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Instead of my daily update in regards to what happened during the week, I wanted to focus mainly on bowling. Now, I’m sorry if you don’t bowl or you don’t find this topic interesting, but I will assist in regards to skim reading. I will bold the important stuff. If you are a bowler and you enjoy reading about other bowlers and their experiences on the lane, then you are in for a treat.
This weekend, well, I should really say Saturday, we bowled the City Tournament. We did singles, doubles and team all in one day – mainly because I knew I would be too lazy to go back the next day. Leading up to the tournament I had my normal Wednesday night and Friday night league and to be honest, both nights made me a little anxious in regards to how I would bowl during the city tournament.
For some reason it felt like none of my equipment was matching up to the lanes. Granted, majority of my equipment is drilled extremely similar to each other, there are differences between each of my bowling balls that allow me to have some type of diversity. What really threw me for a loop was my Friday night league. After a few weeks of really good bowling, it was extremely discouraging to just feel like I was not in a good place.
So obviously going into Saturday I was anxious because I was coming off of two nights of not bowling well. We bowled our doubles/singles squad first and that went off to a terrible start. When I threw my first ball during practice I plunked it right in the gutter, why? Because I literally almost slid on to the actual lane. The approach was so slick and slippery, I almost fell on every practice shot. To at least solve this problem, I had to brush my shoes before almost every shot and I had to move my feet as far back as possible so that when I finished, I would be at least two feet behind the foul line, but here’s the best part. When I would go for my left or right side spares (7 or 10 pin) it was so tacky. On almost every single right side spare I could not for the life of me post the shot because I would almost fall over. Sounds like a great tournament right? I ended up only doing well for doubles – my doubles partner and I have a pretty high chance at cashing for the event. Singles went terribly – though I made majority of my spares, it didn’t help if I got a low count on my first ball in the next frame. Couldn’t carry anything either. It was frustrating bowling that squad because the lanes where my personal favorite condition, but I couldn’t perform the way I wanted to perform because of something that was out of my control. I left that squad feeling frustrated, upset and to be quite frank, embarrassed.
I was looking forward to the team squad because we were bowling on the opposite side of the bowling alley (FYI it was held in the South Point Bowling Plaza). It was a new set of games, a new pair, and a new start. So I shrugged off the first squad and focused on team. When we started practice, I was extremely hesitant about the approach, but I came back and told my boyfriend, “I’ve never wanted to hug/kiss an approach as much as I do now.” Seriously, that’s how much better it was! Anyhow, I really liked the look I had throughout practice and felt fairly confident going into the first game. Then as the lanes transitioned, they became extremely touchy. If I sent the ball a board left, it would come in light, tug it by a board and it would come in high. I had to be dead accurate and even when I was, I would leave a beautiful 10-pin. Seriously, I watched the 6-pin wrap around the 10-pin a lot. I switched to every single ball I had and by the end of the day, I just had to play the line that was getting me to the pocket consistently, but still that didn’t help because the breakdown was just getting worse.
Overall, it was a disappointing day. However, today (3/28) I checked the unoffical results and my doubles partner and I came in second in our division and my boyfriend ended up coming in 7th for his singles division! At least we get something back. Going into the tournament, I knew I wanted to use it as a gauge to see whether or not I was going to bowl a Pro-Am that they are holding there in April and to be honest, I’m not sure if I want to or not. Leaving that tournament that night, I felt discouraged and disappointed. It was one of those days where I just want to put it all behind me, but it’s also one of the tournaments that I walked away from with no regrets. I did everything I could possibly do to give myself the best opportunity to score and sometimes you just have to walk away knowing that you did everything you could possibly think of, but in the end it still didn’t work out. The funny thing is that’s life – not everything works out, but the way I see it, it’s provides the opportunity for growth and another door to open.
This is a tournament that I have to chalk up as a learning experience, but I’m glad that I didn’t let the condition dictate the outcome – basically, I didn’t let the approach be my sole reason for bowling bad. I overcame that obstacle and I was able to move past it, but it’s still disappointing/tough to walk away knowing that you couldn’t give it your all. This experience can be summed up in one quote: “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill. Eventually, I will find that success again, but this experience only makes me want to push myself harder to become better.