Roundup: Interesting Bowling Facts

From practical to purely entertaining, we love hearing bowling stories and learning more about the sport – and thought it was time to return to sharing what we find with you.

Unique Bowling Ball Trick Shots

First, here are unique bowling ball trick shots from’s top four nominees. And, although these are from a contest held in 2015, they are truly timeless. In fact, one of these bowlers died more than 30 years ago and yet still makes’s top four list.


Take a look at what Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Osku Palermaa and Andy Varipapa are able to accomplish. Which is your favorite?

Varipapa lived to be 93 years old, and was, according to the New York Times, “recognized as the supreme bowler of his time and one of the sport’s best attractions for more than a quarter of a century.” Born in Italy, he and his family came to the United States when he was 11 years old. As a young adult, he began working as a machinist in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and, in his free time, he enjoyed bowling.

As a hardworking guy, he also sold insurance, but then the Great Depression hit and he found himself unemployed. He secured a job managing a bowling alley, though, and “immediately found his niche in life.” He traveled the country in the 30s and 40s, putting on bowling exhibitions and clinics, which included his trick shots. At the age of 57, he won a national bowling championship (in 1947), and then repeated the feat in 1948, being named Bowler of the Year for his back-to-back wins. He came close to winning again in 1949 and he also made 17 short films on bowling in Hollywood. In 2002, 28 years after he died, he was featured in a History Channel program.

So, who do you think will be today’s star bowling ball trickster? Here’s a fun look at one modern trick:

Developing a Personal Bowling Strategy

We also found an article that shared tips on developing your own practice plan, crucial for any bowling strategy. This article suggests that you create a practice plan for distinct elements of the game, such as set-up, footwork, timing and swing, release, balance and your finish position.

Meanwhile, here’s a strategy that we hope never becomes legal.

Bowling History Facts: the Banned Sport

According to, bowling was banned in Connecticut in 1841 (“any ninepin lanes”), with the writer speculating that the ban came because it was too easy to gamble on the sport. This ban wasn’t necessarily original, because the first reference to bowling (1366) is said to focus on the ban of the sport, because England’s King Edward III thought it detracted his soldiers from archery practice (and we know we’d sure prefer bowling over archery!). And, King Henry VIII supposed bowled using cannonballs and dictated that only the upper class could participate in the sport because soldiers and the working class were focusing on bowling instead of their work.

The Guardian states that King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn wasn’t good at hunting, but was “better at bowls, making up a decent mixed-doubles pair with her husband, who was so keen on the sport that when he went to war with Emperor Maximilian he took his indoor-bowling shed (90ft by 8ft) with him so he could work on his game between battles.”

Intriguing Quote

“Bowling is the original social network. It’s a game that’s been enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels for literally centuries.” (Jeff Benton, CEO of Link Strategy Group)

Bowling Etiquette

Finally, here are clean-up tips from

  • Throw away any trash from your area when you’re done bowling.
  • If you used an alley ball or shoes, return them.
  • If you’re unsure what else is your responsibility, remember that all bowling etiquette comes down to respecting the lanes and the people around you.Here’s a clean-up tip from Ole Roy’s: use our unique bowling ball cleaner! Early Shift is ideal for when the lanes are oilier, and Late Shift is perfect when lanes become dryer. You can find both at

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