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Date: 17 Jun 2008 10:32:59
From: Dave Gill
Subject: Release Point: New Ideas?
A few years ago I suffered a stroke. As a result, my right side of my
body is significantly weaker than my left side, so I feel that I
should be bowling as a lefty. During the delivery, is it ok to
complete the delivery finishing on my left leg, the stronger of the
two.

Dave




 
Date: 22 Jun 2008 18:10:19
From:
Subject: Re: Release Point: New Ideas?
On Jun 17, 1:32=A0pm, Dave Gill <dave_g...@rogers.com > wrote:
> A few years ago I suffered a stroke. =A0As a result, my right side of my
> body is significantly weaker than my left side, =A0so I feel that I
> should be bowling as a lefty. =A0During the delivery, is it ok to
> complete the delivery finishing on my left leg, the stronger of the
> two.
>
> Dave

It can be done but it's difficult to get the swing timing correct and
you'll have a hard time finding some to help you bowl wrong footed.

Is it possible for you to switch hands? I know several players who can
bowl from either side and some even have 300/800 with both hands which
is quite impressive. As I recall, players are allowed to have a
separate average for each hand so you can start back in a mixed league
and take it slow.

Mark


 
Date: 18 Jun 2008 10:46:57
From:
Subject: Re: Release Point: New Ideas?
Also, it might be worthwhile to study the style of Lou Campi, who was
successful at bowling off the "wrong" foot. This is the only clip I
could find of him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR-S9VDvj_E

at 3:30.

Best of luck



 
Date: 17 Jun 2008 13:09:41
From: PromptJock
Subject: Re: Release Point: New Ideas?
> A few years ago I suffered a stroke. =A0As a result, my right side of my
> body is significantly weaker than my left side, =A0so I feel that I
> should be bowling as a lefty. =A0During the delivery, is it ok to
> complete the delivery finishing on my left leg, the stronger of the
> two.

"As A Rule", it's not good for a "left-winger" to release the ball on
the left foot. The reason? you can EASILY hurt your back because of
the excessive leftward lean required so the ball can clear the leg.

I your case, however, it's probably the only way you can keep
bowling. If you don't object, please peruse these suggestions to help
minimize (if not prevent?) possible bodily injury:

1. Practice BALANCING on your left leg while slowly swinging your
ball back-and-forth (like a ball delivery). Don't forget the
"leftward lean" so the ball can clear the leg. This will get your
body used to having "all the weight, etc." on the left side (do this
in conjunction with #2 and #3 below!).
2. Wear a BACK SUPPORT BELT! your LOWER BACK is gonna get "torqued"
something fierce because all the "weight" (ball, body, etc.) is gonna
be concentrated on your LEFT side. This will require you to "lean
hard" to the left so the ball can clear your leg.
3. Wear a KNEE BRACE on your left leg! like your back, it's gonna
"take a pounding" when you release the ball.
4. Do LOTS OF STRETCHES before you even toss your first ball! your
left-side joints and muscles need to be as "loose" as possible when
you bowl.
5. After you deliver your ball, RE-STRETCH your left leg and side to
keep it limber, etc.

This is all I can think of, offhand. I wish you the best in your
return to the sport and please keep us apprised of your progress,
etc. :)


 
Date: 17 Jun 2008 14:29:03
From: John O
Subject: Re: Release Point: New Ideas?

"Dave Gill" <dave_gill@rogers.com > wrote in message
news:c9296cff-5a7d-4c08-8dcd-360199305f83@e39g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
>A few years ago I suffered a stroke. As a result, my right side of my
> body is significantly weaker than my left side, so I feel that I
> should be bowling as a lefty. During the delivery, is it ok to
> complete the delivery finishing on my left leg, the stronger of the
> two.
>
> Dave

There's nothing in the rules about it, and if it's more comfortable then
sure it's ok.

-John O