This is an article on why some bowlers roll a backup ball. I will try to explain what a backup ball is, then why some are rolling it. In addition, I'll give you a technique to try that can possibly help you roll one of the preferred methods.
What is a backup ball…?
A back up ball is when a person rolls their bowling ball down the lane and it curves or hooks toward the 10 pin for a right-hander or toward the 7 pin for a left-hander. This is done as the ball transitions from the slide to the hook zone of a bowling lane.
Why are you rolling a backup ball…?
This in more common among female bowlers, though there are male bowlers that do this as well. The reason for this is females are obviously made differently than males.
Female’s arms have a V-Shape to them at the elbow. If they hold their arms out straight in front of them This V-Shape curve will turn away from them at their elbow. Males will be straighter. It is a genetic thing.
Because of this it makes it easier for them to rotate the ball away from themselves by going under and around the ball rather than rotating the ball over and around.
In other words it feels more natural for them to roll their ball this way because of their genetic make up.
A technique for rolling a back up ball…
The preferred technique for rolling a bowling ball for a right handed person is to stand left and roll their ball from the left side of the bowling lane as if you are left handed toward the 1 and 2 pocket from the 2nd arrow on the left side:
The 2nd arrow is just a starting spot, you would then adjust yourself from that area for strikes and spares.
The reason one rolls a backup bowling ball is because they are rotating their ball under and around a bowling ball instead of over and around…
It is more common for females to do this because of a V-Shape at their elbow.
The preferred method for rolling a back ball is on the opposite side of the lane.
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