Hey, I didn’t even know there was an old speed bowling record, did you?
If you ever feel overconfident when you go to the bowling alley, think of Chad McLean.
The Gainesville native and bowler extraordinaire owns the Guinness World Record for most strikes bowled in a minute.
In a video uploaded this week to YouTube, McLean takes down nine sets of pins in about 60 seconds. McLean managed 15 attempts in the minute.
Pretty awesome if you ask me.
But let’s make it more awesome. Leave it to Drew to figure out how to crank it up several more notches.
15 throws is a game and a half [assuming a perfect game], and bowling league is typically 3 games. So in theory this guy - and maybe you too, with practice - could do a whole night’s bowling league in 2 minutes. Granted, you probably won’t throw 9 strikes from 15 throws like Chad did, so we’ll more than double the time. Call it 5 minutes. And with 4 people on a team, that could means 20 minutes for your whole team to bowl, but the next bowler really doesn’t need to wait until the previous guy is completely done. Let him get about 2 lanes ahead for courtesy, and to allow the pin setter to bring up new pins. So a team of 4 could get the whole job done ... in about 10 minutes. Your opponents come along behind you, and the pin setting machines need a little bit of time to reset each frame ... so let’s call it 20 minutes. Beats the heck out of the typical 2 and half to 3 hours that league usually runs. And you could schedule it tight, too. Team 1 and 2 start off at 7, teams 3 and 4 start off at 7:05, teams 5 and 6 at 7:10, etc. And there’d be a steady procession of people bowling across the whole alley, going from lane 1 to lane 2 to lane 3 and so on until they’re done.
An alley could probably run 10 leagues a night, instead of the more typical 4. All those folks who say “Oh, I don’t have time for bowling league” would lose that as an excuse. The alleys would rake in the money, but beer sales would be down considerably. No time for a brewski!
On the other hand, each bowler would need to own about 30 bowling balls and bring them all on league night. Which would not only be mighty expensive, but awfully heavy.
Well your plan would sure free up the most important part of league night.
Yes, I mean the beer part!