CRUSH MORE PINS
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.