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Oh, Patrick! Greyhounds are SO wonderful! Glad Tomas is doing well... I have had friends who show them. You haven't lived until you've shared a bed with a greyhound! LOL!
The weather here in NC is really screwy! It was over 70 today, and now they are calling for snow flurries tomorrow night. No wonder everybody is sick!
I think I want to go bowl Saturday and just practice for a few hours...
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Unable to make league bowling last evening due to an injury sustained earlier in the day by my male greyhound Tomas. Earliest vet appointment I could get was 6:00PM last evening, and by the time I got out of there, it was after 7:00PM, so I am glad I requested a sub earlier in the day. One of my teammates messaged me that we won 3 out of 4! And Tomas is doing much better today!

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3/3/15 8:53 A

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Yesterday was a good day at Senior Fun bowling. I won one of the drawings where you get $1 for each pin you drop on the first throw. I got $8. Then I picked up $1 for a strike with a colored head-pin, and I made a $2 spare. No one won the two "strikepots", so they will be still available next week.
My scores were good, 115-179-143.
Maybe things are finally starting to "click"...
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Our team didn't win any points tonight... we lost by the other team having a higher handicap... 33 pins each game. That was a bit disappointing, but we had lots of fun. My scores were not great, but I improved each game. 115-123-132. 370 was not bad. Adding in the handicap, and it was decent. I am so tired of having a ball drip with oil, though! My shirt and hands stayed greasy all night. I was hoping after the first game or so the oil would be less. Guess I don't have a clue about oil patterns...
I'm looking forward to Monday's Senior Fun games. One of the strike pots is $270, the other $115. That would be nice to win one of them...
Supposed to be freezing rain/snow here tonight... Hurry up Spring!!! emoticon

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Thanks for the New Skin suggestion.

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Lou, New Skin is one of the greatest products!! I've used it for more years than I can count... as a hairdresser, I am always getting cuts. New Skin stops the bleeding pronto, and stops the pain usually, too. I have even used it on my Corgi puppies when we remove the dew claws(pups are only a few days old, so they are not abused! LOL!) and it helps the spot heal quickly.
I hadn't even thought of using it on my fingers while bowling! Thank you for reminding me of a new use!!
Off to Saturday evening Mass, then bowling. I hope I can remain consistent... it will be fun anyway!!


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Have you used New-Skin? You put a tiny patch on the hurt area, brush on some of the liquid and let it harden. Use more than one patch if needed to cover a larger area. Depending where on your thumb the cut is, you should try this at home and see if you still come out of the ball okay. Pro shops carry this. Hope it helps. -- Lou
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I decided not to practice yesterday to allow the skin on my thumb to heal some more. Hoping that'll be a plus going into next week's league play. Open to suggestions on how to protect that thumb next week if it has not totally healed.

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Consistency is good Leah. Hope the doctor helps. Remember to take your bowling balls inside where it's warm between bowling sessions. Leave your car keys on top of your bowling bag as a reminder to put the balls back into the car for practice or league. This way the balls won't freeze and possibly crack open. emoticon
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Last night, Friday, our team won 2 of 7 but will be no worse than 8 points from 1st and still in the top 8 of 22 teams.

188 = one missed split but struck on my 10th frame fill ball to help us win the game by 3 pins.
194 = one missed split and one missed 10-pin
225 = one missed spare. Converted the 6-7-10 split.
Total = 607, raised average a pin. Happy with only missing 2 spares all night. Just what I referenced above -- making spares is important for good series.

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Frustrating evening for me personally last evening: 186, 165, and a 216 for a 567 series. While my 196 average won't go down, I just left way too many pins out there due to various issues.

Issue #1: Cracked skin on my right thumb (due to the cold weather and me not keeping my hands moisturized) caused my thumb to swell and, even with some Easy Slide on my thumb and thumb hole, I was sticking like crazy on release with my heavier ball, so 5 frames into the 1st game, switched to my lighter ball which has a slightly larger thumb hole. But I had to keep applying easy slide before each frame just to keep from sticking!

Issue #2: The 10th frame! Not a single mark in the 10th all evening! ARGH!! Probably would have a 600 series had I just got one mark in each 10th.

On the positive side, our team pulled out of our recent slide and won 3 out of 4 on position night, so we should be in 5th place next week. Should have won all 4 but lost game 2 by 2 PINS!! Had I gotten a mark....

Oh well, always next week!

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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
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2/23/15 6:10 P

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Well today wasn't too good, score-wise. But I was consistent. 115-104-104. My handicap was 35, due to the good week last week. It will change now! LOL! The ball would not curve nor spin... it was dripping with oil, no matter what angle I tried to throw it from. All of us that bowled on these two lanes had very low scores.
Looks like snow for here in AM, but no "called for" accumulation. That usually means we are doomed...LOL! I have a date with my rheumatologist tomorrow afternoon, so I want good roads!!!
We have Church league this Saturday night.
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Nice practice Patrick. Hoping your league picks up again this week.
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Friday night we won 5 of 7 and stayed within 3 points of first. Had a mediocre session:
164 = missed one spare and two splits
177 = missed three spares
198 = missed one spare. = 539. Not bowling well. Bowling hand and wrist still hurting from last week's car trunk shutting on it.
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Today, Sunday, the pain pill for my back didn't kick in until the third of five games. Also had taped a hot patch to my right wrist. Started poorly, hurting lots.

