If you are left-handed, check that you are wearing left-handed sports shoes with a slip sole on the right shoe and a brake rubber pad on the left. Unlike the right-handed player, the left-hander starts the three-step run with the right foot, the four-step with the left, and the five-step with the right. The rest of the technique for performing the phases of the run remains the same. Left-handed players usually send balls from the left side of the lane, trying to get into pocket 1-2. The trajectory of sending balls to hit the remaining pins is similar to the trajectory of right-handers, and the same rules apply for adapting to fast and slow lanes, except that on fast lanes you should move more to the left, and on slow lanes move slightly forward and to the left of the center.
Roy Lowne’s recommendations
In Paramus, New Jersey, Roy Lawn won the Professional Bowling Association tournament, a win that was significant in many ways. The prize money was 15 thousand dollars. But more importantly, for the first time in bowling history, a left-hander won the PBA tournament, and this event marked a new trend. Today, the professional ranks are full of left-handers, and although their number is not commensurate with the number of right-handers, these people win an incredibly large share of the prize money, and much of the credit goes to a man named Roy Lone. His best streak is 792 wins. The running and throwing technique used by those who are accustomed to doing everything with the left hand is a mirror image of the technique used by right-handers, so all the instructor’s advice regarding right-handers applies to left-handers, and vice versa. Anyone who is more skillful and more frequent with his left hand will very soon encounter unusual conditions in bowling. Fortunately, some of them will serve him well.
As I already said, the lefties owe their success on the tracks to the existing specific conditions. Since balls are sent primarily from the right side of the track, it will wear out faster than the left side. Previously, this problem was not so serious, but today, in my opinion, the work on the maintenance and care of the tracks is not carried out as thoroughly as five or six years ago. As a result, players (at least right-handers) have difficulties in choosing their “own” track. At the same time, left-handers may be satisfied with the same path. No one walks into his line, and if the right-hander has to put in an incredible amount of effort to get the strike, the left-hander is given relatively wide space.
I do not want to say that these differences are significant. Quite the opposite, and usually only an experienced player with more than one game can distinguish them. Another factor is more important. To take full advantage of the ideal conditions on the left side, the player must have true talent and extraordinary skill. Of course, not every left-hander entering the run-up zone is able to achieve great success in bowling, even if he really wants to. The conditions faced by left-handers are usually the same for all lanes of the bowling center, which plays into the hands of the tournament participant. A right-handed player may find that the right side of one of the two lanes is “faster” than the other. This is due to how heavily one or another pair of tracks is used. The right-hander will constantly have to make adjustments to the game, while the left-hander, who “caught” his game on one track, will also easily feel on almost any other.
A left-handed person entering a bowling center for the first time may think that the playing hall is exclusively for right-handed people. But don’t rush to file charges. The balls that are provided to you at the bowling center are designed for right-handers, not left-handers. The ring finger hole is always smaller than the middle finger hole. If you are right-handed, this is fine, but for left-handed people it is an important difficulty. In the end, the left-handed player is forced to use such a ball, although he is definitely “out of hand”.
Of course, a left-handed person who is serious will order the ball that suits him. But keep in mind that a lefty looking to buy a ball should buy it from a professional service store, not a regular sports or discount store.
I have nothing against a discount store near you, but I think that his manager should be an expert who understands everything from tennis to hunting big game, and for some reason I can’t believe that he knows how measure and drill balls for left-handed bowling enthusiasts. This requires specialized knowledge, which is why I would recommend a left-handed person to look for someone with the appropriate experience and reputation.
Bowling shoes (sneakers) are much less of a problem. The shoes that can be rented at the sports center have a special insert on the right and left soles. A left-handed player, when purchasing shoes, of course, must stipulate what he is eating you need one where the slip insert is located on the right shoe. Not all stores have such sports shoes in their assortment, but the supplier will be happy to provide you with it upon special order. When sending the ball using the hook method, the left-handed person should hold it with his thumb in the direction of 1 o’clock. The ball will move from left to right towards pocket 1-2. Just don’t get in front of the ball by sending it onto the track.
Many believe that left-handers, as opposed to right-handers, find the hook easier due to their natural gift. Frankly, I have met left-handers with the most inconceivable hooks, but I also knew a lot of left-handed players who preferred right-handed balls, that is, moving in the opposite direction – from right to left. I know that in baseball, lefties do better with hooks, perhaps this is also true for bowling, but why this happens, no one could explain to me. I recommend a four-step take-off run, which should be started with the left foot. The ball is taken away from the body in the first step, in the second step it is lowered down and brought behind the back, and in the third it is brought to the maximum swing point. In the last, fourth, step, the ball is brought forward to be sent to the lane while the player slides in front of the send line. When performing a five-step take-off run, the movement must begin with the right foot and also end with the right foot.
