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Strings Attached: Is the time for string machines finally here?

String pinsetting machines have been commonly used in Europe for many years. Has their time finally come in the United States?

Nineteenth-Century author and poet Victor Hugo said, “There’s nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” String pinsetters, invented in the mid-1960s, may fall into that category. Although the technology has been around for more than 50 years, the pinsetters have never been more popular. The past five years have been a time of significant growth, and the future looks brighter than ever. Neil Pennington, Director of Product Management and Performance Equipment for QubicaAMF, attributes the increase in popularity to a perfect storm of factors.

Pennington says increased awareness, the growth of entertainment bowling and labor challenges have fueled the sales of string pinsetters.

“As string pinspotters are being used in more markets around the world, investor awareness and acceptance has increased,” he says. “Plus, more investors are including bowling in their entertainment business concepts, and string pinspotters are a great option for these facilities.


One of the main issues about bowling string machine scoring is how these machines perform during league play in sport bowling scenarios. This well-researched article by veteran bowling author Barry Sparks is sure to dispel many of those concerns. Read on and get compelling testimonials from some of the most influential names in bowling.


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