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calendar   Tuesday - October 01, 2013

best so far

I did quite well in Triples League last night, bowling my best series and highest game ever.

My match up on the other team was this little old lady J. She didn’t throw the ball fast, or hard, or with a giant lane crossing hook. Actually, she throws a backup ball, right handed but using the left hander’s line. And it works pretty well for her. Now that we’re in the 4th week, my book average has rolled off, so the average I’m using is now based on how I’ve bowled in this league for the past 3 weeks. And that’s pretty good, taking me from last year’s high book average of 185 up to 193. Hers was 170, so I had to give her 18 pins with the 80% handicap. So I beat her in the first game, raw, with a 191, but she got me by 5 with the handicap. I rolled a bit better in the second game with a 205, again topping her raw score, but the handicap gave her the win by 1. Both those games were a bit of mixed bag points-wise, with us losing the team totals but winning a couple of individual points. So we weren’t in the best spot, and we wanted to hang on to as much of our team’s points lead in the standings (we’re in 1st by 11.5) as we could. So we buckled down and got really focused. Late in the second game I left 3 10 pins in a row, and while I made 2 of them, yay! (10 pins suck), it was time to make an adjustment. I’d already moved up half a shoe on my starting spot, which often fixes a 10 pin leave, but it wasn’t doing it. So I asked “coach Fuzzy”, my teammate Bill who seems real good at analyzing my kind of bowling. And he said I should move a board to the right, or maybe half a board. I went with one and finished the game with 4 X for the 205. So you can see I had been doing poorly up to then - a 140 in the 8th. Boo, hiss. Right. So we got focused, and found the groove. Boy howdy did we.

I threw a 279 in game 3. My highest game ever, by 1 pin. 9/ in the 1st, followed by 9 X. Bam bam bam bam bam bam bam. Conditions were breaking down, and by the 4th frame my ball was going Brooklyn, crossing over to hit in the lefty’s 1-2 pocket, but still striking. I threw four of those in a row, which caused J to bust my chops a bit that I was using up all the strikes on her side. Yeah, right? And that’s when folks told me that she’s from a family of semi-pro bowlers, her husband and son both having gone on the tour a couple times. Hmm, a ringer, eh? Sneaky little old ladies! But I made an adjustment anyway, because throwing Brooklyns is kind of risky. Sometimes they work, and sometimes you get a terrible leave. Much better to use the proper pocket. Safer. So I kept my new starting point, and I moved my target down and out. 2 feet down, 2 boards over. And rolled that line. Bam bam bam. I kept reminding myself that each frame was just another frame, put the ball out on the spot, come through, remember to snick my fingers to get the revs up. And it worked. It’s very easy to get nervous after throwing a big bunch of strikes when you don’t usually, but I beat that. No way, I want to win. So, one frame at a time. And I struck into the 10th, 9 in a row. My 2nd ball in the 10th I forgot to snick and the ball rolled weak, leaving the 5 pin. Drat. But the 5 is an easy pick up; it’s still a strike ball throw. Mostly. No real adjustment needed, or you can move your feet left one. I just threw the ball, and picked it off. 9/ X X X X X X X X X 9/. 279. Nice. Best game ever, by 1. 675 series, best ever by 3.

The other two guys on my team tore up the lanes in game 3 as well, throwing a 248 and a 275. Good bowlers in this league, oh yes! And we trampled, winning that game by 230 pins. ( I was so focused I never even looked at the scores until the game was over ) Which gave us the wood for the night, and all 3 individual points in that game, and the 3rd game win, and all 3 series points. So we took 12 out of 16, and I’m pretty sure that keeps us in 1st with at least 16. A lead equal to a whole week’s worth of points. Not bad for Week 4. And only 31 weeks to go!

And I’m still the sub. Because the “official” team member isn’t sure if he’s going to join or not. So none of this is costing me anything. So far.

Greed League tonight, then I sub again on the Wednesday early league. Plus I got some practice in Sunday morning, and we have Fun League Friday night. So I’m getting lots of practice in. And it seems to be helping. My average in this league will now be 201; that’s the first time I have ever had a 200+ average. Ever. So I’m a little nervous about my ability to defend that ... oh hella no. I want it, so I’m going to keep it. Eyes down, straighten the elbow on the push away, let the ball swing, get it out there, snap on the release, come up through the ball, second arrow. Ole! I can do this.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/01/2013 at 07:45 AM   
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