nova75mike wrote:Darn 10 pins. LOL. missed 3 more on sunday and ended up with 169 and 178 games. Too many opens again. More practice is in order. I do have a "sort of" excuse though. My step son bought a new (never drilled) Game Changer for a really nice price. Its his first "hook" ball and I spent alot of time coaching him. He had a 105 average straight bowling and he has already bowled 138, 125, 131 with the new ball. Spares are killing him too.
I think I've mentioned it here before.. if so, I'll mention it again!
While a bit brutal for us to have to go through, my head coach at Nebraska when I bowled collegiates had us do this one challenge before going home for the night. In our 40-lane house (1st and 2nd team men and women), start on lane 1, and take the 7 pin and 10 pin off the rack only. Nothing else. Once we did that, move to lane 2 and do the same thing. Once we did that through all 40 lanes, we could go home. I was the 4th person done in about 45 minutes. The rest took a little under 2 hours. All of our practice sessions were on a Monday as well, so keep in mind we still had class the following day!
Long story short, doing something like that - take a couple of practice games and forget the scores
, and try to take just those pins off the rack. When you do it, do it again. And again. And again. not only will you see your skill and confidence build up when dealing with those pins, but being accurate with them will also help you with say, the 6-7-10, 6-7, or should you leave it, the 4-10, 4-7-10, or 2-4-8-10.
As far as other spares go, I don't know if 3-6-9 will still work for you or your son. It certainly did for me, but that was 20 years ago. The jist of it is that depending on what pin you leave, move 3, 6, or 9 boards left or right of where you stand for your strike ball, and try to hit your same mark. that should get you where you need to be. For example:
Head pin or 5 pin: Do not move.
3 pin or 9 pin: move 3 boards left of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.*
6 pin: move 6 boards left of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.
10 pin: move 9 boards left of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.
2 pin or 8 pin: move 3 boards right of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.*
4 pin: move 6 boards right of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.
7pin: move 9 boards right of where you stand for your strike ball, hit your same target.
reverse the moving if you are left-handed.
This should get you some rudimentary fundamentals on what you can do, and that is without changing equipment. Give those a shot, and let us know what happens.
* for the 8 pin or 9 pin, those may be true taps, which means you may not need to move. If they were very light or very high shots that left them, adjust accordingly.