Hey keglers, what’s up and hope this Monday has treated you well.
Not a ton to report today as it was filled mostly with work in The Lab trying to get Rio Rancho High School ready for the national tournament. They leave for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday and it’s been a never ending stream of drilling, baking, and resurfacing.
Decided not to practice this morning, woke up early and felt like death and decided to sleep in. Been only getting 4-6 hours of sleep the last four nights in a row and it’s started to take its toll. All of the successful self help type of guru’s say that 8 hours is a must, so I need to figure out how to make that necessary. Feel like a bum because I haven’t practiced and haven’t gotten my butt in the gym. But hopefully by telling all of you how much of a slacker I am, it’ll give me motivation to make sure I stay true to my word.
To try to make up for the lack of work, I put together a small video of some shots of me throwing the 900 Global Special Ops, Inception, and Drift that I’ll link to below. Tomorrow I have another lesson with my Cibola High School bowler and work after. Not sure yet if I’ll spend the morning doing much needed shopping for essentials or go in and practice beforehand. Need to shop but really want to be solid for the upcoming string of 3 tournaments in a row in August. Going to Amarillo with Igor for doubles, then the New Mexico Open, followed by a PBA regional in Mesa, Arizona the week after. Guess if I get up early enough, I can accomplish shopping and practice. Sounds like a plan!
That’s it for today! Until next time, keep dropping those nickels! G’bye!
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!
Just a small update today. Uploaded Scott’s final shot of his 300 yesterday. He was using his Storm IQ30 which he drilled himself in the lab. Igor is a Vise staff member and was using the Interchangeable Thumb system. His IQ was drilled 55x4x35 and he had his surface at 1500 dull.
That’s about it for today, gonna head home and enjoy the rest of my Saturday. Back at it tomorrow night for the Sunday Sport league. I’m leading by half a point with only a couple weeks left. Gotta stay on top to win a spot in the New Mexico Open! Also have the annual local USBC meeting tomorrow where Igor will be running for a board position. I’ll keep you all updated on that, hopefully good things coming.
Today was spent on the golf course with Scotty (TeamNickel Igor) and Josh (TeamNickel Bubbles) followed with some ball drilling in the Lab. Rio Rancho High School won this year’s New Mexico State Championship and in doing so qualified to bowl Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in a couple of weeks. So it’s been my job to make sure that their equipment is ready to enable them to compete at the highest high school level. I love bowling tournaments and competing but it’s also rewarding to see others succeed with equipment that I’ve drilled for them.
But, the real story of today was TeamNickel’s Igor (Scott Wiley) not only dropping a nickel or two, but shooting BILLZ!!! Huge congrats to my man Scotty on his 300! His first sanctioned as an adult. He’s been knocking on that door for months now with a few close calls and finally broke that wall with a perfect perfecto! I’ll be uploading the video of his final shot most likely tomorrow with some more info on ball, layout, surface and series.
That’s about it for me today, more work in the laboratory tomorrow and maybe some practice afterwards if I’m feeling frisky. No pain in the knee again today, thank God, so hopefully it’s on the mend.
Until then, keep dropping those nickels (and billz)!!! G’bye!
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!