Sports 4 The Blind

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Chapter 10

Bowling for spares

     Bowling for spares again have the bowler to utilize the dimensions of the equipment to assist. Very few spares require pin point accuracy as there are usually two or more points of impact that will score the spare. Again, as in strikes, an exact position cannot be designated due to the difference in individual styles. Spares can however be designated by area allowing the bowler to select a position that will give the greatest chance for making the spare. There are only three (3) basic groups of spares with all designated according to area of pindeck where they stand.

     FIRST: The center spares. Those in the middle of the lane. These include the 1-2-3-5-8 & 9 pins and most combinations Positioning for these spares should be approximately the same as for rolling for strikes. Slight variations will be necessary as skills increase.

     SECOND: left side spares. These are the 4 & 7 pins with most combinations. The basic position for these would be further away from the rail with the body turned slightly in the direction of the pins. Walking towards the pins and execution of the basic fundamentals is essential in knocking down all spare leaves.

     THIRD: Right side spares. These are the 6 & 10 pins and most combinations. The starting position should be taken closer to the rail with the body turned slightly towards the pins.

     Again, walking towards the pins and executing the fundamentals.

     Instructors should position students initially making sure the bowler is correctly aimed. Students should again be advised to take careful note of the position of all aspects of the stance and position, including the location and feel of the rail.

     During the initial phases of strike and spare bowling, instructors should emphasize that proficiency in the execution of all the fundamentals and techniques taught will only be acquired through practice. Beginners should be given all encouragement on shots that are close to the desired method.

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