Wow. Name calling... I see some of you have been hanging around with my 12 year old...
Elitist? I prefer purist.
Idiot? Not even close.
Imbecile? Good use of your thesaurus.
Numbnuts? Hey, that's caused by a childhood accid.. er, wait. Nevermind.
Listen, you want your easy house shot? Go ahead. Just call it what it is. It's not bowling. It's the Ray Charles Open. It's Adult Bumper Bowling. It's people that don't want to put any time or effort in, and want the maximum out of it, and if they don't get what they think they deserve, well, gosh darn it, it must be the arrow, not the Indian!
In my line of work, there are 3 kinds of people, and I find that this also applied when I ran my pro shop.
1. The person that knows little to nothing about the specific topic. So, in this instance, a new bowler.
2. The person that knows enough to be dangerous. This would be most of the house bowlers that think that they can coach you, tell you that your stuff is drilled wrong because it doesn't look like his stuff, and could do the pro shops job much better than the owner operator.
3. The person that actually has a clue. Those people hardly speak up anymore, because they let #2 just run their mouths until they run themselves into a corner, and can't explain their way out of it.
Don't sanction the THS leagues. No more rings or plaques or anything like that. You want sanctioning? Make the house follow a baseline oil pattern. If you don't, too bad. You explain it to your customer.
Our numbers are already down. Centers are closing down all over the place already. Don't everyone act like bowling is a booming business right now. Know why there is no one in your centers?
No one needs to practice on the easy shot! Surprise!
You tell bowlers that they are going to have a chance to practice on something other than the house shot, people will show up. If it's just the house shot, what's the point? Everyone can score on the house shot!
When I ran my shop, I had it in a 36 lane house. The GM (what a joke he was) wouldn't do anything different during the day. Not change the shot, not charge less, nothing. He told me that it costs him money, and he wasn't going to give anything away. He told me this as the entire house was empty, and remained empty until 5. Yeah, that's smart.
Equipment... OK. I'll use plastic. Everyone else does too. Bring the loads that the oil machine is putting out down to the level where a plastic ball is going to make some sense. No need for the big puddle in the middle anymore, right? No more big hooking, big flaring balls tearing up our lane beds! We can save money and use less oil!
We can have a handle on equipment as well. USBC just recently reduced the max diff from .080 to .060. With the rate that people replace equipment, everyone being at that level is going to be a reality soon.
Well, let's reduce it to .040. Let's get a handle on RA values. Let's get rid of asymmetricals. It's all doable... It will just take time to have that be the standard.
And if you've heard this all before, what the hell are you doing about the problem? Are you a watercooler kind of person, who talks about all the injustice in the world, or do you actually go out, and try to change things?
Last time I checked, we were all bowlers. You wanna stand by while the powers that be wreck it? That's on you, buddy.
P.S. Since this has been posted 1000 times, I am also going to go start a thread about what the hell a ball drilled Rico will do. That topic hasn't been beaten to death.