I took my first bowling lesson today with Nancy Kato and Rich Honda at Pinz in Studio City. It was awesome. I learned so much about oil patterns and the markers on the lanes. We got to walk the lanes and I looked into the end where the pins are set up. Did you realize each pin is 12 inches apart? I did not. The next step is to buy my own equipment; ball, shoes and a bag or "hook in a box" as Nancy calls it, because the spin comes from the ball (and spin is tough to do with the solid plastic house balls one borrows from the lanes).
If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and looking for a great bowling teach, call Nancy Kato, USA Certificed Coach at 818-640-6000. Her partners, Rich Honda, video tapes part of your lesson as well, which is a helpful learning tool.