I'm not much of a social person unless I get to talk to people I really have common interests with.
Where I live, even the scratch leagues are filled with people that bowl well, and the league itself is good, but I don't like the people on the teams I always end up with. The teams with people I might like to bowl with always seem to stay together and I have tried to 'seek out' other bowlers, but everyone is 'taken'.
Even this summer, I am on a team where one guy is like 80 and the other guy has no idea what the difference is between reactive resin and particle balls. The old guy always tells me, "Calm down, we're just bowling for fun."
Yes, it is fun, but it never seems to be fun when I am on a team. I never get on a team with bowler. I get on teams where people may bowl well, but they are not serious or they are not competative.
On the flip side, I love bowling on my own in tournaments. Even the local district tourneys I bowl in are fun and I enjoy the company. I would love going to more PBA events even if I didn't cash because the atmosphere is great and the people are great. And, I just like bowling as an individual much better and being able to hold the concentration and not worry about socializing (while bowling, at least).
My wife suggested that I don't bowl any leagues this fall, and just practice as much as I can, get a good coach (which I have not done ever before but I want to), and just bowl tournaments locally and others like PBA events that are within a state or 2.
At first I kind of shrugged the idea off, but the more I thought about it the more I kind of liked it.
I always complain about my teams every year it seems. Unless I drive more than an hour (one way), it seems like I always get on the teams I don't want to be on and I am miserable and sometimes lose interest in the league. This summer one has been the worst.
I'd love to know if anyone else has started to bowl just individually and not in leagues, and whether they enjoyed it more or not. I'm really starting to consider her idea.
All thoughts and pros and cons of the idea are welcome.