For most great bowlers, shooting a 300 is just another game and carries little significance anymore, especially since there were about 55,000 USBC-certified 300 games in 2015-16 alone. For some of us, though, it matters. A lot.
Pictured right is the author, Lucas Wiseman, who has covered bowling events around the world for more than a decade. You can follow him on Twitter at @Lucas_Wiseman.
After spending 13 years traveling and covering the best bowlers in the world for USBC, I fell into that trap of thinking 300 was just another game. Until it happened to me.
On Oct. 20, I shot my first 300 game. I’ve bowled since I was a kid, but 30 years later I had finally bowled the elusive perfect game.
And despite having personally witnessed hundreds and hundreds of perfect games, I found it to be an incredibly special moment.
I knew after the fifth frame that I had a legitimate chance to bowl a 300. By the time the final shot came around, I’ll admit I was extremely nervous. I took a deep breath, calmed myself down and did what I had done the 11 shots before that – strike.
My league, which has just seven teams, erupted into cheers in celebration of my accomplishment, and I was glowing after my life-long chase for a 300 game came to a close.
For a vast majority of the regular bowlers like me, bowling a 300 game is not just another game. It’s the biggest bowling accomplishment they will achieve in their life.
So the next time you see a bowler with a chance for a 300 game, don’t take it for granted. Stop. Pay attention. You’re witnessing something special that deserves your attention, especially if that person has never bowled a 300 game before.
By Lucas Wiseman