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#118525 - 02/17/10 09:31 PM Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower
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I have been out of the game for a while. I am looking to buy a new ball. I throw a back up ball so I need something that will work for me. I threw a Columbia Yellow Dot a long time ago but it is no longer avail.

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#118558 - 02/18/10 12:50 AM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: CYNMOORE]
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I'm thinking a Brunswick Power Groove would be a great choice. Just make sure to have it drilled for a back up ball. Your Pro Shop operator will understand what I'm talking about.
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#118561 - 02/18/10 01:05 AM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: Reconbbs]
mikhial66 Offline
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What's your rev rate? Speed? Where do you normally play on lanes and how heavy is the oil?
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#118564 - 02/18/10 01:25 AM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: mikhial66]
Dennis Michael Offline
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Yeah, drill it as if you were a lefty, and it should work.
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#118576 - 02/18/10 06:19 AM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: CYNMOORE]
CoachJim Offline
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Registered: 09/19/06
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I throw a back up ball so I need something that will work for me.

I would get lessons as well so you can learn to stop throwing the back up ball. It is worth it if you want to do well at bowling. If you are just bowling for fun, then any of the tropical storm or entry level balls will work for you.

Back up ball is caused by weak wrist and bad swing alignment.

Edited by CoachJim (02/18/10 06:21 AM)

#118592 - 02/18/10 09:59 AM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: CoachJim]
TheDude397 Offline
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Registered: 07/22/05
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We've got a backup bowler in one of my leagues, he's actually a certified coach and former pro and averages in the 220s so I wouldn't really say you *can't* be successful bowling a backup ball... It's definitely weird to watch him tho... (he does have alot of speed and decent revs)
Anyway, he's got lots of different balls, seems to use whatever's popular for the more traditional bowlers at the time, I wouldn't think that rolling the ball like that would necessarily require a particular ball...
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#118635 - 02/18/10 12:45 PM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: TheDude397]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Have you tried not throwing a back up ball? Two of my female teammates were cured by switching to a fingertip ball and a Pro-Release wrist brace. One of them is my wife whose average jumped from 100's to 130's. She just bowled her first ever 200 game last week.
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#118659 - 02/18/10 04:41 PM Re: Best Ball to Buy for Back up Thrower [Re: Joe Bowler]
JackZ Offline
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Registered: 09/23/09
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If you compare men's and women's arms held down at their sides with the palms facing forward, you'll see that a woman's arm curves away from the body. It's natural to throw a backup ball. Both my daughters did. I broke them of the habit by having them turn the ball toward the inside of the body and just releasing it forward (basically how you'd hold a suitcase). Once they got used to that (it didn't take long) they progressed to learn other releases. My older daughter doesn't bowl much anymore (can still do 160-180), but the younger one (23) can avg. 200 or better. As was said before, get an entry level ball, work with it, and take some lessons if you can. You'll score better with less effort = more fun! <g>

Edited by JackZ (02/18/10 04:42 PM)
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