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Volume 1, Issue 2

By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

      The righty-lefty debate couldn't get more obvious than it has been in the last few weeks on the PBA Tour. We witnessed the ABC Masters showcase four lefties. Two weeks ago, it seems the PBA decided paybacks are hell and not a single lefty cashed in the top 24. Parker Bohn has dominated this swing, and where was he? In Detroit after the Taylor Open, he was on top of the world according to the press release on the PBA website, "If you would have told me a month ago that I would make three out of four telecasts, shoot 300 and then shoot 290 to win a title, I would have said you were crazy," Bohn said. "But, I guess you could say I've fallen into something. I'm bowling good and I have a lot of confidence. I'll ride this as long as I can." Apparently the ride was over. It was the righties turn now.

      When I hear people say the left-handed players just didn't adjust, I cringe. So back at the Masters, not a single righty could adjust? I don't think so. Voss started slow in both games in the Johnny Petraglia Open and managed to find a line. There isn't an easy answer. The players on both sides of the head pin can make the shots when they're given an even shot to play on. Parker was back with a vengeance this week with a convincing win over Steve Hoskins. The right and left side seemed amply represented.

      The PBA went with a shorter oil pattern last week, which helped the right side avoid the carry down problems they've fought in recent tournaments. But something else is at work here. There are tournaments in Southern California where the right and left side are paid separate sidepots. Is that where the PBA is heading? Should the PBA have a Lefties Fest, followed by the Righty Open? It would make it easier for the bowlers to know when they had a chance to compete and when they could stay home and clean out the garage.

      If 10% of the population is left-handed, what is the population of lefties on tour? How much figuring would it take to even things out, say by reducing the oil (length or units) in proportion on the left side? Or making lane assignments on the squads so they hit the lanes evenly? Some players are embracing The Foundation, a group that promises to find a way to even out the inequities. So far the results have been less than promising.The Foundation needs to find somewhere else to test their theories. We are not gaining any credibility with the U.S. Olympic Committee when the laneman has more control over the outcome of a tournament than the bowlers do.

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