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#1539 - 02/18/05 07:28 PM How would you spend it?
Kenshi Bowler Offline

Registered: 02/14/05
Posts: 11
A/S/L: 44/M/California
Imagine you have ~$1000 to spend on bowling this year (exclusive of league/tournament fees). What would be the best way to spend it? Granted it differs if you're a scratch bowler vs someone struggling to break 120; and also if you're trying to become a pro vs someone who just wants to have fun. But I imagine there's some kind of breakdown. Myself, I'm just getting back into bowling after 10 years off, so I can see something along the lines of this:

Extra practice $10/wk
New ball $150
Lessons $350

NB - I reserve the right to change these ratios as time goes by, or increase the limit (if my wife doesn't find out)

How about you? How would you spend it?


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#1540 - 02/20/05 11:28 PM Re: How would you spend it?
Flamenco Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 219
A/S/L: 21/m/Singapore
Similar to yours.

-get a new dry lane ball
-spend the rest on coaching.
gd luck, bowl well and have fun!

#1541 - 02/21/05 12:15 AM Re: How would you spend it?
Coach04 Offline

Registered: 04/21/04
Posts: 1000
A/S/L: Male/Texas
I would start out booking time with a top rated Gold Level coach. Book two hours on one day followed by a one hour follow up the following day. The one hour every month to six weeks, for the rest of the year. That would take up $500 or so, but would return more than any equipment you could buy.

At some point in time I would probably look at a new ball to be more compatible with the new game the coach has helped me develop.

Of course practice fees. I would look around and talk to proprietors to see when, and where I could practice for the least money.

#1542 - 02/21/05 11:45 AM Re: How would you spend it?
Angel Offline

Registered: 02/02/01
Posts: 401
A/S/L: F/So Cal
Some centers will offer a yearly pass for all the practice you want (when lanes are available). That would be equivalent to your $10 a week, but you could get in much more. $10 a week here might not be enough for two games.
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#1543 - 02/21/05 01:48 PM Re: How would you spend it?
Atochabsh Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 6567
A/S/L: 50/F/California
No kidding Angel. I can't afford to practise in a house other then the one I bowl league in.

Hope you're keeping your feet dry down there.


#1544 - 02/21/05 03:29 PM Re: How would you spend it?
Buck Rabbit Offline
League Bowler

Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 95
A/S/L: 51/M/Portland OR/LH
Hmmm.... lets see, for a $1000 I could equip my den with a 27" flat panel lcd TV/WXGA monitor with split screen capability, so I could watch PBA bowling on one side of the screen while reading on the other.
Current average 184
Once a week league bowler on Brunswick synthetic lanes, stroker.
Goal: 190 average and/or to be the highest average once a week bowler in my league.

#1545 - 02/22/05 03:16 AM Re: How would you spend it?
Angel Offline

Registered: 02/02/01
Posts: 401
A/S/L: F/So Cal
Thanks, Erin. It's been unreal here. I'm working on the ark between posts. smile

Buck, I like your thinking. For $1000, I'm thinking I might want to take a vacation FROM bowling smile
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#1546 - 02/22/05 04:16 AM Re: How would you spend it?
Squirrel Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 136
A/S/L: 42/male/London, Ontario
I'd spend about $100 on training, then $2-300 on another ball, then practice 10 games a week for the next 6 months and worry about more money after that. smile
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#1547 - 02/22/05 01:52 PM Re: How would you spend it?
bimmerman Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 195
A/S/L: 55/M/Maryland
Lessons with my coach (who is a Gold Level coach) and lots of practice.

#1548 - 03/03/05 12:42 AM Re: How would you spend it?
LEFTY766 Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 03/01/05
Posts: 7
1000 bucks huh
10 bucks a week for bowling
10 bucks a week for pre game warm up beers (more if i feel the lanes will be not to hot. extra beer helps forget bad lane imo)
huh that covers 640
another 360 maybe a newer ball or more beer.
hate to go into a bowling ally without getting my arm loose might have to go more beer loosen that arm 12 ozs at a time.

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