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#198885 - 01/24/18 02:23 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
IronMike Offline
Junior Coach

Registered: 12/10/13
Posts: 41
A/S/L: 28/M/North Carolina
Well maybe a had a slump buster last night! Got my ball speed down a bit and my release felt much more comfortable and consistent because of it.

Not unlike mmalsed, I felt like I was struggling to score the whole night but ended up with a nice 647. Tossed a 198 the first game after some dumb opens. I whiffed a very makeable 3-7 split in frame 2, and on the same lane next go around I left a solo 3 and whiffed it again. Also missed a 10 pin in the 8th. Spare shooting is in a funk.

Game two was a nice 235 (whiffed a 10 pin in this game, ugh!), and I wrapped the night up with a 214. Started struggling with carry in the 3rd game or it definitely could have been higher. The second game was extra fun because a guy trying to sandbag accidentally ruined the game for his team. I'm making a thread to elaborate on this.

Split our points for the night. Not a monster series but finally something respectable again, maybe I found it.


Edited by IronMike (01/24/18 02:24 PM)
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Track 508A
Storm IQ Tour Pearl
Brunswick Mastermind

Current Average: 219
High Series:765
High Game: 290

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#198888 - 01/24/18 05:30 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Mkirchie Offline
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Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 792
A/S/L: 37/M/New Jersey
Last Friday ended up being one of those nights where I realized what I should have tried afterwards. After practice, my shot I had used the last few weeks was totally burnt. I moved in after opening with a 3-6-9-10 the first frame and finished strong for a 257. The second game, I started to fight a jumpy reaction and had an open on an easy spare to finish with a low 200. The last game, I still had the same problems even after balling down and ended up in the 190's for a 651. Still a good series, unfortunately, our team lost 5 of 7. I wish I had switched to stronger equipment and moved inside to play further away from the burn.

On a more fun topic, in the first game the anchor on the other team shot his 2nd 300 ever against us and first since the early 2000's. Right before I left, I watched another bowler in the league bowl his first 300.

Mark
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Current Average - 225
HG-300(12)
HS-789

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#198891 - 01/24/18 10:18 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Richie V. Offline
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Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 4645
A/S/L: 51/M/Brockton, MA
Tonight's bowling, frame-by-frame

My second game definitely was the highlight of the night. I had the front 7, then left the 2-4-8-10, and, after everyone was done acknowledging the run of strikes, I proceeded to convert the split to give everyone something else to smile about. It did figure that I missed an easy 4-7 after that, but I still finished a 242 out.

Result: 180-242-172=594
Average (60 games): 180
Average for last 9 games: 177
Next week's AVG+1 score: 565

Composite average (114 games): 181

We won the last two games and total rather easily after losing the first game. Everyone contributed tonight, with both Kathy and Si bowling three games all over their averages, and Tom finished with a 560 after an under-average first game.
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Arsenal (all 15 lb.)
Alpha Crux
Marvel Pearl
IQ Tour Fusion
Reign of Fire
Tropical Breeze
Fast
T-Zone

Career Highs
Avg.: 197 (Summer 2008)
Book: 186
Series: 707
Game: 288

Current
Brunswick Mixed - Avg: 179 HS: 646 HG: 269
Sunday Niters - Avg: 179 HS: 676 HG: 259
Composite Avg: 179

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#198915 - 01/27/18 08:10 AM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Mkirchie Offline
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Well, my idea from last week to move in to avoid the burn didn't pan out like I wanted to. In the first game, I was lined up nicely with my Critical Mass and shot a 228 with strikes and 9 counts only due to bad carry (my 3 non-strikes on the right lane were a 7 pin, 9 pin, and a 10 pin in that game.) Around the end of the 2nd game, when they started to jump high on me, I tried to move in and watched two shots burn up and leave splits due to missing a little right with both of my reactive balls. That ended as a 203 I thought I had found something when I got lined up inside with my Vintage Danger Zone, however I ran into another split and a jumpy reaction. Then, I switched to play more direct with my Super Natural the last 4 frames to save a 205 for a 636 series.

