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Date: 28 Jul 2005 14:29:04
From: Daniel J. Morlan
Subject: Back into bowling after a 13 year hiatus...
Went to the alley with my lovely and gracious wife, claiming that I'd be
mortified to bowl under 120... (Seeing how 10 years ago, my average was
165.)

Well, though I've lost 90 pounds since the holidays, I'm carrying about 40
more than I had during my bowling days, and my body did not listen to what
my brain was telling it to do. Consequently, I shot a bowlers worst
nightmare.

More gutterballs than anything else...

Several factors I can look at:

1.) Rust
2.) No longer using a personalized ball
3.) The extra pounds

I'm continuously losing weight, and doing weight training, so at the moment,
stamina and strength aren't an issue, but I have by NO means the finesse I
had before. This is going to take some practice.

I'm interested (wife and I) in going bowling once a week, preferrably 3
games apiece. When all's said and done, we'll have our personal gear, shoes
included, and we'll have nothing to get in our way except our lack of skill.

My games DID go in the right direction. Up, progressively, but I failed to
break 100 points. I can throw my ego aside, train again, and bowl to have
fun, which is what I wanted to do. But is is the HEIGHT of embarrassment to
be one of the best in your league growing up in gradeschool and high school,
and doing as bad as you did when you were six years old, and having your
wife beat you after only having bowled a dozen games in her entire life,
whilst you've bowled HUNDREDS.

I didn't even want to use my real name, but I have to come to grips with
this, and pride isn't really a virtue...

I'm going to be buying a 16 pound Ebonite Xcel Pearl, and was wondering if
it should have better "pin-action" than the 15 pounder? Also, would a
fingertip ball (which is what I bowled with before) more conducive to a good
curve?

In the old Days I used a 12 pound plastic ball, then in high school, a 16
pound hammer (fingertip), then retired from age 18 'til my less-than-stellar
comeback at 31. I want bowling to become a part of my life again, and look
forward to the weekly ritual with Mrs. and friends in the future.

Thanks to all who've taken the moment to read this post, and I'll appreciate
any pointers and opinions (related specifically to bowling, and perhaps my
choice of ball.)

Meanwhile, I'll scan some of the archives, but wanted to introduce myself
and share a bit.

Best regards,

Daniel






 
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