Actuarial Outpost
 
Go Back   Actuarial Outpost > Cyberchat > Diversions
FlashChat Actuarial Discussion Preliminary Exams CAS/SOA Exams Cyberchat Around the World Suggestions


Fill in a brief DW Simpson Registration Form
to be contacted when new jobs meet your criteria.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-25-2006, 04:38 PM
Wannabe Actuary's Avatar
Wannabe Actuary Wannabe Actuary is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: in front of a computer screen
Favorite beer: KCCO Gold Lager
Posts: 32,404
Default Bowling is my new Hobby

In chat last Wednesday I mentioned to some that I was learning how to curve the ball and was considering taking up bowling as a new hobby.

Here's an update on my scores from that night, and from today when I went (game # = game # since the beginning).

Wednesday 2/22
Game 1: 111
Game 2: 125

Saturday 2/25
Game 3: 169
Game 4: 172
Game 5: 193


Any other bowlers out there, this can be our thread to discuss games and tips.

I'm looking into getting my own ball and shoes, as well as joining a league (but right now am just using a house ball and shoes).
If any bowlers out there have suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.

If you're in a league, what's your average? What's a typical average for a casual league bowler?

I think part of the score differential from the various days is me getting better, but some of it is also that I was drinking on Wednesday, but not today.
__________________
Official Poster of Post 1,234,567

Quote:
Originally Posted by rawl316 View Post
I like playing with myself
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-25-2006, 04:50 PM
rawl316's Avatar
rawl316 rawl316 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence
Favorite beer: Blue Moon
Posts: 13,580
Default

as you know, I bowl. it's definitely important to have your own ball. I can't bowl with houseballs, as I have a small hand. It's also important to have your thumb fit into the ball perfectly, so having your own ball (After adjustment period) wil increase your average like 10-20 pins. how much you lookin to drop on a ball?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by win diesel View Post
Yap! Yap! Yap!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-25-2006, 05:36 PM
Wannabe Actuary's Avatar
Wannabe Actuary Wannabe Actuary is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: in front of a computer screen
Favorite beer: KCCO Gold Lager
Posts: 32,404
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rawl316
as you know, I bowl. it's definitely important to have your own ball. I can't bowl with houseballs, as I have a small hand. It's also important to have your thumb fit into the ball perfectly, so having your own ball (After adjustment period) wil increase your average like 10-20 pins. how much you lookin to drop on a ball?
as I'm still learning, I didn't want to spend more than 100 on the ball itself (I know drilling the holes and bag will be extra). I saw some today in the pro shop where I was bowling ranging 60-130 bucks...plus the $200+ balls

as far as the thumb, I don't even use the thumb hole, so I likely won't have them drill one.

and rawl, I didn't know you bowled....are you in a league?
__________________
Official Poster of Post 1,234,567

Quote:
Originally Posted by rawl316 View Post
I like playing with myself
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-25-2006, 05:45 PM
rawl316's Avatar
rawl316 rawl316 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence
Favorite beer: Blue Moon
Posts: 13,580
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wannabe Actuary
as I'm still learning, I didn't want to spend more than 100 on the ball itself (I know drilling the holes and bag will be extra). I saw some today in the pro shop where I was bowling ranging 60-130 bucks...plus the $200+ balls

as far as the thumb, I don't even use the thumb hole, so I likely won't have them drill one.

and rawl, I didn't know you bowled....are you in a league?
yep, since hs. I am not in a league this year. Some advice

1) I used to "crank" the ball with 2 fingers. bad habit. learn to bowl with the thumb as you will be more consistent. when you cradle the ball with your forearm, you are more inconsistent with the ball, cause it can move easier, as opposed to holding it with your hand and 3 fingers. Also, crankers in general leave more 10 pins.

