Sheeri had first mentioned this to me at a conference last year and
since then I have been interested in seeing what it was.
You can read more details about it on Wikipedia but in short it is
bowling played with a very small ball that you roll down the lane to
hit pins with are more narrow and tapered at the top and the bottom.
The ball fits in the palm of your hand and weighs a bit more then two
pounds. The first game I did quite poorly but by the second game I
got my score up to 92. The throw is entirely different and it takes a
faster pitch to really knock down the pins.
Since the pins are not swept after each throw you have to spend some
time before rolling the ball to determine where the best spot to hit
the pins is. Having pins left in the lane means you can consider
ricochet in your strategy.
The scoring is similar to normal 10 pin bowling, but you get a third
chance to knock down all of the pins.
It was a lot of fun!
It is a shame that the lanes do not exist outside of New England, but
it gives me another activity to seek out when I am in the Boston area.