill to help develop the flat spot.  He has you go to the foul line and take your finish position (knee bend, trail leg kicked to the side, and balance arm out to the side).  The ball is sitting on the floor.  You put your fingers and thumb in the ball and pick it up, then swing the ball several times "scoot" the ball onto the lane.
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Re: flat spot
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2008, 07:20:50 AM »
flat spot = parallel to the lane.  Not down in to the lane, not up and lofting!

Refers to your arm swing.  It seems the really good bowlers today have a long flat spot where arm is moving level to the lane thru the impact zone for a good long time.

THe other day I went to the 1 step drills popularized by Dick Ritger and like always when I do this drill I seem to improve in this area quickly.

A very amateurish and uncoordinated friend of mine did it with me for a game or two and she then looked very good when we returned to regular bowling.
(oh we discovered she was starting her approach way to far back on the approach area AFTER this drill).

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PS drill is....stand back from foul line a distance equal to your last step swing ball and step and THROW!  Everytime I do it I improve in speed, and flat spot!  Often do it with a bowling towel over the foul line ....carry goes way up for me mixing this in with regular bowling!
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