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MI 2 AZ

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String Bowling In The News
« on: January 23, 2023, 12:52:43 AM »
https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-bowling-is-in-a-knock-down-fight-over-new-high-tech-pins-11673367332


https://www.npr.org/2023/01/13/1149135745/an-innovation-in-pin-racking-angers-some-pro-bowlers


"It kind of leaves some weird, like, Tetris designs, I would say, you know, just because of how they fall and how the pins interact with each other," pro bowler Bryanna Cote tells NPR. The US Bowling Congress did some research and found that string pins resulted in 7% fewer strikes, along with fewer spares and, as Cote says, more unusual splits left standing. Bowlers of all stripes better get used to it. String pinsetters are cheaper and easier to maintain than the old-school equipment, and cash-strapped alleys need all the help they can get. “Whether you like it or not, the reality is it’s going to happen," says Thomas Shannon, CEO of the Bowlero chain of bowling centers. The shift will be gradual, however, as lanes phase in the new systems in as the older ones go down.

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Re: String Bowling In The News
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2023, 06:48:04 AM »
The USBC claims they will make a decision on sanctioning string pins in 2023.  If they do, then all bets are off.  My local Bowlero has made no real effort to fix the pinsetters.  Could they be waiting for the USBC's decision on string pins?  Possibly, although it is still a very busy league house and many of the multi-league bowlers are warning they'll leave the day string pins get installed.

Interesting times ahead for sure!

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Re: String Bowling In The News
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2023, 06:49:32 AM »
I haven't bowled on the string lanes yet but, I've had a chance to watch some people bowling on the strings and it looks, sounds and feels so different than the old machines. I've also heard from some guys that have bowled on the strings and they didn't have a lot of positives to say about the experience.