Friday, July 29, 2011

The Basics of Ten Pin Bowling

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  Bowling is a sport, which heavy bowls are rolled down a long lane to knock over the ten target pins at the other end bowling down an alley at a target of ten wooden pins.
Along with players, the popular form of bowling is ten pin bowling, the other ones being ninepin, five pin, candlepin and duckpin. Ten-pin bowling makes use of a large ball.

Here are the basics that every bowler should know.

  • (10) bowling ball pins
  • bowling balls
  • bowling lane
  • gutter
  • bumper
  • bowling shoes

Bowling Terminology:

  • Approach
The area at least 15' long, on which the player walks to the foul line. Usually adjacent to the ball returns and has spots embedded in the approach to aid in lining up.
  • Backswing
The path of the arm behind the body during the next to last step in the delivery.
  • Channel or gutter 
 There are 2 channels on each side of the lane. Once a ball falls into the channel or gutter before hitting pins, the bowler shall receive a zero.
  • Count
The number of pins knocked down on the first ball.
  • Foul
 Touching or going beyond the foul line.
  • Frame
 One-tenth of a game. Each square on score sheet is one frame.
  • Gutter ball
Delivery which rolls off the lane into the gutter.
  • Hook
A ball that breaks sharply toward the pocket.
  • Leave
Pins remaining after the first delivery.
  • Pocket
Area between 1-2 pins for a lefty and 1-3 pins for a right hander.
  • Spare
Knocking down all remaining pins in the second ball or delivery.
  • Strike
Knocking down all ten pins with the first ball or delivery.
  • Target Arrows
Sighting targets embedded in the lane to help the player align start position. Usually 15' down the lane from the foul line.
  • Track
Path to the pins created by many balls rolled in the same general area.

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