The bowling season has started and for the first two weeks I have already seen some good steps forward in my new approach technique. The only poor choice I made this summer was not getting in better physical shape. During my second game, on night one, I held onto the ball too long and pulled a muscle in my hip. It is now 8 days later and after the second week of bowling the pain is getting worst. Maybe, if I were in better shape I would have only pulled the shot and not something in my hip. After week two the pain became too much to let go so a trip to the doctor and I now have taken one-step backwards. My physical condition will prevent me from bowling in the third week.
My first night of league bowling is over and I had some good points and some not so good. I tried to keep to my plan for making spares and except for missing the seven pin in practice and then again during the first game I went back to the hook ball for the only other 7 pin I had.
In practice I was making sure to use the correct approach technique that I have been practicing. During practice trying both the strike shot and spare shots (7 and 10 pins) was a short-term goal. Although I never was able to have enough shots to establish a strike path for both lanes I was able to see how the ball reacted on the different lanes. I didn’t make the connection until the fourth frame that I should not being trying to force the ball but using the reaction I see to my advantage. So with this information I decided to use two different balls one for each lane. Normally I would have stayed with one ball but having a little more faith in my decision I went with two.
I then had the next three strikes and left a seven pin on the 4th shot. Missing this seven pin with the straight method made me aware I was not lined up correctly. I then had the next two strikes before pulling the next shot across my body, for a split. 201
During the next game I was trying to be sure about not pulling any shots and wound up throwing two flat balls in the first two frames for splits. I regained some composure in the next 3 frames for a double and a ten pin. My over confident 10 pin shot went into the gutter because I didn’t hit my mark correctly. I did have five good shots after this but the sixth shot was again poor for another split. 179
I notice in my notes that most of my non-strikes were with one of the two balls so I decided to go back to one ball because of the higher hits with the second ball. I moved my feet by 1-1/2 boards and mark at arrows one board. This proved to be a good move because I started with a double and left a 10 pin on the 3rd frame. I took my plan for the straight shot spare and made the 10 pin by hitting my mark as planned. I continued with the next four before throwing a flat ball out to far, leaving the 2-4-5. I made the spare and had the next strike before once again throwing a bad shot leaving the 7-9 split. 224
Except for a few bad shots this first night was good considering I had changed my approach steps and did not know what to expect on actual league conditions.
Week two proved to be a better week however since we did not bowl against a team, the one vacant spot in the schedule, the pace was too fast and I hurt my back and leg again.
During practice I found a line for a strike shot and 10 pin spare shot. The game started with a solid 9 pin for spare #1. After a double my normal 10 pin came back, this week the 10 seemed rather easy and I made it with the ball hitting the middle of the pin. It was unusually accurate for my 10 pin shot. I believe that the spare system I learned from Rolf Gauger and Dr. Dean’s positive mental planning has a lot to do with it.
My next shot was a strike then another 10 pin. This left me thinking to make a move on this lane for my next shot. The 10 pin spare was again made with the ball being right on target. After a strike I made a feet adjustment on my troubled lane only to miss my mark and leave the 1and 2 pins. I made the spare then proceeded to make another bad shot on the next frame leaving the 3-10 however this time I was not as accurate just missed the 3 pin and only hit the 10 pin first open frame. Like everything else the 9th frame is bad timing for an open frame. In the 10th I still have not figured out this lane and left the 2-8 made the spare and on the next shot I went one board left and left the nine pin. 194
In the second game I tried a one more board left with my feet only to get a solid 8 pin on my first shot. I made the spare using the straight ball system. After getting a double I just made a bad shot and crossed way over leaving the 1-3-9. This time my spare shooting was poor and chopped the head pin off the other two. A one-board move again resulted in another 8 pin. I made this spare and did not make any more adjustments. Lucky for me because I had the next seven in a row for a 243.
The third game started out as usual with a strike then a 10 pin. I made the spare and then rushed the line in the next frame threw a flat ball and pulled the muscle in my back again. I missed the 1-2-4-8 spare leaving the 8 pin. I slowed down the next frame and came up a little high leaving the 4 pin. I like this new spare system because I just look at the feet and arrow marks and just roll it straight. I don’t over think on the spare shot or at least not up to now. Again a strike then 10 pin this time however I again pulled the muscle in my back making sure I threw a straight shot at the 10 pin. Another strike (some times one lane is just easy) but in the 8th frame I again rushed the line and put the ball too far out leaving the 2-4-5-8. On this spare I went back to my hook ball to pick up the 8 pin in the back. In the 9th frame I came out of the ball wrong pulled that muscle in my back again and the ball was like a spinning top instead of my normal rolling pattern. This shot left the 7 pin, which again I made without over thinking. I was hoping to end the night with strikes but again in the 10th frame the 10 pin stood like a rock until my spare shot once again put it away. The fill ball was a bad shot in which my thumb stuck in the ball and I again pulled that muscle and left a split. 179
So the night was good making all five 10 pin shots and having only two opens all night. The only bad thing that has come from that night is my back. It continued to get worst and by Friday I was at the doctors getting help. I could not bowl this past Tuesday so hopefully this week off will help my back and leg that now hurt. Looking forward to next Tuesday for a better night and hopefully without physical pain.
As always any comments or suggestions are welcomed.