July 17, 2007 19:00
Denny’s PBA Tour fans recently had the opportunity to submit questions to 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings leader Wes Malott. Today, Malott sat down with PBA.com to answer a number of those questions.
From: Michael Curry (Arizona)
Thank you for taking the time to answer some of our questions. I am a bowler and sometimes I have trouble with believing in myself and sometimes when I have a bad night at league it decreases the confidence level in my bowling. My question to you is what do you do when you get down on yourself when you are on Tour and you have a bad week. What do you tell yourself to build your confidence back up?
Answer: Well, sometimes when I get mad enough at myself it helps me concentrate and make better shots. But, sometimes it's just not meant to be and I just do the best I can do and hope that things will work out the next week. I have people tell me all the time that because I think that way, I will have a very successful career.
From: Bob Igel (Holbrook, N.Y.)
Hi Wes! Keep up the good job you are doing. Best of luck in the upcoming year. Do you have a fan club?
Answer: Thank you. No, I do not have a fan club as of now. I really don't think I have enough fans right now but I have seen a big improvement over the last couple of years and maybe I will be able to start one soon.
From: Anthony Everts (Staten Island, N.Y.)
I had the pleasure of bowling with you at the U.S. Open Pro-Am in 2006. My question for you is… Which house do you enjoy bowling in the most on the PBA Tour?
Answer: Any center near home. As much as we travel we spend a lot of time away from home so it's nice to be able to spend more time with the family. If I had to choose though, New Jersey is on the top of my list.
From: Andrew Zaug (Waverly, Iowa)
I am a power cranker just like you but I seem to get less carry every time that I bowl. I average about 215, but it could be a lot higher. What’s the deal with the carry?
Answer: I would have to guess that you grab it at the bottom of your swing and that makes the ball lose energy by the time the ball gets to the pins. If you notice when I bowl, you can barely hear the ball hit the lane. You have to be nice to the ball and let it do all the work for you.
From: Darren Andretta (Long Island, N.Y.)
I was wondering, what specifically do most of the top athletes on the PBA work on when they go to practice? In addition, What can one do in order to take care of their body while they're on the road all the time?
Answer: Interesting question. I don't really practice that much because when I do I find myself rushing and making bad shots, therefore I tend to create bad habits. The only time you will see me practice is if I'm struggling or just need to get back in the mix of things. As far as my body, I don't work out but I do try to eat well, but you can imagine how hard it is on the road.
From: David Brownell (Virginia)
Do you use any unique pitches or span lengths to achieve your powerful release?
Answer: Not that I'm aware of. My span is semi-relaxed and I’ve had to shorten it about 1/4" over the last three years on Tour as my hand is not as flexible.
From: John Mathieson (Nashville, Tenn.)
As a tall man how do you learn to work with leverage and how do you work with your center of gravity to generate so much power?
Answer: Sorry, I wish I could answer that for you. If you talk to some top coaches they might be able to tell you better. I plan on working alongside some top coaches over the next few years and hopefully I will learn more about my game and be able to answer questions like this.
From: Colin McJunkin (Virginia Beach, Va.)
How do you roll the ball to help get a good amount of revs?
Answer: It's the quickness I have in my wrist and leverage I have in my legs.
From: Nate Morton (Chicago, Ill.)
I can make line adjustments but how do you control tilt and rotation?
Answer: Practice makes perfect. I have many different tilts and speeds I can use and this helps me be successful on Tour. To be able to be consistent week in and week out you have to have many tools in your game.
From: Edward (Wilder, Ky.)
Who is your toughest opponent mentally or do you treat all opposition the same?
Answer: Myself. I can't say I treat them all the same though, some require different strategies.
From: Tom Halliley (Detroit, Mich.)
What is your key to projecting the ball down the lane to the breakpoint? When the heads are burning up, do you move back and use more speed? Is your arm swing loose or muscled?
Answer: Your arm swing always needs to be loose. When the heads go, I usually just go over them by lofting.
From: Mike Sweeney (Massachusetts)
I was wondering how you overcame your problems with foot fouling over the last couple of years? Have you also changed your style at all to ensure that you don't foul when delivering the ball?
Answer: I think most of it was nerves on TV. I have learned to control them more now with experience pretty well. It's just one of those learning curves you have to go through.
From: Ali Khakbaz (Monterrey, Mexico)
How important would you consider the mental game as a key to being a great bowler? Also, what changes did you do mentally going from amateur to the pros? Finally, what was your regime when you lost all that weight a couple of off-seasons ago?
Answer: I have been told it's just as much as physical. I have seen players with all the talent in the world not be successful on Tour and most of it has got to be because of their mental game. I can't say I changed anything going from amateur to pros. I just ate better; no fried foods, very little sweets and veggies instead of bad sides.
From: Matt Marino (New Jersey)
Who is your all-time favorite PBA bowler?
Answer: I would have to say Parker Bohn III. Not only is he a great bowler, he is a great person. He is very good with his fans and knows how to play with the crowds. That’s something I'm still working on.
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