If there's one universal problem with the average bowler, it's a lack of knowledge of one's basic game.
When things start going wrong the casual bowler, and sometimes the accomplished bowler, simply doesn't know what is being done incorrectly. They only know that their scores have dropped, or they they have that vague feeling that they're not reaching their full potential.
Many bowling instructors will tell you to videotape your game, but that can be expensive and time-consuming.
There's a better way. Find someone that has enough knowledge of the game of bowling, especially someone who knows your game, and have the person help you.
Steve Scherer, Ellicott City, has been bowling tenpins off and on for about 20 years and carries a 205 average. The salesman for a local bakery began bowling in the YABA program and currently bowls in the Westinghouse league at Brunswick Normandy.
Last year that 205 average was a 194. What made the difference?
"Gary Schobe, my teammate on Tuesday nights," Scherer said. "Gary keeps me relaxed and spots my mistakes instantly. That gives me a chance to correct them before my game goes bad."
Scherer has a high set of 768 and a high game of 298. That 298 was the final game of a series that consisted of games of 223 and 197, capped with the 298. Scherer said the 298 could have easily been a 300.
"On the last ball I wanted to be sure that I wasn't light," Scherer said. "So I eased up just a trifle, and the ball went Brooklyn (and) left the 6-10. It's probably just a matter of time till I throw the 300 game, because with Gary helping me and the new oil patterns, my game improved a lot."
How much improved? Steve's average, as indicated above, has jumped from 194 to 205 and he recently has shot a 716, 717, 718 and another 718 series. That's four 700 sets in a row, and that's bowling in just one league per week.
Ed Hanko, a senior bowler in the Club 55 league at Normandy, started bowling about 13 years ago. Ed lives in Clarksville with his wife, Rita, an 82-average bowler in the same league. Ed said that bowling seems tohelp his arthritis. It appears that the arthritis is coming along just great. The retired Dynalectric employee is averaging 147 and is starting to shoot some imposing scores.
On Feb. 20, Ed rolled a career-high 242 game that was the cornerstone for a 595 series. That 595 consisted of the 242, a 200 game and a 153.
"Now I'm looking for that 600 set," Ed said, "I think I finally figured out what I was doing wrong."
Ed was making a basic mistake -- lifting his head up at the line, jerking his eyes off his spot and, of course, missing his mark with the ball.
How important is it to keep your eyes on the mark at all times?
Just a week after almost throwing a 600 series, the senior bowler came back with two 180-plus games.
The new oil pattern must be to the liking of a lot of bowlers at Normandy Lanes.
Wayne Hough shot a 711 set, Ed Lane hart fired a 732 series and Steve Wicker had a nice 725 set. Howard Marshall banged out a 279 game and a 729 series.
The Baltimore Women's Bowling Association is celebrating the WIBC Diamond Jubilee. At Fair Lanes Towson, the organization recognized BWBA members who were 75 or older at the opening ceremonies of the local championship.
Four ladies from Normandy were invited to that function: Virginia Wilderson, Tillie Pfund, DorothyJohnson and Gladys Clipper. Congratulations, ladies.
TOURNAMENT NEWS: Duck-pinners, attention. Harry Culbertson is host for the 10th Annual Open at the Brooklyn center on Saturday and Sunday. It's asix-game format, with a $25 entry fee and first prize of $500.
That same weekend, the Ladies All Star Classic, a duckpin event sponsored by Budweiser, will take place at Fair Lanes Southwest in Linthicum. That tournament brings together the finest lady duck-pinners in thenation and has a first prize of $2,000.
The Women's All Star Association will sponsor back-to-back tenpin tournaments on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the event will be at Brunswick Perry Hall, and on Sunday at Bel Air Bowl. Each tournament will have a first prize of $700.
SUMMER LEAGUES: Both Columbia and Normandy centers are now forming summer leagues. Call Normandy at 465-0355 and Columbia at381-7750.