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Create Space Like A BOWLER For The Arms And Golf Club To Travel [Athletics Series]

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Milo Lines:
Hey everybody, welcome back out to Superstition Mountain. Milo here, along with Henry, and today we’re talking about how different sports relate to golf. And I’ve got in my hand my own bowling ball, so let’s talk a little about bowling and golf.

Henry Fall:
You bowl?

Milo Lines:
I do. I’m okay.

Henry Fall:
300?

Milo Lines:
No, I’ve never bowled 300 before. 300.

Milo Lines:
I hammered the camera. That’s funny. Okay. Henry, can you see any similarities between rolling this ball at a bunch of pins down there and golf?

Henry Fall:
Maybe visually, but I know you’ve got something up your sleeve, so.

Milo Lines:
Well, there are a few similarities. I would… Let’s start with the first similarity. When we roll this ball, do I roll it straight or do I spin it and make the ball curve?

Henry Fall:
I guess you could do one of either, but the pros really spin it.

Milo Lines:
They usually will curve their strike ball, so the first ball they’ll curve, and then when they’re trying to pick up spares…

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
They’re going to roll the ball a little straighter. So usually they have two bowling balls. They have one that’s a fingertip ball that’s made to be hooked in there and the other one that’s a little bit straighter ball. Okay? So that’s one thing. And the way you make the ball spin is with your hands and wrists. Kind of sounds like golf, we use our hands, wrists, forearms to make that ball curve out there. But the real thing I wanted to talk about is staying out of your own way. So if I was going to roll a bowling ball down range here, first thing you usually see bowlers kind of lower one side of their body and kind of cock one side of their body out of the way. Now, the reason for that is they want to be able to swing this ball in a relatively straight line like this.

Henry Fall:
Without taking out their kneecaps.

Milo Lines:
Without hammering themselves in the knee. So if I don’t kind of cock myself out of the way, I get hit.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
So that’s the first thing. So now as they walk, you can see how I’m kind of tilted off this way and out of the way, so I can roll that ball.

Milo Lines:
So does that seem very similar to golf?

Henry Fall:
I mean, what you said about sort of maintaining space or creating space so that the ball can travel, same as sort of the hands and the club. Right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. So in a golf swing, I’m set up like this and I want to make sure that I can swing and get my hands and arms to move through that space, right? So if my body goes like this…

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
I’m in my space and I’m going to have to make some kind of a correction to hit the ball.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
Same thing would happen with bowling. If I was in the space, I’d have to make my arm swing in a different arc, right? It’d be pretty hard to roll that ball down the intended line.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
So there are some similarities. You have to get out of your own way. So good golfers, they stay out of their own way so that they can pass the club and their arm through the intended window.

Henry Fall:
Yep.

Milo Lines:
Cool. So there are some similarities here in bowling. Wouldn’t seem like a sport that would be very similar, but somewhat. Not really.

Henry Fall:
I was going to say maybe the little, where the triangles or diamonds you aim at, beginning of the… I don’t bowl much, but you kind of… That’s your sort of intermediate target, right? So…

Milo Lines:
Immediate target…

Henry Fall:
That would apply to golf.

Milo Lines:
That applies. The bowling lane is like a fairway.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Part of the reason that players throw hooks in there, it’s easier to throw a ball that curves and hit the spot that they’re trying to hit than it is to throw it straight.

Henry Fall:
Oh, so they have a shot pattern is what you’re saying.

Milo Lines:
Ah, yeah. So they actually play a shot, like a stock shot.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
So they play, generally, a hook with their bowling ball, just like most golfers have a preferred pattern, right?

Henry Fall:
Yep.

Milo Lines:
They either draw it or fade it. You don’t hear people saying, “Oh, I play it straight.” I hear that, but generally when somebody tells me, “Oh yeah, I hit it straight.” That means they shoot nineties.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
Because players who were really good, they tend to move it one way or the other.

Henry Fall:
Yep.

Milo Lines:
Slightly, it might not move a lot, but it moves.

Henry Fall:
So I guess the sort of visual component and the sort of the confidence component, what shot shape you’re seeing, that’s a big part of golf as well. So you can always… And I guess with any sport we can say that. So…

Milo Lines:
Yeah, for sure. So definitely there’s some similarities.

Henry Fall:
Yep. So if you guys liked this video, make sure you subscribe, hit the bell icon so you get notified when a new video is up, and check out milolinesgolf.com. We’ll see you next time.