New spec for pin permits

by Bob Johnson 0

While pundits like to point to ultra-forgiving oil patterns and high-tech bowling balls as the primary culprits in bowling's scoring explosion of the past 30 years, there's another factor that also plays a key role in scoring: bowling pins.

On Tuesday, the United States Bowling Congress announced a new specification for pin permit renewals.

While the specification does not address the "scoreability" of pins, it is intended to assure specific lines of pins utilize the same materials in their construction from one production period to another.

"This specification will confirm that the materials within an approved pin do not change from year to year," said USBC Vice President-National Governing Body Neil Stremmel. "This includes the pin coat, clear coat and pin base material."

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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