123 and 139 first two games, then didn't hurt so much for last three games.
180 = one missed spare
187 = clean game
233 = clean game for 600 last three.

Friday at league if wrist still hurts I'll try wrapping it as if I have a sprained wrist. See if that helps.

Have a happy week!

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597 practice set this afternoon. Used heavier ball in games 1 and 3, lighter, more reactive ball in game 2. Pretty comfortable with either one, which is a good thing. Here's hoping no major weather issues next Tuesday and we can get back to league play.

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My Tuesday league bowling was postponed last evening due the wintery weather in the area. Will get out for practice on Friday.

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OUCH! Hope Carolyn and Lou are better...
My Saturday was good... 125-121-132. We won 2 games and total pins.
Today was really nice! I had 165-151-153 for a 469 series. I was consistently making my spares, with a couple of strikes thrown in. Perhaps it all is beginning to "click" after three years? LOL!
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Not a good day today. As i was getting bowling bag out of trunk the trunk lid slammed on my bowling hand causing pain across the top of the hand at the knuckles and alongside the outside of the hand from the pinkie to my wrist.

Still, tried 5 games at our regular Sunday practice but probably shouldn't have.

Three games with the DV8:

184 = 1 missed spare and 3 missed splits and one converted split
216 = clean (so far so good)
145 = 2 missed spares and 5 missed splits = 545

Two games with Track 718:

163 = 1 missed spare and 2 missed splits
179 = 2 missed spares and 1 missed split = 342 + 545 = 887 = 177+ average. Disappointing.

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How's your thumb, Carolyn? emoticon on winning all your points!
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Last Friday team won only 2 of 7 points and dropped out of 1st. But good news -- depending on how the two teams behind us did we'll be no worse than 4 points out of 1st after 4 weeks of 2nd half.

Once again missed spares and splits cost a better series:

195 -- 2 missed splits
158 = 3 missed spares and 2 missed splits
211 = clean = 564 series.

I'm hopeful of finding room in the budget next payday for another lesson. I'm sure that will help. -- Lou

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612 practice set yesterday. Brought the lighter ball out (which reacts more than my heavier ball) and alternated between them, but the heavier ball still delivered the big strikes, so I'll stay with it. I do want to pick up some the items Lou mentioned to see if that helps either ball more. Maybe a stop at the pro shop after running today?

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2nd Goal Weight = 199
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Last night was 165,199 and 154. I won all of my points which was great but I'm not happy with my series. I cut my thumb yesterday morning and it was pretty uncomfortable to bowl all night so I guess it could have been worse.

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Tuesday evening league play: 208, 185, and a 182 for a 575 series. Started out the night on a good note with a spare and 4 straight strikes, then my line just faded away and I was scrapping to get the scores I got.

Team-wise, we lost 3 out of 4, but the one positive note was the one game we did win -- the last one -- led by out top bowler who finally broke out of his slump with an impressive 280 game! Maybe we've finally turned the corner...

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2nd Goal Weight = 199
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Oh, my 203 average yesterday was the lowest of the five bowlers. Tough competition!
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Patrick, I use Tack Up from the pro shop. Leah, your pro shop likely sells the Abalon pads that go up to, I think, 5,000 grit, like a very fine sandpaper, down to 500 grit for a real rough finish on the ball, usually for $5 per pad.

Either after league -- the best time before the oil on the ball has a chance to soak in -- or later at home, I'll spray Tack Up (which helps add hook to the ball Leah) then buff it with a 1,000 grit pad, the one that matches up the best for me and the lanes I bowl on.

When lanes are dry, a finer grit may help reduce the ball's hook used with a normal ball cleaner. When they are flooded with oil, the 500 grit may need to be used. Don't be too aggressive when using this grit -- remember, it's like sandpaper and will take some surface off the ball if roughed up too much.

I give the 1,000 grit a couple of runs around each ball after I spray Tack Up on then let the ball air dry before putting it on the ball return. After buffing, some people wipe the ball with a towel to make sure the spray is all off.

Every so often, have your bowling balls cleaned and polished by the pro shop to get any oil out of them.

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emoticon I am beginning to feel like a real human again... finally!
I had a good day today... 186-129-112; 427 series. I did a good job of reading the oil on the lanes today. When we have Church league Saturday, I hope I can do it then, too. Those lanes are really weird. The oil is mainly on the outer part of the lane, the center dry.
I'm not bored by statistics, Lou. I still say there is a science to bowling...LOL!
I was very tired the last game today. I couldn't seem to focus on my mark. But I have greatly improved on my "following through" my release. I almost slap myself in the head, but it works! emoticon
How does one clean the ball at home? What's an Abalon pad? I have the spray cleaner I bought at the pro shop...


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Hey Lou, love the technical stuff...thanks!

