Spares vs. Strikes

I was just reading an article in ‘BOWLERS JOURNAL’ on how to make the most of your practice time. Did you know that without throwing any gutter ball and always getting at least 9 pins down per frame it is posssible to throw a 200 game with as few as 2 strikes and NOT throw a 200 with as many as 7 stikes. Mathematically you can miss a 200 and yet throw 10 strikes.

The Dreadful Corner Pins

The one comment that I hear more than any other is “that da_ _ 10 pin” or the same is said about the 7 pin for left handers. It may be just bad luck if you leave the 10 pin from time to time but if you continue to leave the 10 pin, after what you think is a good pocket hit, it is time to look further for the reason. When you’re knocking down the other nine pins and leaving the 10 pin standing you are either coming in too light, hitting the back of the 6 pin, or a little heavy, sending the 3 pin to the front of the 6 pin. Here at Maple Lake Bowl we have a tool to help you determine the reason for the corner pin standing, it is the replay camera. Check out the replay and see if the 6 pin is going in front (gutter) of the 10 pins and you’ll need to make an adjustment to get further into the pocket. If the 6 pin is going behind (not getting to) the 10 pin you need to make an adjustment to hit lighter.
If you are coming in light (the most common reason) you need to get your ball to hook sooner and hit the pocket stronger.

There are basically two solutions:

  1. Move 1/2 -2 boards right with your stance and keep the same target.
  2. Move 4-6 inches back on the approach but keep the same target. On both of these solutions keep you footwork the same.

If you’re coming in too heavy the same two solutions work but you must move the opposite direction with your move. Left handers need to do the opposite movement.
The 10 pin will always be a problem but by paying attention to your shots and what your ball is doing you can correct things and make it less of a problem.


We had our first marriage proposal at Maple Lake Bowl when Wayne Schumann asked Steph Mattson to marry him during the Sunday Beer & Pizza League. She said yes!

Bowling Ball Maintenance

Here I will try to explain the maintenance a bowling ball needs and the difference between cleaning and resurfacing a bowling ball.
First step keeping your bowling ball clean: If you take a close look at your ball after every shot there is a series of oil rings around it, these are called your ‘track line’. It would be best to clean the ball after every shot but that would not be practical, you’d be slowing play down’, so it is best to have your pre-shot routine include wiping the ball down before every shot. After every 3 games you should use a good ball cleaner, either some Isopropyl Alcohol or a cleaner bought from the pro shop, to remove the lane grime, belt marks and oil that remains on the ball.
With more expensive reactive or particle balls you need to take even more steps to keeping their performance at a high level. These balls are made to absorb oil even though oil is what slows down their performace and so they begin to lose that hard hitting power as soon as you start to use them. There is a way for you to keep them hooking hard and delivering the strikes that you had hoped for when you spent that couple hundred dollars. Remember if they did not absorb oil you would be just as well off using a hard plastic ball or a house ball. Soaking your ball in very hot water, not boiling, is a good way to remove the oil that it has soaked up, Also taking your ball to the pro shop and having it cleaned and resurfaced is a good way to restore the like new condition, but that gets us to resurfacing which is our next topic.
Resurfacing a ball is putting the coverstock back to the condition of new or/and adjusting the coverstock to make the ball react differently. During this process the track line is removed by sanding with a coarse grit and working up to a finer grit. Depending on the line a bowler wants to take on the lane a ball may be finished at a final grit of 500 or sanded to 4000 and/or have polish applied. The shinier and smoother the ball is the longer it will travel down the lane and the more power it will hold for the backend.
This is a brief explaination of cleaning and resurfacing and stop and see me with any questions you may have. Good Luck and Good Bowling, Jerry

It’s Party Time

Whether you are looking for a spot for a birthday, bachelor (bachelorette) or whatever, we are the place for you.
Our birthday party package includes the following: bowling, bowling shoes, a pitcher of soda for every 4 bowlers, a 12″ pizza for every 4 bowlers, a happy birthday bowling pin and you are allowed to bring in cake and ice cream for your guests. The cost is $9 per bowler.
Give us a call or send us an e-mail and make your reservation today.

If You’ve Ever Wondered

When you get three strikes in a row why do they call it a turkey? Well, in the early years of bowling getting three strikes in a row was not a very common occurance. When a person did accomplish this feat the owner of the establishment would award them with a turkey, a live turkey. Receiving a live turkey for three in a row has since ceased but the term has remained. Now you know.
The score recorded the fewest times in bowling is……………………………..292. The only way to get this score is to get 11 strikes in a row and on the last ball get only two pins. You know how hard is is to get 11 strikes but then to get only two pins on the last ball has to be almost impossible. The next time I have 11 in a row I’ll see if I can get a 292.

Fun Facts

#1. Bowling is the #1 participant sport in the U.S.. How many people bowl?
#2. What kind of wood are bowling pins made of?
#3. What is the age of the oldest person to bowl a 300?
#4. What is the age of the youngest person to bowl a 300?
#5. What is the life span of a bowling pin?
#6. What does a bowling pin weigh?