Although some left-handers choose the second rangefinder, located on the left side of the track, as a reference point, there has been a tendency to move closer to the outer edge, that is, to move the reference to the left. In professional competitions, left-handers often use a third or fourth board on the left side of the track. Instead of directing the ball in a straight line, they try to give it a spin and hit the pocket. They run at an angle to the standing pins and send a ball that only crosses six or seven boards in the course of the movement. Thus, the arc does not increase, and the ball moves along a fairly flat trajectory. I would say that about 75 percent of pros, both left-handers and right-handers, today send the ball while standing closer to the sidewalls. When I find myself on a path that is faster than usual, I move the stance a little to the left. If this does not help, then I choose a reference point on the path one or two boards to the right. If these measures do not give the desired effect, I decrease the speed of the ball. I have come across such fast tracks that I had to resort to all three correction methods at once. When the state of the lane requires a slow approach, I move in the opposite direction or increase the speed of the ball.
Both right-handers and left-handers knock SPE from one starting position. For the spes standing on the left side of the track, stand on the right side in the take-off zone. With regard to those standing on the right side, the stand should be taken to the left. If those with the right hand better than the left complain about how difficult it is to knock out the 10 pin, then the left-handers have a headache at the opposite corner where the 7 pin is standing. To knock down the 7 pin, take the starting position and look directly at this pin with your shoulders turned and legs towards her. Then start running and sliding. The ball should be sent with a regular hook. It seems to me that left-handers are at a more disadvantageous position when it comes to knocking out spee. In none of the dozens of bowling instructions I have seen recommendations for lefties on what to do with the pins left standing after the first try. I must point out that bowling instructors are generally not competent enough about what to do in this case. The text below is a kind of attempt to fill the resulting information gap. We will consider the following combinations of pins: 5-6, 1-3-6-7, 1-3-9, 2-7, 7-9 and 6-8, which are the most common and present certain difficulties for left-handers. It should be noted that the information is general in nature.
You can make the appropriate changes to your game. Variation 5-6 results from the ball barely reaching the pins. Instead of punching a pocket and knocking down pin 5, the ball bounced off pins 1 and 2. A deficit in kinetic energy could have been caused by the ball not lifting properly. To eliminate the indicated SPE, the ball should be directed between these pins. Take your usual starting position, but move your reference point four boards to the right. A 1-3-6-7 is a lefty nightmare. It occurs whenever a ball does not hit the pin in front, which is usually the result of a weak ball or a player miss. When faced with a 1-3-6-7 range, I move the rack to five boards to the right side, and the landmark to four boards and also to the right in the hope that pin 1 will bounce and hit pin 7, and the ball will hit pin 6 …
Another example of a weak ball sending is a 1-3-9 pins combination. Without hitting pocket 1-2 exactly, the ball hit only pin 2 and then 8-5, bounced and knocked pin 6, which, in turn, knocked pin 10. On the other half of the set of pins 2 knocked pins 4, 4-7. In order to To knock out a 1-3-9 combo, use the same starting position and guideline as you followed for a 1-3-6-7 combo. The ball sent will hit pins 1 and 3, and then pin 9. You cannot rely on pin 3 to bounce and knock pin 9; the ball must do what it is supposed to do. The 2-7 is a split, but the split is knocked out. Formed by the sliding of the ball on the pin in front, the 2-7 hand can be compared to the 3-10 hand sometimes encountered by right-handers. To knock out a 2-7 pair, the ball must be directed exactly between the pins. Go to the right corner and select the thirteenth or fourteenth board on the left side of the track as a guide. This combination can also be knocked out by hitting the 2 pin on the right side of the lane on the assumption that she will hit the 7 pin, but this method is much more difficult to implement. About the 7-9 split, we can say that it is a sad consequence of 1-2 balls hitting the pocket, which turned out to have weak torsion and dynamics. The weakly sent ball bounced into the pit without scattering the pins in different directions. In this case, it is best to concentrate on 9 pins. Most lefties handle 9 pins more easily than 7 pins. The issue of hitting both pins is no longer a matter of course.
A 6-8 pin combination usually stays on the lane when the ball has made a hook too big. Instead of knocking down the pins, the ball goes right through them. The ball should be given more acceleration. To eliminate the resulting combination, it is advisable to direct the ball to the right side of pin 6 so that it bounces in the direction of pin 8. When I have a similar situation, I usually stand on the tenth board from the right and send the ball, focusing on the twelfth board, which is also located on the right side. The 6-8 combo is easier to handle than the 7-9 combo described above, but both are not so easy. Personally, I adhere to the starting position and position when choosing the landmarks, which are described above, but you have the right to make adjustments to them.
The technique of running and throwing the ball, typical of the left-hander, is the exact opposite of the technique used by the right-hander. A left-hander’s four-step run should start with the left foot and finish with the right foot. The ball is retracted from the player’s body at the first step, at the second it goes down, at the third it is wound up behind the back and at the fourth step it is sent to the track. The left side of the track is usually more slippery than the right side. Therefore, a left-hander needs to lift the ball more carefully during the throw in order to get an effective hook.
In general, the condition of the lane is more favorable for those who have better control of the left hand than the right. Since there is less play on the left side of the track, the ball rolls more accurately there. The conditions that exist on different lanes of any bowling center are basically the same for left-handers and right-handers. A left-handed player should consult a competent professional before purchasing a custom made ball.
When targeting, the left-hander usually benefits from moving closer to the side. Its landmark can be at the distance of three or four boards located on the right side of the walkway. In this case, the left-hander runs at an angle and directs the ball into the pocket. In this case, the ball must not cross more than six or seven boards.