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Bowling Spencer on January 8, 2009 07:16 am

New Ball, Same Troubles

So, this isn’t a great start to the revival of the bowling blog.  Last night we lost all 7 points (3 games and total pins) to our opponents, who were great fun to bowl with so that’s a consoloation.  The nearly one month layoff really didn’t help my scores:

Week Date Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Series Series
Average
Total
Average
1 09/03/2008 163 125 176 464 154.67 154.67
2 09/10/2008 171 171 166 508 169.33 162.00
3 09/17/2008 158 205 178 541 180.33 168.11
4 09/24/2008 194 161 203 558 186.00 172.58
5 10/01/2008 211 197 190 598 199.33 177.93
6 10/08/2008 188 202 212 602 200.67 181.72
7 10/15/2008 179 244 209 632 210.67 185.86
8 10/22/2008 158 206 191 555 185.00 185.75
9 10/29/2008 188 178 217 583 194.33 186.70
10 11/05/2008 0 0 0 0 DNB 186.70
11 11/12/2008 179 128 193 500 166.67 184.70
12 11/19/2008 191 156 173 520 173.33 183.67
13 12/03/2008 226 154 227 607 202.33 185.22
14 12/10/2008 139 190 180 509 169.67 184.03
15 01/07/2009 183 147 160 490 163.33 182.55

Ouch, a 2 pin drop in average for one week.  Not good.  I was using a new ball, but that wasn’t the issue entirely.  I kept trying to hard.  I have a tendency to try to guide the ball which ends up taking away any power and drive.  When I start to do that and notice, I tend to over correct and throw the ball hard.  Usually I can make smaller adjustments and work out ok, but last night kept going from one extreme to another.

My spares really did me in.  Other than the times I had splits, I missed 2 easy spares in the first game, 4 in the second, and 1 in the 3rd.  That’s a total of 7 missed easy spares in 20 opportunities.  If I made those, that adds approximately 70 pins to my series and gets me to my average.  I know what I need to really practice on: smooth arm swing letting the ball do the work and spares.

I hope you all have a good rest of the week and weekend!

One Response to “New Ball, Same Troubles”

  1. on January 8, 2009 at 8:19 am 1. The J said …

    Although I don’t have the opportunity to practice that being in a league provides, I have found when I was bowling fairly regularly that a new ball did really throw me off for a string or two, but mostly it was trying to cause the ball to do anything other than what I was naturally able to do with it that would completely screw up my consistency. Sure overall I might if I was lucky eventually get the hang of it, but sadly in the end I just a line up and throw kinda bowler. I find the real skill added to the game is the flair I add in my throw, recovery and after throw victory dance.

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