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Date: 25 Dec 2004 17:19:22
From: Moorehend
Subject: Curse of the Carrydown (Has this happened to you??)
During my 10 minutes of practice before league play last Wednesday I threw
strike after strike with my ball hooking beautifully, and was extremely
confident going into league play. Well, the opposing team, which had a combined
656 total pins handicap per game all threw out of control straight balls all
night long. Well, my ball would not hook hardly at all, and when it did I left
the 5-10 split 8 times in one night. What a nightmare, not to mention my
average falling 2.5 pins. Any similar experiences or how I might adjust to this
if it happens again? Desertsnake




 
Date: 26 Dec 2004 05:34:42
From: Ken Zwyers
Subject: Re: Curse of the Carrydown (Has this happened to you??)
David's and Joe's responses make a lot of sense. Here's one more idea to
consider:

If you're having trouble getting your ball to act consistently on the lanes,
you might want to try (if you have one) using a ball that hooks less, and go
more straight at the pins. The theory is, if you have too much variability
on how much your ball hooks, reducing the expected hook will also reduce the
variability. For example, let's say that you're expecting your ball to hook
10 boards, but it's hooking between 8 and 12 boards. If you use a ball that
hooks less and flatten out the ball so that you're only expecting it to
break 5 boards, then, under the same lane conditions, it would hook between
4 and 6 boards.

Obviously, without seeing the conditions first-hand, this might not work.
But it's something to consider.

Hope I helped some.

Ken Zwyers

"Moorehend" <moorehend@aol.com > wrote in message
news:20041225121922.16189.00002577@mb-m02.aol.com...
> During my 10 minutes of practice before league play last Wednesday I threw
> strike after strike with my ball hooking beautifully, and was extremely
> confident going into league play. Well, the opposing team, which had a
combined
> 656 total pins handicap per game all threw out of control straight balls
all
> night long. Well, my ball would not hook hardly at all, and when it did I
left
> the 5-10 split 8 times in one night. What a nightmare, not to mention my
> average falling 2.5 pins. Any similar experiences or how I might adjust to
this
> if it happens again? Desertsnake




 
Date: 25 Dec 2004 17:13:24
From: Joe Zachar
Subject: Re: Curse of the Carrydown (Has this happened to you??)
sometimes when you are warming up you can throw ball after ball and be
totally relaxed. The thumb comes out clean and you get a great roll on
the ball. Them the "lights go on" and the score counts and suddenly the
thumb squeezes so much you can hardly get it out of the ball.

Other times it may be that there is heavy oil in the middle of the lane
or the heads with clean backends. After several righthanded bowlers
play the same area the oil moves down the lane and changes the break
point. Some times you just have to move a little further away from the
middle of the lane to find some dry boards.

In extreme cases of heavy oil carry down you need a certain ball surface
or drilling that will get an earlier roll on the ball.

Joe Z

Moorehend wrote:

>During my 10 minutes of practice before league play last Wednesday I threw
>strike after strike with my ball hooking beautifully, and was extremely
>confident going into league play. Well, the opposing team, which had a combined
>656 total pins handicap per game all threw out of control straight balls all
>night long. Well, my ball would not hook hardly at all, and when it did I left
>the 5-10 split 8 times in one night. What a nightmare, not to mention my
>average falling 2.5 pins. Any similar experiences or how I might adjust to this
>if it happens again? Desertsnake
>
>



 
Date: 25 Dec 2004 20:06:26
From: David Carcagente
Subject: Re: Curse of the Carrydown (Has this happened to you??)
>During my 10 minutes of practice before league play last Wednesday I threw
>strike after strike with my ball hooking beautifully, and was extremely
>confident going into league play. Well, the opposing team, which had a
>combined
>656 total pins handicap per game all threw out of control straight balls all
>night long. Well, my ball would not hook hardly at all, and when it did I
>left
>the 5-10 split 8 times in one night. What a nightmare, not to mention my
>average falling 2.5 pins. Any similar experiences or how I might adjust to
>this
>if it happens again? Desertsnake


When this happens I take my least "condition specific" ball, meaning it will
not over or under react too much due to the lane condition, and play a very
simple up 10 or 12-8 shot. Find a good line to the pocket, and stay with it,
making small adjustments and not worrying about carry. If they are getting
THAT much handicap there are two things to remember.

1. They are getting that much handicap for a REASON! Don't worry if they throw
a few strikes and spares in a row, it just means they are more than likely to
back it up with 6 straight opens.

2. Bowl your game. No matter what, nothing you can do will affect this type
of bowler, all you can do is bowl your best game and hope it is enough to win.

-Dave


#'s 2 & 35 - Once a Ranger.....always a Ranger