How To Deal With Distractions While Bowling By MDM Bowling Coaching

Pro Tip Friday: Distractions…Oh Look, Squirrel!Distractions are going to happen all the time. As a bowler, you need to learn to block the distractions out to make the best shot possible. Whether it’s an opponent, drunk league bowlers, flash photography, loud noises, a birthday party a few lanes over, or internal distractions, like overthinking, it’s important to be able to focus on the task in front of you. When it comes to managing distractions, the best defense is a good offense. Spend your time focusing on your Pre-Shot Routine (PSR), which we discussed in a previous pro tip. Don’t underestimate the impact of getting yourself on “autopilot”.I always try to take a deep breath, focus on my pre-shot routine, and limit my time on the approach so I don’t start thinking about the bad things that could happen. If I overthink the situation, I can psych myself out of a good throw or release. I recommend that you keep your time on the approach to just the things in your PSR, so your window of opportunity to possibly be distracted is smaller. I see a lot of students struggle with overthinking. Do your thinking off the approach.If something comes up suddenly, like a loud noise, lights, etc, there is nothing wrong with stopping before you throw the ball. Stop, restart, and throw the best shot you can. When it’s your turn, you can take as long as you need to release the ball. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

Posted by MDM Coaching on Friday, May 18, 2018

Distractions Are Going To Happen While Bowling

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Distractions are going to happen all the time. As a bowler, you need to learn to block the distractions out to make the best shot possible. Whether it’s an opponent, drunk league bowlers, flash photography, loud noises, a birthday party a few lanes over, or internal distractions, like overthinking, it’s important to be able to focus on the task in front of you. When it comes to managing distractions, the best defense is a good offense. Spend your time focusing on your Pre-Shot Routine (PSR), which we discussed in a previous pro tip. Don’t underestimate the impact of getting yourself on “autopilot”.

Do Not Overthink While Bowling

I always try to take a deep breath, focus on my pre-shot routine, and limit my time on the approach so I don’t start thinking about the bad things that could happen. If I overthink the situation, I can psych myself out of a good throw or release. I recommend that you keep your time on the approach to just the things in your PSR, so your window of opportunity to possibly be distracted is smaller. I see a lot of students struggle with overthinking. Do your thinking off the approach.

If something comes up suddenly, like a loud noise, lights, etc, there is nothing wrong with stopping before you throw the bowling ball. Stop, restart, and throw the best shot you can. When it’s your turn, you can take as long as you need to release the ball. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching

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