The Game Changer: A simple system for improving your bowling scores

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Over the last several decades, one of the most frustrating problems facing bowlers who are looking to get better at the sport has been the lack of a simple, universally accepted system that works for everyone.

Enter Mark Baker and his revolutionary approach to coaching -- an approach that has made him the most sought-after bowling coach in the world. In this book, Baker reveals entirely new and simple ways to illustrate the kinds of things that can immediately improve a bowler's...

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Overview

Over the last several decades, one of the most frustrating problems facing bowlers who are looking to get better at the sport has been the lack of a simple, universally accepted system that works for everyone.

Enter Mark Baker and his revolutionary approach to coaching -- an approach that has made him the most sought-after bowling coach in the world. In this book, Baker reveals entirely new and simple ways to illustrate the kinds of things that can immediately improve a bowler's scores without completely reinventing the bowler's own unique style.

Using empirical evidence illustrated by common traits that the vast majority of Hall-of-Fame-caliber bowlers possess, Baker convincingly (and humorously) explains what it takes to improve your bowling scores by making small, easy-to-adopt changes within the structure of your own, natural game. The Game Changer truly is a game changer when it comes to the way bowlers and bowling coaches will approach bowling improvement for the foreseeable future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604947748
  • Publisher: Wheatmark
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 239,318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Baker has been active in the sport of bowling for more than thirty years, as a competitor, as a salesperson and, now, as an instructor. Turning pro in 1982, Mark enjoyed a very successful bowling career, earning four PBA National Tour titles and appearing on television as a top-five finalist on more than two dozen occasions. In the mid 1980s he established himself as one of the premier players in the world, earning the "George Young High Average Award" in 1985 and a selection to the prestigious Bowlers Journal All-American First Team.

Mark's professional bowling career was shortened due to a serious back injury, but his bowling exploits earned him inductions into both the Orange County and Southern California Bowling Halls of Fame.

While working as the Southern California sales manager for Cal Bowling Supply, Mark expanded his coaching business, rapidly growing his private clientele and developing "Camp Bakes" -- which is now considered one of the premier bowling camps in the world.

For his achievements in coaching, Mark has been named one of the "Top 100 Coaches in the United States" by Bowlers Journal International magazine on three separate occasions. He also coaches several of the top bowlers on the PBA Tour, including PBA Players of the Year Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, and Mika Koivuniemi; three-time PBA Tournament of Champions winner Jason Couch; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Bill O'Neill; and 2012 USBC Masters Champion Mike Fagan.

Mark currently lives in Yorba Linda, California, with his wife, Shannon, and son, Gage.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Enjoyed!

    For a person like myself contemplating starting a new business, this book definately puts a positive way of thinking in you head. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Great book for any range of bowling.

    If you are a true dedicated bowler then this book is great. Please make sure you have someone filming you for good results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    One of my top three books on bowling.

    Having read about every book written on the sport of bowling(yes the sport,if you have an issue with calling bowling a sport this book is not for you),I've come to expect the same redundant approach and layout to these books.

    Much like coaching, you start to hear the same things in varied categories...the old school approach, the new school approach, and in between.

    What is impressive about Mark's book is that though he does acknowledge those approaches really he is stripping the whole things down to a few principles and whether or not they fall into either school becomes somewhat irrelevant.

    Mark's book is excellent in it's overall philosophy that knocking down the pins is what is important. Whether you have the unorthodox but hall of fame style of Walter Ray or the more classic style of Brian Voss, the bottom line is if you aren't knocking pins down you aren't throwing YOUR best shot enough times. Notice, I say "YOUR."

    See, that's the beauty of this book. Take your best shot, and add a few more and all of a sudden your average starts going up. Bowling comes down to a couple of principles and once you get those down really it comes down to repeating shots.

    If there is one flaw in the book, it's probably the same thing that makes it so useful. It's so simplistic and it's over in a flash. You wish there was more, you feel like you want to dig deeper. But I think that's the point. Get the principles of a good shot down; your swing path, timing, balance, etc. and get it to where you can do these a few more times a game and you'll see improvement.

    I would give this book five stars if it had perhaps broken down a few of these errors and principles and maybe had a section on drills for each at the end per say, however, the book is fantastic and easily read in a few sit downs.

    I've read and re-read it several times since purchase.

    Now let's hope Mark comes out with a book on lane reading. If he could simplify that as much as he does fundamentals in this book that would be great.

    One note, though I mention fundamentals please understand that if you are just beginning bowling this book may be a bit above your head. Now, having said that I would still purchase it and take those principles mentioned and look for more in depth on those subjects from a coach or other avenues. This book does assume you at least understand what he's talking about in terms of approach, balance, revolutions, timing etc.

    Great, great read.

    MH

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