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NMO Week of Recovery

Hello NickelNation!

It’s been a while and I apologize. The NMO week definitely did not go as planned. Honestly it was really stressful and I didn’t feel it was really worthy of blogging about.

Started with Monday sweeper where I finished just outside of the money in 4th. Got a feel of the pattern which was pretty scorable in my opinion when you make good shots. Wednesday sweeper was just another feel of the pattern. After 2 games, I knew I couldn’t really win so I ball changed a bunch for the last two games. Nothing special.. Then the “fun” started. Thursday was my birthday and it was a little slice of hell for me. I got to the lab at 2 and immediately I was behind the drill press. 7 and a half hours later and more balls than I can count, I was mostly done. My head was spinning after a while with all the balls I churned out for strictly NMO competitors.

My squad wasn’t until Saturday afternoon and after all the work I put in on Thursday and Friday, I was mentally and physically fried. My game plan was to not have a game plan! No thinking allowed and just try to make shots.. Well, 8 games later and 106 pins in the negative, and I was done with my NMO. I really didn’t bowl bad but my low game was 175 and my high game was 198.. Never carried and split every game. Lots of fun.. Frustrated but honestly I knew it was a work weekend and that I wouldn’t be able to fully focus on the game. I can give you the details of my qualifying round but it’s pretty boring and more of the same.

The good thing though is that it has determined me to get better and increase my power. Gotta figure out how to carry more than 2 shots in a row. I put in a lot of hard work and I’m not gonna call it quits now.

Just to add to my motivation to get better, I got an email yesterday and I’m proud to announce that I AM NOW A VISE STAFF MEMBER! Yep, you heard it here first, I have joined TeamNickel Igor and I will be representing VISEInserts from here on out!

Really exciting stuff and happy to be on the team! Also really excited because Igor and I will be traveling to Mesa, Arizona tomorrow to compete in the PBA regional there! It’s on Shark which is traditionally one of my better patterns and I feel that I’ll be able to concentrate better out there than I was able to at home for the NMO.

We’re also planning on doing some vlogging out there so it’s gonna be a lot of fun! I had planned to vlog for the NMO as you all know, but with how busy I was just for work, I felt that I literally had zero time to do so. So I apologize for that but I plan to be back full force blogging and vlogging here on out!

Thanks for following along NickelNation, it’s gonna be a fun ride! Until next time (which hopefully will be from my phone while in Mesa), keep dropping those nickels! Peace!

-900 Global and VISEInserts staff member, DrPankl

TeamNickel Goes to Texas part 2: The Tournament

Hey NickelNation! Hope your Monday has been great!

Short update today, got part 2 of the Amarillo vlog up and running on YouTube which I’ll post below. Also, managed to pull out the win in my Sunday Night Sport League! FREE ENTRY BABY! The way that the points worked out, I ended up only needing one win out of four to secure the spot. I ended up winning three and that was all she wrote!

Also bowled the first NMO sweeper tonight. It was on the first version of the NMO pattern. I can honestly say that so far, it isn’t all that bad. I went minus 20 for 4  and finished 4th but that could have been much much higher if it wasn’t for some awful spare shooting. My 900 Global Dream Big Solid was the ball of choice and I struck a ton! I’m sure the pattern will be changed here shortly but for now, as long as I got my breakpoint to about 7 or 8 with a lot of forward roll, it was great!

Gonna do some vlog prep in the morning and then start drilling a ton of pieces in the lab for some customers. This is going to be a great New Mexico Open, and I hope you all enjoy it with me!

Until then, keep dropping those nickels, friends!

Back Home

Good evening NickelNation!

Back home and getting back into the grind of things after the weekend in Amarillo. I took a lot of video and will be uploading the completed vlog here soon. Therefore, I’m not going to go into a ridiculous amount of detail on the tournament and just give the main points.

Igor and I had a great day on Saturday during qualifying. We finished up in 6th on the day out of 48 teams so were sitting pretty. I used my pin down 900 Global Black Ops to start and went with my pin up Black Ops to finish. I had a chance at 300 at one point but flat 10’d the 11th for 289. Igor used his 900 Global Dream On (pin up) for most of the day and he had some monster games that really kept us going.

Day two was a completely different story. The lanes played a lot tighter which totally took the gutter out of play for me which had looked so good on Saturday! I moved in with the pin down B.O. and had to just pure shots to get it close. If I missed it at all at the bottom, the ball would never hook and smack the 3,6 in the face. So then I’d make sure that I get through it the right way and the ball would go face. Lot’s of over-under which I always seem to see on house shots. The carry was the real story though as me and Igor could not get all 10 to fall consistently. The racks were pretty consistently pinched and it was so easy to flat 10. Even re-racking didn’t help because it was just a consistent issue with the racks. Even with the issue, we tried to stay positive but were fighting an uphill battle. Scores from the top stayed pretty big for the most part while we were falling apart.

