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In chat last Wednesday I mentioned to some that I was learning how to curve the ball and was considering taking up bowling as a new hobby.

Here's an update on my scores from that night, and from today when I went (game # = game # since the beginning).

Wednesday 2/22
Game 1: 111
Game 2: 125

Saturday 2/25
Game 3: 169
Game 4: 172
Game 5: 193


Any other bowlers out there, this can be our thread to discuss games and tips.

I'm looking into getting my own ball and shoes, as well as joining a league (but right now am just using a house ball and shoes).
If any bowlers out there have suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.

If you're in a league, what's your average? What's a typical average for a casual league bowler?

I think part of the score differential from the various days is me getting better, but some of it is also that I was drinking on Wednesday, but not today.
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as you know, I bowl. it's definitely important to have your own ball. I can't bowl with houseballs, as I have a small hand. It's also important to have your thumb fit into the ball perfectly, so having your own ball (After adjustment period) wil increase your average like 10-20 pins. how much you lookin to drop on a ball?
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Looks like you'll hit 300 in no time.
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as you know, I bowl. it's definitely important to have your own ball. I can't bowl with houseballs, as I have a small hand. It's also important to have your thumb fit into the ball perfectly, so having your own ball (After adjustment period) wil increase your average like 10-20 pins. how much you lookin to drop on a ball?
as I'm still learning, I didn't want to spend more than 100 on the ball itself (I know drilling the holes and bag will be extra). I saw some today in the pro shop where I was bowling ranging 60-130 bucks...plus the $200+ balls

as far as the thumb, I don't even use the thumb hole, so I likely won't have them drill one.

and rawl, I didn't know you bowled....are you in a league?
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as I'm still learning, I didn't want to spend more than 100 on the ball itself (I know drilling the holes and bag will be extra). I saw some today in the pro shop where I was bowling ranging 60-130 bucks...plus the $200+ balls

as far as the thumb, I don't even use the thumb hole, so I likely won't have them drill one.

and rawl, I didn't know you bowled....are you in a league?
yep, since hs. I am not in a league this year. Some advice

1) I used to "crank" the ball with 2 fingers. bad habit. learn to bowl with the thumb as you will be more consistent. when you cradle the ball with your forearm, you are more inconsistent with the ball, cause it can move easier, as opposed to holding it with your hand and 3 fingers. Also, crankers in general leave more 10 pins.

2) if you get your own ball and you crank it, you will need to throw hard. the weights in the balls will have an incredibly sharp hook (if I crank my $200 ball, it goes straight in the gutter). You are better off getting a plastic ball, as those don't hook anywhere as much if you bowl with 2 fingers.
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First tip ... put your thumb back in the ball. The extra hook you get from leaving it out is no match for the lost accuracy. A well-thrown ball only needs to have enough angle to kick out the 10 pin. It does NOT need to cover 40 boards in order to work well.
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I'm not leaving the thumb out to get TONS of spin, I'm doing it to get just enough to come in on the angle at the top....

so far, I know it's only 5 games, my problem isn't leaving the 10 pin at all.
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IIRC Franchise has more than one 300 game. If he says put your big toe in the ball, try it. He tries to be helpful on this forum.
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I know, talking with rawl in chat, he basically said to get spin with a house ball (which is all I get to use right now) I have to 'crank' the ball without the thumb....which is what I've been doing since I started to learn

Rawl and I are going to go bowling one day in a few weeks and he's going to help me pick out a ball and get the finger holes set right, which will at that point have a thumb hole in the right spot and I'll take franchises advice of putting the thumb in the ball
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Looks like you'll hit 300 in no time.
Hell, he's going to bowl a 400 if he plays 10 more games.
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