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IS BOWLING COOL?

January 9, 2009

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Believe it or not, The Wall Street Journal just featured an article on bowling. Shockingly, according to the most recent figures, participation in the sport may be at an all-time high.

If the Journal’s numbers are to be believed, 67 million people in the U.S. went bowling at least once last year. Over 43 million of those people bowled more than once. Both of those figures are approaching an all-time high for the number of American bowlers.

Although league memberships are down nationwide, the sport is apparently syphoning off  a large number of casual young bowlers. Many of these younger players are drawn to facilities that have bowling because of video games, pool and air hockey. They end up bowling occassionally as an afterthought. Still, their numbers, along with parents who book “bowling birthday parties,” are enough to make the growth of the sport in recent years tangible.

The Journal article also points out one other interesting fact. Thanks to “increased technology” bowling scores are higher than ever (unless you’re Barack Obama.) The article credits ball surfaces and “lanes oiled in specific patterns” for the skyrocketing scores of the average bowler. In 1978-79 there were 5,373 perfect “300 games” bowled in America. Last year there were 52,229 perfect games.