One innovation that would have been handy in my day was a pop-up barrier along the length of the lanes to stop the bowls from entering the gutter. I was told this was only activated for children and those with a physical handicap.
The gutter guard in operation. A performance enhancer?
A pleasing aspect that I noticed was that children and those that were unable to toss a heavy ball 18 metres towards the pins were well catered for. A bowling ramp allows those lacking in age and strength to drop their bowl into a stand to let gravity send their bowl hurtling towards the ten pins, albeit at a slower pace than the experienced bowler.
Centre manager, Jamie, demonstrating the bowling ramp.
I watched some using this device and they did well. On one visit most of the 26 bowling alleys were occupied by students from a local college. By the noise level, they were all enjoying themselves and it was good to see young people tackling the old and ancient art of ten pin bowling.
Some of the amusement machines for the younger folk.
League bowling groups were all the rage with serious bowlers back when ten pin bowling arrived in Australia. Today there are still bowling leagues enjoying this game that people of all levels and abilities can participate in.