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    Wednesday Miller/Coors Master's Trios League: THS

    537 Series: 194-166-177

    PinPal Stats:
    First Ball Average: 9.06 pins
    Strikes: 45%
    Spares: 50% picked up

    Single Pin spares: 60% (6/10)
    Most common single-pin leave: 10-pin (4x)
    Also left a single 1-pin, 5-pin, 6-pin, and 9-pin.

    Multiple Pin spares: 33% (2/6)
    Most common multi-pin leave: n/a.

    Splits: 0% (0/2)

    Average over 3 games: 179.00.
    Average had I picked up all single-pin spares: 193.67.

    Had a little trouble finding my line...but had a decent amount of time in practice to at least get a clue.

    A couple missed 10-pins cost me a 200-game in Game 1...but I still felt pretty good.

    Game 2 I chopped a 2-4-5-8 bucket I left off a bad shot. Had a Big 4 that I made a good attempt at picking up. Another missed corner pin...this time a 6-pin. Ended up losing 179-166.

    Game 3 I started off good...a double...clean through 4...then a washout in frame 5 made me decide on a ball change. Struck in frame 6 with the Thug Life, then switched to the Warning Sign on both lanes. Pulled a shot in the 8th frame and left a 6-7 split...which I damn near picked up. But ANOTHER missed 10-pin in the 9th just killed me...lost a second game and the series.

    Our team managed to take 10 of 17 points...and were tied for first coming in...but very disappointing after starting Week 1 with a > 200 average. I was so pissed about the corner pin shooting that I stayed a game after league and played a game of low ball.

    I think the main problem was fit. I tried to step down a VISE IT size and use some VISE thumb tape...and it just didn't feel right and made my thumb really tight in the spare ball. During low ball practice I took out 2 of the 3 pieces of tape from the spare ball and that seemed to help.

    I'm gonna resurface the Thug life down to a dry sanded 3000 matte to see if I can get an earlier reaction. I'd like to be able to play closer to the 12-board rather than being stuck outside in the 8-9 board area...but the Thug Life just doesn't have the cover to make that move early enough.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

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    Adult PBA Weekly Tournament: Brunswick 39ft Inferno 3:1 ratio

    476 Series: 178-116-182

    Games 1 I only had a couple opens...but couldn't carry worth a darn.

    Game 2 was a complete disaster. Six opens.

    Game 3 was only a couple opens...and I managed a couple doubles...but a couple missed corner pins (including one in the 10th) hurt me.

    With handicap, I scored high enough to qualify at #3 for the stepladder tournament.

    Stepladder Finals: 158-123

    Games 1 I barely managed a victory against a talented, young lefty...but fortunately was bowling on the same pair I had bowled on for the qualifying round...

    Game 2 was on a new pair and didn't go very well. Six opens...again.

    Pinpal Stats:
    First Ball Average: 8.00 pins
    Strikes: 18% (3 doubles and 4 singles)
    Spares: 54% picked up

    Single Pin spares: 81% (13/16)
    Most common single-pin leaves: 10-pin (5x).
    Never left a single 1-pin, 2-pin, nor 8-pin.

    Multiple Pin spares: 38% (10/26)
    Most common multi-pin leaves: 6-10 (4x).

    Splits: 0% (0/3)

    Average over 5 games: 151.40.
    Average had I picked up 100% of single pin spare leaves: 158.20.

    Wasn't terrible. Had to play my "B-Game" by going up the 4-7 board area...standing 9-13. Spent $16 and won $13. Tipped the scorekeeper a couple books...so it cost me $5 to bowl 5 games on a challenge pattern.

    Gonna be difficult with this arsenal I have...with no strong solids...to bowl on these tougher patterns. But...it's just gonna take some better accuracy and better shot-making than I'm used to. Finished 3rd out of 13...including some pretty darn high-level guys...I just need to keep getting better so I don't have to rely on my handicap to save me.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

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    Wednesday Miller/Coors Master's Trios League: THS

    615 Series: 193-201-221

    PinPal Stats:
    First Ball Average: 8.97 pins
    Strikes: 60%
    Spares: 64% picked up

    Single Pin spares: 100% (3/3)
    Most common single-pin leave: 10-pin (2x)
    Also left a single 4-pin.

    Multiple Pin spares: 54% (6/11)
    Most common multi-pin leave: 6-7-10 split (2x).

    Splits: 50% (3/6)

    Average over 3 games: 205.00.
    Average had I picked up all single-pin spares: n/a.

    I knew it was going to be a good night when I made 3-5 really good shots in practice and knew I had the right ball on the right line.

    I was bowling scratch against someone that had 132 average to my 193...so all I really needed to do to take 4 scratch match points was to not have an EPIC meltdown. And, on cue, after doubling, I left a 4-6-7 (which I converted). Okay, no harm no foul. Then, 2 frames later, a 6-7-10 split (did not convert) followed by a 3-10 baby split (which I converted), followed by a Big 4 (did not convert), and then a 3-6-7-10 (converted). So, when all I needed to do was coast to victory...I threw more splits in one game than I ever have!! The double to start, being able to convert 3/5 splits, and a 4-bagger to finish salvaged my average...but holy CARP!

