A thought occurred to me about a month ago, and I've been testing it out over this past month to see what the results would be. The premise is that for a majority of us, we bowl on a THS, where there are multiple lines to the pocket and even someone with horrible mechanics, release, and timing can score big with the newest hook monster. However, that scoring is not usually sustained over a long period of time, or even over a complete series. I have been guilty of just trying to change balls to keep my line to the pocket the same, but I always end up losing about 1/2 of a game due to the transition before I find it again. This led me to go back to the days when I only had 1 ball, which forced me to make the adjustments with my feet, line, loft, speed, etc.
For this I specifically chose my weakest ball in my line up - Green and Purple Pearlized Tropical Storm and to move right from where I have played for years to start on a fresh shot. I did this so that I am taking out one of the many variables that has to be dealt with when trying to line up. By choosing a weaker ball, I am able to continue to score on the pattern even on a second shift squad. From here, I get lined up as I normally do, and make small 1/2 board adjustments as I need to during the course of the night. This has allowed me to repeat shots that are successful, but it also allows me to get an accurate picture of what my ball is doing. This way I am making more informed decisions about what I am seeing.
There are a few advantages that I have seen since I have started to do this. The first one is that not many people are playing as far right as I am, even though I have quite a bit of hand in the ball. This means I am able to stay with my line for a longer amount of time. The second advantage is that I am able to move right as I need to, and the actual look to my ball reaction is staying very much the same because I am following the oil in.
The results of this are that I haven't shot a series under 750 in a month, and I shot my first 800 as well. This isn't meant to be a figjam, but I am just sharing an idea that to this point has worked out very well. This kinda goes along with the idea that you don't always need the most hooking, newest, most expensive bowling ball to be able to score. The THS that most people play on is able to be scored on and scored well on with "lesser" or older equipment.
Let in the DOGS - I''ve got a HAMBONE for them!
To all the haters, get over it!