Greetings and Salutations my fellow bowlers. Welcome back to this edition of Striking Spotlight.  As many of you may or may not know, I have an enormous passion for the sport of bowling: YES you did read that correctly I did say SPORT.  On record, August is my favorite month for bowling because that is when the new season starts, but June is another favorite.  Why June you may ask? Well I will tell you. There are the new ball releases for the summer kick off, Bowl eXpo, the PBA Summer Swing and PBA50 that will be in Las Vegas for 2 weeks for the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior Masters. As we all know facebook is a very powerful tool; there are a number of bowling groups on facebook in which I am a member of. In these groups there have been some really good discussions in various aspects of bowling: from the most aggressive, new release balls, to USBC changing the ratio for a house shot. If the USBC changed the ratio for a house shot in order to make it more difficult could, and possibly would, result in a decrease in the number of honor scores that are being shot. On the outside that sounds like the quick and easy plan BUT, there is more to this. Let’s say that the USBC changes the ratio and takes away the easy high scoring shots then in turn that would make a new task for the ball manufactures to make a ball that would chew up the thicker oil or make a super hooking ball for the longer oil. Another part would be the lower average players and if we raise the ratio or make a longer pattern or use thicker oil all I see is that their ball will skid/slide down 60 feet. Yes it is harder to strike without ball motion but at what expense do we do this? I do think there are different levels of players from the beginner that wants to improve, the bowler that loves to shoot honor scores and will never leave that center to the players that want a challenge. For that I strongly believe in the sport shot leagues but the issue I see in my area is that the centers have a hard time buying into flooring a league for “scratch bowlers” and I never understood that as you are not doing it for them you are doing it for the bowlers that bowl in the center and giving them a chance to improve and get better.

Till next time stay Happy, Healthy and Bowling

Brian Hirsch

Brian Hirsch grew up in Bronx, New York. After moving to Arizona and seeing bowling on TV there was something about it that brought him to the lanes that next Saturday and to this day the PASSION for the sport is still there!!!! Off the lanes you’ll find Brian cheering on the New York Yankees! When not working, Brian can be found Coaching, working at Bowling with LEVERAGE Pro Shops and spreading the word about Bowling. Brian is a proud member of the MOTIV Bowling & Turbo Grips Staff’s.

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