Two-Handed Bowler Bowls with Two Hands

Charles Bryant

Sometimes a story comes along from the sporting world that makes so much sense you wonder why more people didn't think of it first. Consider the case of Jason Belmonte, the two-handed bowler. This guy has been profiled by the likes of The Wall Street Journal and "Good Morning America" simply because he does what came naturally to him. From a young age, Jason bowled with both hands and because of his early success, he never sought to change his ways.

Over the years, Belmonte was criticized by various bowling coaches (yes, they exist) but he stuck with the odd technique. He bowled his first perfect game by the age of 16 and has been a professional bowler for six years now. Although he's not a member of the PBA tour yet, he did get exemptions from the league to participate in two tournaments this season, something that has chaffed one-handed purists.

Jason's rationale is pretty simple -- he can generate more power using both hands. He can also still use the fancy spin technique that you see on TV. Other pro bowlers may scoff at the multi-limb hurling, but you can't argue with a perfect game. Of course, some folks may not be too impressed -- last year, a 78 year-old blind man rolled a perfect 300 in Iowa.

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