1. When do you know your equipment is hindering your ability more than your actual mechanics?
Craig Spencer - Always, always, take advantage of demo’s where you can try out product without having to buy it. Even if it is being hosted by a pro shop you don’t normally go to, take advantage of the opportunity to see each company’s current technology go down the lane. This is invaluable. However, it’s important to keep in mind, at the league and amateur level when the conditions are easier, equipment makes an even bigger difference. As the scoring pace gets higher, pin carry is essential and the wrong ball can make it to the pocket, but get 9 far too often. As the lanes get harder, consistency, good technique and overall execution become far more important than having a certain bowling ball.
Question #2. How can you tell the difference between the end of a pattern, and just a hook spot?
Craig Spencer – For 95% of bowlers the pattern is going to end little past half way down the lane. If you visually see the ball start trying to hook earlier than that, then it’s a hook spot and not the end of a pattern.