Robert Smith (born January 16, 1974), is an American professional bowler known for his years on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. A native of Simi Valley, California, Smith has previously held residence in Captain Cook, Hawaii, Columbus, Ohio, and Hong Kong. Currently, he resides and works near his home town in Ventura, California.
An eight-time titlist, seven of which were earned on the PBA Tour, he is considered by many to be the world’s most powerful one-handed bowler. Smith’s ball roll has been tracked as high as 27 revolutions per shot and traveling at up to 34 miles per hour (55 km/h) – the average professional achieves about 16 revolutions per shot, traveling at 18 miles per hour (29 km/h). This high rev-rate (from about 550-600 RPM on average and up to 720 RPM tops) is more than most bowlers have been able to produce. Based on this characteristic, he was known on tour as “Maximum Bob.”
2000 PBA U.S. Open Presented By AMF – Phoenix, Arizona
2000 Flagship Open – Erie, Pennsylvania
2001–02 PBA Empire State Open – Latham, New York
2002–03 Oranmin C Japan Cup – Tokyo, Japan
2003–04 PBA Banquet Open – Council Bluffs, Iowa
2003–04 PBA Odor-Eaters Open – Tucson, Arizona
2007–08 CLR Windy City Classic – Vernon Hills, Illinois
2010–11 8th Euro-Med Storm Int’l Masters Challenge – Manila, Philippines
Other achievements and recognition
Smith won the USBC 1992 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award
Became the youngest person to win the U.S. Amateur Championship – aged 19 – in 1993.
Member of Team USA in 1994 and 1995.
Named the first team Collegiate All-American at San Diego State University in 1993
In the 2000 U.S. Open, Robert Smith became the first player in the history of the sport to have won both U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open titles.
Smith made at least one TV finals appearance in each of his first 12 full seasons on tour.
He has 31 career 300 games in PBA competition.
Smith bowls league at Buena Lanes in Ventura, California where he shot back to back 300 games in 2019 with a plastic bowling ball.