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Bowler Nick Brett makes back-to-back amazing shots at the 2020 World Indoor Bowls Championship The Ocho

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u/aaronrandango2 Aug 08 '20

Of all the times I've seen this on reddit I've never seen the second shot, thank you OP

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u/csudebate Denver Broncos Aug 09 '20

Yeah. I’ve seen the first shot a hundred times. Didn’t know there was a second.

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u/sdriver777 Aug 09 '20

Always has been

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u/AmateurVasectomist Aug 09 '20

You forgot this

🔫🧑🏼‍🚀

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u/ghidawi Aug 09 '20

So you mean to tell me this was forgotten?

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u/deemsterDMT Aug 09 '20

Always has been

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u/ink0gni2 Aug 09 '20

You forgot this 🔫👩‍🚀

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

You forgot this. 🎳

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u/11010110101010101010 Aug 09 '20

If someone does something but it’s not on social media, did it happen?

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u/meme-meee Aug 09 '20

Always has happened

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

If someone does nothing on media, is it social?

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u/tone_nails Aug 09 '20

Well, for a brief period, there was a first shot and no second shot

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u/superbriant Aug 09 '20

Is there a third?

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u/Flip_d_Byrd Aug 09 '20

There is no evidence of a third shot. But there are many rumors of a fourth.

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u/MorganMR Aug 09 '20

And his second shot came from the other side, putting the opposite curve on the ball, and it was still just as accurate.

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u/chaos_rover Aug 09 '20

My understanding is they play whole games.

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u/titanium_penguin Aug 09 '20

If you’re interested, I looked up the video on YouTube

https://youtu.be/T7Yp-ZSpPfc

There’s actually a funny bit before he makes the first of those two shots where his partner tells him that there’s ~6 inches between two red balls so it’s possible to make it

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u/Toshad Aug 09 '20

So you're saying he made a shot when he couldn't even see if he had the space to make the shot?

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u/Ser_Danksalot Aug 09 '20

A bowling green is surprisingly long and is based on the minimum and maximum distance the rules dictate the 'jack', the small yellow ball, has to be bowled to start the round. The minimum distance it can be bowled is 31 metres with the maximum distance being 40 metres, or in imperial, between roughly 101 and 131 feet. At those distances you need your partner to be eyes on so they can tell you if your choice of bowl will work.

This particular round has the jack placed halfway between the 35m and 36m marker so the shot made was a perfect 6 inch target made at a distance of 116 feet

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u/ANGLVD3TH Aug 09 '20

That's impossible, even for a conputer.

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u/bermyred Aug 09 '20

Use the force Luke

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u/hoopsrule44 Aug 09 '20

This guy bowls

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u/Toshad Aug 09 '20

I didn't doubt OP, I was just even more impressed.
But thanks for the info anyway.

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u/VisVirtusque Aug 09 '20

What was the stuff the ref sprayed on the balls?

Also, why are the balls lopsided?

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u/simplegdl Aug 09 '20

lopsided so they curl. one side is heavier weighted than the other. if they were perfectly round they wouldn't curl unless yo spun them

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u/eDixit Edmonton Oilers Aug 09 '20

The white stuff is chalk. They spray it on balls that touch the yellow jack on the shot they are thrown. Unmarked balls that are hit out the back are considered dead and are removed. However, marked balls that go out the back are still considered live because they're "pushers" which pushed the jack. There's a tactic to push the jack off the board along with your last ball to steal points since both stay live.

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u/barra333 Aug 09 '20

While it wasn't as good as the two shots green makes, the red shot was pretty good too.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

so this isn't from 2020? No masks, people in the stands, when is this from?

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u/RampChurch Aug 09 '20

You’re welcome, friend!

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u/blitzskrieg Aug 08 '20

Ron Swanson: “Straight down the middle. No hook. No spin. No fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skating.”

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u/iqbalsn Aug 09 '20

I lived in Australia when i was in high school and its usually the elderly people who will play lawn bowls.

One time in our PE class, we were taken to local lawn bowls and we were like "oh god we gonna play this boring old people game". Turns out it was quite the opposite. The game was really fun and brought out all the competitiveness from the kids.

It was banter after banter everytime we made a good/bad shot. I highly recommend this game.

