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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!