Have you ever bowled a perfect game? Me personally, I’ve never even gotten close. I did manage to bowl a Turkey once in my lifetime, and that was quite an achievement for me – but overall I’m a pretty crappy bowler. For example, when I was a kid, my average score per game was somewhere around 25. I mean, sure, I was like six years old… But I was also the one holding my team back.
Anyone can get lucky and throw a strike, but to throw twelve in a row requires immense concentration, not to mention natural talent and lots of practice.
And even then, sometimes a freak occurrence can ruin a perfect game:
Knowing my luck, even if I had the talent to get even close to 300, something like that would happen and ruin it for me.
Ah, who am I kidding? I’d ruin it for myself and have to face the incoming barrage of boos and objects coming my way:
And sometimes it comes down to a single pin.
But when you get it, it’s a hell of an achievement.
Usually, time isn’t a big factor… Unless you’re going for the world record for fastest perfect game. 23-year-old Ben Ketola was doing just that this month when he managed to throw 12 strikes in 86.9 seconds. Unbelievable? Maybe until you watch the video:
Obviously most bowlers don’t have an entire alley at their disposal which would make breaking that speed record nearly impossible, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a thing – people booking entire bowling alleys just to try and set a speed record. And anyone who can break that one will have my immediate respect, because already this is just about the most amazing bowling feat I’ve ever seen.