    Then, things got better. A chopped 2-4-5 away from a clean Game 2. Then a Game 3 where I struck in all but 3 frames...including a 5-bagger.

    I had the 4th highest average going in (199, 199, 195, 193, 186, 183, 182, 173, 163, 161, 156, 143, 143, 134, 132, 119)...will probably stay at #4 going into next week. Next week "The Superpowers Explode" as we face the other good team (a team of old ladies...one of which leads the league in average). I'll be testing my 197 average against their lead bowler that was 186 this week but I think will around 190 after this week.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

    Smokey this is not 'Nam', this is bowling. There are rules. Proud two-time winner of a bowlingboards.com weekly ball give-away!

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    Adult PBA Weekly Tournament: Brunswick 39ft Inferno 3:1 ratio

    498 Series: 150-182-166

    Games 1 was miserable. Four opens including in the 10th. Just couldn't find a line with the Thug Life. The 4-5 board line I used last week just wasn't working. I tried to move inside, play straight at the pocket...which worked a little better...but I had to be near perfect.

    Game 2 I switched to the Warning Sign. I was able to play a line virtually straight at the pocket...the Warning Sign made a slight move just before hitting the pocket which seemed to give me some carry. But, very little room for error. And a split in the 10th certainly didn't help things.

    Only a few opens, and managed to put a handful of strikes together in Game 3.

    With handicap, I scored high enough to qualify at #1 for the stepladder tournament.

    Stepladder Finals: 183

    The finals opponent was last week's winner...a youngster not too far removed from high school bowling. I was fortunate that he had trouble carrying. He stayed relatively clean, but didn't strike much. That, a significant amount of handicap, and a turkey in frames 7-9 was all I needed to pull off the upset.

    Pinpal Stats:
    First Ball Average: 8.60 pins
    Strikes: 35% (2 turkeys, 2 doubles, and 5 singles)
    Spares: 53% picked up

    Single Pin spares: 66% (6/9)
    Most common single-pin leaves: 5-pin, 6-pin, and 8-pin (2x).
    Never left a single 1-pin, 4-pin, 7-pin, nor 9-pin.

    Multiple Pin spares: 47% (8/17)
    Most common multi-pin leaves: 1-2-4 (3x).

    Splits: 0% (0/2)

    Average over 4 games: 170.25.
    Average had I picked up 100% of single pin spare leaves: 177.50.

    Was tempted to skip. Been having some knee issues. Relying much too much on my handicap...but two weeks and two straight stepladder finals, including one 1st place finish. Who'd have guessed that I'd be the 'star' bowler after two weeks?? Not me...
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

    Smokey this is not 'Nam', this is bowling. There are rules. Proud two-time winner of a bowlingboards.com weekly ball give-away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aslan View Post
    Adult PBA Weekly Tournament: Brunswick 39ft Inferno 3:1 ratio

    Who'd have guessed that I'd be the 'star' bowler after two weeks?? Not me...
    Me neither!

    Let the accusations of sandbagging begin. Im kidding about this but after two weeks in row of good finishes, dont be surprised to find people calling you the s word behind your back or, if theyre a real sorehead, to your face.
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    Congrats on the win Aslan!
    High Sanctioned Scratch Game - 300(12) Hi Sanctioned Scratch Series - 822(3)
    2016/17 Book Average=221, 2017/18 Composite Average=223
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    Thanks VDub.

    Quote Originally Posted by J Anderson View Post
    Me neither!

    Let the accusations of sandbagging begin. Im kidding about this but after two weeks in row of good finishes, dont be surprised to find people calling you the s word behind your back or, if theyre a real sorehead, to your face.
    I think things will tighten up when they adjust handicap. First 3 weeks are book...then its what you've established.

    And I haven't been at the "sandbag" level. I mean, I shot a 116 and 123 last week. I missed a single 5-pin and single 8-pin in the championship game this week. Only averaging around 160...about 173 if you adjust it.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

    Smokey this is not 'Nam', this is bowling. There are rules. Proud two-time winner of a bowlingboards.com weekly ball give-away!

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    Wednesday Miller/Coors Master's Trios League: THS

    This scoring update will be a SPECIAL EDITION: Going into tonight, the two top teams were facing off.

    On one side, Aslan's trio including himself, a talented, young 2-hander, and an anchor with a lofting hook. Aslan's team has won 40 of 51 points and is in first place by a mere point.

    On the other side, a team of ladies in their 50s-70s. Their anchor carries a 204 average with a high game (thus far) of 235. Her teammates both have scored 215 games thus far this season. They have won 39 of 51 points thus far this season...and even brought a PBA50 coach along with them to help them with their lane play.

    I started out strong. X, X, 9 /, X and was leading over my opponent. My opponent has the 4th highest average in the league behind her team's anchor, our team's anchor, and ME.

