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"7) Did my right foot drag behind me on the floor until I stopped? The foot is my brake.
"If I've been right on all these counts—and hit my spot—the pins ought to fall."
"During my approach, I stride slowly. I keep my elbow locked throughout the back-and downswings. My left foot and right arm hit the line at the same time. I release the ball over the line and crank my hand a quarter of a turn to achieve a hook."
"For a righthander the 10 is the most difficult single-pin leave [right]. I start my delivery far over, 25 boards to the left of center, using almost all of the 40-inch lane. My spot is between the fourth and fifth arrows and I throw the ball harder and with less hook than normally."
"Sometimes all the wood doesn't fall, as in the 2-4-5-8 combination. Hit the 2-pin fully with a hook, and the ball will miss the 5. Hit it lightly on the right, and the ball misses the 8 on the left. I concentrate on the 2-5 pocket. The ball takes out the 2, 5 and 8 and the 2 deflects into the 4."
"The 6-7-10 [left] is a tricky split that requires skill and luck. I'm happy enough when I knock down the 6 and 10, but there are times when I go for broke. I shoot this as I do the single 10-pin leave. The ball clips the 6-pin, then blows out the 10 while the 6 knocks down the 7."
"The 5-7 is a pocket split that even we pros make only half the time. The important thing here, as with all combination leaves, is to get the forward pin. I move three boards left of center, using the same spot as for a full rack. The ball grazes the 5 on the right and moves into the 7."