Follow-up question: I usually clean my bowling balls with Formula 409. Do you do that, or just rely on the Abalon pad?

Thanks!

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Forgot to post last Sunday's practice. Usually we have 3-5 guys there all of us working on some aspect of our games. That day I used each of my bowling balls for one game, one ball for two, playing the same line and trying to make it work to see each ball's reaction. They were all buffed with a 1000 grit Abalon pad. (Sorry if these in-depth postings are boring to read but they give me a record of how I've been doing.) emoticon

1. DV8 Misfit = 208
2. Track 718A = 190
3. Storm Virtual Gravity Nan0 = 186
4. Roto Grip Riot = 168
5. Morich Craze = 179
6. Brunswick Anaconda = 188
7. DV8 Misfit = 181

Total = 1300 = 185.7 average.

At this particular center only the first two balls work well for me:

Today I used the DV8 for games 1-3, and the Track for games 4-6, again each buffed with 1000 grit. My focus was on release and follow-through.

1. 208 -- One missed spare
2. 168 -- Two missed spares + one missed split
3. 180 -- Two missed splits

Total = 556 = 185.3 average

4. 223 -- One missed spare. Picked up the 5-7 split.
5. 217 -- Clean game. Picked up the 5-7.
6. 224 -- Clean game. Picked up the 5-7. (Yes, one conversion each game.

Total = 664 = 221.3
Overall = 1220 = 203.3

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Nice practice, Patrick!
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Tonight we started one point behind league leaders. They lost all 7 points; we won 5. Depending on how the three teams behind us did we should be in first or close to it nagain next week.

I made a lot of good shots but carry was a problem. Held average and for the second week in a row pulled out the third game with strikes -- a double.

180 -- two missed splits
209 -- one missed spare
181 -- one missed spare and one missed splitTotal = 570.

Last four weeks averaged 194.6. Maybe my game's coming around finally. Hope so. emoticon -- Lou

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Really good practice set this afternoon -- 211, 215, and a 217 for a 643 series. I'll take that in league play anytime!!

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Gosh, sure hope you get feeling better Leah. You being sick reminded me of a friend I bowled with in school and afterward for a few years. He would never bowl a tournament if he didn't feel 100% healthy. A normal cold? Forget it, he stayed home. He bowled leagues sick but not tournaments. I never did figure that one out. Take care of yourself. emoticon
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Nice rebound for me personally last evening: 247, 197, and 227 for s 671 series. Only 2 opened - both in game 2 - and 23 strikes! Found a good spot early and really tried to stay consistent and aggressive with my speed.

Sadly, team did not do as well, losing 3 out of 4 again. Our top bowler continues to struggle. Hoping next week we can break out of our team doldrums.

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emoticon I've been knocked out by the viral carp that hit me the Saturday after New Year's Day. I haven't bowled any during the weeks at all... and it showed tonight! I believe this was one of the worst evenings I've had in a long while... 105-98-96. I could do nothing right.
But, I am feeling better. Tomorrow is another day. Two weeks will be another league night. We did win one game tonight. The games were close, even with my lousy scores. Had I been on my game, we could have won. Can't cry over spilled milk! Lack of practice definitely showed for me!
Oh, well! Things will get better!
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Great bowling Lou.

I had another good night on Wednesday. 205, 174, 198. I had a few splits the seconds game but I'm happy with the night.

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emoticon Lou! I need to reread your post about carrying the ball an extra step and see if it applies to me.

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Overall, a good night at league last night (Friday). Could have had a solid 600 series if I had only made my spares.

199 -- 2 missed spares.
191 -- 3 missed splits
207 -- 1 missed spare. = 597.

Raised average a pin and struck out in 10th frame of game three for a tie. emoticon
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585 practice set this afternoon. Only 1 split (another exasperating 7-10 split on a good pocket hit!), but a few too many blown spares. Thankfully it was just practice.

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Nice series Carolyn!

Patrick, your last series with all the missed spares and splits is what the last year and a half has been like for me so I do understand your frustration. We keep on trying, though, don't we?

Last Friday had only 4 missed spares and three splits but couldn't put two strikes together. 181-172-182 = 535. The team, however, had two regular bowlers and a sub all bowl well above their averages to help us start the 2nd half by beating the 1st half winners all 7 points. Hoping to build on that tonight.

Last Sunday at our regular practice session we bowled 7 games. The first four: 190-168-204-149 all felt like Friday night, that something was slightly off. Figured it out in 4th game 10th frame then shot 216-222-233 = 671.

What I had started doing was carrying my ball an extra step after pushaway. When I started the ball in motion then let it swing the timing and better scores came back. Eager to see how tonight goes.

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Well, last Friday's nice practice session did not translate into good league scores last evening! 180, 156, and a 170, for a rotten 506 series. I kinda knew it was going to be rough night when on my first ball I got a 7-10 split on a decently enough ball (not through the heart, etc). Kept hunting for a good spot and just never found it. 4 split and WAY too many missed easy spares! Team-wide, not much better, losing 3 out of 4. Our top bowler is struggling too! Our leadoff man is on fire, so he may be suing us for non-support!

