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#5058 - 09/10/02 09:16 AM can't figure out Sport Bowling
Leandra Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 48
A/S/L: 33/F/Arcadia, WI
I just recently bowled my first Sport Bowling tournament. It was extremely tough. Compared to the lanes that I normally bowl on, the lanes had a lot of oil.
I bowl with a 14lb Savage with a fingertip grip and I am a lefty. My ball would not react at all.
Could it be the way I throw the ball? I normally stand center and throw over the L12-14 boards.
Can anyone give me advice?
There are no sport bowling facilities within a 3 hour drive radius.

Also, how in the world do you read those patterns?

The lanes I do bowl on do not have automatic scoring and the oiler that is used, was just bought this summer used. Before that, it was hand-oiled.

Sincerely trying to better my game,
Leandra

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#5059 - 09/10/02 01:02 PM Re: can't figure out Sport Bowling
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Originally posted by Leandra:
I just recently bowled my first Sport Bowling tournament. It was extremely tough. Compared to the lanes that I normally bowl on, the lanes had a lot of oil.
I bowl with a 14lb Savage with a fingertip grip and I am a lefty. My ball would not react at all.
Could it be the way I throw the ball? I normally stand center and throw over the L12-14 boards.
Can anyone give me advice?
There are no sport bowling facilities within a 3 hour drive radius.

Also, how in the world do you read those patterns?

The lanes I do bowl on do not have automatic scoring and the oiler that is used, was just bought this summer used. Before that, it was hand-oiled.

Sincerely trying to better my game,
Leandra
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">First of all, kudos to you for making the efforts to improve your game. That is 80% of the battle.

The sport condition is not just one pattern. It is a guidlines whereby the ratio of oil on the lane cannot exceed 2:1 (I know that there are other parameters, but basically, that is the main one). Within that guideline, that are many different reactions that can be generated, depending on the length and volume of the pattern. I have been bowling on sport conditions for the last year, and I have seen 48 foot patterns where I couldn't hook the ball at all, and 32 foot patterns where the ball hooked at 33 feet, violently.

How you read the patterns? This is by far my weakest point, but you have to watch the ball carefully all the way through the pin deck to start. One thing I have learned (and it took a long time to get through my thick skull) is that if you are not getting the ball reaction you expect, or are not able to score, change SOMETHING. Right away. Move to a different spot on the lane, change balls, whatever. Especially in tournaments, you can't afford to give away frames trying to make something work.

The best thing you can do is to bowl on different types of conditions, even if they are not sport compliant. This will give you practice in reading lane conditions. Also, PRACTICE. The more variables that you can take out of the equation, the easier it will become to solve.

Good luck to you, and remember, making the committment to improve is something to be proud of.
_________________________
Jim Papazissimos
Rochester, NY
"Throw the &$#%^&% ball like you mean it!"

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#5060 - 10/01/02 12:14 AM Re: can't figure out Sport Bowling
Finally_700 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 1
A/S/L: 53/male/California
Hello, i find the best way for me to move into the pocket is watch where the ball hit at the head pin,i am a right hander so if i feel i made a good delivery and miss the hed pin left or hit right side of head pin i move 2 boards left next time for a full rack and in most cases that should get me in or close to pocket and readjust from there, when the ball comes back i look at the oil on the ball if it's heavy and go light i move right ( and look at these in practice before bowling starts) as i contiue if the oil starts getting to light or no oil and going high i moveleft until i get to oil enough to keep from over hooking.I have done practice on the sport shot no one around here seems to like it so hard to find a center for it,at any rate if going high i move 2 boards left if hitting head pin on the left and 4 if hitting the head pin..

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#5061 - 10/01/02 10:51 AM Re: can't figure out Sport Bowling
Leandra Offline
Junior Coach

Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 48
A/S/L: 33/F/Arcadia, WI
Thanks for your replies. .
I figured that I have been trying too hard and so that threw my game completely off because I took my son bowling on Sunday and I bowled a 191,196,200. I was just throwing the ball at my mark.

Well, I will be bowling the Wisconsin Badger Queens tournament this weekend in Green Bay and luckily this is not a Sport Bowling tournament. So hopefully I will not make an ars of myself again.

If anything, going to these tournaments are a great learning experience and I tend to learn what I need to work on.

Thanks both of you for your help, I will keep it in mind the next time I bowl on Sport Conditions.

Leandra love

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#5062 - 11/21/02 11:42 AM Re: can't figure out Sport Bowling
KYMuri Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 11/17/02
Posts: 1
A/S/L: 24 male KY
I bowl a lot of sport condition tournaments in college. The best way to attack most sport conditions is normally to cover as few boards as possible. In other words don't swing the ball out and hope it will recover. The straighter you play the better you are off. You just don't have the room for error like you do on normal house shots.

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