If you got a chance to watch the professional women bowl on ESPN on Sunday, April 12, 2009, you would have seen a new scoring format introduced to the sport of bowling. This new system is called the Petraglia scoring system.
Created by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, the Petraglia Scoring System ignores pinfall, but counts the number of balls thrown to clear the deck in each frame. A strike thus equals a “1” and a typical spare would result in a “2” for the frame. A 7-10 split, however, might require three balls for a “3” and a miss could escalate the score for the frame.
Under the Petraglia system, the lowest score wins. Players will bowl their entire game on one lane. The 10th frame will be treated like a normal frame. A perfect Petraglia game would be a “10” for 10 strikes. Any ties will be broken by a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.
I think this is a great idea for a scoring system. Very similar to golf, the person with the lowest score wins. I think we’re going to start seeing this system used more often in leagues and tournaments. I’m sure that people are going to have their differences when it comes down to if this system is fair, but only time will tell. I think it is a great idea for the sport of bowling. Eventually when someone asks you what your bowling average is, you can tell them proudly that you’re average is down to 18.