Bowling must be one of the most popular sports in terms of participation. Hundreds of millions around the globe bowl regularly. An estimated ten million take part in leagues, competing an average of 40 times per year. But only the best among those making an elite sport of it match up against each other in The World Games. Seemingly tumbling the pins at will, the top athletes strike for gold with every ball they deliver. Their mastery shows in the way the ball rolls, the path it takes down the lane, and in how the pins go down behind its force or spin. The athletes' talent is palpable, their results are inspiring, and the show is electric when they best are at their best.

Bowling featured in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for all details.

Bowling will participate at The World Games 2017!

Learn more about Bowling on The World Games Channel.



The history ...

The sport dates back some 7,000 years, to a time when Egyptians buried some remnants of the earliest known form of bowling in their tombs. By 1650 bowling encompassed nine pins set in a diamond pattern toward the end of a 90-foot lane. Ten-pin bowling, which features a 60-foot lane and pins set in a triangle pattern, is believed to have derived from a Dutch version of the game. The scoring for strikes and spares came about when heavier bottle-shaped pins replaced the earlier tall and slender version.

Based on accuracy ...

Bowling is another true precision sport according to a comprehensive study completed by Dr. Ben Johnson, former Director of the Center for Sports Medicine, Science and Technology at Georgia State University. The study concludes that bowling is much like archery, shooting, baseball/softball pitching or other sports based on accuracy, and physically demanding like tennis, table tennis, basketball for the top athletes, and to all who participate for social, recreation or health/fitness reasons.

Physically and mentally taxing ...

During an elite tournament, a bowler must possess physical and mental attributes to consistently deliver a seven kilogram ball approximately 900 times over the three days. A successful delivery requires the ball to be released within one centimeter of a chosen mark and to strike a four centimeter target 18.3 meters away. Championship performances require medal winners to do this well over 90% of the time.

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