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#195864 - 11/11/16 09:34 AM It's a game of adjustments
W9JAB Offline
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This is from Bowling, I thought I would reprint it here.

It's a game of adjustments,
But it's also knowing what adjustments to make.
In a game you do not have frames to experiment with.
So do your "research" during practice games, and
don't look at scoring at practice games.
Also keep a log, You will never remember what
worked and what didn't with out one.

Only adjust if you feel you made a good shot.
Target, speed, release and the like.
Do not make any moves until your shots are
consistent, otherwise you have know idea were your at.

When I say a good shot, I refer to the basics of ball delivery,
If you delivered the ball without error in your delivery, BUT,
still missed the pin, now you adjust you stance or target.

Just like shooting a rifle, it takes a number of basics to make
a "good" shot, but don't adjust your sights until you can hold a
tight group or pattern.

I like to say, I know what I want to do on each shot,
however the body and mind don't always cooperate.
Or a million things can go wrong, before I get to the fowl line. oops


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#195879 - 11/13/16 12:47 PM Re: It's a game of adjustments [Re: W9JAB]
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Originally Posted By: W9JAB

In a league game you do not have frames to experiment with.
So do your "research" during practice games

One thing I learned very early on that helped me improve quickly is somewhat opposite of this advice.

The problem with practice is lane maintenance, or lack thereof. You can't expect to walk into a bowling alley, and find nice fresh conditions with clean heads, crisp backends, and a wall of oil like you'll find in league.

And since so many enthusiastic new bowlers like to practice as much as they can, they learn to be good on the nasty conditions they get to practice on, and not so good on the actual league conditions where high scores are actually possible.

So I say "practice" is only for learning the physical game.

Learning lane conditions, transition, adjustments, scoring, and the mental game can only be done in league. So I say that's the only place you should be trying to learn these things.

Consider this year's league a time to experiment in order to improve for next year's league, and so on. I think you'll see a more rapid improvement and better scores when they actually matter.
Nowadays, I open bowl practice and go to Nationals every year.

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#195881 - 11/13/16 04:15 PM Re: It's a game of adjustments [Re: champ]
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That's what I try to do when I practise, I work on consistency not scores because the lane conditions are different during league play like night and day. And in my case what somebody said before, the mind and the body just don't always see eye to eye.


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