Over the years, technological advances have made
huge differences to the way we bowl, and changed the way bowlers
need to play in order to win.
Within the last 20 years, bowling balls have gone high-tech.
Manufacturers have used sophisticated physics to create balls that
are almost magnetically attracted to the pins. These balls are
coated in plastic that grips the lanes and keeps the ball running
down the centre, and the lanes are oiled to effectively steer the
ball into the pins.
While this has made it much more fun for social bowlers, as
you're much more likely to score a strike, professionals have
complained that it's much harder to win when everyone's scoring so
So what might the future hold? Here are our (getting gradually
more far-fetched) ideas…
With big screen technology and e-Scoring, you could match up
against a team in a venue on the other side of the country - or
even on the other side of the world! Wouldn't it be fun to
celebrate your birthday with a bowling match against friends or
relations in Australia?
You'd have to ensure it's fair though: with independent judges
checking the teams' bowling balls and lanes to ensure the same
speed and accuracy.
Ever complained about the weight of the bowling ball? Maybe in
the future they'll be made of a Kryptonian compound that combines
the mass of today's ball (so they travel at the same speed and
knock down the pins in the same way) with a lightness that means
they don't hurt if they fall on your foot.
For anyone who feels that technological changes have made it too
easy to score a strike, why not have pins that levitate and move
about as the ball travels towards them? A heat-seeking element in
the ball would help it find the targets - or it could be guided by
the bowler wearing a special telepathic headpiece.
Ok so maybe that's going too far, but we can dream. Watch this