Originally Posted by frozendonk
Also, I have known some high level bowlers and I can attest to the fact that at the level that OP competed it is a very demanding sport. The lane conditions (the way the oil is distributed on the lane) in high level bowling make it a demanding test of accuracy and consistency. In a lot of ways serious bowling reminds me of golf. Lane conditions and ball selection are key. Your mental game has to be sharp.
Not often I hear from someone who actually knows something about bowling
. You are correct, besides the obvious there are so many other factors you have to consider in bowling; lane conditions (which change by each throw), right equipment (I've had at least 80 different bowling balls) , swollen/bruised fingers and wrist, room humidity/temperature and a lot more.
There are so many different things that can put you off your game, that your mental state is key in order to cope with these things. My main problem for a long time was, that when something did go wrong, I would let it bother me to much. Things that could have been fixed with few adjustments within a few throws, I would let ruin whole games for me.
Things like this, I think can easily be transferred to the way you play poker. In poker it is also key, that you stay focused at all times, just 1 badly played hand due to steam/tilt can cause you to lose. If you think about it, I'll bet a lot of your hands were lost this way
Originally Posted by Kittens
Anyone who doesn't think bowling is a physical sport.. go bowl for 2 hours and see how you feel in the morning
Yes, an inexperienced player will definitely feel it the next day.