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If you watch enough bowling, you've seen and heard people talk about buckets. What is a bucket? A specific spare leave, involving four pins in the shape of a diamond. Most bowlers distinguish between a right-handed bucket and a left-handed bucket. That is, for righties, the bucket is the 2-4-5-8. For lefties, the bucket is the 3-5-6-9.

The 1-2-3-5 is the only other leave in the same shape, but is not commonly referred to as a bucket.

As with any leave, the goal is to pick up the spare (or better, strike on the first shot and avoid having to throw at a bucket). Most bowlers will throw at a bucket using their normal hook shots, adjusting their positioning to have the ball hit the bucket in the same way they attempt to hit the pocket on their first shots.

Bill couldn't stop leaving buckets, so he finally had to adjust on his first shot to avoid leaving yet another bucket.
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