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Having had a successful carpel tunnel surgery done to my right hand a few years back has allowed me to comfortably get back into a couple of my most beloved sports; fly-fishing & bowling. Fly-fishing aside, I used to bowl quite a bit back in the 90's, what with 3 leagues a week plus Monte Carlo every Saturday and endless practice. Over time, the pain in my right hand an elbow quashed that and I had to quit. Not long after recovering from the surgery, I joined 2 leagues and rolled all winter. I roll in one league now (Mondays) and like last year, it overlaps with my newly-found sport of golf. Last year I noticed a marked up-tick in my bowling scores, especially if I played a round of golf that same weekend. That trend continued last night as well and there has GOT to be something to it. I was better focused on my marks and consistently hit it all night. Now I'd love to say I had a 900-series, but alas I only came in just above average (182) with a solid 552. But I came away as satisfied as I would on a day of golf with many more solid hits than not.

I believe that the focus and attention to detail that the game of golf demands, translates easily (at least for what I'm doing) to bowling, and I bet it also would do it for other sports and activities.

Have any of you experienced this "focus transfer" into other things you do? If so, what activities are they and what did you learn?

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20 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

Having had a successful carpel tunnel surgery done to my right hand a few years back has allowed me to comfortably get back into a couple of my most beloved sports; fly-fishing & bowling. Fly-fishing aside, I used to bowl quite a bit back in the 90's, what with 3 leagues a week plus Monte Carlo every Saturday and endless practice. Over time, the pain in my right hand an elbow quashed that and I had to quit. Not long after recovering from the surgery, I joined 2 leagues and rolled all winter. I roll in one league now (Mondays) and like last year, it overlaps with my newly-found sport of golf. Last year I noticed a marked up-tick in my bowling scores, especially if I played a round of golf that same weekend. That trend continued last night as well and there has GOT to be something to it. I was better focused on my marks and consistently hit it all night. Now I'd love to say I had a 900-series, but alas I only came in just above average (182) with a solid 552. But I came away as satisfied as I would on a day of golf with many more solid hits than not.

I believe that the focus and attention to detail that the game of golf demands, translates easily (at least for what I'm doing) to bowling, and I bet it also would do it for other sports and activities.

Have any of you experienced this "focus transfer" into other things you do? If so, what activities are they and what did you learn?

It works for our Superintendent,  he's 7 handicap and i don't know how bowling handicaps work, but he averages about 246 and has 37 300's.    

Injuries have slowed him down, mostly shoulder.  There are times where it's almost impossible for him to make a backswing without pain.   He bowls about once or twice a week now, down from 4 to 5 and plays maybe two or three rounds of golf a week, down from about 5 or 6 as well.   B

he's till pretty darn impressive on both fronts from what i see. 

2 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

So you forced me to share this again:

 

That is just awesome!!  

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if you think you're good at bowling you need to try candlepin....I'd never heard/played it until I moved here and it is at least twice as difficult as ten pin/big ball; but yes, I can see a number of things that can apply to both sports.

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Not for me... I'm a 4 handicap on course and about a 40 on the lanes. I consider myself to be an above average golfer, but a waaaaay below average bowler. I normally Bowl lower than my golf score... I'll just leave it at that...

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On 1/8/2019 at 11:32 AM, GolfSpy Stroker said:

if you think you're good at bowling you need to try candlepin....I'd never heard/played it until I moved here and it is at least twice as difficult as ten pin/big ball; but yes, I can see a number of things that can apply to both sports.

For sure, I'm in a candlepin league here in MA, I like it much more than 10 pin, but you're right, it's quite a bit harder.  I'm around the middle of the pack with an 87 average - the top guy is around 100 - 102.

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On 1/8/2019 at 11:32 AM, GolfSpy Stroker said:

if you think you're good at bowling you need to try candlepin....I'd never heard/played it until I moved here and it is at least twice as difficult as ten pin/big ball; but yes, I can see a number of things that can apply to both sports.

Fun candlepin fact:  the highest score ever recorded is 245 (it's been done twice, once in 1984 and tied in 2011).

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