It’s easy to underestimate bowler Jack Redding.
He doesn’t power the ball 100 miles an hour and send pins flying all over the lane. Instead, the right-hander gently rolls the ball by the right gutter before it hooks its way precisely toward the pocket.
It’s an approach that has worked so well for Redding that he has logged three certified perfect games in his more than 55 years of bowling.
And at 80 years old, Redding shows no sign of slowing down.
Showing his deft touch again Tuesday night, Redding racked up lofty scores of 206 and 195 in his last two games in the “Guys and Dolls” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills. In his heyday, he averaged 207; now he’s averaging 172.
“At my age, I just want to bowl reasonably well and bowl as long as I possibly can,” said Redding, a Northridge resident.
Redding has won numerous bowling awards and that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he has a “take-no-prisoners” attitude.
“I want to bury whoever I bowl against,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “If you bowl, you have to be competitive. There’s no sympathy (for the opposing team) until the games are over.”
Redding bowls on a team with his son-in-law, Dwayne Walker, another proficient bowler. Walker is the anchor man with a sterling 193 average.
Walker, like Redding, has bowled three perfect games.
“He’s a left-hander and throws a pretty good ball,” Redding said about Walker. “I’ll have to hand that to him.”
Redding bowls in just one league each week.
“If I worked at it, I think I could still average 190,” he said.
Redding and Walker combined with teammates Jeff Rhoads and Garry Finneran to claim the lengthy “Guys and Dolls” 2012-13 fall season title.
“I have fun bowling. I want to be so good that I want everyone in the league to hate me,” said Redding with a big smile.