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u/FishOfCheshire Aug 09 '20

Here in the UK it typically is an old people's game. I was in Australia a few years ago, though, and was surprised to see that all the bowling greens seemed to be predominantly frequented by 20-somethings who were playing while having a beer. This was Sydney so I don't know if that is unusual. Looked really fun.

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u/infinitude Aug 09 '20

Make a hipster bar with a cliche name and over priced drinks with this as the activity? Its crazy how well that shit sells.

We just started opening pickle ball places all over America and its taking off like crazy. Such a random game to build a bar off.

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u/RedSpikeyThing Aug 09 '20

Its crazy how well that shit sells.

Maybe I'm just a hipster but drinking beer and playing a game sounds like fun.

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u/subkulcha Aug 09 '20 edited Aug 09 '20

Quite the opposite. Cheap as fuck beer at the bowls clubs. They let you play barefoot and sink piss in the summer. Was my wife and I’s first date. Funnily enough on Monday I’m installing telco network lines at our Commonwealth games Olympic facility... that went broke and is being destroyed in the near future to make way for more velodromes

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u/mann-y Aug 09 '20

what does sink piss mean? when i piss in the sink it's usually trouble.

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u/subkulcha Aug 09 '20

Haha, if you imagine a beer is the titanic and my face is an iceberg, now you see it, now you don’t.

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u/Go0s3 Aug 09 '20

Unless you're an NRL player, it means drinking beers.

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u/Grindfather901 Aug 09 '20

Not gonna lie, I wish something near me would go bankrupt and get torn down for a velodrome. Closest one is 6 hours away.

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u/subkulcha Aug 09 '20

It’s already like a big indoor Olympic facility kinda one. For whatever reason there’s already 2 outdoor ones a couple of suburbs away

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u/Grindfather901 Aug 09 '20

That's def not in the US. Lol. I think we have about 15 operational in the whole country.

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u/subkulcha Aug 09 '20

Melbourne AU. One is state of the art. One’s just a weird field thing

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u/SteveBored Aug 09 '20

Yeah surprisingly fun to play. Not as easy as it looks either.

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u/kirnehp Aug 09 '20

It looks extremely hard.

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u/fractivSammy Aug 09 '20

Yeah, and it’s harder than that!

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u/Deekinator New Orleans Saints Aug 09 '20

I find it that whenever there is a game you look at and you think is boring, you enjoy it when you play. Especially when it seems like an older crowd plays it mostly.

Bingo? Fuck you Carol, I'm gonna get this BINGO because your ass is about to be shown how we millennials do it.

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u/iqbalsn Aug 09 '20

I absolutely read the 2nd part in John Oliver's voice lol

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u/Deekinator New Orleans Saints Aug 09 '20

I freaking love his show. The shit he says is just hilarious

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

It’s a sport you can drink beer and play. Great in the sun in summer.

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u/metavektor Aug 09 '20

Until I starting spending holidays in the south of France with some work colleagues, I was ignorant to the joys of a cold beverage (Ricard) and some pétanque. If the same concept fits with lawn bowls, it's a guaranteed blast.

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u/infinitude Aug 09 '20

Easy to learn games that require practice not just skill or athletic prowess, combined with a game that requires very little true exertion? Perfect game for just communing with people.

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u/oldirtygaz Aug 09 '20

some of the cheapest beer in town at the local bowls clubs in NZ! great fun too

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u/hhubble Aug 08 '20

I have no idea what is going on, but yes those two shots do look amazing.

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u/Zelidus Minnesota Wind Chill Aug 09 '20

It's basically curling without the ice and sweeping.

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u/lostmyaccountagain85 Aug 09 '20

whats it called? If i search bowling im gonna get king pin

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u/Primique Aug 09 '20

Try searching "Bowls Sport" instead

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u/Yeah_But_Did_You_Die Aug 09 '20

Isn't this just bocce ball?

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u/clenom Aug 09 '20

Basically. The main difference is that lawn bowling are weighted towards one side so you can do the curving shots shown here.

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u/poempedoempoex Netherlands Aug 09 '20

Jeu de boules is the original name.

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u/BiGPiNK1985 Aug 09 '20

Crown green bowling is what you're looking for, although this is obviously an indoor version

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u/Teakz United Kingdom Aug 09 '20

This is not crown green bowling, crown green bowling has different rules to lawn bowling

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u/BiGPiNK1985 Aug 09 '20

I did not know that! Sorry!

