You Are Probably Not As Good At Bowling As This Guy

You Are Probably Not As Good At Bowling As This Guy

Ten consecutive strikes, all thrown backwards, in a game with a final score of 280. It’s a world record!

The bowler in the video above by RecordSetter is Andrew Cowen, from Rockford, Illinois. Isn’t his form just fantastic? I barely have proper form when trying to bowl normally, heh.

Here’s what Cowen had to say about his awesome achievement:

This was the first game I ever shot where I didn’t turn to look at any of the shots (usually I turn my head immediately to watch the ball reaction). I kept my eyes focused up on the camera during each approach. I just tried to stay focused on my form, as I didn’t know what the ball reaction was. I was quite emotional at the end. I did not actually see any of the shots in the game until I got home and watched the video. Any motioning I’m doing is based purely on how I “feel” the shot is is going to hit.

The previous world record for backwards bowling was 278, and it was held by Jim Cripps.

(Via Laughing Squid)


  • His consistency… it is just amazing to watch. You know he has bowled for a lifetime, and practiced backwards for nearly as long when he can react based on how he “feels” the ball is going. Not just how he see’s it.

    • When I used to bowl I knew from the way it felt leaving my hand whether it was going to be a strike or not. When I was feeling cocky I’d turn away and return to my seat without watching the result. I never once tried to bowl backwards though.

      • Yeah I definitely know what you mean, I only bowl casually and I can get the same feeling… but its still often a bit based on sight of seeing where the ball manages to land.

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