Yeah, that's about all you have a choice of when you are a full roller
Let's see, you are over 200. How much over 200 do you want to be? Once you reach that point its pretty tough to get better. Sure there are a lot of 220 and 230 bowlers out there now compared to in the old days. Very few of them are at that level no matter what house and condition they see. But if you are not looking to get on tour, not looking to bowl Regionals, not looking to earn a living and support your family off bowling, then why make such a drastic change. Because I disagree with John that it will take just a couple weeks. Changing a full roller
is not like shifting the degree of release on a 3/4 roller
. Sorry, but in my experience, its really not that easy to change from a full roller
. If Mike Durbin did that, and I have my doubts since my partner bowled with him when he was 16 and Mike was 21 (he was his coach) and he was NOT throwing a full roller
at that time, then you have to take into account that Mike Durbin was also an exceptional bowler. If he was a full roller
, he never taught his students that, and accepting that he is an exceptional bowler it took that extreme skill to change. Mike Durbin is an exceptional bowler one of the Elite
Now you could learn to throw a 3/4 roller
for the purpose of just varying your game. But if you are at 200 now, why change?
But once you get to 200, it is ever so much harder to advance beyond that no matter how you throw the ball. You have to be 100% on spares, all spares. Plus you have to be proficient on picking up the occasional makable split. Then you have to be proficient on how to avoid the big splits. Proficient on reading lane conditons under any circumstance any lane condition.
All this is NOT dependant on release. You have to be a robot and that doesn't matter how you release the ball.
Most bowlers settle on one or two drill patterns. It doesn't matter if they are 3/4 roller
or full roller
. Sure everyone will talk about having a ball drilled this way, that way, etc.....but when it all comes down to it, bowling in your league week in and week out and an occastional tournament.....you have a favorite drill and you stick with it.
I can tell you that at my own level, 205- 210, I have my own favorite drill pattern/s. And I use just a couple most of the time. But there's really no drill pattern out there that is going to be a magical solution that will get me over the 210 hump. Realizing what drill to use, on a variation of lane conditons (and you would have to be seeing different lane conditions often) is another step on the pyramid of knowledge. If you are in the same house couple houses in the same area from week to week, then the lane patterns are not going to be all that different and require such drastic changes.
If you were a 150 average bowler asking the same question then I would probably work on changing your release. But at the level you are currently at, I don't think it will help your game much beyond giving you a variable you can switch to at will. And if that were the case I'd want you to be about the 220 level to expect that kind of versatility.