<Quote> Personally, I don't think the changes go far enough. I think a 200 average SHOULD mean something and SHOULD have to be worked for and earned - not bought out of a box. And I, for one, would like to see more of these rules, and I'd like to see them applied to leagues, too, not just tournaments. And not just changes to bowling balls, but also oil patterns and pin weight, too. It's a combination of all 3, and this issue is only going to be resolved by changing all 3 - ball <end quote>
Thats all fine and good, however, given the mindset of current league bowlers, you will destroy your league base in order to bring back intregrity back into bowling.... The biggest culprit is the OIL PATTERNS.... In the ABC Nationals, US Open, ABC Masters, the same high end equipment and pins are used as is during league and yet the scores are much lower... why? Because the oil pattern is not very forgiving.... Moreover, a team of players can open up thier pair very nicely if they all play about the same shot and make moves together as a team... The same moves. A skilled player can make a track shot seem like its a very easy shot...
I, personally, would have beat you back in the early 70's, mid 70's, late 70's, 80's 90's and now. The only difference would be how high the scores are. In the mid 70's I LOVED dry lanes, I threw very hard and very straight and averaged 185-190 back when that was a respectable average. I recall in my old house in The Bronx bowling action and bowling on certain pairs and averaging 220 on that one easy pair back then... and bowling on other pairs and struggling to bowl my average. In those days, each LANE was different becuase of the grain of the wood, never mind having pairs that are different.... you didn't complain, you adjusted to the lane.
It would be nice if we could get bowling back to that era, but that is never going to happen. The cat has been let out of the bag by the abc and nothing will bring it back. You can neutralize the scores using tougher oil patterns, but someone will find a way of scoring well on it. Persoanly, I'd rather see very little hold area with more swing area since I can create hold by how I line up, and how I play the lanes...
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