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BeerLeague

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Thinking the game has passed me by
« on: January 11, 2021, 09:46:07 AM »
Does anyone else feel the same way?

At 53 years old I really think the game has left me in the dust. 

My knees hurt, I can't carry, and defiantly can't keep up with the 2 handers.  I HATE feeling like I need to drag 6 balls to a tournament. That's lunacy.  You could make good shots, but if you don't have the "right" ball all you do is 9 count all day. It's just stupid.  I just don't have the rev rate to play this game in 2021. It feels like shotmaking and spare shooting have become punchlines.  When I see several guys who average 220+, with insane rev rates, missing routine spares more than they make them, I can't help but think I'm right.

It's a different game than what I grew up with. I'm thinking about selling everything and focus on golf.

Ok I'm done ranting ..  8)

 

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Re: Thinking the game has passed me by
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2021, 08:51:49 PM »
Truth. The older you get the better you were.

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Re: Thinking the game has passed me by
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2021, 06:15:09 AM »
Hi Beer League and All - I have found this to be an interesting POST.  I have read it several times.  You grew up in the 1990's forward.  You started bowling in the times of the Strokers and Crankers.  Mostly Urethane equipment. No 2 Handers and no super Crankers.  We did have Super Power Players. So here we are 30 years later.  You have your game!  Participate in tournaments and leagues that favor your age.  To maintain your skill level go and see a High Order Coach.  The coach may see issues that can help you score better.  You cannot coach yourself!  Play your game not the other guys game!  Best of Luck - Strikes and Spares - Silver Level Professional Coach, almost Gold Level, Denny O'Neill

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Re: Thinking the game has passed me by
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2021, 08:23:20 AM »
Carry is fixable. If you spare game is on point and you are accurate on your strike ball it may not be age at all. 

If you bowl one or two days a week for league and the occasional tournament then thats a different can of worms.
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Re: Thinking the game has passed me by
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2021, 10:17:13 AM »
As others have said, participating in leagues and tournaments that match your skill set is key to enjoying the sport.  Trying to compete at a level that is way above your skill level can be masochistic.  It can also be a learning experience, but many times will just be frustrating.

There is a time and place for every bowler to have an opportunity to participate, regardless of skill level.  It is just a matter of matching your skill with the correct type of competition.

I have bowled in house shot, no-tap tournaments where card carrying PBA members entered and absolutely destroyed the field (shooting 1200 for 4-games).  The first time I figured it was just a fluke.  The second tournament where that happened was the last one I bowled in at that center.  I am a decent bowler, but not a strike machine like the PBA bowlers.  It is just a matter of learning when and where you can be competitive.  I have since stopped participating in any tournaments.  I would have no issue entering a local tournament if someone needed a teammate and invited me to join their team, however I am done seeking out and traveling around to tournaments.  Bowling is much more enjoyable just sticking with league and an occasional open bowling practice session.
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Re: Thinking the game has passed me by
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2021, 10:27:05 AM »
As others have said, participating in leagues and tournaments that match your skill set is key to enjoying the sport.  Trying to compete at a level that is way above your skill level can be masochistic.  It can also be a learning experience, but many times will just be frustrating.

There is a time and place for every bowler to have an opportunity to participate, regardless of skill level.  It is just a matter of matching your skill with the correct type of competition.

I have bowled in house shot, no-tap tournaments where card carrying PBA members entered and absolutely destroyed the field (shooting 1200 for 4-games).  The first time I figured it was just a fluke.  The second tournament where that happened was the last one I bowled in at that center.  I am a decent bowler, but not a strike machine like the PBA bowlers.  It is just a matter of learning when and where you can be competitive.  I have since stopped participating in any tournaments.  I would have no issue entering a local tournament if someone needed a teammate and invited me to join their team, however I am done seeking out and traveling around to tournaments.  Bowling is much more enjoyable just sticking with league and an occasional open bowling practice session.


I've experienced this one as well. In my opinion, any PBA member who feels entitled to bowl in a house shot no-tap tournament is just a punk-ass.


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