We dropped all the way to 12th for the last cash spot but at least made money back. The tournament itself was a ton of fun, met a lot of great people, and was run very very well. Thank you to Trey Sledge and Eastridge lanes for putting on the event and we can’t wait to come back.

After the tournament we booked it back home so that I could make it to the Sunday Sport League. I’m still in the lead by a point and a half with 2 weeks to go so I had to make sure that I was there and prepared to bowl my best. Still on the long Rome pattern and I’m guessing because of all the games bowled this weekend and the fact that it was so tight, I felt great! I used my 900G Dream Big sanded to 500 and made great shots. I won my first 3 games handily and was sitting at 700 when all of a sudden, the power went out in the bowl! Come to find out, almost the entire city went dark and was out for a couple of hours. Soooo, league is postponed until next Sunday. Gonna have to make up that last game, get the lanes re-oiled and then roll off for the championship. Usually leagues don’t get me fired up but just the fact that I know that people are now following me along on this journey, it’s gotten me a little bit more pumped up.

Sorry again for not posting in a while, trying to get that vlog up soon. Looking forward to some good practice and then head into the New Mexico Open week in a few days. Definitely one of the most hectic but enjoyable weeks of the year since it always lands on my birthday  and I get to see all of my bowling friends from around the country!

Until then, keep dropping those nickels! Peeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaacccccceeeeee!

House Shot Breakthrough!

Hello my lovely NickelNation!

Hope everyone had as lovely a Wednesday today as I have! Kicked off the day with a lesson this morning with a new student that went very well! Was planning on practicing beforehand but woke up a little late and decided to just practice after the leagues finished tonight. Well, that plan changed too when I was asked to sub in the league on the same team that Igor was subbing on. I jumped at the opportunity to get a little competitive house shot practice in before Amarillo and I’m glad I did!

Was my first time subbing in this league this season so I was establishing average. It’s a 4 game – trios handicap league bowled on fresh. Decided to start with my 900 Global X (pin down) and go pretty straight up 10. Felt a little wobbly at first so my main goal was to just walk straight, push straight, and swing straight. Put a few strikes together for 232 game 1. Transition struck and I couldn’t carry anything for 7 frames. Switched to my Black Ops (pin down) to give my a little more dig in the midlane and backend and ended up tripling for 196. Game 3 saw one open frame including a flagged 4 pin (loose thumbhole, dropped the ball) and a bunch of strikes for 243. Game 4 I started with the front 7 still using the Black Ops and just inching further and further left until a strange crossover 3 pin stopped me. I threw a good shot so I was shocked when the ball jumped. Moved 5 more left on my next shot on that lane and went 10 back. Finished up with a 939 set for a 234 average and 89% pocket percentage. Exactly the way I’d like to see things go in Amarillo. I learned that I need to be aware of transition sooner and stop trying to pure shots and just make the adjustment!

Gonna do double practice sessions tomorrow including a lesson and then it’s on the road to Texas Friday morning. We got our outfits pieced together and we’re gonna look.. err.. smashing!! Gonna be a great time, make sure you follow along!

Until then, keep dropping those nickels!


Practice Video Upload

Good evening Nickel Nation, hope this weekend is treating you well so far!

I figured out how to edit my practice video on my phone and got that uploaded to YouTube. Sorry about the lack of transitions, music, or effects. Gonna look into a good easy-to-use video editor and hopefully get good at making some awesome videos for you all!

So, as it says in the video description, I’m using my 900 Global Boost Hybrid (pin down) and my Respect Solid (pin up). Neither of these balls are in my typical tournament arsenal and I thought it would be good to practice with equipment that I’m not entirely comfortable with. This video is in no way a ball review and certainly not designed to glamorize the equipment or myself. That being said, these balls do roll extremely well, they’re just more condition specific for me which is why I don’t always take them everywhere. But again, this video is just a companion to this blog to show how my practices go and what I work on.

During this practice, I was strictly working on my lines and trying to keep my walk and my swing going forward without allowing my shoulders to rotate too too open. In the video, if you pay attention to my second step, you’ll notice that when my foot opens to the right, my hips and shoulders open up, my swing goes behind my back, and in return, I over rotate at release and my follow through goes to the left of my head. Not an extremely bad thing as you’ll see plenty of PBA pros with this type of follow through but they are doing it on purpose and not as a result of an early, over-rotation of the release. You’ll see that when my second step is straight and right in front of my left foot, it keeps my hips and swing straight, and it puts me in a much better position at release with my elbow in and my follow through going directly to my breakpoint. This also makes me roll through the ball a lot better, raises my track closer to my fingers and thumb, and creates a much more powerful bowling ball for me personally. Not something that completely works for everyone but with my string-bean body type, I have to keep my lines under control or else I will just spray shots all over the lane and then get frustrated when I pure one for 9.

Decided that I will bowl the sweeper tomorrow morning because I want a good house shot tune-up for Amarillo next week with Igor. I’ll let you all know how that goes. Right now, since Scotty is killing it on the house china with his IQ30 at 1500 grit, I figured I would try my Black Ops and X at similar surface and see if I can get a somewhat decent look tomorrow. Would really be happy with a 220+ average and 90% pocket percentage!

