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Tamtrooper

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My knee and more recently my shoulder have dictated a swap to left handed for the season.  I hope the rest will help my shoulder recover.  Neither my knee or my shoulder gives my any real trouble with normal daily activities so I don't see the wisdom of getting any surgery at this time.  I'm able to bowl right-handed but it just hurts with every shot so I've decided to make the switch. 

I bowled one time this summer with my nephew to see if I could do it.  I was surprised that I could throw the ball as well as I could.  No pain! More importantly I was gauging whether or not scoring lower would bother me too much to enjoy it.  As it turned out we just bowled frames with the scorers off.  I threw a few good balls but I also threw a few gutters but I had a good time I so decided to show up for league.

Well I showed up for league and I had a good time but...I was terrible!  LOL  I cringe as I write this as a former 200 average bowler.  I shot 85, 95, and 108 for a stellar 268 series.  This is a casual handicap league but I still got some stares after I threw my 3rd double gutter frame in my first game.  I can't really explain it but it feels like I have almost no control of where the ball is going.  I feel like a puppet on strings as I approach the line and I am not the puppeteer!  The powers that be did let me throw 4 or 5 decent strikes so not all hope is lost!  I will practice this weekend using just one step to work on my swing and release.  It will be a challenge to relearn how to throw the ball!
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To each his own but I've seen many bowlers switch and avg in the low
100's to 120's. I'm having a hard enough time dropping under 200 to
even consider it. I'd take up miniature golf or quit
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I was close this year to doing it. The cortisone shot saved me. I was fully expecting to average right around where you're at now. A 100+ drop is a hard pill to swallow. I've screwed around once in awhile throwing left handed. It's not pretty. Once you get your muscle memory down you'll be fine.  
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I was close this year to doing it. The cortisone shot saved me. I was fully expecting to average right around where you're at now. A 100+ drop is a hard pill to swallow. I've screwed around once in awhile throwing left handed. It's not pretty. Once you get your muscle memory down you'll be fine.  


What issue were you having?

I'm ambidextrous, and the times I've bowled as a righty, I can average about 170ish.  I'm sure if I practiced bowling righty, I could get to 200.
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Timing felt all wrong. Repeating shots was a challenge. I think though with time a getting a full season under my belt I could get to the 150-170 range. Once I could get my timing down, the bowling smarts would take over. Getting to that point is the trick and that only comes, like all sports, with lots of repetition. 
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