Many times when people don’t enjoy their bowling experience it’s because the expectations they have for the sport are not met. This list of common bowling myths has been created in the hopes of giving people a more realistic view of what bowling actually entails. Keep reading to see if your views on this fascinating sport have been skewed by false information.
Myth #1: The Heavier a Ball Is, the Better
Many people believe that a heavier ball means unconditionally more speed and power, and since the legal limit for a bowling ball is sixteen pounds, this is typically the one they go for. However, there are several reasons why you might want to choose a lighter ball.
For one, you might not have the strength to toss a ball of that size. Sure, you’ll get a better impact with a sixteen pound ball than a twelve pound ball, but if you can’t successfully handle that extra weight, then all that goes out the window. You may feel embarrassed choosing a lighter ball, but in the long run, the improvements you make to your game will be worth it.
Myth #2: Fancy Equipment Will Improve Your Game
Actually, this is one myth that may have some truth to it. Buying fancy, top-of-the-line equipment can make you a better bowler if you know what you’re looking for and you’ve researched what works; however, you’re probably not going to find any of this good equipment if you simply drop a lot of money on stuff that you think will make you look like a professional.
Myth #3: Being a Successful Amateur Bowler Means You Should Go Pro
Often times, amateur bowlers will see professionals bowl games well below what they have recently scored themselves, which leads them to believe that they have the capabilities of making it in the pro sports world as well. While it’s no doubt important to follow your life dreams (which may include professional bowling), it’s also important to realize that your score for one particular game is not the only deciding factor for talent in this sport.
For one, people bowl fluke games all the time—sometimes it’s a professional with an embarrassingly-low score, and sometimes it’s an amateur with an impressive high score. Being a professional bowler is all about consistency. Just because you can manage a 250 once a month with your buddies does not mean you could manage it only a daily basis in a professional tournament.