The Zen of Wii Bowling

I figured out how to bowl straight in Wii Sports! Previously, I was hooking the ball as well as straining my shoulder. The secret? Don’t look at the screen. I throw with a full follow-through, focusing on a spot on the wall behind and above the TV.

Why am I sharing? Because as a life lesson, it was a good reminder that when we’re blocked and frustrated, the reason might be because we’re focusing on the wrong thing. Try expanding your perspective or moving beyond what’s hurting you.

9 Responses to “The Zen of Wii Bowling”

  1. Chris Says:

    Great post. To think the Wii could upen up a larger life truth is funny.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for not considering it pretentious. :) I thought it was funny that “don’t look at it” was the secret. Sounds sort of Caddyshack-ish.

  3. Don MacPherson Says:

    I always closed my eyes right before releasing the “ball.” I achieved pro status after a month or two. :)

    The games that will really shred your shoulder are the Wii Baseball (home run hitting) and boxing.

    WiiFit is out this week. We’re considering picking it up (though it appears to be a one player at a time thing).

    So, what did you think of Marvel Ultimate Alliance?

  4. Nat Gertler Says:

    I can’t get rid of my hook… and I don’t wanna. To really slam the pins takes a good hook. The trick is to know where your hook is going. WiiBowled a 240 last week. (Wish I could claim that was typical rather than an outlier.)

  5. Johanna Says:

    I still haven’t gotten a chance to play the Marvel game. (I’m afraid of the learning curve — I just boxed my first game two days ago, and the whole fighting thing I need a lot more practice on.) One of the girls at work got WiiFit, and she couldn’t stop raving about it. Said it was great for the core.

    Nat, I have gotten the occasional strike, but with the hook, I’m lousy at picking up spares.

  6. Nat Gertler Says:

    Well, whatever you’re doing will probably also serve you well at Wii golfing. (I say that only because whatever I’m doing, which is clearly different from you, makes me just about the world’s worst Wii golfer.)

  7. Evie Says:

    Actually, Wii Boxing is a weird anomaly of impossible that doesn’t reflect the physical movements you make, it makes me want to, uh, punch the screen. Ultimate Alliance’s learning curve is totally different, and more normal. And I just got Wii Fit yesterday, it’s superb, even though it kind of called me fat. But yeah, one person at a time, unless you’re doing the running thing I think.

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