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  1. If the PBA folds, does it really matter? by James Goulding III

    If the PBA folds, does it really matter?
    by James Goulding III

    This has been a subject that I had hoped to never write about, and that is the VERY real possibility that we are seeing the last days of the Professional Bowler's Association (PBA) as we know it. With the recent confirmation that the tour stop in Medford was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship dollars and the hard economy, it brings once again to the forefront the possibility that the PBA may not last another ...

    Updated 11-20-2009 at 10:51 PM by Maine Man

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  2. Keeping Equipment Clean: One Key to Success

    Keeping Equipment Clean: One Key to Success

    by James Goulding III


    Getting good coaching, watching video, and working in a pro shop have all been valuable tools that have helped me become a successful bowler. But, there is also another part of my game that is important on a weekly basis, and that is taking care of my bowling equipment so that it takes care of me on the lanes when I need it. What I mean is, I can’t expect bowling balls to perform at their ...
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  3. Balancing Technology with Tradition by James Goulding III

    Balancing Technology with Tradition
    by James Goulding III

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the direction of the sport of bowling, and some of the good and bad things that have shaped the sport we have today. Any way we slice it, technology advancements have put their permanent mark on the game of bowling, and the jury is still out as to whether or not those changes have helped or hurt the game as a whole. The one thing that can not be debated, however, is that there ...
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  4. Finding motivation and mental focus comes from within.

    How many times have you seen a team mate throw a bad frame, only to lose their cool and subsequently it costs them an open the very next frame? It happens all the time, and I bet each and every one of us who have ever picked up a bowling ball and bowled competitively have a similar experience to what I just mentioned, only it is YOU, and not a team mate, who is the culprit.

    Most of us competitive bowlers are now a week or two into the fall league season, and as we get back into the ...
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  5. Great resource for bowling information!

    Here is a link to a resource for some great bowling info:

    http://home.earthlink.net/~litefrozen/index.htm

    I am going to try and use this info to help set up brackets and side pots for my scratch tournament, as well as score input. If anyone has any other links to cheap tournament software, or bracket programs, please let me know, thanks!

    -James (Maine Man)
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  6. Trimming Down My Arsenal......Somehow

    Well, here I am at the cornerstone of another league season, pondering what to do about bowling equipment. I remember the days when you could just keep the same 2-3 balls in your bag for a couple of seasons, and once a year give them a quick re-surface job and go bowling. Nowadays, with specialized balls for different lane conditions, and coverstocks that need constant cleaning and attention, it actually takes a re-tooling of my entire arsenal each season. So, I am going to list what I have by ...
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  7. League Meetings: Logic vs. Lunacy

    League Meetings: Logic vs. Lunacy

    by James Goulding III



    I was inspired to write this blog post from a personal experience at one of my league meetings last night. It is the time of the year when we get together and decide what the by-laws, league dues, and any other league associated business for the season at an annual meeting. Sometimes some great ideas come from these events, and other times (like my last one) things seem to escape the realm of ...
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  8. League Seasons: Too Long or Just Right?

    This has been a topic I have wanted to blog about for some time now, but needed info from my fellow bowlers to help make a few valid points. The standard length league season goes from 33 to 35 weeks in length. Typically the season fires up around Labor Day, and ends sometime near the end of April or beginning to middle of May. Every year around February or March I hear the typical groans from my fellow bowlers about the long “grind” of the season, and how they can’t wait for summer to get here, ...
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  9. New League Season Means Inventory Time!!!

    As we approach a brand new fall league season in another month or so, I find it appropriate to discuss inventorying what is in your bowling bag, to help make sure you’re not stuck missing something at the wrong time when league comes. I will break this down into three categories: bowling balls, shoes, and accessories.

    BOWLING BALLS

    I can get very technical about layouts, weights, etc., but I will keep the discussion as lamen as possible as it pertains to bowling balls ...
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