I finally found some time to go out and practice my spare shooting, more specifically the corner pins. I decided to dust off my old Brunswick Zone plastic ball and try that out as many of my single pin misses on Thursday were the result of the ball hooking left of the pin. Since this outing was strictly to work on my corner pin shots, I didn't bother to look at the scores.
For reference, I shot at
the 7- and 10-pins with both balls so I could have a control group
(Python) and a variable group (Zone). I know, this is way too much like
science, but it was the best way I could think of to evaluate the pros
and cons of using each ball. Using my Python as I have in league play, I
was 9 for 10, or 90%, shooting both the 7- and 10-pin. These are much
better numbers than what I have been putting up during the league. Using
the Zone, I was 9 for 11, or 82%, shooting the 10-pin and 8 for 12, or
67%, shooting the 7-pin. I also went 2 for 2 shooting the 4-pin and
missed an 8-pin using the Zone.
So looking at the above data, it appears that I am more consistent and
reliable using the Python; however, there are a few differences between
this practice session and league play. One is that I am just not used to
throwing the plastic ball. It fit better than I remembered and I was
able to get a good release, but my instincts on adjustments were not
where they are with the Python. Also, there was more oil on the lanes
than on Thursdays, which helped eliminate that hook issue I encountered
last week. The Python would grab on just a bit when shooting the 7-pin,
and would straighten out when shooting the 10-pin. The Zone stayed true
to it's trajectory the entire length of the lane.
big variable that was entirely my fault is that I went to a different
bowling center. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't choose this center
instead because I had a coupon, its closer to my house, less likely to
be busy, and I wanted to get home in time for the Steelers' 1PM kickoff.
They all played a factor. But I also chose this center because I
thought it would best emulate the lane conditions I see on Thursday
nights, since they would be freshly oiled. As I have mentioned in
previous posts, my house tends to have very dry lanes on Sunday
So what do I take away from all of this? I
think that with some practice I can become just as accurate a spare
shooter with the Zone as I am with the Python. I agree that plastic is
better for shooting corner pins, but I still think I will rely on the
Python for every other shot. During the league, I will make a judgement
based on the lane conditions whether or not I feel that the plastic will
be the more consistent shot as the night goes on and the lanes break
down. But all in all, I think this was a successful experiment and I am
excited for Thursday night.