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Good practice session today -- 182, 222, 222 for a 626 series. Only 3 opens, converted all but one cross lane spare.

OK Tuesday, here I come!

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I had my first good night in a long time last night. I bowled 181,187, 212. But still lost my points as the guy I bowled decided to bowl way over his average. Despite that, I was happy with the night.

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Last evening: 192, 234, and a 173 for a 599 series. At least my average won't go down. Key misses in the 9th frame in games 1 and 3 really hurt! Not to mention some ugly splits in game 3!

Struggled against another high handicap team last night, losing 3 out of 4. They were on fire, and I'm not sure even our A+ game would have helped!

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I've had that 4-6-7-9-10 split a few times -- seems amazing to me that 3 our 4 pins in the back can remain up in spite of hitting the head pin. I'll have to see if someone has posted a slo mo video of that on YouTube.

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Forgot to mention that the first game split last night was a 5-7-10, often called a sour apple and equally often announced over the loudspeaker. emoticon Fortunately, no announcement last night. It was embarrassing enough just leaving it. First time having that split. Hoping never again.

What has been your weirdest split or spare leave?

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Yep, sloppy strikes are OK in my book too! They all look the same on the score sheet!

No practice for me yesterday since I bowled Thursday evening. Looking forward to another productive night next Tuesday!

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emoticon series Patrick! emoticon Yes, be proud of 2nd. Next half is yours! emoticon
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While not close to Patrick's emoticon series, I finally had a good night. Only two missed spares and a split 1st game, clean 2nd game, one split 3rd game for 179-264-190 = 633, raised average two pins and team won 5 of 7 in end of half one position round. Rolled the ball well tonight and will always take sloppy strikes! emoticon -- Lou

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OK, let's get the bad news out of the way. We lost the roll off. Won the first game by 12, but lost the last two by 60 and 30 pins. Still, 2nd place isn't all that bad. Our top bowler just never got untracked until late in the 3rd game.

Personally, one of my best nights of the season: 278, 210, and a 226 for a 714 series! Game 1: 9/spare in frames 1 and 2, 9 straight strikes, then a stubborn 4 pin in the 12th! Only had one open all night, a nasty 4-6-7-9-10 split in game 2! 21 strikes and 10 spares! Used the heavier ball and it was tracking well!

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Tough league night last evening -- my scores: 174, 169, and salvaged the night with a 213 for a 556 series. Team wise, we lost 3 out of 4. Started the evening with the lighter ball, it just had no punch! Switched to the heavier ball at the end of game 2 and at least ended the night OK. Game 3 was the only one we won, and we won it in the 10th frame!

We are having the first half roll off on Thursday -- we tied for first so this will determine who gets the BIG $$$!

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I went to bowling today because I knew DH wanted to go. Poor guy has been cooped up with me being sick for two weeks now. I feel so much better, but it was a mistake to go. My first two games were great! 152-145. By the third game, I was wiped out. Coughing had come back, and I was just plain tired. 88 was the best I could muster... but I still bowled well overall. I learned that if I am tired my balance is off and my timing goes south...
I hope to be closer to normal by Saturday, as that is church league night. If I can put into practice what I've been learning, it will be a good evening.
Hope everyone is well. Thinking of you, Cat!
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Better consistency Leah. emoticon
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Carolyn and Patrick, wow those middle games of league snookered you two. But the other games were emoticon !
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Leah, thanks for asking about my dog-bitten hand. It's back to normal color but still swollen slightly. Getting better daily.

I wish my bowling was improving daily. An abysmal night. Even having taken a pain pill before league, my back kept cramping as I let the ball go keeping me from getting a deep knee bend and being consistent with my shots. Only one double all night, just four missed spares and three missed splits. 169-168-155 = 492, dropped a pin in average and team lost all seven points again. In two weeks we've dropped from 9th to 14th and now even lower of 22 teams.

Ah well. Practice again Sunday. Always hopeful it will come together one day. -- Lou

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Got in a good practice set this afternoon -- 191, 200, and a 198 for a 589 series. The 198 game was "clean" -- just not many strikes -- but spare practice is a good thing. Stuck with the lighter ball and it reacted pretty well. It'll be the ball I use next Tuesday in league play.

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I haven't bowled in 3 weeks so my scores were all over the place on Wednesday. They were 202, 137 and 215. I just couldn't figure out the lane during the second game. I split my points for the night. It wasn't too bad of a night.

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First league night of the new year: 195, 160 (YIKES!), and a 199 for a 554 series. I had to switch to my lighter ball late in the 2nd game as by then I had my 3rd major split in just that game alone (had a total of 6 all evening!). My back is still not 100% and I think I just was not getting the kind of torque necessary for the heavier ball to do it's thing. The lighter ball reacts more anyway, and had much better results. I did not get out to practice last Friday, as I was doing some major outdoor chores that day (tree trimming -- hauled away 700 pounds of tree limbs!), but should be able to get there this Friday.

Team: we won 3 out of 4, 11-1 to start the 2nd half!

