A person just needs to remember Earl Anthony to see that accurate bowlers with moderate speed could compete at a high level.
But, could Anthony compete in today's game? No. In fact, nobody prior to Mark Roth
could make the grade.
Accuracy is not enough anymore. Everyone hits the pocket almost every time. It's those that carry the most hits that percolate to the top and make the shows.
Even Walter Ray Williams would struggle. Strokers just don't carry enough off hits to compete with power players who carry everything close. It's why 2 handed is taking over the game. Two hands can generate more RPM's and more speed. I don't care who you put on a pair of lanes today, against the likes of the Belmos of this world, they'll struggle to compete.
I've been watching the National Junior age groups compete on CBS Sports and you can already see the game is changing much more rapidly than even I imagined.
If USBC doesn't step in and mandate more difficult lane patterns and reign in ball technology, the game will suffer simply because it's getting too easy.
With so many young people coming up using 2 hands and the rest already cranking the ball with one, as adults they're going to be averaging so far over 200 on typical house shots that the challenge will be gone.
One of the 12 and under junior girls shot her first 300 at age 9.
Bowlers today who want to get better have to work on technique and understand how to make use of ball technology. Today's game would be inconceivable to the Hardwicks and Carters. Their delivery technique just doesn't have what it takes to compete against the crankers who compete today.
Neither Hardwick or Carter ever through a ball 20-25 MPH with 600 RPM's. Bowling skills are picked up young. Learning to crank the ball can't be done later in life. Its why you never see too many retired people winding up their shots. Some tweeners for sure but no crankers.
Ten years from now, many who we call dominate today will also fade from the game as the next generation comes up with more speed and more RPM's. USBC will have its hands full.