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March 29, 2013

Angie Colip: Winter bowling winding down

Spring is here, at least that is what the calendar tells us, and with that means that the bowling season is near its end. Most winter leagues are finishing up in the month of April.

There are summer leagues forming now, so for those of you that would like to keep bowling the whole year through, check with your local center for summer programs.

For me, bowling is a winter sport. That isn’t entirely true. It is more like a three season sport. Fall, winter and spring all get to be included.

I have decided to look back over the season and reflect on how this season has progressed. Where am I now compared to when I first picked up that ball in August? For almost four months my ball collected dust and patiently waited for me to remember that it was still there. Should I have practiced over the summer? Yes. Did I? No. There was always some excuse or another and life just got in the way.

This summer maybe I will work on my game. I am bowling the best I have all season right now. Wouldn’t it be nice to start the season off where I am now and see where I finish?

My sons both bowl over the summer and they have always wanted me to practice. They never understood why I didn’t. I was there so why not? I enjoyed watching them more than bowling myself. Now, don’t get me wrong, my night of bowling is looked forward to every week and it would take a lot for me not to make it. I am just not willing to work at.

That would explain why I am an average bowler. That would also explain why they have both had success and are better than me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sport and it is a huge part of my life. I was always content to stand in the background and enjoy my night of bowling with the girls while they excelled.

I think that some of their competitiveness has finally worn off onto me. Don’t get me wrong, I am a competitive person by nature, but when it comes to bowling it is usually for others rather than myself. Maybe now I can take some of what I have learned and start applying it to my game. I have started that process and it is beginning to pay off.

So, take some sound advice, the only way to get better and improve your game, is practice. Leagues are a must, but practice is where you can work on the things that need improving.

Where does bowling fit into your plans for summer? Maybe you will bowl in a league or maybe you will join some friends for a fun night out. For me, I know that some of my time will be spent traveling to bowling tournaments to watch my sons, and even the women’s state tourney for myself. And maybe, just maybe, I will get in a little practice.  

Angie Colip’s weekly bowling column appears on Fridays.

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