Would this be allowed in bowling?

I have never bowled in my life and have no idea of the rules so am not sure if this strike would be allowed, even if a human bowler had the strength to do it.


  1. lanir says

    CGI would make more sense… That arm didn’t look bolted down yet it didn’t so much as wobble when it started moving. And the camera panning made it look like the person recording was standing in a good spot to get killed by the bowling ball if anything went wrong.

  2. ridana says

    It would be legal for a human, but next to impossible. It would be like pitching a 16 pound ball from the mound to the plate with enough force on arrival to knock the pins down, with the handicap of a low ceiling.

    There are pretty much no rules about ball delivery as long as you don’t cross the foul line. Pages of rules about all the equipment though.

    “A delivery is made when the ball leaves the player’s possession and crosses the foul line into playing territory. Every delivery counts unless a dead ball is declared. (See Rule 8.) A delivery must be made entirely by manual means. [So no robot arms, sorry. I think kicking the ball is out as well, since that would be by pedal means] No device may be incorporated in or affixed to the ball that detaches on delivery or is a moving part during delivery except as provided in Rule 4b and Rule 4c.”

  3. Mano Singham says

    Jean @#1,

    Damn, I got suckered by a fake video yet again!

    When will I ever learn to be more skeptical, especially in these days of such sophisticated technology?

    Thanks for wising me up.

  4. file thirteen says

    The ball alone is too shiny to be real. But even if it were, seeing is no longer believing.

  5. OverlappingMagisteria says

    I was also gonna mention the lack of bolts an no shaking. But also, there are no cables or anything. Where does that thing get power from and what controls it?

  6. Bruce says

    When this machine is built for real, and legalized, then all bowling will be a tie. It will then become even more pointless than all other sports.
    It’s like paying a computer to gamble for you an infinite number of times. You approach statistical defeat by trying too hard.

  7. Lassi Hippeläinen says

    A bowling ball is about as heavy as a shotput ball. The bowling lane as 18 metres long, and the world record in shotput is 23 metres. So is it allowed for a shotputter to throw a ballistic arc to the pins?

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