If I can get it to carry in practice, I'm going to try either of my urethane balls out of the gate next week. It seems like this season, when my resin equipment is going over/under my urethane stuff carries and reacts better. When I can move in with resin and not have an over/under, my urethane equipment can't carry. It also seems like it changes every few weeks, so I'm guessing it is climate related.

Our team won the 1st, but lost the last 2 dropping us to 3rd for a position round next week.

Mark
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Current Average - 225
HG-300(12)
HS-789

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#198930 - 01/28/18 09:14 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Richie V. Offline
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Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 4645
A/S/L: 51/M/Brockton, MA
Tonight's bowling, frame-by-frame

Things were going fine until I lost my carry in the third game and my spare game went with it. I only did enough to just get average.

Result: 185-220-138=543
Average (57 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 176
Next week's AVG+1 score: 566

Composite average (117 games): 181

We had command of total after two games (splitting the games), but then lost the third by enough to lose total by one pin.
_________________________
Arsenal (all 15 lb.)
Alpha Crux
Marvel Pearl
IQ Tour Fusion
Reign of Fire
Tropical Breeze
Fast
T-Zone

Career Highs
Avg.: 197 (Summer 2008)
Book: 186
Series: 707
Game: 288

Current
Brunswick Mixed - Avg: 179 HS: 646 HG: 269
Sunday Niters - Avg: 179 HS: 676 HG: 259
Composite Avg: 179

The Tenth Board: My bowling blog
Richie's BowlSK profile

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#198960 - 01/30/18 04:57 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
mmalsed Offline
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Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 1378
A/S/L: 43/M/Riverside, CA
We were on the upper portion, which is typically a bit slicker. So I started practice with the Crux and it crushed. But by the time we started the games, I left a 6-7, strike, 3-4-6-7, and a 10-pin (dumped it) . . . all were high, even the strike. Okay - change to the IQ-pearl. Sheet, baby, sheet! 224.

Started second game with 3 strikes, then started going high. Took me a few frames (thought I was throwing slow. . .) and made a small adjustment and was back. 197. Would have been higher, but threw into a 6-7-10 in the fill frame. smirk

Third game was still going high, so moved 5 and 3 (decided to JUMP) and got back into it. Clean game except for the fill which was, again, 6-7-10. Sheesh. 224 again.

We took 3 points. Moving slowly up the ranks - should be about 7th out of 40 with 4 weeks to go. smile
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Avg: 206
Season High Gm: 279 / Lifetime: 290
Season High Ser: 762 / Lifetime: 762

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#198983 - 01/31/18 10:49 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Richie V. Offline
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Virtual League Champion x4


Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 4645
A/S/L: 51/M/Brockton, MA
Tonight's bowling, frame-by-frame

Steady night tonight, with my second game being more or less saved by punching out in the 10th. I did miss a 10 in the second game, but made two others later, with no other single-pin misses.

Result: 201-173-198=572
Average (63 games): 181
Average for last 9 games: 191
Next week's AVG+1 score: 602

Composite average (120 games): 181

Team was leading total after two, but lost total in the third game, and it was more a case of opponents getting hot, as Si had a 174 in that game.
_________________________
Arsenal (all 15 lb.)
Alpha Crux
Marvel Pearl
IQ Tour Fusion
Reign of Fire
Tropical Breeze
Fast
T-Zone

Career Highs
Avg.: 197 (Summer 2008)
Book: 186
Series: 707
Game: 288

Current
Brunswick Mixed - Avg: 179 HS: 646 HG: 269
Sunday Niters - Avg: 179 HS: 676 HG: 259
Composite Avg: 179

The Tenth Board: My bowling blog
Richie's BowlSK profile

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#199010 - 02/04/18 01:54 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
Mkirchie Offline
Pro of the Year Contender

Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 792
A/S/L: 37/M/New Jersey
I went in on Friday night with my plan to try only urethane after how I finished last week. Much to my surprise, the freshly oiled lanes were were on were much drier than expected. I had tried my Turbo to start, but it was picking up too early causing it too hook too much or not get back strong. I put it away after a early pocket 7-10. My Super Natural looked great on the left lane, which was hooking more. Unfortunately, I didn't pick up how my ball wasn't picking up as well on the right and I left a second pocket 7-10 a few frames later. I salvaged a 181 with the 7-10's and another split as the only opens.

