SOUTH BELOIT - Glen Coffey doesn't try to break the pins, just knock them down.
"When I try to throw the ball too hard, that's when I have problems," the Beloit bowler said. "That's why I throw an old urethane Ebonite Crush. It's a good ball for me now that I'm basically throwing it down and in without a big hook."
It worked perfectly on opening night last Wednesday in Viking Lanes' KRV Accounting League. After opening with a 214 game, Coffey rolled his first career 300 game and capped his 716 series with a 202.
"I'd rolled a 299 back in 2000," Coffey, 47, said. "On the last ball I threw it too slow and it crossed over."
This time, Coffey said after throwing one light strike "that mixed and carried" he stayed on a roll.
"I didn't even get nervous," he said.
His teammates helped by not making a fuss.
"I don't like it when everybody stops," he said. "It's better when you can just keep going. For the most part I don't think anyone was paying attention until the 11th ball. The last two were right in the pocket."
It was a great start for Coffey, who averaged 209 a year ago.