Dead Man's Curve...does it hook a lot? Not really. Is it challenging? Yes! Even with a fairly strong, versatile bowling ball aresnal, I am challenged. And sometimes it's ball choice. Sometimes it's spares. And sometimes it's both. How many times have I said spares are important? Way too many. How many times have I said hit your target? Way too many. Given this, let's dig in.
I started off the night with the Sure Lock, playing out to about the 10 board or so. I had many good looks during the front half of the first game but lost this somewhere in the transition. Missing my target outside left many tough to convert spares, which lead to the downfall of the first game (See point one). This lasted for quite some time until the end of the first game. Wrapping up at a 139, I failed to keep the ball online during some critical times, losing quite a few pins. I decided to make a move inside a tad, which lead to a better look. This lasted for quite some time through the second game. By about frame six, I decided to switch to the Phaze II, which allowed for a better look. The amount of over/under was causing me to not have good carry, even though I was online. Again, the pinfall would have been higher if I didn't have some poor carry during the ninth and tenth frames. Game three followed suit to the second.
Overall, the lanes did not transition much over the three games. I moved two and one with the Sure Lock over the first game and a half. Thereafter, I moved two right when initially starting with the Phaze II. Over the back game and a half, I moved a total of two and one left.
- Keep the ball on target. Don't miss outside
- Keep it soft and consistent in terms of speed
- Make your spares (when you have the ability to convert)