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u/taliesynD Aug 09 '20

Crown green bowling is also awesome to watch at this level. These guys are playing on a flat surface; in crown green bowling the surface is raised toward the middle, adding an extra degree of difficulty.

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u/CherryInHove Aug 09 '20

Also a major difference is that you are aiming to get as close as possible to the jack which can move throughout the round whereas in curling I don't think I've ever seen anyone manage to move the target in curling.

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u/wrxwrx Aug 09 '20

What are you talking about? He rolled that one ball next to the other ball while avoiding the other balls. Then after his ball got banged out by some ball, he rolled another ball by the small ball next to his other ball totally avoiding all balls in the process.

This is a double ball avoid touch ball near ball shot. Truly rare and amazing.

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u/unculturedperl Aug 09 '20

That's a lot of balls.

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u/Trappist1 Baylor Aug 09 '20

My girlfriend got excited.

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u/Accent-man Aug 09 '20

This guy balls

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u/Robbie0309 Aug 09 '20

Looks like indoor bocci to me

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u/StolenAccount1234 Aug 09 '20

I was gonna say. Is this indoor curling?

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u/BrainTroubles Aug 09 '20

Curling is generally indoors! However, this isn't on ice...

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u/Jazzmatazzle Aug 09 '20

Was it in the Dimmsdale Dimmadome doe?

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u/ELEMENTALITYNES Aug 09 '20

Not enough 50 foot top hats

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u/PlattsVegas Aug 09 '20

Backyard Curling was my favorite computer game as a kid

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u/lcsscl Aug 09 '20

Regular curling is indoor curling

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u/KhonMan Aug 09 '20

Curling has the additional teammates to help guide the shots, I guess the curve technique here is more precise?

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u/BouNcYToufU Aug 09 '20

exactly what I thought.

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u/dlanod Aug 09 '20

I have an idea what is going on and expected the second shot to hit the jack and knock it in the direction of his third bowl, giving him three instead of two points. That would've been amazing.

The first was definitely amazing, getting it through the gap and stopping at the jack. The second is reasonably standard at this level because the guy in between had cleared out all the bowls in front of it so expected more!

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u/RampChurch Aug 08 '20

For anyone interested, here are the rules of the game

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u/GetaGoodLookCostanza Aug 08 '20

I thought this was called BOCCI. Italian bowling?

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u/ReddithequeWreck Aug 08 '20

"Bocce" (it's the plural of "boccia", bowl)

This is very similar but a more refined variation: the fieldgame is broader and smoother and the bowls have a weight bias (they're asymmetrical)

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '20 edited Nov 29 '20

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u/otackle72 Aug 08 '20

They have to stay grounded in lawn bowls.

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u/ReddithequeWreck Aug 08 '20

Sorry, I don't know... I'm not and expert by any means, I know a bit bocce (I'm italian) and I googled bowls to learn the differences.

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u/GetaGoodLookCostanza Aug 08 '20

thanks for the education

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u/PlattsVegas Aug 09 '20

Bocce is similar to this, but this is lawn bowls. Another similar one is pétanque. They’re all in the umbrella of “boules” games

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u/GetaGoodLookCostanza Aug 09 '20

thanks for the info

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u/123dollarsinthebank Aug 09 '20

Are the Italians any good?

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

They do ok

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u/well_digger Aug 09 '20

Now that’s how to make an informational video!

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u/hanswurst_throwaway Aug 09 '20

Can't you just throw a fast break ball when you are behind and easily destroy all the progress?

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u/babybear49 Aug 08 '20

Only other time I’ve seen this sport was in that one Vince Vaughn movie.

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u/Rhysd007 Aug 09 '20

Blackball. A must watch for all punk rock lawn bowls fans!

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u/babybear49 Aug 09 '20

That’s it

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u/Yakkahboo Aug 09 '20

Is it on the condom?

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u/Rhysd007 Aug 10 '20

It is on, the condom!

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u/XTailsX Aug 09 '20

Are the rules like curling in a way?

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u/invokin Aug 09 '20

The scoring is similar, yes. The big difference is the target (the yellow ball) moves slightly each time because they roll it at the start of the round. In curling, it’s just in the ice.

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u/Attilla_the_Fun Aug 09 '20

In curling the ice changes throughout the game. The stones travel more easily and with less curl in certain parts of the ice as the pebbles on the ice get worn down.

