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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

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!

-DrP