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Thread: New high series tonight!!! (my new thread to highlight the 'new' me....lol)

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    So looks like I won't have to wait till next week to try this out (if they lanes require it). Got a text this morning from a fellow bowler saying they need a sub for their team tonight so I'll be filling in. Same center as my other league and many of the same bowlers but this one is a mixed league. Never been a sub before ever in my life so....lol. Will report back with how it goes. Think I'm gonna have the PSO replace the inserts in my BWG They are a little looser and I don't get the same roll I do with my others and lately it feels like it has been falling off my fingertips and just rolling. It's still going to the pocket but sure it could have much more effect if I could get some more skid out of it.
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    Threw the Squatch on the spinner. Used my CTD pads and started with 2000 then 3000 then 5000P. Factory is 500 Siaair with factory compound then factory polish so we will see how it works. The finish looks similar but I will have my pads with me in case I need to add a little surface in warmups. It has about 35 games on it and had some lane shine that the cleaner wouldn't fix. Got it all out now. Have a feeling if anything it might not have enough friction but we will see. I also have the Conspiracy and the BWG. The Conspiracy works good in heavier oil. I could get away with the BWG at the start of the night if need be as it is pretty close to the Squatch but can make it work early on if need be.

    Hoping it will be as close to OOB as it can be as it really worked well. If anything slightly more surface would be ok but don't really want it any less surface
    Last edited by boatman37; 12-13-2019 at 02:18 PM.
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    Well didn't go well. Lanes were very slick compared to Tuesday night. Tried the Conspiracy and the Squatch but no carry. Moved inside the 10 board and kept leaving the 5, 8, or 9. Moved way out to the 5 board to find dry and started getting carry. Game 2 kept hitting the pocket but no strikes. Kept it clean until 7th frame where I left the 6-8-10. I had just moved out to the 5 board on this shot. Being frustrated I threw as hard as I could to try to pick it up but got off balance and fell about 5' down the lane. Pretty embarrassing...lol. 3rd game started hitting a little better but still struggled. The Squatch looked good even though I struggled. Early on when I hit the pocket you could hear the dull thud with both balls. Out at the 5 board I had a tight line but it was the only place I could strike from. The team won 2 of 3 and said they got 4 of 5 points so they were happy.
    Found out at the end of the night that the Friday night pattern is about 2-3' longer than the Tuesday night pattern.

    EDIT: Really needed a stronger ball tonight. The Conspiracy was the strongest one in my bag and it was never getting into the roll phase but I didn't try it way outside where I was throwing the Squatch in games 2 and 3.

    Last edited by boatman37; 12-14-2019 at 08:38 AM.
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    Bad night. Dry lanes. Wrong ball. Bad spare shooting. Started with the Squatch and started out good but missed 3 easy spares. Game 2 Squatch again but when I did hit the pocket couldn't get the carry. Had a few perfectly placed shots that left a 7, 6, and 9 pin. Game 3 switched to the BWG. When I played outside I left the 7. When I played inside I either left splits or hit light. 10th frame tried my Rhino that I only use for 7 pins and struck out with 3 pocket strikes. So I was glad that the Rhino worked in a pinch but frustrated with my spare shooting and my struggles to adapt. Not to mention that the team we bowled always crush us. They bowl way over their heads every time they bowl us. Really takes the wind out of our sails.

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    BTW-we are off the next 2 weeks and I'm glad. Need to get out of my funk and after my fall Friday night my ankle and wrist are a little sore. And the new inserts in the BWG helped. At least now I was getting some rotation on it where before it had been rolling off my fingertips.

