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#87841 - 04/14/09 02:00 AM How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues?
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I am overly ambitious person, so I could use some feedback on goals. I have been bowling 10 weeks now and my goal is to avg 180 in my first league, and avg 200 in a league within a year... doable?

Right now Ive been improving my avg in practice steadily, closing in on 165 over 2 weeks right now.

Curious as to how many months/years it took (insert your name) to start, or approach 200 avg in leagues on a THS.

Thanks!
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#87842 - 04/14/09 02:10 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues? [Re: Shale]
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Not doable unless your house shot is really really easy.

Speaking from experience, Get a coach. If you take weekly lessons and pracice 5+ days a week, you can get there. Summer is coming its the perfect time.

But I've been bowling since I was a kid. From a family of bowlers, so I had the advantage of an older brother who was a very good bowler to guide me at the later end of Jrs.

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#87846 - 04/14/09 03:24 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues? [Re: Atochabsh]
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I work with a Bronze Coach in the area, He gave me some good pointers but I have to admit you guys on the forums responding to my videos has helped even more.

I currently practice 3 days a week 2 hours a session, and soon I am starting league for the 2 other days. I realize 200 within a year is ambitious, especially if my playtime drops after I move/get a new job.

Bowled a 278 April 1st, then 251, 230, 224, 212 today in practice, but I am still doing so much wrong I still chalk it mostly up to luck :P

Thanks for the feedback.
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#87853 - 04/14/09 06:24 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: Shale]
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Originally Posted By: Shale

Bowled a 278 April 1st, then 251, 230, 224, 212 today in practice, but I am still doing so much wrong I still chalk it mostly up to luck :P


And, this is exactly why you stay with a coach. If you are not that experienced to know what you are doing, but succeed due to luck, then you need someone to help you. That 212 has to become routine. You have to be able to strike out, almost at will to get it.

I think it is doable with the right instruction, in a shorter time. At least, you will be shown the correct way to do things, and not fight those minor quirks that creep into your game.
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#87854 - 04/14/09 07:18 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: Dennis Michael]
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becarful bowling that much, you could run the risk of getting burnt out, Thats what happend to me when I was much younger after i got out of high school I bowled 4 nights a week and practied 2 nights a week, and it just got to the point that it wasent any fun(bowling is supposed to be fun) Then I quit untill last year when i joined a league with a few buddies. Let it come to you dont rush it. youll probably find that it will do you more harm if yopu keep trying to get your avge up there, just let it happen!
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#87869 - 04/14/09 09:04 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: Steve]
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I started in the fall/winter leagues of 2006. I threw a straight house ball and averaged 126 or so after the first 3 weeks. I got a coach and took weekly lessons every single friday (still to this day) and I finished that league with a 173 average. That summer I joined another league and finished out the season as a 198 average. So can you do it yes, can you do it alone, no. Take lessons, and do not stop. They are well worth it. I got to a 198 in 10 months but there is no way I would have done that without live instruction. Find a coach and keep going bowling with him because without it you are just working on habits that you have no idea whether they are good or bad.
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#87879 - 04/14/09 09:27 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: sk8shorty01]
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I bowled a 279 in my first month with a reactive ball. However, when I joined my first league 2 months later, I came out with a 180 average. Next year was at a much hard house, averaged high 180s at the end of the year. This year I started around 210 (at an easier house), down to 205.

EDIT: And that was with only the guidance I received from reading Ron Clifton, Joe Slowinski, and bugging the excellent minds here for video feedback on a nearly weekly basis.
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#87881 - 04/14/09 09:34 AM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: cgeorg]
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Ok sorry but I timed out before I could edit, I meant to say "Find a coach and keep going bowling with him or her..."

I promise I didn't mean to be so un-P.C. haha...
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#87923 - 04/14/09 01:37 PM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: sk8shorty01]
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Using a bowling coach is always the best way to go on the road to becoming a better bowler. However You can reach a 200 average rather quickly. It all depends on how open your mind is to instruction and of course practice.
My quick story.
I have been bowling forever, but not taking it seriously. I joined a league and averaged 145. My friend averaged 180 something. He hooked the ball and his ball had a scent. I was jealous. I am very competitive. I had to be better than him. I bought a book on bowling called Bowling Execution by John Jowdy. I studied the book and tried the instructions. The league was a half season league. We then joined another league for the second half. I finished the league with a 187 average and high average on the team. The averaged 187 in a summer league and the next winter I averaged 206 for high average on that team. So technically I averaged 200 in my second full season, without a coach. this was with just a book, some help from a friend at work and asking questions online and studying a lot. And of course a lot of practice.
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#87925 - 04/14/09 01:42 PM Re: How long did it take you to avg 200 in leagues [Re: Smooth Stroker]
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One thing to add, to become a 200 average bower, you need to hit the pocket consistently and be a very good spare shooter. You also need to string a few strikes together. The more strikes you can string together, the better chance you have of reaching a 200 average. It would help to bowl on as many different conditions as possible.
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