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I managed to be consistent today! emoticon Granted, the scores we not high, but they were the same. 114-115-115. I stood in the same spot, threw at the same mark each time on the first throw. I stood in the same place to go for the spare, too. But I am not used to using my Karma for spares, and today was the first time I tried to use the Karma. I found I can use it, and the curve will work in my favor. More practice,and I will improve. Something has improved in that I wasn't throwing the ball all over the place. I was hitting in almost the same area each throw, just the pins didn't cooperate! LOL! I was hitting the headpin almost every time. THAT is an improvement! There were a few times where everyone said I was robbed! LOL! So, overall, I am making progress! emoticon
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Well, my good games went out the window tonight! LOL! I did manage to save my last game...
86-95-166. Such inconsistency! it didn't help that I have a horrible cold, cannot breathe, and my balance is off. I finally figured out how to adjust for the balance by 3rd game. Oh, well! We won one game and lost pin count. There will be another day!
I was SO proud I managed to avoid the sickness I was exposed to from the week before Christmas until yesterday! At 1 am this morning, I started sneezing and have the whole nasty cold thingy. I've used the Neti pot and taken coricidin, so that's about all I can do besides eat right and drink lots of liquids. Could be far worse.... many people around here have the flu. I'll take a cold and sinus issue over the flu any day! This too shall pass!
Lou, how did you get bitten?!? So sorry! BTDT!
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Back to league tonight. The opposing team had two 200+ subs. Added with their lowest average bowler averaging 191 and the two subs shooting 736 (with a 299 game) and 655 and their regular fourth bowler hitting 711, we got shellacked all seven points.

Very slow start, couldn't get lined up until last game using a ball I haven't used in this league, one I had the pro shop guy rough up for me. Total of seven missed spares (two were the 6 being chopped off the 6-10) and three missed splits. 154-149-210 = 513. I'll start with that last game ball next week.

Practice will be on Sunday again, six or seven games. The dog bitten hand has turned from purple and yellow to just yellow and is still swollen but it was being out of time and misaligned the first two games that was the problem, not the hand. Always hopeful. -- Lou

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Yeah Leah = 189! Keep practicing. emoticon
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Patrick, I think from previous posts about my back problems that I truly do feel your pain. My lower right often cramps as I get ready to release the ball. Guess all that weight and dropped shoulder puts strain on that area of the back. Besides a pain pill or two before league a friend introduced me to a Chinese balm called Wood Lock. -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Lock

It can be ordered here for 1/2 what I paid at a Chinese herbal store: www.amazon.com/Wood-Medicated-Solsti
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We mdidn't bowl last week; pick up tomorrow. On 12/19 five missed spares and four missed splits again cost me a better series. 182-199-168 = 529, dropped a pin in average, team won 5 of 7, putting us in 8th place of 22 teams with three weeks to go in the half.

I had a lesson two Mondays ago. Shot 184-156 = 170 average for two warmup games while instructor finished with another student then bowled and discussed slight changes in my stance, pushaway, and release for an hour. After he left I bowled three more games: 222-237-256 = 715 = 238 average.

Last friday night a buddy and I practiced five games and I did terribly. Thing is I had a dog bite my bowling hand the night before and i probably shouldn't have bowled but you all know how hard it is to stay away from the lanes. Sunday, a couple of guys and I practiced seven games. had three decent ones in the middle: 236-204-180 = 620 = 207 average but the other four games were not good. My hand is still purple and yellow and sore but I'll give it my best tomorrow night after i rub some balm into it.
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Not surprisingly, had a rough night last night -- 154, 170, and a 189 for a 513 series. Back was not quite in bowling shape, plus not having picked up a bowling ball in 2 weeks showed. The one irritating part was not one, but TWO 7-10 splits on solid pocket hits last evening! Oh well...

The really good news is that my teammates carried me -- we won all 4 and are off to a hot 8-0 start to the 2nd half of the season! We tied for first place in the first half, so there will be a rolloff at the end of the season. A nice problem to have!

I am planning to get in some practice on Friday. Going to make a point to stretch out my back before I start. It does feel OK today.

Happy New Year's Eve!!

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189...NICE!

Did not practice last Friday but back is feeling MUCH better. Had another chiropractor appointment this morning (my normal monthly appointment) and my Dr really noticed the improvement. I plan to bowl in league play tomorrow -- I'll just be bowling cold (no practice).

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Yay! Patrick!!
I did rather well today... 96-138-189.
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Chiro appointment went well -- I'd say my back is feeling 60-70% better. I'll know I am at 100% when I can touch my nose to my knees when I do my AM yoga! Unfortunately, either I got DW's tummy bug sometime after that, although nothing like she experienced over the weekend, so I was pretty much in my recliner under my comforter most of yesterday. Feel 100% better today, have my appetite back, etc.!

One of my teammates messaged me last evening that we had won our first two games last night. Still waiting to hear how game 3 went, but the worse would be a split.

Hoping my back feels good enough to get some practice in on Friday, although we have company coming Friday evening, so it all depends if I can get my chores done. In any case, I'm not going to push it. I really want to bowl in league play next Tuesday!

