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How to Pick Up Spares breaks down 51 pin combinations and spare-shot setups for both right-handed and left-handed bowlers. It explains how to set up for the shot using a hook ball, aiming for the strike target, or using a plastic spare ball, which will give the bowler a straight shot. Each example has an accompanying art figure showing where the feet are set up on the lane and the path of the hook ball and straight ball.
The original content in this mini e-book will help you pick up spares more effectively. If you’re also interested in developing your complete game, then complement How to Pick Up Spares with Michelle Mullen’s Bowling Fundamentals, Second Edition (Human Kinetics, 2014), which provides comprehensive coverage on the equipment, techniques, lane play and spare-shooting strategies, and mental training necessary for success on the lanes.
Michelle Mullen, a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Gold
coach, has coached bowlers of all skill levels for almost three decades.
She is co-owner of Your Bowling Coach with renowned pro bowler Aleta
Sill; they operate Aleta Sill’s Bowling World, a premier pro shop in
Mullen has competed and won championships at every level, including high
school and collegiate bowling and Professional Women’s Bowling
Association (PWBA) regional and national bowling. She holds four
national titles and a record nine regional titles in the PWBA. She was
also the 1990-1999 PWBA Regional Player of the Decade. In 1985 she
represented the United States in the World Cup in Seoul, Korea, and is a
former coach for the U.S. team.
Mullen is also an established international author. She has been
published in Bowler’s Journal, Bowling Magazine, Bowling This
Month, Asian Bowling Digest, and various other publications. The
first edition of Bowling Fundamentals was translated in Russian
and Simplified Chinese. She is a member of the International Bowling
Mullen enjoys working out, gardening, and cooking. Her greatest passion
is helping homeless animals in need. She and Sill run an annual
fund-raising event called Bowl-4-Animal Rescue (bowl4animalrescue.org);
100 percent of the proceeds benefit local animal charities. Mullen is
from Chicago and lives in Livonia, Michigan, along with her three dogs
and four cats, who insist that “rescued” is her favorite breed.