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#106546 - 11/01/09 04:38 PM How many leagues it too many
lee Offline
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This year I'm in three evening leagues and one traveling league in the early afternoon. On Friday I bowl color pins in the morning.

My composite avg is 179. I'm in a slump where I only shoot a 500 series less than half the time. The composite avg is going down each week by about a pin or two. I'm thinking maybe I'm bowling competition too much and not practicing enough. I only get to practice once a week where I work on balance drills and corner pins.

What do coaches here in the forums recommend for a good balance between leagues and practice? I'm retired and can practice anytime.

Lee

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#106578 - 11/01/09 11:34 PM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: lee]
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lee, leagues are Mon, Tues, Fri.
Practices are Wed afternoon, Fri Afternoon and Sunday morning.

I like practicing the day of bowling league at night. Seems to work out better.
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#106580 - 11/01/09 11:44 PM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: Dennis Michael]
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I keep myself to 2 days a week bowling. Tuesday Early and Late League

Thursday Early and Late league. Works out for me fine. 6 games a day is nothing to me.
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#106581 - 11/01/09 11:48 PM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: lee]
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#106582 - 11/02/09 12:00 AM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: who's that]
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If I didn't have a girlfriend that hated bowling (I love her) I would be bowling every day. The 3 leagues I'm already in and the rest subbing.
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#106585 - 11/02/09 12:28 AM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: who's that]
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Originally Posted By: who's that
My motto is bowl as much as the two "W's" will let ya!


Is this the Wife and the other Woman?
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#106588 - 11/02/09 03:11 AM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Non, Dennis, it's more likely the Wife and the Wallet!
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#106593 - 11/02/09 06:26 AM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: Jock]
Dennis Michael Offline
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Oh Yeah, the wallet could be a restrictor. I was looking at the time required to maintain the 2 W's I mentioned. Now, if my second W was also a bowler, that would simplify some things.
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#106601 - 11/02/09 08:33 AM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: Dennis Michael]
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League is definately not practicing. So bowling league with all your "bowling time" isn't really condusive to picking up your aveage.

But also practicing without knowing what to improve isn't any better.

Here we are two months into the 8 month winter season. Its early. If you are in a slump, and think you are going down, then it just might be temporary. Not a cause of the leagues. But if you want to get higher then the 180 mark, you'd be better off dropping a league or so, and investing the money in lessons and practice.

But if bowling all the leagues gets your through your week and you have the personal life and money to allow it, it might be worth it to you to bowl those leagues. It all depends on your goals and why you bowl.

Erin

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#106647 - 11/02/09 02:24 PM Re: How many leagues it too many [Re: Atochabsh]
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I agree with Erin. If you want the sociability of the leagues and can afford them, that's great. If you want competition, you might try tournaments instead or in addition.

But if you just like to bowl, open bowling is way cehaper if you go at the right time of day.

I would say there's no upper limit unless you're married and the spousal unit wants you to stay home.

Another pair of eyes is necessary to see what in your game can be improved. Whether a teammate or a coach or the coaches here.
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