Anyways, Nation, hope you learn something from the video, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! Until next time, keep dropping those nickels!



TeamNickel on the Board!

Billy USBC meeting
DrPankl at the USBC association meeting

Yo keglers, it’s Sunday and today was successful for TeamNickel. Igor and I went off to the local USBC association meeting where Scotty was running for a local board position. Aaaaannnnnnd not only did he he get voted in for a 3 year term, but he was also nominated and voted in to be a representative for the National USBC meeting in Las Vegas next year! Congrats, Brotha, TeamNickel pushing the sport of bowling forward!

Had a celebration lunch and then off to my Sunday sport league where we’re currently bowling on the 45ft WTBA Rome pattern. I bowled fairly awful and wasn’t gonna even share this but I know that I always learn more from my failures than successes. I shot 750 for 4 but had a 73% pocket percentage. My carry was only 66% which says that I wasn’t matched up very well. The only ball that looked like I could hit the pocket with was my Dream Big but I guess I didn’t have the right surface to carry well. On top of that, I flagged 4 single pins, a 3,6,10 and a 3,6,9,10!! (3-10s and 1-7 pin) This is extremely disturbing to me since I’ve been so pure on my spare shooting the last couple of months. But the way that I look at it, I’ve been changing some things in my game recently – my timing, my feel, my balance.. So I’ve been so in tune to my old semi-reckless ‘feel’ that now everything feels completely different and somewhat awkward. On the plus side, my good shots felt and looked AMAZING. But remember, It’s not about making your good shots strike, It’s about making your bad shots be close! So I’ve got some work to do but overall, I’m still really positive about the direction my game is going. And even though I only won 2 and 1/2 games tonight, I actually picked up a point on 2nd place in the league so I’m in good position to win that paid entry into the New Mexico Open.

That’s about it, pretty good day all-in-all, back to the lab tomorrow. Rio high school leaves for Nationals Wednesday so gotta do some final preps to make sure they stomp on some other High School teams. Practice in the AM, gotta be ready for Amarillo in a few weeks.

Until next time, keep dropping those nickels! G’bye!

edit: I’d also like to run for USBC Board of Directors but don’t know that I can commit the appropriate amount of time while competing as a rookie on the PBA Tour as well as being an assistant coach for Cibola High School and a guest coach for the University of New Mexico bowling team. If, after Igor’s first year, it looks like it’s do-able then I’ll run next year!


What it do, Keglers?!

Super excited to write this today because it was a very successful day bowling wise and it was all pain free! I have no idea why but my knee stopped hurting last night and I woke up today and felt great even through two practice sessions! Went to twirl the tater out at Silva Lanes in ABQ where they filmed some scenes for the show Breaking Bad. (It was a bingo parlor in the show and the word bingo can still be seen on the side of the building!) The goal for today was to be more consistent with my delivery and bring my pitiful pocket percentage up higher. I brought my 900 Global Inception, Chemical X, Special Ops, and Drift.

Bowling on a house shot so I expected to score higher and therefore hit the pocket a lot more. The numbers looked like this: 4 games shot 889.  Pocket percentage as expected went up to 80%. Struck 29 times for 78%. Flagged one freaking 10 pin which really pissed me off so my non-split spare percentage was 91%. One pocket 7-10 and 2 other splits for a 10% open frame clip. So, all in all, it was a pretty good little sesh and I’m happy with my higher pocket percentage. I have to get that closer to 90% on every pattern to compete with the big dog pros so I need even more consistency with my shot making but headed there!

After the “bingo parlor” we headed back to the home house to put in some work in my pro shop “the laboratory” before heading back out onto the lanes for another practice round with a good friend that I’ve been trying to help get more revs and consistent power. TeamNickel Papa T showed me an article that brought up some great points and reminded me of some things that should help me with my consistency. It talked about focusing on maintaining pressure on the V between your pointer and middle finger all the way through the swing. Then at release, making sure that you are rotating your hand THROUGH the ball and not necessarily around the ball. Stuff that I have known forever but makes a huge difference when you actually go back to the roots and practice it. The article also talked about spine tilt and how it’s important in today’s modern game. I realized that in my setup, I’ve been too far upright and it makes it extremely difficult to maintain a balanced spine tilt. Decided to try getting just a little bit more forward lean in my setup and it made a world of difference! Just that little move along with focusing on my grip pressure and I was posting every single shot. Pretty stoked and can’t wait to keep moving forward.

Super long day, out of the apartment at 9:30 and back home at 10. Gonna do a little R&R in the morning on the golf course with TeamNickel Igor and then back to work for a shift in the laboratory. Really hoping that I wake up tomorrow still pain free and that it wasn’t all just a good dream. Probably not gonna be able to get in any practice tomorrow but hopefully Saturday to build on the progress I feel was made today!

Until then, keep dropping those nickels! DrPankl signing off, G’bye!