I'm glad you had a good time GP.
I'm still in Vegas, my wife and I are having a great time too. It seems we went to many of the same places and had similar experiences. We had a great time at Planet Hollywood and just driving around and seeing the sites. We saw Dane Cook Sunday night and Legends in concert last night, both were good, Robert Kelly who opened up for Dane, was even funnier than Dane was imo.
Legends in concert was great, the guy that impersonates James Brown was as good as the real James Brown and would have made him proud. The Britney Spears was better than the real deal
and had 75% fewer stretchmarks. My wife is still ga ga over the Elvis impersonator who seemed to really enjoy preforming and was outside shaking hands and taking pics and making sure everyone had fun and we did.
My team bowled their usual, everyone around 550 each set, and threatening to score well if they could just stay lined up and not make mistakes every third shot. The shot seemed to break down quickly this year, the heads started drying up after the first game of team, this helped open up the lane, to the point where the shot was very deep between the 4th and 5th arrow out to the 8 to 10 board as GP mentioned. The key was not to try to hook the ball, and just let the lane do the work, but it is hard telling yourself you don't need to hook the ball when moving in that deep.
There was another shot with an aggressive ball with high speed and marginal side rotation, but you had to be accurate and be able to maintain a high ball speed without grabbing the ball at the release. Two of my teammates were able to shoot a couple of mid 600 sets playing this line, would have been higher if they were more polished at playing this line, like I said mistakes every 3 to 5 frames killed off what could have been some great scores.
I stopped by the storm booth and checked out the storm staff members' balls they had on display. It is funny how Norm Duke and Pete Webber's hands are bigger than Wes Malott who is a foot taller. Wes uses a ton of bevel in his thumb, Norm's holes are fairly sharp and his thumb looks like a triangle shape. Check it out at the storm booth if you are out there.