    Started thinking about it and thinking my next step may be a plastic ball (you love hearing that Rob....lol). But after hitting my Rhino with the 3000 it is working nice on drier conditions. I was thinking about replacing my BWG with something newer but it is very close to the Squatch so maybe just bench the BWG and have the Conspiracy, Squatch pearl, and Rhino as my 3 strike balls then a plastic ball for spares. Sound like a plan? I rarely use the Conspiracy anymore cause it's too strong on the dryer conditions we have been seeing but would have it in the bag if needed. I still have the Kingpin but it has been staying at home the last few months. I will give the Rhino another try as an option for late night and see how it goes first but I was happy with how it looked in the 10th of game 3.
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    Sucked! First game just struggled with my release. Outside was dry and inside wasn't much better. End of game 1 I figured out my release issues but then the transition started. Moved into about the 12 board and was able to get something going but game 3 just struggled. Thumb started hanging and lanes were horrible for both teams. Tried 2 balls both inside and outside but nothing was working. No spares and no strikes. 180, 195, 139. Splits were like crazy tonight. Other teams anchor left 7 in game 1 and rolled a 116. As a team I think they had about 12-14 splits in game 1. Game 2 was our turn. I think we had about 6 or 7. Game 3 I think both teams had about 6 or 7 each.

    Not much else to say other than a guy in our league rolled a 300 and another took one into the 10th and one next to us took one into the 8th or so.

    Game 1 was tough mostly due to being away for a few weeks. My release wasn't there until late in the game. I had no revs at all. Ball was just rolling to the pins. Fixed that late in game 1. Game 2 was typical other than me playing further inside than I like to but it's all I had. Game 3 was thumb issues and bad shot placement. On to next week

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    Another frustrating night. All of my balls are hooking way too much now. I need to figure out how to play them this way. I have changed a couple of things and seem to be getting more revs now but I had been thinking the lanes were just dry. Talked to a few people tonight and they said they don't seem any drier than normal and the PSO said nothing has changed and he doesn't see anything different. Definitely different for me. I started the night targeting the 10 board at the arrows because in warmups anything outside that wasn't working. Used the Conspiracy in game 1 but couldn't keep it on the left side of the lane. Switched to the Squatch in game 2 and same thing. Tried moving into the 12 board and still too much hook. Started game 3 with the Black Widow Gold and same thing. Moved back out to the outside (7 board) and still too much. 6th frame switched to the Rhino that hardly hooks. Still out at the 7 board. Right to the pocket. 4 bagger. Ended with 5 strikes in 6 frames with it. That ball barely hooks and it looked like my BWG early in the night it had that much angle.

    Here is what has changed for me. Opening my shoulders on my back swing. This helps me stay a little more under the ball. Also slowing my speed way down. Normally I had been about 16.5-17.5 MPH at the pins but lately I'm at about 15.0-16.0. I realized both of theses changes contribute to more reaction but it's quite a bit of difference.

    When I was playing the 10-12 board area I had to move over a board or 2 more right than I usually did there. Had a couple nice pocket hits that left 7's then started tugging the ball. Need to figure this out. I tried speeding back up, untucking my pinky, not opening my shoulders, and still came across the head pin.

    I think I either need a ball between the Black Widow Gold and the Rhino or I need to get used the the 12-15 boards

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    So crappy scores but learned alot tonight. And we beat the 1st place team 2 out of 3. Teammate had a 706 too. A few weeks back I changed my release by opening my shoulders a little more and seem to be getting around the ball a little better (or playing the inside of the ball). Been having trouble keeping the ball on the left side of the lane lately. Tonight I dusted off the Kingpin and hit it with a fresh 1500 in case I needed to play the middle. Tried the 3rd arrow with it in warmups and looked good but didn't have to try that line in the games. Used the Conspiracy all night except about the first 7 frames or so in game 2 when I tried the Squatch but kept pulling my shots. Went back to the Conspiracy and found that I wasn't opening my shoulders as much when I was using the Squatch (not because of the ball but just because I was screwing up). Used the Conspiracy the rest of the night. Also, I normally try to play up the 5-7 board where I am comfortable. I am not comfortable targeting the 10 board or in. Tonight we had 5 lefties on our pair and I played the 10 board all night even though I really wanted to move outside but forced myself to stick with it. Shot a 208, 171, and 180 but chopped 4 spares and flat out missed another easy one. That's an easy 50 pins I gave up there. More on that later. So even though my scores weren't great and my spares sucked I feel I made progress in overcoming my 'fear' of the inside and feel I am starting to get better control over this 'new' release with my shoulders open. A few more weeks of practice with it and I think my strike % will go up.

