So you’re bowling in Los Angeles and want to compete remotely against a friend or family member who is bowling at the same time at a different bowling center, perhaps in another state?
It’s all possible under certain circumstances with the recent introduction of the xbowling app that can be applied to one's smart phone or other device.
Atlanta-based Sports Challenge Network launched the app in January of 2012 and more than 200 bowling centers in the U.S. are now enabled to allow bowlers to use the app in tandem with other bowlers from bowling houses that also are enabled.
There are 14 such x-bowling enabled centers in California, said a Sports Challenge Network spokeswoman.
One such center is the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City.
Laura Smith, a Pinz employee, said her bowling center started using the xbowling app last summer and “it’s pretty popular with league bowlers and frequent bowlers. We have about 200 league bowlers and maybe half of them have the app.”
Smith said she personally has the app and likes it. “It’s kinda cool,” she said. “When you bowl against someone who has the app [in an app-enabled bowling center], they can see your progress.”
Both players’ scores are updated automatically as they bowl.
Smith said she’s used the app when bowling against others at several bowling lanes around the area.
The Sports Challenge Network spokeswoman said the app has been downloaded about 20,000 times.
The app is available free from the Apple App Store and Google play. For more information, visit www.xbowling.com.