Want to improve your bowling scores?
Try bowling 100 games in one day and see how much better you do in the ensuing weeks.
At least that’s what worked for Greg Kolski, the indefatigable 29-year-old right-hander with the wicked hook.
For the second time in three weeks, Kolski improved his season-best series by rolling a 574 with games of 176, 187 and 211 Tuesday night at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills. Just two weeks earlier, Kolski had rolled a season high of 553 that was punctuated by a 237 final game.
Not bad for a bowler averaging 164.
Perhaps it all stems from Kolski’s memorable 100-game effort in December when he bowled 13 hours 10 minutes at Woodlake without taking a break to eat. He played no-tap, a game in which a bowler is awarded a strike if he knocks down at least nine pins.
During that ironman effort, Kolski put on a show by scoring at least 200 in six of his first 11 games. He blistered a 284 in his ninth game with 10 strikes to start the game. And he sprinkled in 200-plus scores throughout his long day, including a 261 in his 15th game and a 252 in his 98th game.
Kolski said his long day of practice may have spawned dividends. “The 100 games gave me a better perspective on what I was doing wrong,” said Kolski, a West Hills resident who has bowled a certified 595 series a couple of years ago and a 641 practice series.
Kolski said he had no plans “anytime soon” to repeat his marathon effort, but he has continued to work tirelessly on his game.
Kolski used a new ball Tuesday, a 14-pounder that was a three-pound upgrade. “I can handle it,” said Kolski, laughing. He said the extra weight should provide “more pin action.”
He bowled three practice games just before his league competition Tuesday and, not surprisingly, didn’t show any sign of fatigue later that night. In his final league game, Kolski spared the first three frames, rolled strikes in his next three, then added two spares and two strikes the rest of the way to finish with a clean game (no opens in any frame).
He finished with a sparkling 697 score with handicap.
Kolski may have been aided Tuesday by bowling with his sister, Anna Pearson, as a member of his four-person team along with Geoff Gast and Jean-Pierre Uzan. Pearson had joined the team recently as a replacement player.
“It’s better chemistry. She helps me and helps my team,” said Kolski, whose team swept the series Tuesday.
For now, Kolski is aiming at his first certified 600 series and an extension of his new series highs.
“I just hope the trend continues,” he said.