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How did the Chiro visit go, Patrick?
I had a good day today... 145-132-117. I learned a few tips from one of the pros watching, so my plan is to go try to practice some on Christmas afternoon. I have a $5 birthday certificate to use before 12/31.
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Well Monday is here and back is just as bad as on Friday. I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon at 3:30PM, but have already requested a sub for bowling on Tuesday. I simulated my approach on the lanes in my kitchen this morning and just swinging my arm caused a lot of back pain (and that was without a bowling ball!), so I do not want to penalize my team, not to mention screw up my back even worse!

Hopefully I'll post some more positive news in the next few days...

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Last night went well... we were minus a member, and we still won 2 games and took the pin count. Ending up with 6 points was good. Last night was a "positioning" round? I didn't do great, but not terrible... 104-114-121. At least I went upward in score emoticon DH had a 190 (the second game) before his shoulder went out.
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No practice for me today. Back is absolutely KILLING me! It has not been 100% since the end of October, and today it pretty much feels like it did that morning at the end of October when it felt like someone whacked me with a baseball bat! I saw the chiropractor on Wednesday and have another appointment on 12/29, but if it does not start improving by Monday I'll be back there sooner!

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Tuesday evening results: 159 (UGH!), 188, and a 215 for 562 series. Really struggled to find a god spot on the lanes in game 1, got a little better in game 2, then pretty much had it down in game 3. Team-wise, we won all 4 so we should be very close to 1st place!

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LOL Patrick. never heard 12 consecutive strikes over two games called a wrap around 300. The most often used term is a Varipapa 300 after PBA pro and hall-of-famer Andy Varipapa. He was as well known for his tournament prowess as he was for his amazing trick shot ability. Check out videos of him on YouTube:

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615 practice series yesterday for me (183, 216, 216). Thought I was going to get a wrap around 300 as I finished game 1 with 4 strikes and opened game 2 with four more, but ball came in light in the 5th frame so that ended that fantasy! Overall a good session. As usual, looking to carry what I learned to league play on Tuesday night.

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Another night tonight of consistently hitting the pocket and carrying strikes. Should I be happy or sad? I'll take happy because I have to believe one night the hits will carry for a terrific series. But team went 7-0 and my average went up a pin despite scoring lower every game: 200-181-169 = 550. Only two missed spares all night but one missed split game one and one game two and two game three so overall a good night. emoticon -- Lou

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Good catch Lou -- 1122! For the 4 of us that were present, a 232 average!

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Much better night in Tuesday league play! My scores: 190, 235, and a 203 for a 628 series. The only irritating part was that I had one open in each game but at bad spots -- game 1 it was a split in the 9th, game 2 an easy miss in the 10th, and game 3 an easy 6-10 conversion missed! But I did convert all my 10 pin opportunities -- 6 of them -- and had a good line in games 2 and 3. Team-wise, we had a another tie in game 1 -- what are the odds of two ties in two weeks! Good news is that we pummeled them in games 2 and 3 and took series. Game 2 we set the season high for team scratch game with a 122, and that was with one blind score (our top bowler called out sick and we could not scrounge up a sub).

A good night all the way around!

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I had a 399 series today...126-137-136. I shall not complain! LOL! emoticon

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emoticon to hubby for his first 200 game and to you and your team for a good showing against the first place team. Hang in there and keep us updated on how you and you're bowling are doing. emoticon -- Lou

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Got 50 bonus points for team this morning on spin... emoticon
DH bowled his first 208 game today... best in his life! He is definitely improving in the bowling department! My best tonight was a 132... We won two games and pin count against the first place team tonight...thanks to DH's outstanding scores for the evening. emoticon
Lou, I have one Cardigan Welsh Corgi who is 9, and a Mexican Redheaded Amazon parrot who is around 25. He will outlive us, we think! LOL! I would love to have another Pembroke or Cardigan puppy to show, but I cannot handle that and DH. So until Chevy crosses the Rainbow Bridge, I will be a one dog owner. It has been 37 years since we have only had one dog in the house.
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Glad the suggestion worked, Patrick. It helped me stay in the pocket last night with only one split. So far this season splits have killed me -- usually 6 or more a night. A friend gave me the tip to keep the speed up on all shots and it has been working well. I'll tell Mike, the friend that his idea worked for you during practice. emoticon -- Lou

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A 621 practice set yesterday. Really concentrated on form and speed using my heavier ball and it paid dividends! A few other changes:

- Brought my bowling balls in from the car and gave them a good cleaning (plus they stayed warm vs sitting in the car and being cold!)

- Used the arrow on the 10th board as my "go to" target for my ball. I have been trying to throw to a spot way down the lanes so decided to change it up...

- Did not try to overthrow the ball (too much speed). That way, as you suggested Lou, I was able to keep my speed consistent for all 10 frames.

We shall see if this translates into improvement on Tuesday...

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A frustrating scoring night tonight. Had two Brooklyn hits and one first ball gutter, every other shot was in the pocket but 6 or so 7-pins and about 6 10-pins plus a few 4-pins kept me from scoring a terrific series if only a few of those hits were strikes. I was rolling the ball really well, timing was good after last Sunday's practice.

