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Backup bowling?
on: March 16, 2008, 01:49:09 PM
Hey everyone,
I bowl about 7-8 games every weekend and have done so for over a year. At this point, my average is around 150, with highs at 230 and 210. I currently use a brunswick power groove and I bowl backup. At first I wanted to try to train out of this, but at this point I am happy with the fact that bowl it backup and I don't want to change it.

This said, I'm hoping to get a new ball for my birthday in July. Is there anything I should take into consideration while buying my new ball? Are there any features that would make a ball better for a backup bowler? I really like the Toxic Raw Hammer. Is there any reason that this would be a bad choice for a backup bowler or a bowler of my skill level?

Thanks for all of your help.
I'm not 100% sure if this is the right place to put this. If it's not, I'm sorry.

the pooh

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Re: Backup bowling?
Reply #1 on: March 16, 2008, 09:54:17 PM
The Toxic is a great ball! Make sure your driller knows your intention to throw a backup,so he can lay the ball out lefthanded.You will get a much better reaction that way.If you can get him to find your actual positve axis point,it would be even better!
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Re: Backup bowling?
Reply #2 on: March 16, 2008, 09:56:19 PM
Any modern performance ball can be used for any style. What you're technically doing is bowling lefty. What you need to focus on, if you are going to stick with a backup style, is to have it laid out and drilled accordingly.

There are pluses and minuses to bowling that way. The big plus, if you're righthanded, is you're going to be able to play the left half of the lane, which sees less traffic.

The minuses, however, outweigh the pluses in my opinion: Potential for wrist injury, and it's harder to get revs on the ball throwing backup.

It's not impossible to do, though. I bowled a tournament against a guy that was truly a backup cranker. I don't know how he got his wrist to do what it did, but it did. And he was very good at what he did.



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Re: Backup bowling?
Reply #3 on: March 16, 2008, 10:03:32 PM
As long as you have your stuff laid out right, if you can pull it off, then by all means, w/e works.

The kid who won the Junior Gold Championships last year threw a back up ball.