Steve Kettenhoven Enters
200 Club with a 205 and 211
Record achieved: 2/17/2013 Posted on website: 2/28/2013
Steve Kettenhoven enters 200 Club with a 205 and 211 -- and sets
6th, I "introduced" myself (via email) to Steve Kettenhoven, a Wisconsin
man who was awaiting delivery of his IKAN Bowler. I just wanted to offer
tips or help to make his IKAN experience as fun and successful as
possible, since I'm the co-inventor and overall world record holder
(this is something I just started doing with customers; if any existing
customers have any questions or want tips, please
contact me here, as I should've started emailing customers from the
beginning and I apologize for not doing so).
Little did I know
just how eager Steve was to receive his IKAN Bowler. It turns out, Steve
has bowled a 248 with a stationary ramp, but said he wanted to bowl in a
more "realistic and quicker" fashion with an IKAN Bowler. Plus, he
wanted to learn quickly and start using his IKAN in a league right away.
To make a long story shorter, Steve received his IKAN Bowler on
Friday, February 8th, and started practicing that weekend (and some
during the week also). The following weekend, on Sunday, February 17th,
he went out and bowled a FANTASTIC 598 series -- 205, 211, and 182 --
just nine days after receiving his IKAN Bowler! In doing so, he became
just the 7th IKAN user to join the "200 Club" (the other six are listed
and linked in the write-up about the
6th member here).
That's not a normal timeframe for breaking
200. But Steve already had a ball he knew well and had learned to bowl
well with a stationary ramp. So, mostly, he had to learn how to bowl
with the "ramp" attached to his chair, and how to physically approach
the foul line and release the ball using the movement of his chair.
Given Steve's highly impressive series, I would say he has things
figured out pretty well!
Wow -- I almost forgot to mention that
Steve has cerebral palsy and he set the dynamic wheelchair bowling
record for a male with CP! I don't mean to make light of his
record-setting feat; I was just wrapped up in how quickly he broke 200
-- and that he did it twice -- in consecutive games!
Steve's scoresheet, and he describes his performance below...
Here's text of the
email Steve wrote me (posted with permission):
Went bowling last night and I THINK I'm finally getting the hang of
the IKAN. Last Thursday I had my wheelchair service guy lower my turning
sensitivity in drive 1 so that my moves wouldn't be so abrupt when I
approach the line. That helped a lot, but I was still struggling on
where to line up. Saturday night my ball...which is a 16 lb MoRich
DestroyR...was hooking very well. I was lining up with the first arrow
in from the left and I bowled a 142, 144, and a 152. I was feeling
pretty good about the scores, but I knew I could do better.
went back last night and as you can see by the first few scores, I was
struggling and was just too stubborn to move. Then I decided to try
moving to the second arrow in and the ball was just crushing the pins. I
couldn't believe how it was curling into the pocket and just clearing
everything out. I also have a second ball that hooks back to the left,
and I use for pins like the 4 and 7, but I left it in the locker because
I was determined to make one ball work for me. That was a huge mistake
because I missed a few spares that I'm confident I would have picked up.
This cost me my first 600 series as I wound up with a 598.
rate...I have cerebral palsy and the bottom three scores should qualify
me for the new record. Both individuals that signed the score sheet were
not only present, they also saw the scores on my lane screen and were
very impressed as well. Needless to say...I'm looking forward to bowling
in league tonight. Word travels fast here, so I hope I don't flop
Thanks again for all of your assistance. This unit has
changed my life. I love my IKAN!
Here's video of Steve bowling a strike during practice: