Bowling

Finally, A Device to Make Bowlers Even Lazier

1/28/08 in Bowling   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


I know you've probably been wondering for years, "How can we make bowlers even lazier?" It's pretty much impossible, right?

No, not at all. Get a load of this, a robot that'll bowl for you. Man, now that's lazy.



Now, you're probably saying, what in the hell is this thing actually for? It can't be to let fat slobs bowl without moving.

Well, that's true, at least for now. This computerized bowling robot is actually part of a two year study of bowling ball motion and how new technologies can influence and effect lane conditions and scoring in the popular sport.

I know exactly what you're thinking. Technology has had an effect on the sport of bowling? You're kidding, right? No, it's the steroids of bowling apparently, and it must be stopped!
"[United States Bowling Congress] is concerned that technology has overtaken player skill in determining success in the sport of bowling," says Neil Stremmel, USBC technical director. "The ultimate goal of USBC research is to strike a better balance between player skill and technology."
That's right people, when the Terminators take over the world, at least we'll be able to hang with them at the bowling lane.



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2/2/09   |   BikerBaby   |   763 respect

But does it act like a bowler when it gets a gutter ball or does it have a thing for the ball shiner!!! Or do you use it for a ball shiner!!!?

1/29/08   |   DLay

Techonology has been a big discussion point on the competitive level since 1982, when the first urethane ball, the AMF Black Angle was introduced. Also, when polyester(plastic) was introduced in the '70s. The big jump was when Nu-Line released the XCalibur in 1992, the first reactive resin bowling ball. Who knew a no name company could change the face of the sport?

I can personally atest to the fact this ball ABSOLUTELY changed the sport, most would argue this began to mark the decline of the sport. I was the first youth bowler in our area to purchase this ball. Now granted, throwing the same balls as everyone else I would say I was usually 10 left of everyone else because I already threw a big hook. But the first night I bowled league with this ball they put out a lot of oil, for back then, and everyone was throwing the ball up the first arrow and not hooking it much. Now I started the night playing the second arrow out to about 3rd board to get to the pocket. By the end of the night, the other bowlers may have had to move to the 2nd arrow, myself I was playing 6th arrow out to the gutter and striking at will.

To sum that rant up, the new techonology has given those with lesser ability to have the same type of power that those who already had the ability to do so did. Several crankers who were top players on the PBA level no longer had much success. Pete Weber completely had to change the way he released the ball to stay competitive. Technology has caused this sport to lose respect for it's professionals because it has given the recreational players the idea that they're every bit as good as the guys on tour are. They're not, trust me. Scores and egos are inflated, and when someone puts out a difficult lane pattern a lot of competitive bowlers shy away because THEY SUCK!

 

If this isn't a sign of where this sport is headed, check out this link:

 

http//www.900global.com/remote_control_bowling_ball/web_page

1/28/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Now if they start building a robot to bowl for you on the Wii then we will truly be a society of slugs.

1/28/08   |   kappafla211

Actually real bowlers have been saying this since the technology started to advance. Bowlers that averaged 180 are now averaging between 195 and 205. Which is a big jump. Bowlers treasured 300 games and a 800 series. Now it is normal to see 2-3 300 games a week at league and an 800 every two weeks. The balls are so far advanced from the conditions on the lanes.

1/28/08   |   BobbleheadBob

Hopefully Sports Science can apply this Star Wars technology to Curling, eh?