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The Top 5 Reasons Bowling is the Hardest Sport in the World to Master.

September 28, 2015 | 2 comments

Bowling is hard to master. Seriously hard. In fact I am almost positive no one in the history of the game has ever fully mastered every component within the sport.

Lately I’ve been thinking about what actually makes it hard. The list goes on and on. I’ve narrowed down what I believe makes this one of the toughest sports in the world. Do you agree with me? Do you have something to add to this list? Comment below!

1. We can’t see the most important thing. What other sport can you NOT see the biggest influencer of the sport? The oil is ever changing. But, we have to watch our balls (they always tell a story) and sometimes we have to flat-out guess. We have an invisible playing field. Name one sport that has that.

2.     Bowling for days. Literally. Some of the events I bowl are over the course of days. All day long for days. Sometimes I have to bowl through lunch, or through dinner. My body aches (getting old) and my mind is fatigue. But, I have to keep going. And going, and going.

3.     I can roll what I think is a perfect shot but have an imperfect result. Say whaaat? You know the feeling. You get to the line effortlessly. You feel the ball off your hand and you know immediately that it’s a perfect shot. No way the pins have a chance. Except that 9 pin that’s still standing at the end. Or that dreaded pocket 7-10. But, it was perfect. Yeah, doesn’t matter. Hit 9, get 9.

4.     The science is dizzying. The oil: what kind? How long will it last? What’s the density? Volume? Characteristics? The pattern: which pattern? On what surface? Will do what? Bowling balls: Which ball? What core? Rg? Diff? Cover? How old is it? How does it feel in my hand? Adjustments: Slow down? Speed up? Move left? Move right? Loft it? Change my launch angles? Let it roll more? Up the back? Around the side? Create more or less tilt? Lane Surface: Synthetic? Wood? Guardian? Ball Drillings: Too many to name. The science behind the sport of bowling is intense. And by intense I mean INTENSE.

5.     Pair to pair can be like going from bowling centre to bowling centre. I’ve had to adjust more than 20 boards and use 3 different balls while moving literally to the pair next to the one I was previously on. Topography and how the field breaks a lane pattern down, pair to pair, can be wildly different across the house. This is where a home lane advantage and watching your cross comes into play big time!

I know you have something to add to this list. Do it!

Over and out,






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    September 28, 2015

    I agree 100 percent, but that's what I love about it.

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    Mathieu Leclerc

    September 28, 2015

    I agree with you, it Is a tough sport but the feeling of a perfect game Is incredible. For your question 1 I think that curling Is probably the most similar sport.

    Sincerely yours, Math

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