Series: 720 (sanctioned - 740 in practice on two lanes)
Season: 198 average
I’ve thrown 12 strikes in a row at least 3 times, but never can seem to get them all in one game. The most was 10, in the 279 mentioned above. That game went 8-spare, 9-spare, ten-in-row, which is kind of an unusual way to throw 279, since it’s usually done by blowing a perfect game with a single 9-spare somewhere in the middle. I threw the first two in the next game, so I obvioulsy started the first game a little too soon
In my early 20’s I often bowled 40 to 50 games a week, and in the space of about 4 years my average went from about 150 to about 185. The last 10 to 15 pins of improvment came mostly out of the miracle of polyurathane.
Clearly, I used to love bowling, but after being a league participant for more than 20 years, beginning at age 14, I finally gave it up in 1996 for my health. There’s some unwritten law in Kentucky that every league must have a minimum quota of 75% chain smokers. Giving up bowling was heartbreaking, but it probably added 10 - 20 years to my life - not joking here, I’m very sorry to say. I don’t open bowl beause all the houses I’ve found in the area grease up the lanes for the open bowlers to the point you could repack your wheel bearings with what comes off the ball after three games. Bowling is no fun when even a soft poly-u ball won’t hook going 4 mph and you didn’t even put your thumb in it.
I bowled in one league for several years with a mix of friends and relatives. It was a 5-man handicap league, and we came up with an intersting way to keep our concentration high, which can be difficult in such leagues because of the relatively long waits between frames. We play skins. Everybody put up $3 at the start, and every frame was worth 50 cents (we didn’t count any 11th or 12th frames). If you were the ONLY bowler to strike, you won the frame. If nobody struck, or two or more did, the pot carried over. Since we had three people with averages above 190, and a couple more in the 180s, the pot often hit the $6 to $10 range before only one of us struck, and once went to $18. Enough to cover your bowling fees and a double-bypass burger with fries from the grill. If that doesn’t seem rich enough, just vary the initial investment to make it intersting per your own budget. We were pretty cheap.