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Date: 06 Dec 2006 12:20:44
From: Peter Piper
Subject: The 10 pin tap, as good a reason as any to quit bowling...
This post could be considered a whine or a rant by some so if that
bothers you please read no furthur.

I've come to a realization about bowling that almost makes me want to
quit. I've tried over the past three years to take bowling seriously
and to use whatever natural ability I have to be the best bowler I
could. I'm realizing now that no matter how much I tried to be a
versatile bowler that could play multiple angles and employ different
hand positions and techniques, I'm just a run of the mill "piper", the
average joe house bowler that just stands to the right and pipes the
ball as hard as he can throw it with as much turn as he can muster and
counts on the walled up shot to guide the ball to the pocket.

I'm just good enough to find the pocket most nights, nevermind
figuring out the best carry angle, or roll, or whatever, just finding
the pocket and getting 10 pin tapped consistently is the best I can
do. Realizing this and letting it sink in that I do not have the time
or the talent to overcome this mediocre level of bowling makes me want
to quit. It doesn't matter that I can average 195-205 when I give up
25 pins to a 170 bowler who procedes to bowl 200+ with mostly
crossover strikes. I am not a 90%+ spare shooter like the pros, if I
get consistently tapped I will miss a few 10 pins and that will be the
end of me since bowling is mostly a carry contest these days. You will
get your clock cleaned bowling 190 something clean games because the
guys that can string them will beat you up, I know, it happens to me
often. So this is where it is for me, bowling is not as fun as it used
to be mostly because I am accepting my limitations and that
realization is not very pretty at all, so should I just hang it
up?...there are already too many pipers in the house.

Pete Piper





 
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