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When a bowling season ends for me, I try to identify one or two things in my game that I could improve on, and work on that.  In the 2013-2014 season, my deficiency was converting the 7 pin (don't forget i'm a lefty), and improving my strike percentage.  So those were the two things I worked on over the summer.  

This is where the bowling tracking app Pin Pal to keep track of my stats comes in handy. It's easy to look at my metrics and see what's happening from season to season.

In the 2013-14 season, my 7 pin conversion rate was 111 of 127 for 87%, and my strike percentage was 656 of 1048 for 62%, for 93 games in this particular league.

After 93 games in the 2014-15 season, I've accomplished both goals!  My 7 pin conversation rate was 97 of 102 for 95%, and my strike percentage was 680 of 1051 for 64%! 

I left 25 less 7 pins, and got 24 more strikes!  And of the 7 pins that I did leave, I made 8% more!  It doesn't seem like a drastic difference, but this translated into my average increasing by 4 pins, and more wins for my team!  Mission accomplished!

I'm always looking to improve my game, so I can be the best bowler I can be.


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Well done!  I'm joining the ranks of the smart phone users soon and I will definitely do what you have done.  Especially, given your excellent results.  Unfortunately, as a 195 average bowler my game has higher priorities than the fine tuning you are doing.  My issue is throwing the ball more consistently.  I have a knee problem that therapy has helped greatly with.  I'm hoping that with leg strengthening I'll be able to stay down more on the shot better and "fill the hole" by clearing my non-sliding leg more reliably. 

What a great topic for the board.  An unidentified problem is an unsolved one.
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Well done!  I'm joining the ranks of the smart phone users soon and I will definitely do what you have done.  Especially, given your excellent results.  Unfortunately, as a 195 average bowler my game has higher priorities than the fine tuning you are doing.  My issue is throwing the ball more consistently.  I have a knee problem that therapy has helped greatly with.  I'm hoping that with leg strengthening I'll be able to stay down more on the shot better and "fill the hole" by clearing my non-sliding leg more reliably. 

What a great topic for the board.  An unidentified problem is an unsolved one.


Tamtrooper, I now have 3 full seasons of data to go by.  I have found that by getting myself into better shape, my endurance has increased as well.  That may have something to do with this too.  I have lost 40 pounds since June 2014.  Although, I've been busy with work, when my tax season is over, I will go back to my fast walking 3-4 miles every other day, sometimes every day, which has helped a lot too.  I would now like to step things up a bit, and plan to bowl in some tournaments with sport shots to compete on a little higher level for me.  In the Detroit area, there is plenty of opportunity for that type of thing.  Best of luck to you!!!!
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Knowing when to move.  Us right handers have to move a lot more than lefties and when we are late moving or changing balls we are done.

For years I had trouble making 10 pins.  Never found a ball I felt comfortable with.  No I am using the Storm pitch black and doing much better.

Carry isn't what it used to be.  Leaving too many corners.  

No luck in bowling or cards.

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Last Summer, I set out to improve one mechanical thing in my game.  My backswing was fine, but my swing was bouncing outside as it came down.  Sort of the bowling equivalent to golf's "over the top" move.  I made some serious, fundamental changes to my swing late last Summer and at the beginning of the Fall season, and while I got mixed results at first, over the long haul, it totally screwed me up.  So I eventually reverted back to my old ways of thinking about my swing, figuring that whatever physical changes I had made might have seeped into my game enough to correct the motion.  It did, and I'm scoring better again.  No thanks to getting off to a horrific start to the season thanks to these changes I made.  What a mess it was.  And frankly, it caused me to miss my goal of averaging 210 or higher in at least one league this year.

I have one other thing I'd like to work on this Summer, but what little time I've spent on it thus far has proved to be another tricky change to incorporate.  If you look at my footwork, it appears that I drift severely to the right.  And it's true that my left foot slides on a board generally about 7 board to the right of where it is in my setup.  But a closer examination of my footwork reveals that I don't really drift right.  What happens is, I walk pretty straight, but then my slide step hits well to the right, accounting for most of the drift.  Now, as we all know, the 2nd step in a five-step approach (or the first step in a 4-step) should be a crossover step.  In other words, the first step with the non-slide foot should step in front of the other foot, as if walking a tightrope.  But what is rarely talked about is how the PIVOT step, or the last step before the slide, should also be a crossover step.  Mine isn't.  Oh, I do the first crossover step fine.  But my pivot step does not cross over in front of my left foot.  If it did, my slide step would end up on the same board as it was at setup.  If I can correct this one flaw, I can "walk the boards" better.