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u/invokin Aug 09 '20

Sure, that’s true, but the question was about the rules.

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u/XTailsX Aug 09 '20

All helpful honestly thank you!

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u/invokin Aug 09 '20

Curling is fascinating stuff because of the ice issues u/Attilla_the_Fun mentioned. There’s a great Smarter Every Day video out there about it.

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u/ProfessorHardw00d Aug 09 '20

I love sports that have athletes that don’t look like athletes

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20 edited May 13 '21

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u/leog980 Aug 09 '20

Who's your favorite darts player? Whitlock or Jose De Sousa for me! I'm Portuguese so gotta support JdS!!

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u/ThunderBobMajerle Aug 09 '20

For all the Americans here questioning what this is (and getting answers), what you guys would really love are the lawn bowls clubs. A restaraunt, gambling hall, bar, and lawn bowl all in one. And beginners can play barefoot. I love them

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u/AngryAtStupid Aug 09 '20

Genuine 1972 prices at the bar too.

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u/ThunderBobMajerle Aug 09 '20

Seriously, the member benefits are great

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u/bbfan63 Aug 08 '20

That is impressive!

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u/OnlyHereForMemes69 Aug 09 '20

I have seen that first shot a bunch of times now but no one told me that there was a second one almost as good right after it!!

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u/coopdiddy Aug 08 '20

I once got two strikes in a row in regular bowling.

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u/SaveOurBolts San Diego Padres Aug 09 '20

I once knocked down 8 pins in the next lane over while trying to land my ball ‘past the arrows’. It was $5 pitcher night.

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u/Mnemonic22 Aug 09 '20

So basically a perfect game.

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u/chubbyjay19 Aug 09 '20

Wondering if someone can explain why or how the ball curls? Do they roll it with a spin?

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u/LegoBeetle Aug 09 '20

Bowls are weighted on one side so they curve. The curve is known as the bias. Yes you can bowl it on the wrong side and your bowl will just curl away from the play area out of bounds. You feel like an idiot if you do this. Source: I lawn bowl

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u/-ChabuddyG Aug 09 '20

Can confirm, I accidentally did this and sent it away from the play area and 70 feet down the road. It was a makeshift play area on the lawn in front of my high school and the road was slightly downhill. Also, I didn’t pay attention during instructions and just launched it like a Bocce Ball. 15 years later and I still have a string of excuses for that incident lol.

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u/cotton_luke Aug 09 '20

When is The Ocho going to become the streaming service I've always wanted?

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

If you were from Australia or most other Commonwealth countries you’d know exactly what bowls was. In Australia every older suburb has a bowls club. Cheap food and beer! They have outdoor greens hence the indoor here.

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u/asshole_commenting Aug 09 '20

This immediately reminds me of that skit of funny British sports that do not exist

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u/jikae Aug 09 '20

What kind of sorcery is this?

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u/Zeeman9991 Aug 09 '20

I’ve seen a clip of the first shot, but man seeing the second really puts into perspective how good this guy is.

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u/NorthCatan Aug 09 '20

Wow that control, is this like curling + bowling?

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u/Bakersbane Aug 09 '20

What did i just watch 😳

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u/SkeevingHorker Aug 09 '20

I didn’t know this sport existed. Very similar to curling. I love it

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u/likeabarnonahill Aug 09 '20

Curve the bullet.

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u/Max-lower-back-Payne Aug 09 '20

Saw this on the Ocho top ten.

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u/santathe1 Aug 09 '20

I have 0 clue about this game and both his shots had me on the edge of my seat.

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u/alljammedup69 Aug 09 '20

Excuse me... what is this?

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u/jellyvish Aug 09 '20

wtf sport is this

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u/Qoslca Aug 09 '20

It’s called Bowls, or Lawn Bowling, usually taking place outdoors on pitches. Popular in Australia and the UK.

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u/Jlx_27 New Orleans Saints Aug 09 '20

The one sport that the world doesn't know about but has a world championships.

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u/Sparky01GT Aug 09 '20

They copied the NFL's gimmick.

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u/thesimplerobot Aug 09 '20

The empire knows about it and that pretty much was the world

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u/daaabears1 Aug 09 '20

Wow. Very impressive. Just the talent of a true athlete on display right there.

