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Oldbowler

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In order to give myself a little slide at the end of my approach I wear a liner sock on my left shoe.  Not the commercial ones which only cover the slide sole and leave the heel exposed, a full cover for the bottom of my bowling shoe.  I have stuck and gone down, and slipped and gone down enough to warrant trying to even things out any way I can.

Tuesday night the approaches were way too slick and I found myself losing my position at the end of the approach.  I couldn't do my full delivery and my game sucked big time.  I started being very wary of going down again and paid too much attention to my balance and not enough on my delivery.  My bowling buddy finally suggested doing the "Steve delivery" which is the one step one of our Friday bowlers uses.  I didn't go that far but did move way up on the approach and take baby steps.  I finally got a game over 200 and we took 3 of 4 points.

Do any of you have to go to extremes to tame the approaches like I do?  I did buy a pair of shoes with interchangeable soles and heels and disliked them to the point of giving them away to the youth bowling league I help support.

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I was going to suggest shoes with replaceable soles/heels until you mentioned you already tried them.  Strange that you disliked them so much...seems like you could dial in a good slide just be changing the heels/soles as-needed.

I don't have the problems you have, as all of the centers in my area stayed with the wood approaches when they installed synthetics.  One house that did install synthetic approaches switched back to wood after only a year due to the problems people were having with them.

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I have the opposite problem.  My knees won't stand up if the approaches are not slick.  Tacky approaches is my problem.  Sounds like you gave away the solution to your problem.  They do have other heels and soles rather than the ones you gave away.
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I was going to suggest shoes with replaceable soles/heels until you mentioned you already tried them.  Strange that you disliked them so much...seems like you could dial in a good slide just be changing the heels/soles as-needed.

I don't have the problems you have, as all of the centers in my area stayed with the wood approaches when they installed synthetics.  One house that did install synthetic approaches switched back to wood after only a year due to the problems people were having with them.



I bought extra slide soles and heels for the shoes.  I discovered the problem was having a heel rather than the smooth bottom shoes.  The shoes with heels tip me forward putting strain on my hips, which I can't deal with very well.  It seems with increased maturity my willingness to endure pain has gone down.  Everything in my game is designed to eliminate or avoid pain.

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I bought some Strikeforce shoes and the heels that came with it
made me stick,I sent off for the smooth black heel and problem
solved. You can put tape on your heels if their grabbing too much

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