Execution quality vs. Adjustments

The video above show E.A.R.L., a robot that is used by bowling ball companies to make better balls, by the governing body of bowling to learn if they should limit certain things in equipment, and by lane and oil companies to learn how their products affect the game. E.A.R.L. can repeat shots with far more consistency than any bowler on the planet.

Even the best pros can’t compete on REPETITION. The problem is bowling isn’t just a game of repetition. It’s a game of adjustment and as you can see in this video, E.A.R.L. loses to Chris Barnes. That’s because a trained pro might not repeat exactly the same as E.A.R.L., but as he throws his shot Chris is watching how his ball goes through the pins. That’s because every shot moves oil on the lane changing the playing environment and the ball reaction to it. If more oil moves down the lane, Chris may seeing wiggling ten pins and move his feet right to go higher in the pocket. If he sees, ringing four pins or a later falling 9 pin, he may move his feet to the left instead. Making adjustments as he sees his ball gets closer to undesirable results.

Many companies think they want to be E.A.R.L. They want to execute flawlessly. On time. In the places they are supposed to. In the ways they’ve done it for the last decade. The problem is every execution in the marketplace shifts it. And like E.A.R.L. who repeats but doesn’t adapt to the changing lane, these companies aren’t adapting to the changing ecosystem.

Just to be sure, E.A.R.L. can beat a lot of bowlers. To beat E.A.R.L. Chris Barnes has execution that isn’t as good, but as a top pro, is good enough to read the changes and make the adjustments. Knowing where that execution is and when the adjustments are necessary is the key, and the struggle is in the real world you’ll find they are up for debate.