From Jim Ensminger.... (Be sure and check the follow up at the end of this one!)

A while back you told me that my problem was that you thought I was "lazy". Well, I think you were right. Imagine that. I spent quite a bit of time digesting what you said. I didn't think I was lazy. What did she mean by that? Well, here's what I came up with.

I was just going through the motions. In the last month or so this is what I've done. Establish a pre-shot routine and stick with it. Mentally visualize each shot, follow through, and watch the ball. Remember what I did the last time on the shot before, watch more closely the transition of the lanes. I think that your term for lazy was that I was mentally lazy. You were right. It's been a long time since I was focused on what I was doing. Going through the motions was easy. Applying the mental game makes this game a little tougher.

I'm back to trying to hit boards rather than areas. I now get unhappy if I miss, whereas before I don't think I realized I was missing where I was looking. Maybe this sounds crazy to you but I think that you have to want to execute ever shot perfectly in order to do so. The results are that last night I shoot 300-279-245=824, with the first 21 in a row. But you know what sticks in my mind? I threw the 22nd one a little hard and didn't carry the 7 pin. The mental part of the game is so many things to think about and then apply. It's almost like you have to put yourself in a trance. Anyway thanks for the advice, I also use your word that you gave me - training not practice. When I go to "practice", now I look at it as training, Before I would just go through the motions, now these motions are with intent.

Thanks for calling me lazy.


Susie Q.........I was selected the Ft. Worth ABC Bowler of the Year. The presentation will be at Hurst May 9th. I wanted to be the one to tell you personally.

Your bud,


PS: I'm not lazy anymore.