Having spent the last 5 years working on the means to achieve varying amounts of hook, I decided this week to try a different approach. I had noticed that when watching other folks in various venues, I could tell by the time the ball reached the arrows whether it would be a strike or not. This was based on the rotation, speed, and path of the ball.
Conclusion: Subconsciously, my brain was able to extrapolate the path of the ball.
Hypothesis: My subconscious, with the wealth of knowledge from watching my own shots go down the lane, would be better at adjusting than my conscious.
Test: I would determine the path I wanted (including the break point), choose a place to stand, and throw the ball, aiming at the break point. After the shot, I would simply tell myself "more hook", "less hook", "hook sooner or later", "broke at 8, I want it to break at 6", etc. I would not say "throw it faster", "change the release", "move left or right", "give it more revs", etc. In other words, I would concentrate on the correction in path, not the correction in style.
Results: Significantly more consistency. I relented and allowed myself to consciously determine when to move left or right. I also went back to aiming at either the arrows or a specific single pin or pin pair (e.g. 6, 10, 6-10, 3-6 etc) on the second day. I had two good days, and will continue this test next week. I also discovered that I have two releases that can vary the axis rotation enough that if I throw straight down the first arrow, I can make the ball go in either gutter or hit any pin in between. So those two release will become my "low rev" and "high rev" releases. (bringing my total usable releases down to 7, the other 5 being "specialty" releases such as high tilt)....
I couldn't have done this 5 years ago, since I didn't have a subconscious history. Also, this is based on throwing on a typical house shot pattern, which helps in maintaining some consistency from week to week in the shape of the balll's path.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results and plan to continue this method.
Has anyone else tried this? It might be considered an application of the "don't overthink it" or "get out of the ball's way" admonition.
"If it ain't workin', you're either throwing the ball wrong or throwing the wrong ball."
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"Dry lanes ain't worth a shot!"
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