Funny thing is, I've had two instructors tell me this is not something I need to concern myself with.  But I'll probably work to reduce the effective drift, even if I don't completely eliminate it.

Fact is, when I learned to bowl, we were taught to walk toward our target at the arrows.  So if you stood well to the left side of the approach and were aiming to hit the 3rd arrow, you'd walk toward the third arrow (or least on a line parallel left toward it).  On the flip side, if you were playing the gutter and pointing the ball up toward the pocket, you'd start right and walk slightly to the left toward the target so you were walking parallel to the ball's initial trajectory.  So that's how I learned to bowl.  Somewhere along the way, they started teaching it differently, telling bowlers to "walk the boards," which, quite honestly, has always baffled me a bit.  I mean, if I'm standing on 40 (the first board in the left gutter) and I'm aiming at 17 at the arrows, why would I want my body walking toward the 7 pin if I'm going to swing it toward and face the 6 pin?  It makes no sense.  But that's how it's taught today, and I do believe if I could walk a straighter line, I'd have more room.  As it is, I run out of room and have to stand in front of the ball return sooner than some people.  (I don't mind doing it, and have gotten pretty adept at taking the baby steps necessary to play there.)

So that's my assignment for this Summer.  Walk straighter.

And I wouldn't mind losing 30 (or 50) pounds in time for Fall.

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Ten pins.   I'll go on a streak of picking all of them up for awhile and then I'll miss a bunch in a row.   I definitely need consistency to bump my average up another notch.
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It's no secret that spare conversions are my biggest weakness. The fact that I can average 215 when only making 64% of my spares is amazing to me. I have one more night of league, and then I'll have my final data for the season. Most certainly though I will be working on spare shooting. While I'm at it I'll probably throw a bazillion games exclusively with my plastic ball to try to narrow my miss range on strikes a bit as well.
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I need to strike more....................and make more spares.  LOL

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Weakness is simply having the energy to bowl....by the third game I'm done a lot of times.  I'm not out of shape either, probably just mentally done after long work days then league night.  If that didn't happen, it wouldn't snowball into missed spares, bad adjustments, etc.

Not sure how to quite fix that one really.  I don't have a particular bucket list having done everything I'd hope to do, save an 800 series.

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Weakness is simply having the energy to bowl....by the third game I'm done a lot of times.  I'm not out of shape either, probably just mentally done after long work days then league night.  If that didn't happen, it wouldn't snowball into missed spares, bad adjustments, etc.

Not sure how to quite fix that one really.  I don't have a particular bucket list having done everything I'd hope to do, save an 800 series.


I was like that the final two weeks of the season.  Apr 7, and Apr 14.  Working tax season is very difficult and stressful.  By the time I got to April, the last day off I had was Feb 15.  It's a grind and it leaves you very little energy for anything else, especially when it comes to bowling.  Each shot, I had to get myself mentally prepared to not only stay focused, but make good shots.  Each time I would say to myself to be very aggressive with my shot, keep my speed up and keep my eye on my target.  That helped me maintain focus tremendously.  The two times I noticed I didn't go through that routine, I left splits!  I don't know how I did it, but I shot over 700 each of those two weeks.  In between shots, I was almost laying down in the booth in the bar waiting for my next turn.  I attribute getting through both weeks to a strong mental game.  The final week, I almost didn't show up I was so tired.
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I need to strike more....................and make more spares.  LOL

haha same!
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Other than 10 pins and poor adjustments.  My feet hurt and burn after being on them for 5 hrs.  Hurts to walk.  Also get tired after walking around that long.  I have a really busy night.
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>> Weakness is simply having the energy to bowl....by the third game I'm done a lot of times.

I came up with a solution to this problem a very long time ago. Since I always go open bowling at least once a week with my wife or kids, I always bowl a minimum of 4 games. Then, when you get to league, your body isn't tired in game 3 because your used to bowling 4 games.

This year, and I am now 52 years old, my 3rd game average was higher than game 1 or 2 in all 3 of my leagues.

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