Yes, I did the math for at least one game and below is the information. It may be boring and as my wife thinks ridiculous that I took the time to figure this out. However, for those of you who read through the information please suggest what you think I should practice most. However, I think it will be multi pin spares. If you don’t like statistics then skip to the second section and tell me what you think about the new oil track on my ball and the information I have found.
I have come up with some interesting statistics although some are not as good I thought they should be.
This is my first game totals only, for the complete season all 36 weeks or 36 games. I expect small increases in numbers for the second and third games because the average for those games are higher but you never know.
I had 398 frames that’s 11 frames per game average, 186 of these shots were strikes 46.73%.
The non-strike frames (212) were as listed below:
Leaving 1 pin was 46.70% (99 of 212), spare making - 90.91% (90 of 99).
Leaving 2 pins was 19.81%, spare making - 71.43%.
Leaving 3 pins or more pins not splits was 11.32%, spare making - 58.33%
Leaving a split was 12.74%, spare making - 22.22%.
Leaving washout was 4.72%, spare making - 20%.
What all of these statistics mean to me is I need more work on my spares to bring all non split and washouts up to 90% or better. The strike shot % should increase as my accuracy improves with spare making or at least I hope so.
I was happy with my 10 pin spare rating for game one at 91.18%, 31 of 34. However, I did not do that well for the second game and it was a disappointing 78.95% at 30 of 38. Hopefully the third game is better.
Well, my 1 pin spares I’m satisfied with at the moment however the others need lots of practice. I still need to see how many times I wrote that I made a good shot even if it wasn’t a strike. However, to many statistics too much time to calculate and it’s better to spend my time practicing.
BALL OIL FLARE TRACK
In my last entry I said my ball oil track (flare lines) has moved since I have moved one step closer to the line for my startup position. Well, it is still there so far and in my research I have found the site Bowling in Northern Ireland which shows pictures of ball tracks under the training section.
I was according to their pictures using the Semi-Roller ball track.
In another picture they show the Spinner ball track, which is now closer to what my ball is now showing. If you read their description and watch the video of the spinner method of delivery it’s not what I’m doing. I had someone watch to see if my hand was coming all the way around the ball almost in front like in the video. No, from what others could see. I will try making my own video however, I must be doing something different or the closer distance is putting the ball into the oil sooner and giving me a different roll. Any thoughts?
Regardless of the reason my ball still has the same path (line I choose between two marks) and hook pattern. What I am not sure about is the different position the ball is in to cause this track flare pattern.
I am hoping my coach in a few weeks will be able to help if it seems to affect my strike shot. I have looked at the oil track when I shoot straight for spares and it’s almost like normal except closer to the thumb or over it with no flare.
As always any suggestions or comments will be welcomed.