</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Originally posted by tigerkitty:I am extremly frustrated because I have been hitting the pocket everytime. The most perfect throw a ball can have. I am robbed everytime because instead of getting my strike I always leave one or 2 pins.
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">One misconception that all bowlers have is that a ball in the pocket automatically means a strike. There is a lot more to it than just that. Angle of entry, deflection of the ball, amount of oil on the backends, the place in the pocket where the ball hit, etc. For instance, the soft 10 for a right hander means the ball was not high enough in the pocket and hit too much of the 3 pin driving it straight back causing the 6 pin to get hit very lightly and just lazily fall into the gutter. Yet the average bowler will think they got robbed. A ball too high in the pocket will leave either a smash 7 or a 4 pin, again for right handers. The bowler once again thinks they were robbed.
Bowlers need to read the pin action and the direction of their ball through the pin deck to get the real reason the ball did not knock down all 10 pins. Remember the 4 pins that come in contact with the ball for a strike, for a right hander, are the 1-3-5-9 pins, and it is the angle that the ball hits these pins that determins the outcome. Like Bill Taylor
says, there are no taps in bowling as there is always a reason why a pin or pins are left standing.
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I can't improve my game because I am hitting the pocket. I don't know what to do. All I seem to get is one or two dead pins left..no strike.
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Again hitting the pocket does not guarantee a strike. And all bowlers, even the on the professional level need to improve their game. There is always something to work on, or change to get improvement due to equipment, lane conditions, and many other things too numerous to list. So thinking you do not need improvement will only add to your frustration levels. Since you posted here asking for help, you need improvement. Is there a qualified coach in your area that you can see for help? Have you thrown the ball and have the ball driller watch to see what they say?
You may just need to change the angle you are throwing your ball towards the pocket. You may need to change the speed of your ball for better carry. If the ball is a light ball, deflection is a major issue there. As you can see there are many different answers and issues at hand, and a qualified coach or instructor will greatly help you.
As I see you are from Western, NY, there are many great bowling establishments in the area. If you are close to the Airport in Buffalo, I believe there is someone at Thruway Lanes that does instruction and it is a very nice house.
Hope this helps you on your way...