I finally moved a touch right on the right lane and it hit flush. I was lined up the rest of the night except for missing a move on the left lane in the third game. Finished 266-233 clean the last two games for a 680. It was a good salvage job. We only won the last game, our team's slide continues.

Mark
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Current Average - 225
HG-300(12)
HS-789

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#199015 - 02/06/18 01:39 PM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: Richie V.]
mmalsed Offline
Virtual League Champion

Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 1378
A/S/L: 43/M/Riverside, CA
Monday evening was interesting.

We gave 116 pins to the other team. Which is ok. we've given away FAR more and still took 3 or 4 points so . . . here goes!

First game . . . their two guys averaged 135 and 165. They bowled 205 and 240 respectively. Not much to do against that. Horrible form - the 205 guy just hucked the ball with a suitcase delivery and a sideways windup. The 240 guy was a lefty and chucked the ball, no thumb, down to the arrows with a Teal Rhino Pro. I missed one 10-pin, otherwise was a good mix of strikes and spares, but my IQ just wasn't making it. Lanes were so dry so in the 8th I went UP to my Crux and jumped 5 and 5 left. Strike, 6-10, then all three in the 10th.

I needed more hand to get it to finish, and I had to get more swing in it to get more speed. . . but it would finish with power.

But we lost by 108.

Second game . . . their two guys were down to earth, but one of their ladies bowled 70 pins over. Sheesh! However, my Father-in-law bowled +30, and I hit 219 (one split - 2-7-8, left the 8) and we won by 20.

88 to go. I thought, no way we're going to make that up - we'd have to make up over 200 pins to a team that's just rocking everything.

But they ALL dropped off. While they had bowled huge the first game, and then pretty big second game, they all were LOW third game.

We were kinda even until the 5th, where my wife took off (she finished +25) and my Mother-in-law started to hit (she finished +25) and my Father-in-law and I finished right around our average so with them falling off so bad, all I needed was 8 in the 10th to make up that 88.

There were a few times where I missed on the ball speed and came in on a 2-8 or 3-6-10 (twice) but pretty solid and got 207 and we won by 106, enough to take three.

Felt like we were bowling up hill all night - even though 116 is not THAT much, but when they are on fire, it's hard.

Turns out, they do this. They will be HOT HOT on first game, pretty hot on second game and then when they have destroyed their lines and have no idea how to adjust, they go really flat in the third.

It was also funny - my wife throws backup, and the lefty THOUGHT she was crossing his line (she was, but she has no revs to speak of so should not be impacting his line much at all) and she joked about it and he fixated on it and it totally screwed him up. I joked with him that now he knows how us righties feel. LOL
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Avg: 206
Season High Gm: 279 / Lifetime: 290
Season High Ser: 762 / Lifetime: 762

16# IQ Tour Pearl/16# Crux/16# Marvel S/15#White Dot

"Gotta kick at the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight"

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#199019 - 02/07/18 11:29 AM Re: Fall/Winter Leagues 2017-18 thread [Re: mmalsed]
IronMike Offline
Junior Coach

Registered: 12/10/13
Posts: 41
A/S/L: 28/M/North Carolina
Odd (but good?) night for me last night. Refocusing on slowing down my approach and ball speed has really gotten me back into my line recently. Also, after my terrible spare shooting last outing I was really honed in on picking up my easy leaves. Resulted in only one missed spare on the series (a 4-9 split).

First game went well enough. I was around the pocket, just couldn't string strikes. Left the nasty 4-9 split in the 7th frame of this game (was on a slightly high but not bad pocket shot). Only managed a 191 here.

Second game went better, but started having to create too much angle with my IQ Tour Pearl. Left a couple stone 9's, so I dropped down to my 508A. Posted a clean 218 here.

Third game I crushed. 279 with my only 'miss' (I wouldn't call it a miss) coming on a great shot in the 6th that left a 7 pin! Ugh. That's my 3rd 11 strike game this season, 5th ever. Still no 300's.

Definitely happy with the 688 series, form is starting to come back. Hoping I can finish strong the last third and end with a 220+ average.
_________________________
Track 508A
Storm IQ Tour Pearl
Brunswick Mastermind

Current Average: 219
High Series:765
High Game: 290

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