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Technique I


TRICKSTER OR GENIUS? Andy Varipapa’s famed trick shots may actually have comprised bowling’s most primitive lane-mapping technology.


TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BOWLER


THERE GOES GRAVITY


THE REAL ‘INVISIBLE OBSTACLE’ IN BOWLING MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LANE OIL.


n Strikes and Spares, a short film released in 1934 starring Andy Varipapa, the world’s most renowned trick-shot artist, Varipapa spins a ball like a top. He then watches it loop to the right around one ball placed on its thumb hole at the arrows, then to


the left around another ball placed well beyond them, then back to the right to convert a 10-pin spare.


/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Pete Smith, who narrates the


nine-minute film, calls it, “One of the greatest shots ever made on an alley.” He might also have called it something else: bowling’s most primitive lane-mapping technology.


The moment Varipapa discovered his penchant for trick shots, he also discovered that no bowling lane in the world is perfectly flat. As long as bowling lanes are installed on planet Earth, that will always be so.


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