I did the survey and filled it out like a scratch bowler would.
But this is a topic thats been discussed so much.
1) Bowling industry is in decline because of factors that have nothing to do with bowling. Pay people more, give them some less hours to work, and they'll be heading out bowling more, and to movies more and other things...
2) People vote with their money. Sport bowling leagues are NOT popular. I only bowl in sport shot league in summer and then rest of year, is the break and do tournaments when can. I wish they were more popular, I love bowling in my summer league, but just stating fact.
3) Scratch bowlers who want to bowl on hard conditions are frequenting these message boards, not the typical 170 - 200 bowler.
4) Two handed bowling. Being realistic, if you're a 9 year old kid and try throwing one handed, and then see some 10 year old next to you blowing away the wrack 2 handed, what are you going to do? Two handed bowling significantly reduces learning curve and physical skills needed to have a pretty hook. I'm sure it makes things more exciting for youth bowlers, therefore it's good for industry.
That pretty two handed hook that a newbie can learn in a month, will be going all over the place on a sport shot, but whatever, that's besides the point.
5) It would have been simple for the USBC and bowling proprietors to prevent the problem of out of controlling scoring, then to reverse it. 200 avg. bowlers will not be happy to learn that they are really at 170. These no solution to this from pin weight, changing lane oils, changing ball specs... that doesn't lead to lower scores. How lower scores will help the bowling industry isn't a mystery to me.
The only solution is clearer differentiation between sport bowling, and recreation bowling, and to stop treating recreation bowling, as if it's sport bowling.
It shouldn't matter to the competitive scratch bowling if people have fun with an inflated recreation average. I think what does matter is when the 220 avg bowling can't do real bowling b/c he's crowded out by all the recreation stuff.
If 90% of bowling was recreation and 10% sport that would be ok. But when it's more than 99% rec. and you have to search hard for any sport then you have a problem.
If this is what bowlers want, then vote with your dollars.
I spend money on my sport shot league, lots of practice, on bowling lessons, and sport shot tournaments. I do NOT pay $30 a week to bowl 3 games on a house shot, for 36 weeks, nor will I pay $100+ to bowling in a "modified house shot" tournament.
Not that I'm trying to influence bowling industry, this is simply what I'm interested in paying.