|If you have never bowled before or know nothing about the sport, you should
learn this basic terminology. As in every sport, bowling has it's own
terminology to explain certain aspects of the game. Here are some basic
ones, that you will need to know:
- 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
- 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
- Spare - Knocking down all remaining pins in the second ball or
- Strike - Knocking down all ten pins with the first ball or
- Target Arrows - Sighting targets embedded in the lane to help the
player align start position. Usually 15' down the lane from the foul
- Track - Path to the pins created by many balls rolled in the same
|The Pin Placement
- Bowling pins are numbered from left to right starting
with the head pin, also known as the #1.
- It is important to remember the pin numbers so you are
able to discuss "leaves" with other bowlers or to
have the center management reset a pin if necessary.
|The Target Arrows
- There are seven target arrows 15 feet from the foul line.
- The arrows on the right side are for right handed bowlers,
and the arrows on the left side are for left handed bowlers.
- The target arrows are also numbered right to left for
right handers and numbered left to right for left handed
- Note: The arrows, dots, and the pins are all in-line.
|The Locator Dots
& Foul Line
- There are 3 sets of dots before the foul line on each
- Each dot is spaced 5 boards from the next.
- All three sets of locator dots before the foul line are
- These dots are used to line up your starting position each
- The foul line may not be crossed at any time by a bowler.