8-10 (which I call a Stoner in honor of Rob Stone) is just plain bad luck.
No, it's not. It's a shot that enters the 1-3 a hair too light to kick out the 10 and doesn't have enough energy to drive through 5-pin enough to touch the 8. It's an accurate but very weak ball...and I would know, as I have certainly left the blower 8-10 enough to tell the difference. lmao.
Right on about everything else, though. JW, listen to sk8 as well. I am one of the many people he's offered that advice to, and it helped a great deal
. I beat myself up bc of mental conditioning left over from my dad (who I have now neither laid eyes on or spoken to in 11 years). Pondering sk8's advice made me realize that I don't have
to cuss myself out after a bad shot. I don't do it nearly as often now and when I do, I can grab hold of myself and stop much earlier than I always had.
JW, I have also had the same issues with wide-open splits and washouts that you have. In my own case, though, it's the opposite end of the spectrum from yourself -- shots rolled much too hard for my rev rate which never grab the lane surface, and which often pull me inside of target bc of very early timing. These are proving VERY difficult to fix (
), but I'm working very hard on them.
I first picked up a ball a year and a half ago and finished the season @ 161 and 162 in my two leagues. That was using a plastic ball most of the time, one that was too light and was also poorly fit besides. Sorting out ball fit issues (fortunately) brought me to 180 and I'm trying to get past the low 180s now. You will probably have to look very, very hard to find someone who averages in the 180s on a THS who rolls as few strikes as I do. (2-3 per game.) Please hang in there! We don't all start out from the same place. It's about making the most of what we have.