DI-Why? – Bowling League

DI-Why? – Bowling League


(upbeat techno music) – Hi everybody welcome
back to DI-Why? today I’m here at Emery Lanes with Steve. Steve tell me a little about yourself. – Hey guys, my name’s Steve Weber. I am the assistant manager
here at Emery Lanes. I just got here on the island probably about six months ago, so
pretty new to the island. Uh, a little bit about myself, I’m a four-time PBA Champion,
a former member of Team USA. We won Gold and Silver medals
representing our country which is probably the proudest moment
of my life professionally. Also I’m a USBC certified
Silver Level Coach and I’m here just to help everyone out and to enjoy the game,
while they’re on the island. – That’s really cool and
all of those accomplishments are really, really neat. – Appreciate it. – Talking about a little bit
of my experience bowling, I’m really bad at it so. – It’s all right. Like I was
telling everybody before, if you can walk and
chew gum, I can make you a 150 average bowler in no time. – I’m gonna have to hold you to that. – Alright, we’re good. – So we’re gonna bowl a
little bit against each other and I’m gonna learn a little bit about how to become a part of the league and get a little bit better at bowling. – Sounds good. Let’s get started. (upbeat techno music) – So Steve, I was
wondering, can you tell me a little about what exactly
a bowling league is? – Sure, a bowling league
is an organized competition usually held weekly, at a
specific time each week. You can have, members of a
team can be either singles if you do, if you got a
singles league, or all the way up to five members on a team,
and everywhere in between. Most of the leagues that we have here, on Kadena, actually pay prize money. So you pay a weekly fee, and
at the end of the league, everybody gets a part of the prize fund depending on where you finished, usually how your team finishes. It’s a really good sport where you can get some physical activity. If you bowl, usually about an hour, you’re burning anywhere between 220 to 330 calories in that hour. And by comparison, that’s
a little bit more calories than if you walk two miles in one hour. – Oh, that’s more of a workout
than I expected for sure. I always have a hard time choosing what bowling ball is right for me. Can you tell me a little about how to make that decision easier. – Yeah, in bowling, we actually use the heaviest ball in any sport. This ball here is fifteen pounds. Normally, you want to go about 10 percent of your body weight. But usually its anything
that you can handle, where you can hold the weight in your hand without losing your balance, or having it fall out of your hand. Cause when you’re throwing
the ball down the lane you’re trying to knock down
about 40 pounds worth of pins. So every pound that you can get, heavier, to throw down the lane, it’ll definitely help
you increase your scores. We have house balls here.
We’ll help you get fit for it. Usually you just want to
get a ball that’s fitted as snug to your thumb as you can. And then you want to use the
heaviest weight that you can. (upbeat keyboard music) – So, I’ve heard a little
bit about league handicaps and that all the league’s
here have them, right? – That’s correct. – So how does a handicap work, exactly? – Well, one of the good
things about bowling is that, and it’s one of the few
sports, that multi-generations can bowl on the same playing
field at the same times. So, you know, grandparents
or even great-grandparents can bowl with their great-grandkids
and everyone in between. And the good thing
about bowling in league, especially in organized league, is that the handicap system is based on usually a set average, right, and that kinda levels the playing field. And that’s what we’re gonna
do today between you and I. We’re gonna bowl a game, kinda
see what our averages are, and then we’re gonna set that handicap so that the playing field is more level. (upbeat techno music) – What would you say is one common mistake a lot of bowlers make. – Probably the most common
mistake people make, when they’re novices and they really don’t play the game very often,
is they target at the pins instead of somewhere closer to you. So if you can pick
something closer to you, like the arrows which
are about 15 feet away, or the dots that are
about eight feet away, if you hit you can hit those
a lot more consistently. And then as long as you line up in the same place every time, then you can use that targeting system to hit the pins wherever you need them. (upbeat dance music) – And, I’ve been interested
in leagues for a little bit but as a not very good bowler
I was a little nervous. But what would you say
is some of the reasons that I should join the league? – Well obviously, again
you can compete with anyone with the handicap system that we use. You can bowl with friends, family members, anyone of any age can participate. And again that’s one of the
best things about bowling. Not only that, it’s an indoor sport. You don’t have to worry about the weather. And again we’re here to help
everyone learn the game better. We want everyone to improve.
If they want to learn the game and get better at it, that’s
what we’re here to do. And the camps and the clinics that we have on a monthly and bimonthly basis that’s what we’re here to do, to help everyone get to that goal. (upbeat dance music)