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CRU­CIAL SHOT #1: First frame

Don’t treat this as a warmup. Leav­ing pins stand­ing puts you at a dis­ad­van­tage right out of the gate. Hit a strike to send a mes­sage to your com­peti­tors. Here’s how: stand to the right of the mid­dle pin and bend your knees in an ath­letic stance. Tar­get the space be­tween the 1 and 3 pins, shown in red. (Lefty? Re­verse and aim be­tween 1 and 2.) Use the lane ar­rows as a guide.

CRU­CIAL SHOT #2: The 7-10 split

This one sucks. For the best chance of a spare, stand to the far right of the lane. Aim for the in­side cor­ner of the 7 pin. Chuck the ball across the lane as hard as you can. Your goal is to slam the 7 pin so it ric­o­chets out of the pit and rolls over with enough force to top­ple the 10 pin. But man­age your ex­pec­ta­tions: Pedersen has picked up the spare only seven times in 46 years.

CRU­CIAL SHOT #3: One pin stand­ing

If it’s the 5 pin, that’s not so bad. Just po­si­tion your­self as you would to throw a strike. Hit­ting the 10 pin is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. “Peo­ple get freaked out when just the 10 pin is left,” Pedersen says. To pick it off, line up as far to the left of the lane as you can, and an­gle the throw to­wards the pin. Try­ing this shot from the right side keeps your ball dan­ger­ously close to the gut­ter.

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