Any bowlers here?

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  1. Astroboy907, Nov 10, 2013
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    Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    I was thinking about this and just happened to wonder- do we have any bowling players here? The local school bowling league is just starting up here and I'm my second year into it. I think it would be cool to see if there are any other bowlers out here, maybe share some advice, stats, and what equipment you have.

    Since it's my second year, I'm not very good yet, but I have a Storm Tropical breeze 14lb ball, and my average is around the 130 range, but I am trying to get up to a 160 average this year. I'm a lefty too! My highest score to date is a 210, got that over this last summer. Before that I would always seem to get stuck in the 190s on a good day :D
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    I am! I've bowled in a few leagues / tournaments and I'm USBC registered as well. I love it. I have a Storm 2 Fast, Storm Fire Road, Columbia Scout, and a Storm Manic. I'm currently averaging around 180 and can't seem to get much higher.
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    It's been a while, but I've rolled in a league before. I use a 16lb U^2 ball, two-fingered with a wicked break. Back in the day I managed a low-170s average. High game was a 233.
  4. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    I used to be in the local league many many moons ago in high school and college, those were fun days.

    I still play from time to time, tho I don't own my own ball or anything like that anymore, so if I'm traveling for work or something and there is an ally around. I'll put some frames in for fun.

    Best I ever did in the league was 280 something, but these days I typically score between 180-210. Or 50-60 if I'm at a drunken social gathering.

    Our area also has one of those bowling alleys where the entire place is blacked out with black lights and purple lights, and all the pins and balls are painted with UV sensitive paint, and they have an open bar. So, fun stuff ;)
  5. Astroboy907 thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Sweet to hear from you all! Got done with our first practice of the season monday. Going to need to look for some tape or something for the right side of my thumb hole, every time I throw it rubs against the right side of my thumb so after a few games it hurts a bit. Not sure if it's how I hold it or how it was drilled... :D either way, any hints for this? It could also be I'm holding it a bit funny- last year I got a decent case of bowlers thumb and have been holding the thumb a bit loose (at the edge of the knuckle rather than the base of my thumb) since then. I'll ask around at the alley as well as playing around a bit with the grip.


    Hahaha, a 50-60 still beats most of the people I see at the alley, drunk or not :p
    Our alley has the same black lights/loud music, a bit less UV paint though! They usually turn all the stuff on during the weekends so I miss most of it. Sounds fun! It's been a while since I used a house ball (I could never find one that fit me decent), any problems there or is it a pretty good alley?
  6. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Been bowling since I was 3. Came up through HS, and bowled Collegiately at Nebraska. Currently averaging 218 in one of my city's biggest scratch leagues. We have a few pro staffers in that league as well; Pro staffer with Track, amateur staff with DV8.. USBC HoF'er Leanne Barrette Hulsenberg was just in the league until she moved to Salt Lake City to take on a bigger job on staff with Storm. Her shop drills my gear, along with K&K Bowling in Vegas.

    When I lived in Vegas, I bowled with every staffer down there; 3 on staff with Ebonite, bowled with David Haynes (storm staff, 10 year member of Team USA), Mike Durbin, Kerry Painter, Dave Wodka, Wendy McPherson, Carol Gianotti.. one of my coaches was Ron Hoppe, who went on to found the International Art of Bowling with Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty.

    I started out seriously bowling when I got hold of the urethane Blue Hammer, back in 1989. From there, I progressed up to Reactive Resin, with Ebonite's Turbo X, and a few other balls. When I got to Vegas, I started to exclusively use Ebonite gear. It was around 2000 when Ebonite bought Hammer, so I've been between them. My current gear:

    Ebonite Challenge
    Hammer First Blood
    Ebonite Mission Domination/250K
    Ebonite Undefeated Fire
    Hammer First Blood
    Hammer Cube (spare ball)
    Ebonite Optyx
    Hammer Absolut Curve

    I'm looking at replacing that Mission with a Hammer Amp, the Challenge with a Hammer Cold Blood, the Undefeated Fire with a Hammer Amp Up, and the Hammer Cube with a Hammer True Blood. I've trusted both brands for over 20 years, and they haven't let me down yet.

    Advice.. lessee.. First off, when I was your age, I was averaging right around the same as well. In fact, at the time, 150 was the minimum average needed to join our youth association's elite league, the Junior Traveling Classic League. Right after that and seeing the competition, I started to practice more, got more coaching (USBC offers that for free), and my average shot up 25 pins. See if you can get a good coach to look over your game as well as your team's game and offer improvements.

    Second, don't worry about the results yet (meaning, don't worry about your scores). Concentrate more on executing your shot, and hitting your target consistently. After that, it comes down to adjustments. Do that, and your scores will go up...

    But not as much as making your spares. Spares are a must, especially single-pin spares. A single pin spare could be the difference of 20 pins in a game. Good case in point: get 4 strikes in a row, then 9-, then go off the sheet putting you at 267 vs. a 9/ then off the sheet, which would put you at 279.

    Especially in a team game, or even Baker format, spares are a must.

    Do better than that. Go to your nearest, well-reviewed pro shop. Ask them to take measurements of your hand, and compare that to the ball. If your span or pitch are off, that could be what the cause of this is. You may need to have the ball plugged and redrilled, or perhaps even have the thumb hole worked on. But either way, get the ball looked at before it becomes a problem.

    Is this bowling alley an AMF house, by chance?

  7. wwynne23 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2013
    Best I ever rolled was a 200. Just gotta keep at it!

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