Bumper Bowling…What Is It? And Where Did It Come From?

What is bumper bowling?

Bumper bowling is when the gutters of the bowling lane are covered so that wayward bowling balls thrown by the participants will stay in the lane. It prevents the ball from going into the gutter and increases the bowlers chance of hittingthe pins. Some people get frustrated when they are not doing well so turning on bumpers allows them to experience success and gain confidence.

To turn on the bumpers you need to go to the reception desk and tell them what lane you want the bumpers on. Some bowling alleys may have the technology to be able to turn the bumpers on by the scoring console by your lane. Also, you don’t have to have the bumpers up for every player on the lane, you can pick what players have the bumpers up. They are also used to keep young children out of the gutters. 

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Bumper bowling was invented by Phil Kinzer. His aim was to make bowling fun for everyone no matter their ability. It also helped make the playing fields a bit more fair because no matter how you shot, you would knock down some pins. People could still improve their technique while playing bumper bowling because it doesn’t change the complexity of the game, it just prevents the ball from going into the gutter. However, you cannot use bumpers when playing in competitive competitions because it’s unfair and the competitors should be at an elite quality where they won’t bowl the ball into the gutter.

The only time bumpers are allowed in tournaments are when they are actual bumper bowling tournaments either for young children or the differently able-bodied.

Bumper bowling does make the sport easier because it prevents the participant from throwing the ball into the gutter. However, the chance of getting a strike and a spare is not increased when the bumpers are up. To get a strike and a spare you have to be extremely accurate and hit the pins at the correct angle. 

Who is bumper bowling for?

Bumper bowling was designed for young children or adults with disabilities. The bowling balls used are usually lighter than usual to meet the players ability. The bowling balls used are usually a maximum of six pounds. Some children start bowling as young as three years old and at that age it is very hard to throw/roll accurately with the ball going into the gutter. This is why bumper bowling is ideal for beginners as well so that they can improve their technique whilst still knocking down pins and playing competitively with family and friends.

Bumper bowling allows children, people with disabilities and beginners to play a fun competitive game of bowling with friends and family. It prevents people who aren’t that good at bowling, from getting frustrated and upset because the ball keeps going into the gutter. It’s used to level the playing fields between competitors. Some people may also use the ramp to get better accuracy as well or instead of using bumpers. This is mainly used by children to make sure they hit pins down and have fun while playing bowling.

When to use bumpers in bowling.

Many people don’t know when to use the bumpers in bowling. Some people think that they aren’t good enough to go bowling if they have to use bumpers. However, this isn’t the case. Young children, beginners and people with disabilities usually use bumpers to make life a lot easier. It makes the game more fair because the people using the bumpers usually don’t have a good technique so it allows them to bowl without the ball going into the gutter.

Some people may want to change throughout the game to use the bumpers. There are many reasons that you may want to do this. Some of the reasons are if your not playing well, if your trying a new technique, or if you’re a beginner. Some players may being having an off game and want to gain confidence back.

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This is why they may put the gutters on to ensure that they knock down pins and get some success. They might be having a good game an decide to try out a new technique. They might put the bumpers on if they are not very good at the new technique. This is so they can still knock down pins and compete with others. The last reason you might want to turn on the bumpers mid game is if you’re a beginner. You might want to try and bowl without the bumpers in the beginning to see how good you are. If you are not playing well you might want to turn on the bumpers to knock down some pins.

How bumper bowling has changed bowling?

Bumper bowling has made revenue in bowling increase. It allows families to go out and have a good time without anyone getting frustrated due to their technique. It makes the game more fun when it’s competitive. The bumpers allow any age to play the game which is beneficial since it gets more people playing bowling and enjoying the game. This is good for bowling as it increases their exposure and fan base which will hopefully make the sport bigger throughout the world. 

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