How are you doing? I hope Mrs. Claus has been nice enough to let you join a bowling league this year even though I'm sure you are busy.
I have been very good this year. I haven't bowled a single series under 500 and almost half of my games have been in the 200s. When things aren't going very well, I try not to get visibly upset or take my frustrations out on the ball return. I don't even yell at splits or flip off solid leaves anymore.
This year for Christmas, I don't need a new ball, bag, shoes or any other piece of equipment or accessories. Here is a list of things I would like for Christmas:
First, I would really like some more confidence. I have been bowling for 14 years now, but for some reason I still question myself on the lanes when making an adjustment or reading the oil pattern. I'd really like to be able to just go with my gut and take my shot because nine times out of ten my first impression is the correct one.
I would also like consistency. I've been getting better about this, but it seems that I always miss my mark at the worst possible moment. I seem to be the most consistent when I am doing something wrong, particularly when it comes to spares. So if you have any extra in that bag of yours, now you know you can give it to someone who will appreciate it.
Lastly, if at all possible, I would really like it if you could create a Sport League here in the Pittsburgh area. I read all these wonderful things about how a season of bowling on professional oil patterns does wonders for your average once you return to house leagues, but I can't seem to find one around here. I think I'm ready for the challenge, Santa, so if it is possible to have one, I promise I will go, learn and have fun.
Now I know that there are many other bowlers who are less fortunate than me. Some are using balls that are way past their prime, while others are still renting shoes or have never thrown a 200 game. I hope you can give those bowlers what they want for Christmas, too, but I hope you give my suggestions some consideration.
Thanks Santa. As always, I will be grateful for whatever you decide to bring me this year.
Zach from Bowling in the Burgh