Nick Jenkins, 29, of Dartmouth, has been working on his game for a number of years and it is slowly coming around.
“But, it’s an ongoing project,” he said.
“I was a forward roller (the ball rolls down the lane over the thumbhole),” the right-handed bowler said. “I knew I had to stop doing that in order to get better. It’s been a tough three years.”
He purchased a WristWidget that was designed by a hand therapist for wrist pain treatment associated with grip, wrist rotation and weight bearing for use to alleviate ulnar-sided wrist pain. The WristWidget is clinically proven to reduce wrist pain and increase wrist strength.
“I used to use a huge gadget thing that went half-way up my arm to help with the pain I was having,” he said. “I like the much-smaller WristWidget better and never bowl without it now,” Jenkins said.
On March 1, while wearing his new gadget, in the Center League at Wonder Bowl, he bowled his first-career 300 game in the last game of a disappointing 630 series with a new ball, a Roto-Grip Wreck-It that Danny Gauthier from Strike F/X Pro Shop (at Wonder Bowl) drilled for him and he first broke out that day.
“Danny drills all of my bowling balls,” he said “but, I had a difficult time trying to figure the ball out during the first two games that night. I couldn’t pick up any spares and didn’t get any doubles (strikes). After the second game, I moved seven and three and that worked.”
Jenkins moved seven boards to the left on the approach with his feet and three boards to the left of his normal target on the lane.
Coming from a bowling family, it was natural that bowling would be a part of his life. His parents, Jeff and Rachel Jenkins, transported him to the former Bowlers Country Club in Fairhaven every Saturday so he could bowl the junior program there.
“I only bowled there for one year,” Jenkins said. “The center closed and I moved over to the junior program at Wonder Bowl. My parents did a heck of a job getting me there every week.”
He stayed in the junior program until he was 18 and joined his first adult league. He only bowls one league a week, where he is holding a 196 average.
A month before he bowled his 300 game, he bowled a 299 game.
“I had bowled 297′s and 298′s and then a 299,” he said. “I was getting closer and closer and finally did it.”
His highest series so far is in the mid-700′s, but he’d like to increase that in the future, maybe going as high as 800, as well as bowl another 300 game.
He’s traveling to Las Vegas in mid-June to bowl in his first National USBC Championship Tournament.
“The only tournaments I’ve ever bowled are local city tournaments in adults and juniors,” Jenkins said. “I’m really looking forward to the trip.”