Old_Style wrote:Dick Weber revolutionized bowling...
Actually the equipment did most of that. We're a long way advanced from the old rubber bowling balls now. Granted, there is a two hander on tour now that is trying to revolutionize the game (he doesn't put any fingers in the ball). I guess if you want to talk revolutionary in bowling's past, Mark Roth could/would be considered the first "cranker", and professional bowling is a power game at this point compared to the old days of nice and easy.
Funny though, the pros had a tournament two weeks ago where they were all forced to use a plastic ball. Created enough buzz that PTI (Pardon The Interruption) had a segment about it. They talked about doing the same thing in other sports, such as the old wooden rackets in tennis and the old clubs in golf. And Wes Malott (top dog this year) didn't participate in the plastic ball event (and then won again this week).
Anyway, the PBA provided each bowler with a plastic ball, all of them exactly the same one. Chris Barnes managed to average 249 for the week with a plastic ball, which is mind boggling. He didn't win, some power player did (I forgot the guy's name, he went 122 tournaments without a win so I don't remember offhand what his name was ). Pete Weber finished second. Was interesting to watch the guys try to bowl with the type of ball they usually only use for a few spares.