I often refer to the good old days when I was younger and bowling took on a completely different look, but today, I am going to talk about a way that modern technology has made bowling better.
It never really hit me how technology had improved bowling until a couple of weeks ago when I caught myself watching regional PBA coverage on the PBA website.
The PBA.com website plays host to a video streaming service called Xtra Frame which is used for broadcasting PBA events that are not shown on TV.
With Xtra Frame you can watch qualifying, regional tournaments, and even watch old tournaments that have already been shown.
While this does cost a small fee, they often offer free trials.
After watching this regional coverage, I saw a link for the USBC website, Bowl.com.
I went over to the website and found that USBC offered a service called BowlTV, which has the same thing that PBA.com has, only it is completely free.
Also, in addition to bowl.com showing tournaments that are not seen on TV, it also has interviews with various bowlers, and more importantly, coaching videos.
Where in the past, a bowler was forced to find a coach, pay them money, and meet them to be taught, technology is allowing a bowler to research exactly what they need to work on and then study it in a video.
Even better, some centers, like Albemarle Lanes, offer free WiFi.
This even allows the bowler to take their laptop, iPad, or table with them to the center, set it up and go over multiple lessons.
These coaching sessions are usually from USBC certified coaches and range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes and on a wide variety of topics. Just another tool in the tool bag of bowling.
Albemarle Lanes has also begun to offer a new family bowling night on Friday and Saturday nights from 4-6pm, that could not only be beneficial to families but also for a group of people wanting to practice.
For $39.99, you get a lane for two hours for up to six people with unlimited bowling, free shoes, pizza and drinks. Hope to see you out there.