My 2014-15 season, by the numbers

As I usually do at the end of my winter bowling season, I dedicate a post here to breaking down my league performance with the help of the BowlSK reports. First, the first-ball numbers (numbers before the pipe | character reflect last year’s performance):

Strike percentage: 32.2% | 32.3%
Pocket shots: 67.2% | 64.0%
Carry percentage: 45.7% (333/728) | 46.9% (322/686)
Double rate: 32.7% (110/336) | 32.0% (106/331)
Average first-ball count: 8.7 | 8.6
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.0 | 7.9

Most of these numbers were about the same or actually improved, but I was hitting the pocket less, leaving a few less-manageable spares, which my first-ball counts confirm. However, let’s see what the numbers have to say about my spare game this year:

Overall spare percentage: 63.2% (436/690) | 55.7% (384/690)
Single-pin spare percentage: 75.8% (235/310) | 67.6% (188/278)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 64.2% (179/279) | 60.3% (185/307)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 70.3% (414/589) | 63.8% (373/585)
Split conversion percentage: 21.8% (22/101) | 10.5% (11/105)
Washout conversion percentage: 30.8% (8/26) | 28.6% (10/35)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 68% (83/122) | 60.6% (63/104)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 70% (49/70) | 61.2% (41/67)

Clearly, my spare game suffered this year, particularly where I’ve left more than one pin on the deck, because I did leave fewer single pins this year, where my multi-pin spares, splits, and washouts went up by a noticeable number, as hitting the pocket less would indicate. My overall game needs work, and that’s why I hope to connect with Larry Lichstein in the future.

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