In Massachusetts, we mainly have candlepins. But also more than 50ish alleys of ten pins. And about 3 or 4 duckpin bowling alleys too. I bowl on 3 leagues for those 3 types of bowling. I bowl the duckpins in Billerica. Candlepins in Woburn, and Cambridge. And the ten pins in Cambridge, and Malden. And I can handle all these types of bowling. I am actually gifted in bowling. And I was never lousy at bowling in my whole life. There were several people that I know that were questioning me about that. Saying to me that "How can I handle all those 3 types of bowling on my own?" Some of them also said to me that "If I do that, I could never be able to be good at any of them, and it would ruin my ability to score high in them." Mainly, I've been bowling the ten pins individually mostly. Because since I've been bowling on a summer league at Town Line Ten Pin in Malden, the alley lets me only pay a $2.50 discount a string. And I'm also a member of the USBC. That price for me is cheap, and a really good buy. My bowling in ten pins is improving now. And I'm right now up to a 160 average in my winter league. It was a new record that I broke. And not only that, but I'm making much less gutter balls now. But I haven't been scoring high enough in candlepins, or duckpins. Because I haven't been practicing a lot in them. Like ten pins. I actually can't afford to pay for all of those types of bowling for my individual practice. Because of the bad economy right now. Right now, I can only do the ten pins, because it's a $2.50 discount for me.
I think anybody could handle more than one type of bowling. If you're not good in one of them, that's because you haven't been doing any multiple practicing in them.
When I bowl, I use my left hand. My left hand is in my family. In candlepins, and duckpins, I slide on my right foot. But in ten pins, I also bowl with my left hand, but I slide on my left foot. I always have, since I bowled my very first string in ten pins. It works for me. I tried to slide on my right foot once. But I ended up getting the ball in the gutter. Some people, including my uncle opposed me sliding on my left foot in ten pins. But I totally disagreed with them. Years ago, I saw a man who bowled on the Candlepin Challenge TV
competition on CN8. And he bowled with his left hand, and slid on his left foot too. And I was not against that.
Some people may be afraid of bowling a different type of bowling. Either they think they would never be good at it. Or it could be too stressful for them. The president of my Tuesday Night Ten Pin Bowling League at Lanes & Games in Cambridge doesn't like candlepins. Because he thinks they're sissy. But that's being prejudice. And I'm for all types of bowling. Including 9 pin skittles.
I grew up with candlepins, and I remember bowling them the very first time with my old babysitter when I was 7. I started to bowl the ten pins when I was 22. And I remember making my very first strike in my first string. But I started releasing the ball like in rubberband duckpins with my palm facing down. But now I face my palm up now. And I started bowling the duckpins when I was 31 back in 2004. And I also made my very first strike in my very first string in that too. That was at Collin's Bowladrome in Billerica. I can also make a strike in all these 3 types of bowling. I even one the money pool five times in duckpins at my duckpin league when you make the strike while the red colored pin is in the head pin in the set. I can also make more than 1 strike in a row in duckpins, and candlepins sometimes. And I can also do it in ten pins too.
My future, is to also try to bowl 5-pins, and rubberband duckpins in Canada someday. And I think I can handle those too. Because you use the same exact ball in duckpins. But in rubberband duckpins, you roll the ball with your palm facing down. I even bowled the duckpins in Billerica with that rubberband duckpin bowling technique last summer. And I was easily making a lot of strike with it. The strikes occured like it was gentle, and easy. But the ball rolls slowly when you do that. When you roll it like that, that ball spins towards you while it's rolling toward the pins simultaneously, and then the spinning motion of the ball switches the opposite direction at the pins when the ball reaches the middle of the lane.
I would also like to bowl the Kegel 9 pins someday, if I ever could fly to Europe, or Australia someday. But right now I don't know how I will get use to its balls. Because the balls only has 2 holes in them, and if I can be able to make a good target at the middle of the pin set. But I probably will. Since I have bowling talent now.