Anyone Know About US Bowling?

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    Sep 20, 2015 10:54 PM GMT
    I was just invited to join a bowling team, in a gay bowling league. Mostly lesbians on this team, but a man is also welcome. I haven't bowled regularly since before most of you were born, and so my knowledge of equipment, especially the ball brands, is nil.

    I see balls by Ebonite and Brunswick, 2 companies I recognize from the 1960s. But their model names and the new technology mean nothing to me. Plus I need shoes. The bag brand is immaterial, whatever does the job.

    Any suggestions? And BTW, I didn't find a Bowling forum, so I went to the All Things Gay default.
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    Sep 21, 2015 12:57 AM GMT
    I'm gonna bump this. The post's getting some hits, but so far no one replying to my questions. Is bowling not real popular among RealJock guys? I realize it's not a muscle game or contact sport, but still...

    Here in Wilton Manors we have an entire gay bowling league, of men & women. When they play the entire local bowling alley of 22 lanes is taken, packed with teams. Well over a hundred people.

    My partner & I used to attend when our friends played, just as spectators and to cheer them on. Afterwards we'd all go to a favorite spot for pizzas and pitchers of beer. It was great, about as American as backyard barbecues.

    So when I got this unexpected invite I wanted to accept. But first I've gotta quickly equip myself. I hope someone here will help.

  • Sep 21, 2015 6:43 PM GMT
    Bowling may not be a muscle sport but many players are fit and into other sports. I've noticed those that have good hand and eye coordination like bowling also tennis, darts, billiards & softball. I have bowled on gay leagues for many years. IGBO (International Gay Bowling Organization) is the governing body. There are hundreds of gay leagues all across the US that are sanctioned under IGBO. Many leagues host tournaments and bowlers travel across states to support each other. I bowl in several leagues in Long Beach, CA and participate in tournaments. There is a big contingency of West Hollywood bowlers (and surrounding area) that bowl out of Studio City. In addition, San Diego, Palm Springs and San Francisco have leagues. Many are recreational bowlers and others very competitive tournament or gay Olympic type bowlers. And yes there are hot guys bowling. Put balls, bars, and bowling together and there can be some after hour fun. There is a fundraiser in one city where guys bowl in their boxers!

    You can go to the bowling pro shop that is attached to most bowling alleys. They can help you find a ball (weight) and shoes that fit you properly and for your skill level. Using house equipment is a bit dirty and scanky and ill fitting. Good luck. Have fun and enjoy your league!
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    Sep 21, 2015 8:52 PM GMT
    FITFULLANDFRISKY saidBowling may not be a muscle sport but many players are fit and into other sports. I've noticed those that have good hand and eye coordination

    Thanks so much. As it happens I have great hand-eye coordination. I was an Expert shooter in the Army, of any weapon I handled, and did equally well with a bow and arrow. It must be genetic.

    I was pretty good when I bowled as a teenager, too. Rarely a game under 200. I'm not sure that was aim, rather than technique. Whatever.
    But today I'm 66, so I don't know how I'll do.

    Nevertheless I was invited to play, and I gotta come up to speed about things I haven't thought about in nearly 50 years. Does ANYBODY here have suggestions about bowling ball selections?
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    Sep 22, 2015 1:40 PM GMT
    Are you training? I knew a guy in Tennessee who was what I guess you'd call a professional bowler (he made money bowling) and he was jacked. He did an intense workout targeting the "bowling muscles". I always hated to see him extending his arm to shake my hand because he had a grip like a motherfucker. Bowling's not for sissies.
    Edit:I wasn't calling you a sissy. I was just saying I think people underestimate the fitness level and athletic ability that serious bowlers have.
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    Sep 22, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidAre you training? I knew a guy in Tennessee who was what I guess you'd call a professional bowler (he made money bowling) and he was jacked. He did an intense workout targeting the "bowling muscles". I always hated to see him extending his arm to shake my hand because he had a grip like a motherfucker. Bowling's not for sissies.
    Edit:I wasn't calling you a sissy. I was just saying I think people underestimate the fitness level and athletic ability that serious bowlers have.

    Thanks, you make good points. As it happens, many people today complain my handshake grip is too firm. A residual of riding motorcycles since the 1960s, where your hands are not only gripping the handlebars for hours on end, but also squeezing the brake and clutch levers. Sorta like working those springy grip exercise devices.

    But I did bowl for several years, so not entirely new to me. Even in my prime I used a 15-pound ball, not the maximum 16. I felt it gave me better control. Nice if I coulda had the muscles to control a 16 pounder with equal ball speed and precision, with its greater impact force, but that didn't prevent me from getting consistent 200+ games.

    So I'm neither naive nor intimidated. I simply don't know the products anymore. That's where I'm searching in the dark, and could use some advice on balls & shoes to buy. Especially bowling balls, whose technology has evidently advanced a great deal.