My 2018-19 season in review

This post has been the “by the numbers” post in the past, but I decided call it “season in review” since I started bowling in a second league. I went back to bowling only on Wednesday night, so there will be no analysis of Sunday night (which I still had nine games in as a sub).

On Wednesday night, I was about eight pins under my 11-year average in the league (176.14), so let’s see if the BowlSK stats show a trend, first ball first (last season before the pipe):

Strike percentage: 39.8% | 32.5%
Pocket shots: 71.1% | 59.1%
Carry percentage: 53.1% (404/761) | 49.2% (304/618)
Double rate: 40.3% (165/409) | 32.9% (107/325)
Average first-ball count: 8.9 | 8.6
Average first-ball non-strike count: 8.1 | 7.9

I actually felt I was throwing better shots, but not really getting rewarded for it, though I missed the pocket more, as well.

Let’s see what happened on spares:

Overall spare percentage: 56.9% (353/620) | 56.0% (378/675)
Single-pin spare percentage: 67.8% (206/304) | 70.5% (208/295)
Multi-pin spare percentage: 60.0% (129/215) | 58.2% (163/280)
Makeable (non-split) percentage: 64.5% (335/519) | 64.5% (371/575)
Split conversion percentage: 18.4% (18/98) | 7.0% (7/100)
Washout conversion percentage: 11.8% (2/17) | 29.0% (9/31)
Percentage on single 10 pin: 54.9% (62/113) | 56.0% (56/100)
Percentage on single 7 pin: 69.5% (57/82) | 71.9% (46/64)

What stands out here is that I improved on my single-pin spares, including both corner pins. I’d probably like to make 80% of my single pins, and I’m getting there. Note: I left 100 splits and only converted 7 of them, so, when I made a mistake on first ball, I generally paid for it.

If you’ll look at my spreadsheet log (in the sidebar), the 338 was an outlier. Conditions were bad, but I said nothing because it’s my job to adjust to the conditions, and, if I don’t, I deserve to lose, because, after all, both teams are on the same lanes. Also, 39 & 40 continued to be a favorite pair (180 average), but so was “Hakim’s pair” (47 & 48, on which I averaged 183). Final word: I’ll take my 170 composite average.

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