About the author and owner
Tim is a man of many interests. Reading, collecting, racing, boating and yes, bowling. As in the About Us page, Tim got his start bowling at a very young age. Around 5-6 years old, and too small for bowling shoes.
That meant sock-footed bowling with two hands, and there were no gutter bumpers then. So you had to actually roll a good ball to score. During the time that Tim was learning to bowl, both his mom and grandfather were involved in several leagues and tournaments.
League play came next at around 10 years of age. This continued through high school and college, as well as post-graduate work. We had coed fun leagues, serious leagues with decent prizes, tournament play, a high school regional league and a college bowling club.
As we’ve written about in here, getting better at bowling requires focus on form, approach and familiarity with equipment. After that, it’s practice, practice, practice.
The Perfect Game
You’d think with all of that early experience that I would have some pretty good scores along the way. My highest league season average was 165. That was good enough for league MVP, but we lost the championship on the final weekend.
I do have several 200+ games under my belt. My highest scoring game was 242 when I was on the high school team. I’m not quite at that level now.
I’ve never been close to a perfect game. Even my high scoring games were dropped from any chance at bowling a 300 due to early spares. I guess that takes the pressure off.
I continued to bowl during my early years training and working. But a few years into my first career position, we decided to start a family. For a few years, it was all work and family. 2 kids 13 months apart almost becomes like having twins.
Diaper changes, feedings, being awakened at night, handling doctor’s appointments and more filled my spare (pun intended) time. But we did have plastic pins and a kids bowling set, if that counts.
Involving the Kids
Once the kids got a little older, birthday bowling alley parties became a thing. My kids got invited ti several and also held their own. They liked bowling enough to ask me to take them more often and give them some tips.
Of course, they wouldn’t listen to the tips, but that’s kids for you. They did start bowling with friends when midnight bowling, glow in the dark balls, and all the other ways to attract young bowlers became popular.
My grandfather has long since passed away. Yet my mother still has his bowling ball, shoes and bag in the attic. I recently moved, which gave me a good excuse to clear out some things. My bowling trophies and certificates finally had to go.
Tim wrote an article about that exact topic, what to do when disposing of old bowling balls. It is important to follow good practices, since bowling balls cannot be recycled. But they can be given away, used for crafts, made into gardening borders and more.
There are many things you can do with older bowling balls rather than placing them in the trash.
Medical, Safety and Physiology Posts
Tim Conner has an undergraduate degree in Biology, and continued on to medical school. After graduating with his M.D., he completed 4 additional years of diagnostic radiology training. Beginning in 1992, Dr. Conner covered local trauma and tertiary care centers in his hometown for 26 years.
Beginning in 2019, Dr. Conner set up a private medical consulting business, and now covers emergencies in 27 states. Since bowling is a physical sport, Dr. Conner writes about accidents, injuries, health benefits, and more health topics.
As avid fitness buffs, Tim and his wife spent years training with Beachbody’s Insanity, P90X, T25, and more. Until a mild rotator cuff injury, a calf muscle tear from basketball, and meniscal injuries in both knees slowed things down quite a bit.
With a detailed understanding of the anatomy and function of the structures of the body that get worked while bowling, Tim can explain what can happen and what to do to avoid it.
Note that nothing here is intended as medical advice. Diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases requires direct communication with your health care professional along with a good physical exam and any needed diagnostic tests.