This week's Lone Star Adventure takes us to the center of the bowling universe and its governing, training and scientific headquarters. FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to Arlington and the International Bowling Campus.
The International Bowling Campus bills itself as delivering a strike for America and at the same time claiming the title of bowling capitol of the world. It's a sprawling complex with state of the art lanes and a museum that traces the sport back to ancient Egypt.
The museum is an interactive experience, chronicling all things bowling from early smoke-filled bowling alleys to modern-day bowling centers. Visitors get a chance to see bowling as it would have looked a hundred years ago. Back then nothing was mechanized. Pins had to be set by hand by pinboys and the ball returned by gravity alone.
At the International Training and Research Center, Team USA members have their every movement tracked and analyzed by computers. While the best bowlers work on their game, others test new equipment. They study new equipment and do a lot of the research on balls that are in development. All balls have to receive the USBC stamp of approval before they can be used in competitions.
There is more than testing going on at the International Bowling Campus. The facility houses a coaching staff and is open to the general public. Anyone from amateurs to the professionals are welcome to come work on their game.
For more information please visit the International Bowling Campus website.
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