    Now back to my spares...I have been using my strike ball for everything but the 7 pin. For that I used my Rhino. In the past I did ok with this and probably as good as I would have with plastic but the Rhino only had a very slight hook to it. With this new release even the Rhino is hooking a little more now and I'm thinking with the added revs my misses are magnified whereas before I could miss by a board and still be ok. Now 1 board at the arrows is a much bigger miss at the pins. I'm thinking it might be time for plastic? That being said, I have a 4 ball bag and currently have 5 balls. Thinking of buying a 2 ball bag and keeping the Rhino and Kingpin in there and leaving that bag at the center so I don't have to lug 2 bags. And since those 2 balls will be my least used they could probably stay in the storage room most nights but will be there if needed.

    Example of missed spares...tonight I was 1/4 on 7 pins. 1 of those misses I missed to the inside by 1 board at the arrows but at the pin it missed by about 1", meaning I was about 4-5" off where I had planned to hit the pin. Normally missing by 1 board at the arrows would have made that shot the way I used to throw it. 2 of the misses went into the gutter about 1/2 way down the lane.

    Summary...I feel this higher rev release is helping me with strike % and I'm getting more consistent with it. If I had made the very easy spares I had missed (and even still missing 3 of my 7 pins) I would have had a 600. 640 or so if I had made those 7's.

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    Ugh. Well hit my Conspiracy with a brand new 1500 today and left the Kingpin home. Tried the Conspiracy at the 15 board in the oil in warmups and it looked good. We had 5 lefties on our pair (2 are very high rev and I'm medium rev). Used the Squatch almost all night. Oh, and fell on my face in warmups again. Drug my toe on my slide foot on my last step and it caught. Just went down to my knees but it was on the lane...lol. So back to bowling. First 2 games weren't bad except my spare shooting was still off. Game 3 was horrible. Couldn't strike or spare. Had 5 or 6 opens. Tried the BWG both about the 7 board and the 10 board. Tried the Conspiracy at the 15 board but tugged my shot. We were in a really tight game so went back to the Squatch for the 10th frame just looking for pin count. We won game 2 by 1 pin and game 3 by 62 pins.

    Told the PSO to get me a plastic ball for next week. That might help slightly but the bigger issue is me. I have no confidence even on a 2 or 5 pin. On a positive note we got 4 of 7 points against the highest average team in our league.

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    Worst night in about 35 years. Head wasn't in it. Today was my birthday and my day wasn't very good. Dog had to go outside at 3:00AM then had a seizure. I was out in the cold in shorts and flip flops in freezing cold for 15 minutes. Couldn't get back to sleep. Had a 3 hour meeting at work then told I have to spend about 15 hours a week compiling reports for management then the rest of the day was just hectic. Told PSO last week to get me a plastic spare ball but it didn't come in and I had left my Rhino at home so had to use my Squatch for 7 pins. Then last week 'stubbed' my toe in warm-ups and fell to my knees. Well tonight tripped on the carpet twice with my plant foot so noticed the velcro on the front of my rubber sole wasn't sticking to my shoe. So had to put an S6 on my plant foot so had those distractions. And even before I got there just wasn't up to it mentally.

    In the end don't think I hit the same spot twice all night. Just felt awkward up there all night. Played from the 3 board in to the 15 board with all 3 balls. We were on the end pair (39-40) and others complained about it but I usually do good there so not blaming the lanes at all.

    Oh well.

    Arsenal "15# DV8 Glam" "15# Radical Squatch Pearl" "15# Radical Conspiracy" "15# Brunswick Kingpin (at home on the shelf now)" "15# Hammer Black Widow Gold" "15# Brunswick Rhino Black Pearl"
    Rev Rate about 325 @ about 17.5 MPH * High Game: 267 - High Series: 657
    Oh, and LEFTY!!!
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