Preamble

 
 
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Preamble
by Rick Benoit - Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 2:01 PM
 

Where I have chosen to start

After years of sharing with the greatest bowlers around the world it is my responsibility to the sport that I share some of those experiences with you.

It is only natural for a bowler or coach to ask what is right and what is wrong...what is good...what is bad...what is better and what is the best.

It is not my intention to debate any of those judgements. My only focus is to share experiences after many years with the icons of our sport.

We are in an era where technology has altered the way we perceive the skills of an athlete. What was once accepted as a gift is now analyzed and scrutinized with extreme data. The data is almost always interesting, but how should this data be used and who benefits from an era that seems obsessed with printed numbers, charts, and graphs.

I have listened to many thoughts, opinions, research projects, seminars and presentations. Without a doubt they have all effected my present thoughts and teachings.

A common occurrence after participating in one of these data rich events has me back on the lanes with a gifted athlete, listening to their thoughts. Having shared with almost every PBA Hall-of-Famer in the history of our sport I can confidently say that I believe there is a common denominator amongst all of the greats, and no one has ever shared that common denominator in one of those seminars.

Great athletes, coaches, and even pro shop operators are artists with the ability to commit to whatever their thoughts are. I have seen many a championship won by someone doing the "wrong" thing. I was once told by one of those greats that there are two ways to win in this sport. You can be unique or you can be better than everyone else, and it isn't easy being better than everyone else. Since that day I have always challenged myself to look for productive uniquenesses while they are on their journey to get better.

There are many different styles and opinions but there are very valuable moments of experience I would like to share with you to build a strong foundation and shorten the learning curve.

These are what I refer to as the "Essential Elements" that lead to the "Artistic Impressions" you leave on our sport.