Trick bowling. You know, the kind where you shoot backwards and between your friend’s legs. But you probably didn’t get a strike on that particular bowl. But that’s okay, because it might make you appreciate the work of trick bowlers that much more.
Trick bowling is a form of competitive bowling in which special pin sets, obstacles and multiple bowling balls add additional challenges to 10-pin bowling. Competitions are set up so that one bowler has a chance to make a trick shot; if he or she does, the next bowler must also make the shot, or the first bowler receives a point. If you recognize this format, it’s because it closely resembles the scoring in a game of “horse” in basketball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick_bowling ).
Wondering about some common trick shots? Here’s a quick directory for you.
30-Pin Strike: The lane is set up with 30 pins in the same triangular formation as the standard setup.
Spinning Ball Spare Conversion: The bowler spins one ball slowly down the lane, and sends a second ball down the lane normally. The second ball knocks down nine pins, and the first slowly spun ball knocks down the one remaining pin.
Backwards approach shot: You know this one! The bowler throws the ball between his or her legs without looking at the lane.
Marked Shots: The bowler will place a marker on the lane, and the ball must cross over that marker before knocking down any pins.
Prop Shots: The bowler places an object in the lane to create an obstacle and make the shot more difficult.
Flying Eagle: Watch how this one happens here. Continue watching the video to see amazing trick shots through a skate park. We also recommend this 1940s video of Andy Varipapa—the commentary is almost as good as the bowling!