Lee Owen: Has bowling — again — become too easy?

By Lee Owen

The Daily Advance

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I know I have hit on this topic before, but recent events have prompted me to vent on the subject of bowling becoming too easy.

As I have said before, my grandfather was a great bowler in the 1960s and averaged right at 200.

Nowadays, 200 flat is not even considered a scratch bowler.

I am honest enough to admit that I am not a great bowler. I struggle to hit my mark on a regular basis, my balance and timing are always off, and my approach is extremely awkward.

Even with all of this, I currently sit with a 200 average in my league.

The reason for this is simply technology.

Bowling balls are being made to the point where all you have to do is stand at the foul line and throw it right and watch it snap back to the pocket.

If you are doing this on a house shot, it is fairly easy to consistently hit the pocket, even with an area of about 10 boards.

As for sport shots, the technology is quickly catching up to those as well, making adjustments easier and scoring higher.

This past week, I read about two stories that just solidified my feelings about bowling being too easy.

I read a story about PBA bowler Dino Castillo and his recent experience during a tournament.

He was bragging about a new ball he was throwing and said he averaged 261 for 17 games in qualifying, 283 in the finals, and threw three perfect games during the tournament.

I don’t care if you are a professional, that is just not something that happened 15 years ago.

I also read a story about yet another bowler throwing a 900 series, which is three consecutive perfect games in a set.

There had never been a sanctioned perfect series before 1997, and now, Amos Gordon has become the 24th person to throw one. That alone goes to show that something has changed and bowling is easier now than ever before.

Sport bowling was meant to allow for better bowlers to actually compete based on skill alone and leave the equipment out of it, but now that is even changing.

I hope that in the near future, the United States Bowling Congress comes up with some rules or regulations to get the game back to what it was: a competition of skill and not who can afford the best equipment.