RealLife Bowling Podcast – Practice At Home By Making A Practice Bowling Ball

Real Life Bowling Podcast – Making A Practice Bowling Ball

With Anthony Caso and Chris Polizzi

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Welcome To The RealLife Bowling Podcast

We have used this first podcast is an introduction to our channel and to ourselves. The main point was to share information and our experience with bowlers of all skill levels. We touch on topics anywhere from layouts to ball motion and what it’s like bowling on tour. We offer a unique perspective, being that we are both pro-shop operators. Because of this, we are able to give you yet another perspective from that side of the industry. We wanted this first introduction to be as organic as possible, which is why we chose not to have certain points we wanted to touch upon.  Having known each other for years we felt this was the best way to approach this podcast to keep it as natural as possible.

A Practice Bowling Ball You Can Make To Train At Home

How I created it. You will need an 8-inch foam craft ball, 2 different colors of duct tape, four 3oz lead fishing sinkers, dowel rod, and a screwdriver. You will need to mark 4 points on the ball with the dowel rod, make sure they are perpendicular, to create holes where the sinkers will go.  Hollow out those four holes with the screwdriver and place the sinkers inside.  Cover these holes with duct tape. Doing this creates a small imbalance when you hold it in your hand. Cover the entire ball with one color of duct tape. Place one strip of a different color duct tape around the ball to help identify different rotations. Place your hand on ball and mark finger and thumb holes, hollow out with the screwdriver.

Use The RLB Bowling Ball To Practice These Things

You can use this “bowling ball” to do foul line drills. Get into your finish position with the ball as close to your ankle as possible. Position your hand in the desired release position. Take a few small swings and focus on getting the ball off your hand and in the release position you are trying to practice. This ball is so light and easy to manipulate it is easy to train your hand to do different releases.  The ones I practiced were having my hand staying behind the ball and getting it around the ball.

I made this as an at-home practice solution due to not having access to bowling centers during the COVID-19 lockdown. Going from practicing every day and competing on weekends to not being able to do anything has been a very hard transition.  The whole idea is to be able to continue to practice while being home without destroying furniture or disturbing your neighbors.


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