    My opponent had an open early, but kept pace. Then, she went a 4-bagger run while I opened on a 4-10 split then X, 8 /, 7 -. I managed to recover and struck in the 9th...but I was behind the 8-ball going into the 10th. Fortunately, my opponent left a 4-6-10 split while I struck. All she needed was two pins to guarantee the win...one to guarantee a tie...and she guttered. I threw my 2nd ball in the 10th and left a 1-2-10 washout. If I picked it up, I win by a point. If I gutter or only get 1 pin, I lose. I hit the 1-2 but couldn't pick up the spare = TIE 185-185.

    Now I was worried. The Thug Life wasn't working well with it's new 2500 surface. I had to make a ball change...and that meant moving right...right of where the ladies were playing. I could almost hear Rob in my head telling me it was an idiotic move...but I had to. I haven't rolled the Scandal Pearl since putting the more aggressive surface on it...so I had no idea what it'd do.

    My opponent doubles to start...while I lead off with a 9 - on a missed 10-pin. Then...I remembered what Mark Baker used to tell me..."Walk past the ball". I have a tendency to "dive" toward the foul line and rush. It throws my timing off, throws off my balance, and usually causes me to pull my shot. Next 9 shots = X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X until I leave another 10-pin in the 10th: 9 /. My opponent shot a 208 and I beat her by 60...my highest game ever.

    Game 3 continued the trend: X, X, X, X, until 2 straight bad shots left me a 7 - before another X, X, X, X. All I needed was a X, 6 / or better and I'd have my first ever 700 series! After about 2-3 frames of trying to make small adjustments so I didn't need to switch balls...I finally couldn't best the lanes and it went through the nose leaving me a 4-7-10 split.

    679 Series: 185-268-226

    PinPal Stats:
    First Ball Average: 9.41 pins
    Strikes: 71%
    Spares: 33% picked up

    Single Pin spares: 66% (2/3)
    Most common single-pin leave: 10-pin (2x)
    Also left a single 3-pin.

    Multiple Pin spares: 16% (1/6)
    Most common multi-pin leave: n/a.

    Splits: 0% (0/2)

    Average over 3 games: 226.33.
    Average had I picked up all single-pin spares: 230.00.

    Our team took 15.5 (of 17) points. The ladies were only 6.5 points ahead of the 3rd place team, so with this loss they may have fallen into 3rd place. Not the night they were hoping for. They were good sports, but you could tell they were disappointed.

    Can Aslan maintain a 200+ average? Or will he lower his game to match the weaker opponents he'll face over the next 4 weeks? We shall see...we shall see...
    Last edited by Aslan; 05-15-2019 at 11:56 PM.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

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    Wow congrats on a great night bud. Now if you had started with that Scandal Pearl lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amyers View Post
    Wow congrats on a great night bud. Now if you had started with that Scandal Pearl lol
    Thanks.

    To be HONEST...had I tried the Warning Sign in warm-ups...it may have given me a better 1st game.

    BUT AGAIN...these are the two top teams...so EVERYONE is taking part in practice...6 bowlers...10 minutes...most taking 2 shots. I barely had time to throw 2 shots on each lane.

    It was also a MISTAKE to drastically change the Scandal Pearl surface and NOT take it out for some practice shots. My progression...due to using balls of varying manufacturers and age...requires a slight adjustment as I 'progress'.

    For example, the Thug Life at 800/1000/1500/2000...to step down to the Warning Sign at 500/1000/1500/Step 2 compound requires I move my line right 1.5 boards with my eyes and 1.5 boards with my feet. Ebonite goes longer...and it's an older technology.

    IDEALLY, I'd surface each ball to the point that the step down is 0...where it's just a ball change on the same line as the previous ball...but that takes a lot of trial and error.

    The Scandal Pearl at 180/360/Step1 only required a 1 board move right with my feet (from the Warning Sign). It's a much more powerful and newer ball...and a sooner hooking Hammer brand...but it has a LOT of games on it and has really lost it's 'pop'. So, I decided to sand it with 100-grit sandpaper, do a much longer de-oiling step, then surface it with 180/240/Step 1. Well...given the surface change, the ball is noticeably duller...and I can still see some scratches from the sandpaper. I figured a one board right move with my feet was gonna be disaster...and was tempted to make the change and do a 1:2 move left instead....but that was just a 'guess'.

    But how do you change balls when you're opening Game 3 with X, X, X, X ? I KNEW the Warning Sign wasn't working great on the right lane...but I couldn't change with a perfect game possibility...ESPECIALLY when the ball I was going to switch to...I hadn't even thrown since making a noticeable surface change.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Thug Life; (: .) Ebonite Warning Sign; (: .) Hammer Scandal Pearl; (: .) Track 300A; (: .) Brunswick Guardian
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 201; Lifetime Average = 168;
    Ball Speed: 17.78mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 138

    Smokey this is not 'Nam', this is bowling. There are rules. Proud two-time winner of a bowlingboards.com weekly ball give-away!

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