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#76225 - 01/20/09 01:22 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: sk8shorty01]
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Interesting topic here. I've chosen to practice this summer and not join any leagues. Personally, I'm happy with where I am in terms of my game. My issue is that the only bowling I do right now is in league, I really don't get a chance to go and bowl when it doesn't count. Because of that, I'm really not getting a chance to experiment, so I've decided to spend the summer trying different lines, releases, etc.

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#76229 - 01/20/09 02:07 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: Mkirchie]
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I would love to do that. Go out and bowl when it doesn't count. My issue is that if I am not in league, getting out of the house to bowl a few games doesn't happen. That is why my summer league is for working on my game. I go over a lot of what I do in my head during bowling and afterward. I know that I could be a lot better if I could get out another day or 2 a week but it isn't going to happen any time soon.
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#76256 - 01/20/09 05:38 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: General Pounder]
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The problem I have with not bowling in a league is like was mentioned I never seem to just up and grab my bowling ball and head to the lanes and in the rare cases where I have the lanes are bone dry which is a condition I do not normally face. Therefore the only practice I get is hitting marks and my delivery as I cannot use the practice to get a good read on how the ball would react on league night.
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#76259 - 01/20/09 05:51 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: Scott Gannon]
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Scott, will the lanes where you bowl just set a shadow ball? I find it better to focus on targeting and consistency without any pins. It is sometimes demoralizing when you hit your spot, but because of dry lanes, you actually hit the 7.
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#76270 - 01/20/09 07:14 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Dennis, I think they would if I asked. Sometimes I just wish I could practice on the conditions you get on League night but I think most houses you are not going to find that on weekends.
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#76274 - 01/20/09 07:39 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: Scott Gannon]
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No. Take it from a guy who still doesn't bowl leagues and has been hesitant to do so until he feels completely comfortable with his game to actually join one. This summer I will be entering a league and if possible getting a coach as well. But I practice constantly. The lanes are always bone dry. Also a condition I do not like. It has given me the ability to work with many different lane conditions though and play many different lines. I go to many different houses looking for the different reactions and to keep myself fresh, for instance new house on friday, (there are a few within driving distance so I keep up with cheap price nights). Like you all have said, time is hard to find but I squeeze it out after college courses all day and work after that. I figure if I can bowl well in not so welcoming conditions, both physically and mentally, then I would be better suited for when things go the way I'd like them too. I actually have resorted to getting to know my local lanes guys pretty well and we all know each other by name and such, regulars multiple times a week after all, so I have gotten to the point of asking what lanes have the highest chance of being more oiled. He keeps me posted and I find some hidden treasures of fresher lanes from time to time.

But yeah, practice lanes can be tough even as house shots, since they are dying or dead shots, but getting decent lanes happens too. For me, summer league will be my first and I know it will be less driven, so to speak, than the winter leagues, but I'll wade into the deep end slowly lol. I also know that being in a league will better my game too. Hopefully some good knowledge
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#76297 - 01/20/09 09:30 PM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
Adam Keene

I think I agree with everything you said.. and that will most likely be the route I'll take.

He actually just texted me about 4 times telling me how good he is. Which is a constant thing.. i'll wake up with a text about him being better. I bowl better than him everyday and my average is higher, THS but still...

He's been a friend for about 5 or 6 years but I think I'm going to have to stop talking to him. He's only bringing me down

#76350 - 01/21/09 08:42 AM Re: Summer situation [Re: ]
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See to me, I love listening to people that talk to me about my game and try to "fix" me or tell me they are better than me. If you ever want to mess with him, after a shot just ask him "Do you always do that with your left arm?" (if he is right handed). He probably won't throw another strike all night. Its that easy to distract someone and throw someone off their game if they are not giving bowling their full attention. And as you sit there and strike away, he will be frustrated and wondering how his game could be so terrible. I wouldn't do it on a league night where scores count, but if you guys are just at the lanes for a few games thats the best.

Like I said before, pick and choose who you listen too, and who you let talk and roll off your back. Most people in a bowling center have no idea what they are talking about, so when you find a few you trust make sure you hold on to them.
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