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In conventional bowling there are two
contrary goals: (1) avoid splits, and (2)
resolve splits into spares.
In Bowling Mano-a-Mano, the opponents
bowl the other's first ball in each frame.
Thus, the objective is to create difficult
splits for the other to resolve and to
splits into spares on the second ball
(bowled by the "owner" of the frame) in
In one variety, if you bowl a gutter ball in
your opponent's frame, that counts as a
The advantage is that bowling now has
become a competitve sport in which the
players are involved in each other's
The better you are at causing splits, the
worse your opponent's score.
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||There are such games as Crown Green Bowling and Indoor Bowls that use these strategies (and more!). I believe that they gave rise to the phenomenon of 'Ten Pin Bowling'. I may be corrected on that last one.
||Sorry, not to knock over pins though. [mfd removed]
||Crown Green Bowling and Indoor Bowls
have nothing to do with this concept.
Those two games seem closely related
to petanque de boules and boccia.
Those are both better games than
conventional bowling because you can
interact with the other player's balls,
like knock one out of play much like in
||Perhaps they did give rise to ten pin
bowling, but then again soccer
(association football) and american
football presumably have the same
||Hmm..this gives me an idea: Why not have the two bowlers face each other while standing directly in front of the opponent's pins? They would roll, and then attempt to jump out of the path of the onrushing urethane orb.
||While I am proud of the fact that I have never decided to go bowling sober, were I drunk enough to want to go bowling, this would be an interesting variation.
||[Ato_de], that's a small window of opportunity to throw a bowling ball through.
||I would remove the gutters for this sport. Gutter-balls are entirely too easy.
||That is why I suggest the alternative in
which the gutter ball counts as a strike
... that being as a strike for your
||To clarify the concept: the scoring is
identical to regular bowling. The only
difference is who bowls the first ball in
each frame. Say if you have bowler A
and bowler B, then A bowls B's first ball,
and B bowls A's first ball. That is why
the gutterball counts as strike is a good
||There are two strategies. One the
conservative, play it safe and try to
merely knock down one of the back
corner pins - I am sure they have
numbers, but I am not a bowler. That,
however, risks missing and hitting a
gutter-ball strike. The other is the
aggressive approach: try to nail the king
pin head on to cause a split. That has
it's downside also, the risk of
accidentally hitting a strike.
||This might work between very good players who consistently bowl strikes, but among those who do a lap of honour after hitting a pin (ie, me) it probably wouldn't change much.