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Bowling News USA - July 11, 2014 Best Shot Celebrations. EVER.

BY ALEXA LANNING IN FROM THE BLOG • International Art of Bowling

Whether you drop down to the floor in plank position and kiss the ground, or run, hop and skippity-do, a post-shot celebration says a lot about a bowler.

Maybe you jump up and down in hopes of better carry. Maybe you scream at the crowd (yes, I’m referring to you, Pete), or maybe you are boring to watch and simply don’t do anything.

Regardless of what you do, unless you don’t do anything, chances are it’s unique to you.

The most well-known celebration these days is the slapout. The slapout is a very common occurrence in most bowling centers and often is performed when a bowler gets sloppy carry (but any carry is good carry, right?), or when a bowler encounters any sort of close call on a spare or split conversion.

The slapout is performed by slapping one’s hands together (obviously) in different directions – the preference of horizontally or vertically is up to the bowler. The slapout can be performed once or multiple times. The quantity also is a matter of preference.

Here, we see Colombia’s Andres Gomez in a wonderful, slow-motion example of slapping out a shot. However, this entire team match provides several solid examples.

Over the years, we’ve seen many great celebrations. Some are incredibly well-known, and some are not. Some are legendary, and some are coming-of-age.

Of course, we must pay tribute to the PDW crotch chop. Regardless of the circumstances, this is a gesture the world of bowling has come to know, love and imitate. Then again, Pete Weber has a sort of enthusiastic way about him – even a lottle (it’s like a little, but a lot) bit of excitement in his voice can come off as a celebration.

(Thanks to YouTube user “Dean Champ” for this wonderful video)!

Last, but definitely not least, is the Perry Crowell IV (or the PC4) Boom Finger.

The PC4 Boom Finger has found its way into tournaments and events across the United States. It is self-explanatory. You throw the shot, fast-eight, turn around and throw up the BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM finger!
For those of you who may not know Crowell, he is a collegiate standout at Midland University and was the runner-up at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships held recently at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

Crowell has made a name for himself both collegiately and in his home state of Washington. He also had a great showing at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, where he rolled sets of 718 in doubles, 700 in team and 666 in singles for a 2,084 all-events total. He currently is seventh in Regular Team, 23rd in Regular All-Events and 24th in Regular Doubles with Billy Lowther III.

Watch Crowell’s patented Boom Finger in action:

All in all, there’s a little something for everyone out there. How do you celebrate gnarly carry or a pure shot right off of your hand?

Do you do a little dance like this young man?

Whatever you do, do it with confidence!


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July, 2014