Milwaukee media personality Van McNeil, who is part of the great Spare/Time Bowling Show on Sunday mornings on Sports Radio 1250 WSSP, is training to bowl the Geico PBA Summer Swing.
He’s calling it “Chasing the Dream” and recording his efforts on video so fans can follow along.
“When Van announced on the Spare/Time Bowling Show that he was going to bowl the PBA Summer Swing, I wanted people to see that this was not a joke, or just a league hack putting up the money to say he was bowling with the best in the world,” Phil Brylow, another personality on the show who is handling the video work, said in a news release.
“I wanted people to see how a bowler who is 210-215 (average) on house patterns would need to change their physical and mental games, know the equipment they have and what equipment they will need, and how the lanes will need to be played differently to even think about going out on a PBA Tour or Sport pattern to average 215.”
McNeal is working with Silver level coach Dwight Albrecht from the Spare/Time Bowling Show and Spare/Time Pro Shop on his physical game using MotionView Bowling Coaching Software, he’s working with Brylow on his mental game and lane play on PBA/Sport type patterns, and Brunswick is providing equipment to get McNeal started toward a decent arsenal for the varying lane conditions he’s going to see.
Five of the shows will document McNeal’s progress up to the Summer Swing and there will be a wrap-up blog made for each of the Summer Swing events (Badger, Wolf, Bear).
The first two videos already are posted here, and future shows also will post in that spot.
“I think that these blogs will not only give the viewers a chance to see how tough it is for someone who is a decent league bowler to try compete against PBA Tour competition, but that if someone does want to make the commitment to improve their game to an elite level, how much they really have to eat, sleep and live bowling to do so,” Brylow said.
I have not seen McNeal bowl, but know it’s rare for all but the best non-PBA members to be able to compete successfully in a PBA Tour event.
It will be interesting to follow his progress and see how he does in the Summer Swing.