2) if you get your own ball and you crank it, you will need to throw hard. the weights in the balls will have an incredibly sharp hook (if I crank my $200 ball, it goes straight in the gutter). You are better off getting a plastic ball, as those don't hook anywhere as much if you bowl with 2 fingers.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by win diesel View Post
Yap! Yap! Yap!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-25-2006, 05:58 PM
Franchise's Avatar
Franchise Franchise is offline
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
CAS AAA
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Tearin' up the lanes
Posts: 4,598
Default

First tip ... put your thumb back in the ball. The extra hook you get from leaving it out is no match for the lost accuracy. A well-thrown ball only needs to have enough angle to kick out the 10 pin. It does NOT need to cover 40 boards in order to work well.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-25-2006, 06:48 PM
E. Blackadder's Avatar
E. Blackadder E. Blackadder is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Not far from US 1.
Favorite beer: Beer?! Blech. But Dad likes Dortmunder Union.
Posts: 14,985
Blog Entries: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Franchise
First tip ... put your thumb back in the ball. The extra hook you get from leaving it out is no match for the lost accuracy. A well-thrown ball only needs to have enough angle to kick out the 10 pin. It does NOT need to cover 40 boards in order to work well.
what about the 7-pin. I sense some left-handed bias here.
__________________
EB's rules for AO political: 1. A responder who replies "who cares?", cares deeply. 1a. a responder who replies LMAO, or similar, agrees with me. 2. It's always funnier when EB says it. - Lucy (Whomever she was) 3. Don't assume I'm trying to convince you, or indeed, any Hillary or Bernie supporter. 4. If my posts are so blatantly wrong, why are you so insistent in following me? I'll not take you home! 5. I'm not happy until you're not happy. 6. "You sir are no racist. You seem to condescend to everyone equally. I salute you." - Rain in Africa.

"If you're not annoying somebody, you're not really alive." -- Margaret Atwood
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-25-2006, 05:10 PM
silverfox's Avatar
silverfox silverfox is offline
Member
CAS SOA COPA
 
Join Date: May 2005
Favorite beer: Westmalle Tripel
Posts: 14,863
Default

Looks like you'll hit 300 in no time.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-25-2006, 06:14 PM
DW Simpson DW Simpson is offline
Site Sponsor
Site Sponsor
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
College: Yes
Posts: 18,626
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by silverfox
Looks like you'll hit 300 in no time.
Hell, he's going to bowl a 400 if he plays 10 more games.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-25-2006, 06:21 PM
Wannabe Actuary's Avatar
Wannabe Actuary Wannabe Actuary is offline
Member
SOA
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: in front of a computer screen
Favorite beer: KCCO Gold Lager
Posts: 32,404
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by D.W. Simpson Webmaster
Hell, he's going to bowl a 400 if he plays 10 more games.
thanks for turning a serious thread into a mockery...

I really am looking for advice and am open to suggestions.
It's tough to use a thumb in a house ball, so when I get to bowl with rawl, I'll at least get to see how a non-house ball works and feels.
__________________
Official Poster of Post 1,234,567

Quote:
Originally Posted by rawl316 View Post
I like playing with myself
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-25-2006, 06:27 PM
Franchise's Avatar
Franchise Franchise is offline
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
CAS AAA
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Tearin' up the lanes
Posts: 4,598
Default

I'm with you that it's nearly impossible to get much movement out of a house ball at all. Those things would go straight if Robert Smith were throwing them.

You would definitely do well to get your own ball that is sized for your hand. No need at all to buy one of the top of the line balls. Something mid-level like you were mentioning before would be helpful. The important thing is to get one that fits.

Two 300s, three 299s, and one 800 series from a couple years ago. Average this season is 216, which is a little down from the last couple. Probably at the end of the life span for the Storm X Factor I'm throwing now. Will be looking to pick up something new probably in the next week or two for the home stretch of the year.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
*PLEASE NOTE: Posts are not checked for accuracy, and do not
represent the views of the Actuarial Outpost or its sponsors.
Page generated in 1.62131 seconds with 10 queries