But by not carrying those single pins the best I could do was:

195 (with one missed split)
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Have to keep working on the timing but happy overall with how I bowled tonight. -- Lou

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Very possible Lou. I plan to get some practice in tomorrow and I'll make a point to keep my speed up in the 2nd half of the game.

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Patrick, could it be you are letting up in the second half of the games without realizing it? As you know, that leads to slower ball speed and hits higher on the headpin. What types of leaves are you getting the second halves?
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Team and I continue to struggle. I had a 190, 171, and a 187 for a 548 series. What was maddening last night was that each game I started with 3 or 4 strikes in the first half then faded in the 2nd! No clue what is going on! All I can do is keep practicing and hope the trend changes. As a team we tied the first game, lost big in the 2nd, and lost the 3rd by 7 pins! I believe we are now out of first place.

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We were off from league last Friday after Thanksgiving but practiced Sunday with some guys and averaged 193 for the six games. Changes in timing are working, I hope, and carry over to this Friday's league.
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We Split tonight
Was not a good night 165, and went down hill from there 142,123
Yikes, did everything possible that I could think of except running down the lanes and knocking them over myself.. Sometimes I wonder why I pay to make myself miserable..



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Not so good night last evening: 172 214 192 for a 578 series. Was only able to find a sweet spot in the 2nd half of game 2, the rest of the night lots of first ball 9's and a few nasty splits. Except for our leadoff bowler, the rest of the team struggled in the same manner. Other team was on fire the first two games so they ended up winning 3 out of 4. I think we are now tied for first place. Hopefully we'll break out of our funk next week!

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Nearly every decent bowler admitted the lanes were funky Friday night. A 215 bowler on our opposing team shot 504, to give an example. My last game and series were high on our pair: 141-175-229 = 545, held average, team won 5 of 7. Six missed spares but only two splits. Have to concentrate more on spares, missing so many is killing 600 series so often.

We're off this week (day after Thanksgiving) but practiced six games yesterday, may try to get a few in tomorrow then next Sunday again. -- Lou

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Rough night all the way around last evening. I had a 540 series -- could not find the sweet spot on the lanes most of the night. Team did not do much better, losing 3 out of 4. Oh well, always next week.

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Our league's center uses LeagueSecretary.com but if the counter person entering the data week to week messes up then it throws the stats off and is often difficult to correct. I liked the old way where the league's secretary compiled everything but that's how this center runs things for its leagues. Hope you get it straightened out.
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Tuesday evening results: 196, 237, and a 223 for a 656 series. Average should go up a pin or two! The stat sheets were all messed up so none of last weeks scores were entered in. Not sure how that is happening since it was my understanding that our league secretary uses software we (the league) authorized for purchase a year ago. May need to ask some questions if the same thing happens next week.

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We split last night, but the 2nd place team lost 3 our of 4 so we are still very much in 1st place. We managed to go 6-2 against the high handicap teams the past two weeks, which is pretty darn good (nothing against high handicap teams -- really keeps us lower handicap teams on our toes!).



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Hi folks. I apologize for being MIA recently. Haven't forgotten you, just had some health issues with my back to clear up. Still, no excuse. emoticon
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Leah, you sure have had a rocky time lately. It's happy news that your husband is progressing so well and that your scores are improving emoticon but sad news that you had to say goodbye to your beloved doggie emoticon . I had to do the same in January but still have Thumper the Shepherd for company. Do you have other pets?

As for the rules, if your league is sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) -- www.bowl.com -- then the league must follow rules established by USBC and any other rules your league members vote in. Even if the league is not sanctioned (NOT recommended!) then following the same USBC rules means there are standards everyone will follow. This includes rules to handle any disputes, etc. Bowl.com lists the many benefits of sanctioning such as bonding of the league's money in case of theft or malfeasance by the treasurer. Everyone can still have fun.
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We didn't bowl Halloween night but the week before was disappointing for me: 137-166-193 = 496. After raising average nearly 5 pins in two weeks, this week dropped it 2. Team went 2-7.

After that I wondered if the changes I'm making in my game would ever pay off but three good practices has me thinking maybe things are definitely improving.

Last Friday was a good example. I went high on the headpin 3 times and missed it to the right 2 times. Every other shot was in the pocket but the scores don't reflect that success: 164-199-182 = 545. So many single pin spares. Just couldn't get the strikes. Could have been so much better. Sure felt good to be confident in my shots again though. I think that is one thing I have lacked. Confidence allows us to roll aggressive shots. Team went 3-4, having a tie in 3rd game. We're still in the bottom quarter of 22 teams. Our two new league bowlers are trying and are fun to be around but their scores are pretty low. Ah, well, we're a team and do our best each week.
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emoticon Patrick!
We've been trying to discern if we want to move back into the city of Charlotte... DH is having some more brain issues, and we are not sure if living out in the boonies is the best thing any more...
So, I've not been on SP too much other than the basics.
Here is my score report for the church league last Saturday...122-92-113. DH meanwhile had his best night ever... 187-149-159! For someone who could not coordinate feet and hands 2 years ago, he is doing AWESOME!
Yesterday at Senior Fun Time, I was a bit better...143-132-106. I was tired going into the first game. I'd taken my 13 1/2 year old Cardigan that morning to the vet to allow her to leave us in peace. She had congestive heart failure, and was only going to go downhill. She left us peacefully and with dignity.
My consistency is improving. If I would practice more, I would be even better. Perhaps when the moving issue is resolved I can get in a weekly practice session again.
Hope everyone is doing well. I remember all of the team in my prayers.
Looks like Winter is approaching. Stay warm!
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One of my best practice sessions in a LONG time this afternoon: 212, 244, 246 for a 702 series! Split the first game between the light and heavier ball, but heavier ball was reacting better so games 2 and 3 all heavy ball. Hoping this carries into next Tuesday when it counts!

