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stopncrank

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Choosing a starting point...league and tournament
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:29:33 AM »
At times I like to evaluate my game and adjust what I find to get better. Lately Ive found that one area I am the most sloppy is picking a starting point based off of what I see during practice.

We always hear the term matching up, and for the most part I feel Im solid in knowing my arsenal enough to know what piece to use in certain areas of the lane. What I feel my problem is, is when a pattern presents multiple areas of play. Choosing the correct one is critical, and often times I find myself second guessing choices and then finding where I should have been a few games into the set.

This is tough as this is new territory for me, typically Ive been the guy that blisters the fresh then struggles with the transition.

Also, this is not limited to tournaments, as Ive found out last night Ive been doing this at one of the centers I bowl league at too. It took a good friend of mine to point it out, he has bowled with me for over 20 years and he is one of the few who knows my game that I trust. The lanes here have changed from last season to now pattern wise, I havent been sharp enough to realize what it was. From around 8 board and deeper there is little hold, and finding area to the right is tough, rightys get little backend. When you square up around the track there is no hold. So my buddy suggests moving way out and try to play the hold out there, and bingo 248. I would have never thought with my rev rate and speed I would be playing around 5 board straight up on a house shot.

This is the way its went for me lately. So what do you guys think? Should I re-evaluate my approach to lining up? Also, what are you guys approach to picking and choosing where and how you attack a pattern?
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Re: Choosing a starting point...league and tournament
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 11:30:57 AM »
For leagues.....I dont ever start out playing the outside because with my rev rate, my moves and adjustments would have to be much quicker.  If I take something a little stronger and start out playing 15-17 at the arrows from the get go, then I can be inside most others and have a part of the lane to myself so the breakdown and moves dont happen as quickly.  This is also based on who my teammates are and where they play.

For tournaments.....If there are multiple squads, then I try to go to the squad before mine and watch what is going on; from the balls being used to where they are playing.  I will specifically watch for a ball to go out by the 3-5 boards.  If there is recovery, then I know I can get inside a little and swing the ball to create room.  If a ball goes out there and doesnt recover, then I know that I need to start in the track area and go straighter; pretending that the 5 board is the gutter and use around 8-10 as breakpoint.  If there isnt a squad before mine, then I try to use mutiple balls in practice.  I will use my weakest ball, my benchmark ball, and a flippy ball and fish around; especially if I am not sure what condition is out there.  Main thing, also, is pay attention to the others on your pair and watch their ball reactions and where they are playing.  I can usually get a good idea where I need to be and with what ball by the end of that 10-15 minutes of practice.
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stopncrank

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Re: Choosing a starting point...league and tournament
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 12:54:27 PM »
I will normally start with my benchmark ball hittin several different areas on the pattern if time allows.

I have a 400+ rev rate, but I also have a straight game too. In tournaments I can get a handle on at least a starting point based on length but heck we know alot of times patterns play differnt than they are supposed to more often than not.

With that said, I would have never imagined Id be able to play as far out side as I was last night in league, perceptions about how patterns are supposed to play have become more important than actual reading of ball reaction for me. Simply put-ive gotten lazy.

I think I have gotten so caught up in that mentality of THS you have to cover as many boards as possible, and tournaments-if the pattern is posted its the bible on how that pattern has to be played. And im not alone because I watched bowlers around me last night all continue to try to play the track area when clearly it wasnt there.

But its just in that center that I find this, as the other center I bowl/sub at I havent had a set under 720 in four weeks? Whatever the center Im struggling at has done pattern wise, it's eating my lunch.... :-[
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Re: Choosing a starting point...league and tournament
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012, 06:29:37 PM »
For me I have the opposite approach to TWOHAND.

I typically play way outside the first two games because the typical league bowler can't make that area of the lane work due to the small miss area in our center.

I can typically stay out there for two games and log some big games (the majority of my single game honor scores have come in the first two games at my main center), the issue is when my line catches up with the track where everyone else started. When I get to that point I have to make a 10-15 board jump inside to get on the other side of them. Some of my biggest games have come after this jump and throwing to the spot I created, but for the most part this is always a very nervy proposition given spending the whole night playing so far outside.

I would note the reason that I do this is because our center uses a lot of head oil due to the fact that when the heads breakdown in our center the ball tends to read at your feet. If I started inside with my rev-rate for the most part I would have no where to move but further inside due to the heads at our center.

To note I roll the ball at 17.5 mph on average, and I have a rev rate of 435.