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u/Mick-Beers Aug 09 '20 edited Aug 09 '20

Okay this looks like bocce. But, it has given me an idea. Just imagine that the playing area is like a big pool table. And the rules are essentially the same. Except the balls are bowling balls and there’s no sticks. You just bowl the white ball into the others colors/solids/strips and try to make them into the selected pocket.

It’s like golf with soccer balls. But huge pool with bowling balls

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u/BoneGolem2 Aug 09 '20

Did this sport evolve from Bocce Ball then?

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u/BoneGolem2 Aug 09 '20

Ok, thanks!

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u/hawilder Aug 09 '20

Is this human pool?

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u/DraconianGuppy Aug 09 '20

wow that is amazing. how does it just curve at the end?!

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u/overhyped-unamazing Aug 09 '20

The balls are weighted on one side, and so when the bowler is aiming for the Jack (small yellow object ball) they have to control their speed and work in arcs.

When they're trying to destroy their opponent's setup and don't have to worry about controlling power, they can just fling it down the middle like the red guy does here.

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u/penguwave Aug 09 '20

This seems very similar to a game I played in French class called Pétanque, which itself reminds me of Bacce. How is Indoor Bowls different from these two?

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u/jmads13 Aug 09 '20

They are all in the “boules” family. In this game the ball is biased, so it curves to the weighted side. You are much further away in this game, and the ball must roll

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u/metalheadclayman Aug 09 '20

How do you get so good at this?

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u/washyourhands-- Aug 09 '20

What is this sport I love it. I like how the crowd slowly gets louder and louder as the ball nears the yellow puck. I would totally play this as a hobby.

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u/overhyped-unamazing Aug 09 '20

It's called Bowls, or Lawn Bowls. Very popular with British and Australian seniors. Often played outdoors on short grass but the biggest tournaments are indoors on this carpet style surface.

Nice slow skill game that doesn't require any athletic ability.

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u/TheSpokedB Aug 09 '20

IT IS ALIVE

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u/48ever Aug 09 '20

Holy shit that’s impressive

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u/arbitrageME Aug 09 '20

robin hood splitting his OWN arrow

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '20

Wow, that's more exciting than regular bowling

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u/BenoniGwynplaine Aug 09 '20

I don't really know what the rules are, but that was well impressive.

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u/tuffymon Aug 09 '20

I don't think I could have been that accurate had I picked it up and placed it there myself...

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u/MayberryParker Aug 09 '20

I've never seen this before. Lol this is a sport?

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u/Jaypanster Aug 09 '20

No clue how this sport works. But this is definitely the highlight of 2020

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u/lostmyaccountagain85 Aug 09 '20

What game is this?????

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u/_NiceGuyEddy_ Aug 09 '20

Someone ELI5 please?

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u/Nizzleson Highlanders Aug 10 '20

Think curling, but with balls. The balls are weighted on one side to make them curve.

Closest to the small ball (the kitty, or Jack) wins the end. Several ends are played until a player (or team) emerges victorious.

Lots of old age pensioners play. I really enjoy it, but the oldies smoke me. It's all about the skill, and athleticism isn't really a factor.

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u/defjam11 Aug 09 '20

Legend. Like a glove.

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u/VIllainLife Aug 09 '20

I dont get how thats even possible. There has to be some luck involved right ? Like he wouldve had this situation like 100x before he finally made that first shot?

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u/Khanfushus Aug 09 '20

How much $$$ do they earn?

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u/SenorChoncho Aug 09 '20

Why is this the dumbest, most captivating sport?

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u/ao1989 Aug 09 '20

Not sure exactly what’s going on here but all I know is that this guy is a major pusshound as a result

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u/treebeard72 Aug 09 '20

How in the hell?

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u/graaf_taart Aug 09 '20

What kind of sorcery is this

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u/SuperSameeh Aug 09 '20

I love how the murmurs get louder as the ball gets closer to the middle

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u/jdmjoe89 Aug 09 '20

“Is it possible to learn this power ?”

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u/Bozocow Aug 09 '20

What? How?

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u/DinerEnBlanc Aug 09 '20

Who do you think you are, I am!

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u/sunjoe33 Aug 09 '20

Damn that’s the jawn

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u/chaosperfect Aug 09 '20

Creep can roll, man.

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u/jaceinthebox Aug 09 '20

i've seen better, i know players who would have taken out the three reds with one shot