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Date: 10 May 2005 15:21:41
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Subject: Going against conventional wisdom
I experienced something bowling last Friday night that completely confused me and I'm looking for an explanation.
First off, I'm now using an Ebonite Xcel particle ball (15#) that gives me a nice reaction in the heaviest of oil.
Usually, I play over the 3rd arrow (b15) and stand around board 35-39 depending upon conditions.
(I am not a cranker, more of a stroker, right around 14 mph, about 9 revs, 180 avg, also just getting back in the game
after some time away to get married & start a family. Remember when the black AMF Angle was a hot ball?
That was me back then, lol.)
Anyway, I was playing my game and was struggling with some high hits. I was further bothered
buy the fact that I was playing on the right side of the ball return. This limited me to only
getting over to board 35 to stand. This was practice not league and it was on purpose
that I chose this lane as this is probably the most difficult scenerio for me to bowl.
The line under this condition for me to play to make my 10 pin is a whole other story, but it works for me.
If I had a few more boards on the left to more I would have been ok, but since that was not
an option, I changed my target and played left of 2nd arrow, board 12. This worked somewhat,
I know bowling is a game of adjustments & actually that is probably what I like about it.
It was a good night to practice my spares and I still cranked out a couple of games over
200, not that scores matter too much for me in practice. What confused me was that
the mechanic of the alley, Oscar, was watching my game and saw me struggle. I'm fairly
friendly with him and occassionally watch him oil the lanes and ask him questions.
After asking me what line I was playing, he suggested that I go back to playing 3rd arrow
and stand on 30. If anyone in this alley knows the oil, it is definitely Oscar but I still tried to
tell him that with this ball, I would hit Brooklyn on 30. He said don't worry, just throw it out there.
I tried it & threw a strike. That was my 10th frame and was able to try it again. You guessed
it, another 2 strikes for a turkey. I wish I had it in me for another game, but I was quite
tired as it was the end of the night. I am so confused, conventional wisdom says that
I should have hit high moving right but I was hitting excellent pocket shots and yes I hit my
mark accurately. I can only think of 2 things to explain this. 1) The oil pattern allowed my
ball to stay in the oil longer on this line. or 2) Blind dumb luck.
Has anyone had a similar experience where something that doesn't appear to make
sense actually works?

A side note from someone getting back into bowling. About the game being easier:
This is my take, I seem to be getting better carries and my 'off' shots are sometimes
not disastrous. My game is coming back to me and in another couple of months I
think I can up my average to between 190-200. I don't think I could have done that
15 years ago. But, and this is a big but, the 200+ average bowlers that I have seen
deserve to have that average. I see them bowl their arms off and have very good
form. I can see that they have spent alot of time working on their game. They make
90% of their spares. This is just my observation. I give you guys all the credit in the
world, you work hard on your game and you deserve that respectable average.
I have not yet seen someone with bad inconsistant form repeatedly bowl high.
Everyone has their bowling moment where the planets are in alignment for that
super game, but you get my point. Anyway, when I see you high rollers out there,
I see the hard work put into improving your game and I respect that. I don't chaulk
that part up to 'gimmees'.




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