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lilpossum1

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Grinding out a set
on: March 04, 2018, 11:59:20 PM
What do you guys do to try to make the best of a night when you either encounter miserable conditions or can't execute for whatever reason? All too often, I feel like I am encountering nearly unplayable conditions (and no it isn't a case of "I can't play my A game! This shot sucks!") I start out playing around 12-7 which is my A game. No oil to be had and my Kinetic burns up. Move inside and play about 16-10. Find a little bit of oil, but I hit carry down and the ball skates. Get it out further and the ball won't kick corner pins. Try to find a happy medium, and it doesn't work out at all. Move right and play straight up with a 15 year old ball... Best look yet, but still inconsistent results because of patchy conditions. Most of the time when I see something like this, I crank up the speed to around 20+ mph and wing it at the pocket and pray for lucky carry

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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 04:56:40 AM
I just play what evers carrying. Be prepared to get left or go up the boards... bowling can be miserable sometimes.
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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 08:49:36 AM
Kinda depends on the varying conditions I am seeing.  Do I want to find the best carry and deal with no area (170-240 games), or do I bang the pocket all day and grind (195-215).

Usually for a league environment I will grind out the consistent scores that may be below my average.  I would hate to lose a game shooting 170.

For tournament settings, shooting even gets you no where a lot of times so I have to find the carry and hope I am consistent that day.

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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 09:52:07 AM
Find my best look and chalk the leaves up to spare practice.

If I have a clean set(no open frames), I actually enjoy those days more than shooting a high score.
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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 11:02:44 AM
It really depends on whether you are having a problem executing or whether your game just doesn't match up that night.  If the former I spend my energy trying to get my game back.  If the latter I am probably just having carry problems, and I will work on small adjustments, and/or ball changes to get some carry.

Main thing is to keep your concentration, and font start blowing easy spares

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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 04:59:14 PM
spares are a big focus. Usually for me a ball with some surface works best on tough conditions to help blend out some of the over under that less surface magnifies.

 If throwing the ball terrible I try and slow everything down and regroup.
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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #6 on: March 06, 2018, 08:44:34 AM
I try to reset and go back to my mechanics. Slow down a touch and at least make good shots. If I can tell myself at the end of the night that I executed well but just couldn't string the strikes for anything impressive, I'm still satisfied.

Spares as always too.
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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #7 on: March 06, 2018, 03:11:45 PM
I just had that night last night. I made great decisions and a couple of bad ones for a 500+ series.

Bowled a great first game, best on the team.

Started the 2nd off terrible, balled up and made a come back with 1 more strike to win, and popped a split and loss. I should of waited for my opponent to finish.

3rd game started out worse, and I made the wrong choice. Instead of moving in 1 1/4 zones to skip the burn and use 19/20, I changed to the Code Red up 16 for Carry and then went pocket 9's and a ton of really bad breaks. I chickened out and didn't trust my capabilities from even deeper inside; in which I practiced on for an hour last Sat.

So what am I doing or thinking right now?
I'm satisfied with the results. I'm a rookie in the scratch league and it's a lesson learned. In hindsight I had many options to choose from and chose the wrong ones. I'll be a more hardened player by the end of my first season.


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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #8 on: March 06, 2018, 03:25:27 PM
I just had that night last night. I made great decisions and a couple of bad ones for a 500+ series.

Bowled a great first game, best on the team.

Started the 2nd off terrible, balled up and made a come back with 1 more strike to win, and popped a split and loss. I should of waited for my opponent to finish.

3rd game started out worse, and I made the wrong choice. Instead of moving in 1 1/4 zones to skip the burn and use 19/20, I changed to the Code Red up 16 for Carry and then went pocket 9's and a ton of really bad breaks. I chickened out and didn't trust my capabilities from even deeper inside; in which I practiced on for an hour last Sat.

So what am I doing or thinking right now?
I'm satisfied with the results. I'm a rookie in the scratch league and it's a lesson learned. In hindsight I had many options to choose from and chose the wrong ones. I'll be a more hardened player by the end of my first season.




Everything you stated happens to many people.  The important thing to do is to learn from this night and move forward with a different plan of attack.  Make the ball change in game 2 before you run into trouble.  Play the inside line for game 3 since the other line didn't work.

Let that play out and learn from it.  It may work or it may not.  Eventually you will accumulate more and more information and should be able to make better decisions.  I am a firm believer in starting the night with a plan of attack.  I am also (sometimes) knowledgeable enough to know when my original plan should be changed.  But one thing I don't do is just start chucking balls down the lane with no regard for a predetermined plan.

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Re: Grinding out a set
Reply #9 on: March 06, 2018, 08:06:13 PM
Now that you mentioned it, I didnt have a plan.
Ive been formulating my plan for Vegas sweeps this weekend and Im ready to execute it. Well almost ready, just a couple more maintenence issues with the car.

But thanks for the good advice; and Ill be there next week to bowl again with a better plan of attack or multiple plans of attack.
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