You can only make the best decisions you can when you can, based on your equipment and the tools that you have immediately available to you.
Here's a "Choc-List" for enjoying the sport of bowling, even if you've gone beyond the "only bowling for social reasons" of our sport:
Don't take yourself too seriously. The sport has become very complicated despite all the high scores being thrown.
What used to be the 200 average bowler is now the 230 average and it's no longer a matter IF you'll bowl a 300 game, 700 or 800 series, but HOW MANY of them you'll be able to throw.
Be realistic with where you are and set your expectations to that level. You may not ever achieve a lot of honor scores if you only have one bowling ball to use.
Don't be a constant complainer or whiner. Unfortunately, they have become part of the fabric of our lives.
You can't go anywhere or do anything nowadays without hearing people complaining about something.
Catch a conversation here, someone talking to a person on their cell phone there, ranting on the internet, and making caustic comments to someone's comments in a blog, they're everywhere.
So, too, will they be at the bowling center and you'll have to guard against joining with the pack and bring yourself down with the whining.
Don't compare yourself to other bowlers. You don't know what their goals or objectives are with regard to this sport.
You don't know their background. Have they had coaching through junior bowling, high school bowling, or collegiate-level programs?
Have they participated in Sport Shot or PBA Experience leagues?
Do they regularly go to tough competitions such as Regional PBA, Team USA Trials, or Mini-Eliminator competitions?
Have they been bowling for 20, 30 or 40 years and only compete in no-handicap types of leagues?
DO enjoy yourself at whatever level you're at.
There are a myriad of reasons why people come to enjoy the sport of bowling.
On a world-wide basis, (World Tenpin Bowing Association website statistic), "There are over 100 million bowlers, of which over 10 million are taking part in leagues, tournaments, and championships."
It is one of the most popular participation sports in the world.
Enjoy your bowling and don't take yourself too seriously.