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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!



To Rome and Back

WTBA Rome 45ft
WTBA Rome 45ft
Dr. Pankl's arsenal top row. Igor's arsenal bottom row
Dr. Pankl’s arsenal top row. Igor’s arsenal bottom row

Yo Keglers, what’s poppin??

This morning, me and Igor (Scotty) had the opportunity to practice on the 45ft WTBA Rome pattern! For being that long, It sure hooked quite a bit. Me and Igor’s game plan for this sesh was to start with our earliest balls and work our way downwards after each game. We planned to get to 8 games but ran out of time (and energy honestly) a little early.

I picked up a compression sleeve type of brace for my knee last night and gave it a try today. My knee was uber killing me today even more than usual. The brace and ibuprofen helped a little bit but I was really hurting through the first game at least and I can tell it caused me to fall off balance on close to 50 percent of my shots today. The aggravating thing is that, as I write this, I don’t have any pain right now.. Oh well, gotta suck it up and power through. I kept stats on my games today to keep track of things like pocket vs. carry percentages so lets check em out..

Game 1 I threw my Dream Big Solid. Probably not the best ball for this pattern with how much it actually hooks and how much surface I have on it. On this pattern I had to start in around 18,19,20 to around 10 at the breakpoint. I hobbled my way to a 176 with only 5 pocket hits but I carried every time. Actually chopped the 3 straight back on a 3,6,10 which really pissed me off because I’ve been so solid on makeables. Oh, well, blame it on the knee and move on.

Game 2 I went to my Inception where I shot 213 with one split and one 4 bagger. Ball actually rolled great on this pattern when I threw it well. Knee was still hurting a little but getting better. Hit the pocket 7 times, only carried those 4 times or 54%

Game 3 threw the Truth with pretty good results for a 232. I could throw this ball all over the lane and it wanted to get back to the pocket. Hit the pocket 9 times, struck 6 times for 66%. Little better.

Game 4 had 198 with the OG Respect. Only hit the pocket 5 times but struck 4 of them for 80%.

Game 5 had 181 with the X. I’m pretty tired already at this point and just trying to make halfway good shots. Again only hit the pocket 5 times but carried 4 times for 80%.

Game 6 shot 191 with the Drift. Hit pocket 6 times and struck 4 times for 66%.

Had to call it quits there, was pretty drained and wasn’t making quality shots. Honestly felt like pure garbage today although it didn’t look much different than always in the videos I took. This pattern was fairly difficult and what really stands out to me is my super low pocket percentage. My carry was decent but I struggled to hit the pocket more than a few times in a row. Definitely a huge issue. My shot repeat-ability is a joke right now. Glad I kept these stats to see that though. I missed a 3.6.10 and a but picked up 2 washouts. Spare game still going strong so apparently I can hit targets. Gotta figure out how to translate that into pocket hits.

All in all, not too shabby considering I just felt awful today. Gotta get my butt in the gym and see if that helps my knee and stamina. Tomorrow gonna practice at another center in town. Gonna strictly focus on lines and repeating shots. Today’s overall pocket percentage was 56% while carry was 72%. I’d like to see that pocket percentage closer to 75%.

Until then, keep dropping those nickels!


P.S. Shout out to Team Nickel member Christian Apolonio, AKA StirFry! (Still pissed off that Pokemon Go was down like all freaking day!)