Bowl – The Follow Through

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AMF Bowling Center’s Richard Wolfe demonstrates how to bowl including the follow through.

    Richard Wolfe

    Richard Wolfe started bowling at the age of 12 in the Saturday morning youth league as many other youth bowlers. I began bowling competitively at the age of 16 in adult leagues and competing against some of the most renowned players at that time. As he became more interested in the game he then began working at the local pro-shop Carmen Don’s which was the most popular bowling pro shop in the Metropolitan DC area. Still a member of the Sports Plus Carmen Don’s pro shop, with over 20 years of experience in the bowling business, he has been a main stay in the knowledge and integrity of the game. He has been employed by many of the major manufactures such as Columbia, Ebonite, Hammer and Storm and has been recognized as a vital member to their staff. Being a PBA (Professional Bowling Association) member since 1987 with credentials that include 4 Professional Bowlers Tour Regional Championships one of which was in Hawaii which has become one of his most memorable. It was most special because his Mom and Dad flew there to be a part of his dream. Then went on to be a part of the elite Professional Bowlers National Tour. It was then that he found to be one of the most respected bowlers and finished 2nd in the Indianapolis Open in 1995. He then followed that with 7 nationalized televised finals, qualified for the all exempt tour 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and was voted the recipient for the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2005-2006 by his peers. Mr. Wolfe will be inducted into the Metropolitan Area Hall of Fame on October 20, 2007 for his accomplishments for both his achievements as well as his dedication to the sport of bowling.

    Hi, I am Richard Wolf, bowling ball technician here for basic bowling instruction. We have gone over a few things, now we are headed towards the push away. Let us get started here.

    Starting on that center dot again, fingers first then the thumb, majority of the ball weight being held with the opposing hand, we have got that ball to nice belt level. Now the shape of the push away should look something like this. Get started, it should come out slightly just below or slightly right in line with the belt level and get started like so. Simple guideline to remember, once I find my starting reference point again, is the left foot and the hand or elbow start at the same time. So, it looks like this.

    Now, one of the confusing parts about this is sometimes, we have a tendency to over extend this motion and or just let it drop. You are going to find some things here that are going to be individual. This is just simply a guideline for you to get started. For example, you will see a lot of bowlers they may hold the ball down lower and or higher. You can bowl very well doing that but this is a solid foundation and the start of bowling well is have that ball in here.

    We are discussing a four step delivery. Everything is based of a four steps. You can take six steps, you can take seven, eight. However, the ball beginning into motion is still on this step which is the four step delivery. Now, I am going to try this shot out to see how it works.

    Holding the weight, the right hand, ball belt level, foot and the left heels starting at the same time, see if it works. Wow! It worked. Does not have to like that all the time but I myself l started the same way you are took some of these basic fundamentals and utilized them and every once in while, things like that will happen hopefully, more often than not.

    So, I hope you have enjoyed it. Good luck, good bowling.