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#76128 - 01/19/09 11:46 PM Summer situation
Adam Keene

Me and someone were talking about this summer... usually we go bowling every so often.. I noticed this year my average jumped 20 pins pretty effortless and his stayed the same, after spiking 20 pins and then going back down. well as the league is almost ending.. just a few months left.. i was having a conversation with him and asked him what he was going to do.

I told him i might skip going bowling every week and get a coach for every other week... he told me I was an idiot and I tried convincing him, using pure logic, that he should do it as well or at least try it. I'll quote the exact reply "you do that man, i don't need it im already the best in the league"

now, i know he's wrong and makes no sense.. but what do you think would be the best scenario. League, casual bowling or a coach every other week.. There are quite a few months between bowling being over so I figure once a week going bowling I can work on a lot of different things.. but obviously a coach would be a "fast forward" thing.

anyone do something during the summer?

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#76131 - 01/20/09 12:12 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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I don't think I will bowl league this year. I just need the mental rest.

But, I certainly will take advantage of the PBA practice on Monday night for only a buck a game. 6 games each Monday on a challenging pattern is a good practice.
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#76134 - 01/20/09 12:22 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: Dennis Michael]
Adam Keene

that sounds really good.. i wish there was something like that around here.

#76136 - 01/20/09 12:46 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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I bowl league in summer. Otherwise I cannot afford open play.

I also am not that solid with my game that I can take off 4 months and come back at the same level. The struggle of getting back to the level I want to be at, is too frustrating to NOT bowl summer and keep my game fresh.

I'll never argue with anyone that wants to take lessons. But I still think at least one league in the summer is a good idea.


#76138 - 01/20/09 01:27 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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Regular practice is great, but unless you can see your own problems or bowl with some one who sees them practice alone won't fix what's wrong or give you suggestions of things to try to improve. So I say get a coach if you can afford one.

Last summer I bowled in a PBAX league which was a nice challenge, but I'm not sure if we will have that league again this summer so I may end up going the coach route myself. If my finances will allow it.
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#76143 - 01/20/09 01:56 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: TenPin_]
Adam Keene

the thing about my friend, and bowling partner, is that he thinks he's the best and there isn't anything he needs to change.

if he posted a video of himself everyone here would be on his case about his approach, him muscling the ball, him lofting the ball over the dots every throw. him not following through.. a number of things (this isn't a rant to say he sucks) so it's hard to get advice from him "hey did you see me do anything really wrong" I was chicken winging my old ball for years and he never mentioned a thing..

#76152 - 01/20/09 06:14 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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Summer is also a good time to bowl a different format. Find a scratch league, a different house, a different league. Of course its a great time for coaching being that averages do not go into the book and you are freed up from that mental push. Around my place, I cannot afford open play prices without league membership benefits.


#76159 - 01/20/09 07:24 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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I would get the coaching and practice as much as you can over the summer. After you start averaging 30+ pins more than your friend then he may have a different opinion of coaching, if not you will enjoy taking his money.

#76167 - 01/20/09 08:14 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: CoachJim]
Tim Gerard Offline
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I think I'm going to try a PBA league again this year, and practice more on synthetic lanes, because my house is converting for next years season. But the one thing I am definately going to do is see my coach on a much more regular basis. I have struggled this year, and my average has dropped considerably. I need to get my game back to where I am more consistant. Its not much fun when you bowl badly,...coaching will surely help.
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#76174 - 01/20/09 08:55 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: Tim Gerard]
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In the summer I usually bowl in one league (keep that adjustment phase fresh) and I take a lesson with my coach every other week. This gives me one week with league only, and one with both. This really works well for me, and if it fits within your financial restraints I would definitely look into a similar situation.
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