Which is harder bowling a 300 game or hitting a hole in one?

I had a hole in one two weeks ago friday, and my best friend is a very avid bowler, but not a average golfer. He thinks it's eaier to hit a hole in one, than bowl a 300 game. What do you think? By the way he has never done either!


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Golf Digest hired a retired chairman of the Math. Dept. at Boston U. to calculate the odds of a hole in one using the "best available" data. Some results:

# Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1
# Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1
# Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1

Source: http://golf.about.com/od/faqs/f/holeinon...

The odds of an adult male bowling a perfect game are 1 in 11,500. Source: http://www.newsday.com/sports/highschool...

If these two sources are correct, the odds of a golf ace vs. a perfect game of bowling are about the same for the "average" player.

A profession bowler's strike percentage is typically over 60% with the record over a season being 66.28%. A perfect game requires 12 consecutive strikes. If each frame could be treated as an independent event (it's really not since bowlers can't forget that they just bowled ten strikes and have a chance at a perfect game with two more strikes), the probability of a perfect game is about (0.6)^12 = 0.00218. This puts the odds at about 460 to 1. These odds are better than a PGA Tour player making an ace so a perfect game is easier for a pro bowler.

During the 2002-2003 season, the PBA Tour recorded 19 perfect games. http://www.economics.pomona.edu/garysmit...

During the 2005 season, the PGA Tour recorded 33 aces while the LPGA Tour had 21. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/2006...

To make a valid comparison, we would have to know how many pro bowling games were played vs. how many pro golf Par 3 holes were played.

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Bowling a 300 game is much harder because you have to get 10 consecutive strikes. a hole in one can just be a fluke. For instance, a 101 year old grandmother hit a hole in one while golfing. Do you think she could've bowled a perfect game?

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Both require a good bit of skill and more than a touch of luck.I'd say that consistently hitting the pocket and getting the pins to all go where they need to for a whole game would be more difficult.

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Hitting a hole in one is harder. Both require skill, but room for error is minute in a hole in one. Look at how often you see a hole in one on the pga tour as compared to how often you see a 300 game by professional bowlers. It happens much more often in bowling.

It is easier to get lucky in golf, but the skill required is still more difficult in golf.

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Bowling a 300 game is harder. You have to be perfect for twelve attempts in a row! Most people can not do "anything" twelve times in a row and get the same results each time.

Every one has the potential to catch lightening in a bottle and get a hole in one. Hell, there is a blind man that has a hole in one to his credit, but no way could that same man bowl twelve strikes in a row.

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300 buy a long shot. Ameteurs get aces all the time but it's a feat when a PBA star bowls 300. Alomost like a no hitter in baseball.

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Hitting a hole in one is harder it's always a fluke.
You can not practice to hit a hole in one, even for professional players it's a fluke.
Throwing a strike is hard but with practice you are able to do it. Then it's a matter of doing it consistently. I'm not saying it's easy but you can practice it.
Golf has way more challenges that you can not control like, wind, firmness of the green.

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Bowling a 300 game is much harder. Anyone can get a hole in one by a fluke. Also, anyone can hit just ONE great golf shot. But... not many people have the skill to bowl a 300 game. That takes skill and practice, I've never seen a fluke 300 game.

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HANDS DOWN HOLE IN ONE! i play both sports and trust me bowling a 300 is very hard but attainable by professionals. Hole in ones are luck and do not happen as often!

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Bowl 300 harder anyone can luck out and hit hole in one once

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One In One...You are trying to put a one ball in a six inch hole from 100 to 240 yard away...

Everyday you hear of people bowling a perfect game...

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For the average joe, i would say that a hole in one is much more likely due to the luck factor (i.e. a lucky kick off of a sprinkler head). For some guy who goes bowling three times a year to bowl a 300 game would be unbelievable. On the other hand, when you are talking about pro bowlers vs pro golfers, holes in one are a lot less likely. When you check a pro bowler's stats, especially a seasoned veteran, they have quite a few 300 games while there are many pro golfers who have not yet had a hole in one.

There are also some crazy long drivers that have had holes in one on par fours, but let's not go there.

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