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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 Metro Detroit.
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 Media Association.
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.