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Date: 22 Jun 2006 06:58:23
From: Chuck Baller
Subject: There is a certain "bullshit" factor to the supposed challenge of sport bowling leagues
The third week into our sport bowling league and there is a peculiar
fact that is surfacing. Some mediocre players on the typical house
conditions are actually bowling better than people that are good
bowlers on house conditions. What does this prove? I think that some
people with a naturally weaker/straighter release are benefitting just
because the difficult pattern doesn't magnify their mistakes as much
because they put soo little axis rotation on the ball and cover soo
few boards.

For instance, my friend who bowled only once or twice a week during
the winter and never cracked a 190 average this season is now
averaging 12 pins higher than me in the sport league. This guy does
not practice, averages 170-80 something this year in 2 winter leagues
yet he suddenly is king of the sport shot just because he rolls the
ball with virtually no side rotation and can generally keep his ball
around the head pin whether he makes a mistake or not. How is this
supposed to prove who is the better bowler when almost half of his
strikes on the sport shot are crossover mistakes?

I think it is bullshit because the high average guy in our sport
league with a 170-something is a mediocre player on the THS and can
barely average around 200. If these guys are superior bowlers then
shouldn't they be able to beat our asses on the THS too if it is soo
easy compared to the sport shot? I am not sure what this sport shot is
proving other than that it naturally favors certain people who roll
the ball with less side rotation. The best house bowler here who can
average in the 240's is barely maintaining a 150 average and he can
put sick revs and power on the ball and he is not horrible at accuracy
either, so you tell me what BS is at work here.

It doesn't mean that these people are necessarily better bowlers
because I know for a fact that someone like my friend does not
practice, did not practice on a sport shot, yet he can do better than
me on it instantly while I bowl at least 5-6 times a week and practice
all the time and averaged at least 20-30 pins better than him in both
leagues I bowled with him in the winter. I know a sport shot is
supposed to be about challenge and rising to the occasion but I smell
some serious bullshit and I know it is not all in my head....

Chuck B





 
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