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Nice scores CATHOLICCORGI!

Back at league play last evening after a 1 week break due to a fun trip to Jamaica! 210, 212, and a 174 for a 596 series. Had a chance for a 600 series but left a ringing 10 pin on my second shot in the 10th of the 3rd game. Buried them on shot #1, but 10 pin would not budge on shot 2! Overall not a bad night considering I had not picked up a ball in two weeks. Arm is feeling it today though! Team won all 4!

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emoticon My scores were much better yesterday! 137/121/143 for a 401 series. I was pretty consistent, and felt good about how I bowled. I hope to do as well tomorrow. I tried to stand at the same spot and target, and saw where I needed to adjust during practice.. For the most part, I was successful.
Hope everyone has had a good weekend. Cannot believe it is November 1 on Saturday!
Good week to all!
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Just a 553 series last evening. My lighter ball was not finishing well and should have switched to the heavier ball which I was using for cross lane spares. The good news was that we swept all 4 again this week against the 3rd place team so we will have a comfortable lead in 1st place. We all really want to win the 1st half season title!

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emoticon Well, scores aren't fantastic, but I am more consistent. My average is 115.43 right now. I'm inching up to 116...LOL! The Senior games are lots of fun, and I am finally learning to get the ball out in front of me and use the curving to my advantage. I wish I could practice more as I used to in the beginning, now that I understand better. But I am grateful for my weekly games on Mondays. DH has his average up to 150. Church league team is not doing so well. They are using 230 to figure handicaps. DH says he isn't going to bowl next year because they are emphasizing "playing by sanctioned rules" than just having fun. We'll see when April gets here. Perhaps it is time to move on. I would like to stay. I don't want the people who are "taking over" to stop me from enjoying myself. If they want to play as if they are in a tournament, that's their loss... the money is very important to them, it seems, than the fellowship. Such is life...
Anyhoo, I am not giving up! I'm slowly Sparking away! Moved my step goal up to 5000 steps a day, and I am beginning to consistently reach the goal. emoticon
When I had my physical, all of my numbers were great. No cholesterol issues, no diabetes, and BP was so good I am taking 1/2 tablet of HTZ as a preventative measure. Doctor was very pleased. The Rheumy doc was happy with me too. They both want me to keep losing weight and exercising as I have been doing. There will always be the usual aches and pains that come with growing older and the Rheumatoid Arthritis. My Fibro is under control, too. I am very blessed!
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Another good series, Patrick! emoticon on holding onto 1st place.
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Last night was just blah, only a couple of doubles and one turkey, 3 missed spares, and 3 missed splits, another one in 10th frame of last game. I started to move my feet a board and a half left in that frame because I had been high on the headpin the frame before on that lane, but I didn't. Figured to put a bit more speed on the ball but, of course I slowed it down and hit high for a 4-7-10 split. Lesson learned: Listen to my instincts.

166-189-189 = 544. Held average but team went 0-7. Position round next week. We'll be in the bottom third of the league. emoticon -- Lou

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Tuesday league results: 246, 205, and a 193 for a 644 series. Game 3 should have been better, but opened with and closed with a 4-6-10 split and an easy 10 pin miss in the 9th. Good news is that we swept all 4 during position week, so we will still be in 1st place.

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Nice 2nd game Patrick!
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Last week we also bowled a vacant team (we have 23 teams in our league) and won all 7. More splits and missed spares for 177-157-179 = 513.

Tonight, though, I missed 4 of 5 splits but no spares for 215-184-197 = 596, raised average 4 pins and team won 5 of 7. The frustrating part of tonight was missing a split in the 10th frame of every game. Could have added another 30 pins or so with a spare or strike instead of the splits. Still, to make all of my spares was very satisfying.

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Another inconsistent evening last night: 161 233 181 for a 575. Game 1 I could not get the ball to finish plus left 3 easy spares, so changed to the lighter ball in game 2 and was rewarded with a 7 bagger! Game 3 another slow start but finished with a 4 bagger to salvage that game. I'll be practicing with the lighter ball on Friday. My arm is feeling a little fatigued so I think the switch to the lighter ball is the right move.

We bowled against the vacant team (we only have 9 teams this season) and had to post at least a 1018 to "beat" them, which we did for a 4 game sweep. We were in 1st place going in to last night so we will still be there next week.

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