How to Beat a Bowling Legend (3/3)

How to Beat a Bowling Legend (3/3)


I’m taking on bowling legend Johnny Petraglia. He’s bowled almost every day for the last
50 years, winning 14 national titles and he’s going to be very tough to beat. Johnny, good to see you again. Good to see you too Alexis. I’ve been practicing a lot and I have found
things out about bowling I never knew. The challenge that I have for you today, we’re
both going to bowl five frames. Okay? So five shots. Top score, 50, alright? Okay. Whoever knocks down the most pins wins. To even things up a little bit we’re going
to use lighter balls. Okay, I know you’re used to a 15 pound ball. Right. We’re both going to bowl with 12. You’re in lane three. I’m in lane four. I have a special top. Oh my! Well it matches the side of our shoes anyway. That’s, it’s… Just the side of my shoes, but wait, wait… It’s bright. But wait, there’s more. Oh my! Now you’re ready. Now you got the back. Look at that. Everybody knows who you are. As we say, all the gear, no idea. That looks pretty good. Hang on. Perfect. Good way to start. Good way to start. Let’s see if this oil pattern works. If he gets anything less than a strike it
will be a result for me. Oh my! Oh, only eight. Brilliant. He usually gets a perfect strike every time. He’s got an eight. It’s worked. Turn. Little wide. Oh! Alright, seven. That’s okay, seven. That’s 17. Okay. I’m hoping for another poor ball from Johnny,
as his muscle memory is still adjusting to the ball and oil pattern. Oh! Oh! Oh we gotcha, we gotcha. No, no, no. Disappointing. 18. Mark one. Good stroke. Good shot. Whoo! What a relief. I’m back on track. 27, now that was perfect. That was… Thank you. That was perfect. Uh-oh! He seems to be struggling. I was worried he’d already adapted to the
changes in oil pattern and ball weight. That’s, well you’re up a fin now. That’s 26. Another good ball here and I’m hoping Johnny
will feel the pressure. Great. Come on. One more. Uh! Well no matter what you can’t be losing
going in to the last shot. You’ve got 36, the most I can get to is
36. Okay. Oh! Eight count, 34. A nine count you lock me out. I don’t know if it’s the oil pattern or
the lighter ball but Johnny, who has bowled 57 perfect games before today has just got
another eight. All I have to do is keep my bowling up. Get a nine and victory is mine. Oh! No! Disaster. I’ve used every trick in the book to put
him off his game and I’ve learnt every method of making my bowling better and it’s all
worked up till now. I guess I just lost my nerve, but Johnny turned
out to be a very good sport. I don’t know, should I give you a mulligan? Do you think? What Johnny’s offering me here is a chance
to take that shot again. A free shot, known in the game as a mulligan. Of course in the true spirit of the game I
ought to politely decline… But I’ll take whatever I can. I’m out to win. That might do it. No? Oh! Got seven. It’s all down to Johnny’s last shot. A strike will win it for him and a nine will
force a sudden death throw off, which I don’t think I can handle. Oh! You win. Oh! That was so hard. The way the lanes were I had to play extreme
right side of the lane to try to not keep the ball on my side of the lane. That’s where they were a little bit funny. I was trying to play the ball fairly straight,
which is very difficult. How did it feel with the lighter ball, because
you’re not used to it? That… That is the most difficult thing of all. You’re so used to feeling the weight at
the top of your backswing and, and a three pound lighter ball felt so much lighter that
it felt like nothing was there and it was hard controlling my, my swing, to keep it
on line, because it was so light. I’ll gladly take the win though, especially
against a man who can do this, when he’s using his own ball on a regular oil pattern. Oh!