Last week I did write, “I think the lanes were helping me score better and I wasn’t sure how much I had improved”. I guess I have to watch what I write and think back a week or two and wait another week to see if the lane help does disappear. This past week I had no help whatsoever from the lanes and my lack of memory about a BTM article I read didn't help either. I could not find a line or think of an adjustment that would consistently get the ball to the pocket until the third game.
Problems started right from the pregame practice and into game one. I could not use the typical lines to the pocket as the two different balls I tried would either not make it to the pocket or crossover but not far enough to leave easy spares. So, I struggled with what to do. For game one I tried the line that would hit the pocket light. That didn’t work because I left the 2 pin and combinations with the 2 pin five times. When I tried something very different I crossed and that was three times. So all in all 2 strikes and 8 spare attempts. Again missed the 2 pin when shooting for the 2-5 spare. I did make all the rest some not so exact as I had expected and being lucky sometimes helps. 177 final score, 1 open frame.
Now, I would normally have been over thinking and disappointed that I could not find a line but looking at the other scores from both teams made me calm down and try to decide what the best solution would be. This was mainly because one of the other team members who was also bowling fourth had a 126 game and his average is 206. At least I now thought the lanes were not giving anything toward scoring, and I had to decide where to play according to ball reaction, unfortunately I could not understand what I was seeing. I did not remember much from an BTM article I read and will reread again. What I did remember from the BTM article was “Is Your Ball Laughing at You” mine must have been LOL.
Again, I did write last week that the lanes were helping me with scoring better, onto game two of no help. It started well with a strike that felt good and made me think lanes are changing better things to come. The next shot was back to nowhere, I did everything exactly the same only on this lane and it crossed leaving the 3-10 split. I used my strike ball for the small split figuring it would not over react if thrown across the middle. Lucky for me it didn’t and I made the spare. I did try and think how I would have made that spare with the straight ball but was never sure about where to stand since I haven’t practiced that one as much as I should have.
Made the 7 pin spare in the next frame then came the 4th frame I crossed and left the 1-3-9 spare attempt. Again chose the strike ball and no hook this time missing the head pin while making the 3-9. Next frame again no hook and leave the 1-2-10. That’s 3 shots I expected to hit the headpin and never did. The worst part is I hit the line/board that I wanted, just made bad choices.
This time for the 1-2-10 spare shot I setup to throw the cross shot and it goes way over and just barley knocks over the 1 pin. So, five frames and 2 opens already. Next frame change balls and hit the pocket and watch the 7 & 9 pins just fall after everything is down. Since I did not understand why that happened I did the same shot on the next lane and hit the pocket as normal without any near misses. I now think it was just one of those things or at least hoping it was.
Not so because in the next two frames one goes high and one is light, at least I left two one pin spares that I made with normal feet position and line to them. A strike in the 10th then a split. 6-8-10. Make the 6-10 not close to the 8. 170 final score, 4 opens counting the 11th frame.
At this point I ask team members if they notice anything I’m doing different and the only thing they said, was my head was coming up before I let go of the ball. Generally this happens to me when I try and ease up on the shot and try to make it slower.
So, I kept my head down and add a little speed and no more crossing. Not exactly perfect but the ball is at least hitting the pocket maybe a less little high or light but not like before. One shot hit what I thought was perfect only to leave a 9 pin. So with three strikes and four spares which were the 9 pin, 4 pin, 2-4 pin, and a 10 pin. I felt good after making the two spares on the left side.
In the 8th frame a light hit leaves the 4-7 pins. My worst side for the straight ball but now I’m more positive since I just made two on that side, but again not lined up correctly or wrong mark to shoot at but I miss the 4 pin and only hit the 7. All I can think about is I need lots more practice on the left side pins.
Lucky for me bowling has a law of averages, that is, even if you don’t hit the pocket the right way you get a gift strike. In the 9th frame when I let go and really had no fingers on the ball and it just rolled straight and I had one of those ugly strikes. In the 10th it was like bowling on different lanes I kept my speed up hit my mark and they all went down to finish the game with four in a row and a 214.
I didn’t bowl the 400 like I said last week. So, I not going to complain about easy or hard lanes and just consider it another learning experience. I only wished I had tried a little more speed earlier to see if it was that factor. A definite factor was the 6 opens so spare shooting continues to come up as a next step in becoming better. As always any comments or suggestions are welcomed.