Remembering the Little Things

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Blog , Zak Becker

The first two weeks I started with subpar games of 127 and 136, but both nights I improved every game and ended with solid, well, at least for me, series of 444 and 471. So, when I opened with a 167 on Wednesday I was thinking big. I had my shot lined up with the Deranged and the only opens I left were on two splits and a 6-10 where I chopped the 6. I definitely didn’t think that the  second game would be my worst at league since last October, when I made the mistake of using my Berserk before I had a chance to practice with it. Out of nowhere I was struggling to hit my mark, which derailed my spare game, and was pushing the ball to the left. I managed only three closed frames and ended with a 105.

I’m not sure what happened in game two, maybe fatigue, I’ve been really busy the last few weeks, or I got too comfortable after the strong start, but my form was way off. By the end of last year I had gotten to the point where I didn’t have to think about the little things and was finally comfortable with my form after spending most of the season tweaking it. I didn’t seem to have any problems the first couple weeks, but for whatever reason this time I could really tell I hadn’t bowled much over the summer as my form fell apart and I had to start thinking about it during my shots. My biggest issues were keeping the ball tight enough to my body, I was swinging it out too much causing me to push it, and keeping my eyes on my mark through the shot, I also needed to remember to accelerate through my mark on my release.

I needed to make some significant changes going into the final game of the night. I slowed down, switched to the Rumble, focused on my form and bowled much better in the third game. However, despite throwing the ball much better, I struggled to convert my spares due to some tough leaves. I had two splits, two ten-pins, and two chops on multi-pin leaves. After the train wreck that was my second game all I wanted to do was get to 400, so it was fitting when I left a 4-7-10 split after sparing in the tenth to end at 399. Sometimes it’s just not your day.

Next week I need to focus on executing my form consistently and correctly so I can get back into a rhythm.  I figured out what I need to be doing last season, now I just need to remember to do it and make it feel natural again. There’s plenty of season left for me to get to where I want to be, but I need to keep improving. Until next time, keep reaching for glory!