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How to Score a Game of Bowling (Without the...
An explanation of how the bowling scoring system works, how to add strikes and spares, and why 300 is a perfect score.
How to Choose the Right Bowling Ball for Your...
A tutorial on choosing the right bowling ball for your style and abilities.
How to Hook a Bowling Ball
A step-by-step tutorial on how to hook a bowling ball.
How to Throw Strikes Consistently in Bowling
A step-by-step tutorial on finding the ideal starting position, target, and speed that will help you throw strikes consistently.
12 Nicknames For Consecutive Bowling Strikes
Three strikes is a turkey. What about four strikes? Nine strikes? Learn what to shout after each successive strike you throw.
Clean Your Bowling Ball With the Immersion Method
A step-by-step tutorial on how to clean your bowling reactive-resin bowling ball using the immersion method.
What You Should Know Before Drilling Your...
Having a bowling ball drilled specifically for your hand and your game is a vital piece of becoming a consistent, high-scoring bowler. Before you drill your ball though, there are a few things you need to know.
How to Hold a Bowling Ball - Conventional Grip
The most basic way to hold a bowling ball is called the conventional bowling grip.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Handicap
An explanation on how to calculate your bowling handicap.
Why Bowlers Tend to Leave the 10 Pin
For right-handed bowlers. The science behind one of bowling's great frustrations - throwing a seemingly perfect strike ball but leaving the 10 pin.
What is a House Oil Pattern in Bowling and How...
A description of the house oil pattern.
Why Do You Have to Wear Bowling Shoes?
Every bowling alley requires bowlers to wear bowling shoes, and it's not just so they can get another couple dollars out of you. It's for the safety of you, the other bowlers and the upkeep of the bowling alley and its equipment.
How to Pick Up Spares - Righties
A step-by-step tutorial on how to pick up spares by making simple adjustments in your starting position.
Can You Be a Pro if You Can Bowl a 200?
You had a good game last week. 200, 220, 250, etc. Could you be a pro?
How Much Should Your Bowling Ball Weigh?
Bowling balls come in many different weights. Which one is right for you?
How to Become a Pro Bowler on the PBA Tour
An article on the minimum qualifications required to join the Professional Bowlers Association and how to earn and maintain a spot on the PBA Tour.
Should You Use a Reactive Resin Bowling Ball?
An overview of reactive-resin cover stocks and bowling balls.
Why it Take 12 Strikes to Roll a Perfect Game...
A perfect score in bowling is 300. Why does it take 12 strikes to get there when there are only 10 frames?
Why You Don't Really Have to Use a 16-Pound...
The maximum legal bowling-ball weight is 16 pounds. Does that mean all the best bowlers use 16-pound bowling balls?
No-Tap Bowling Scoring
An explanation of how to score a no-tap game of bowling.
How to Behave in a Bowling Alley
A quick overview of bowling etiquette you should follow whenever you're in a bowling alley.
How Does a Cranker Play in Bowling?
Bowlers who use a lot of wrist action to put a high number of revolutions and power into their shots are referred to as crankers.
How to Apply the Fingertip Bowling Grip
A quick overview of using the fingertip bowling grip.
Bowling Pin Rack
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin rack.
What Does it Mean to Leave a Bucket in Bowling?
If you watch enough bowling, you've seen and heard people talk about buckets. What are they? Here is the definition and an example.
Baker Team Competition Format
The Baker Format is used in many levels of bowling competition, notably collegiate and high-school bowling. The PBA Tour uses it for specific events.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Average
A quick explanation of how to calculate your bowling average.
Bowling Styles
There are many different types of bowling styles, and it's often hard to categorize a bowler's method. Here are some of the most common bowling styles.
Finger Position Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to alter your finger position to control your shots.
How to Read and Adjust to Bowling Lane Conditions
Simple bowling adjustments that, when applied correctly, will drastically improve your scores.
Bowling-Ball Pins Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's pin and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
Conventional Grip
A quick overview of the conventional bowling grip.
Why am I Leaving the 7 Pin?
For left-handed bowlers. The science behind one of bowling's great frustrations - throwing a seemingly perfect strike ball but leaving the 7 pin.
Bowling-Ball Tracks Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's track and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
Bowling Fouls
An explanation of the foul line and its function.
Urethane Bowling Balls
An overview of urethane cover stocks and bowling balls.
7 Things You Should Know About Bowling
Some things need to be common knowledge to any bowler. Here are seven of them.
What Style of Bowling Do Strokers Favor?
Bowlers who rely on a smooth, consistent delivery are referred to as strokers.
RG Ratings Explained
A quick explanation of what an RG rating is in reference to a bowling ball.
How to Make Lateral Adjustments in Bowling
A quick tutorial on how and when to use lateral adjustments to your advantage.
How Often Should I Clean My Bowling Ball?
A quick overview of how often to clean your bowling ball.
Bowling Pins
Facts, specs, and general information on bowling pins.
Bowling Myth - Throwing a Hook Makes You a...
Does throwing a hook make you a great bowler? Does a bigger hook generally represent a better bowler?
What Style of Bowling Do Tweeners Play?
Bowlers who combine some elements of cranking with some elements of stroking are known as tweeners.
How to Pick Up Spares - Lefties
A step-by-step tutorial on how to pick up spares by making simple adjustments in your starting position. Page 2.
How Bowling Oil Breaks Down
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Plastic Bowling Balls
An overview of plastic and polyester cover stocks and bowling balls.
2014 PBA Tour Television Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA Tour television schedule.
Hambone
A definition of a hambone in bowling.
Speed Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use speed adjustments to your advantage.
"Easy" House Shots
You may have heard the phrase, “Easy house shot.” But what does it mean? Is any shot in bowling actually easy, especially for a beginner?
Cheetah Oil Pattern
A description of the Cheetah oil pattern.
Greek Church
A definition of a Greek Church in bowling.
Bowling Myth - Hitting the Head Pin Guarantees...
Does hitting the head pin guarantee a strike? Why or why not?
Turkey
A definition of a turkey in bowling.
Six Bowling Myths
The truth about some of bowling's commonly held misconceptions.
Bowling Sponsorships
What is a bowling sponsorship? And how do you get one? Learn the basics of what a bowling sponsorship is and how you can apply to get one yourself.
Forward/Backward Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use forward and backward adjustments to your advantage.
Why Does Bowling Get Harder As I Get Better?
It seems contradictory, but for most people, it's true: as you get better, bowling gets harder. What's going on here? Why is this?
PBA Viper Oil Pattern
A description of the Viper oil pattern.
Bowling Side Game - Poker
A popular side game among individual bowling teams or entire leagues is poker. How does it work?
Bowling Styles - Power Strokers
The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.
Bumper Bowling
Bumper bowling involves blocking the gutters from a lane, meaning people of all ages and abilities have a legitimate chance to knock down pins and enjoy a game of bowling.
Explaining the PAP on a Bowling Ball
A quick explanation of a bowler's positive axis point and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
Entry Angle - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Entry...
A definition of an entry angle. Bowling.
Six Things You May Not Know About Bowling
Many of the aspects of bowling taken for granted by experienced bowlers are complete revelations to beginning bowlers. Here are six things you may not know about bowling.
Five Things Not to Do While Bowling
No matter how much fun you're having with your friends, there are some things you should never do while bowling. Here are five of them.
How to Form a Five-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your five-person bowling team?
Applying for a Bowling Sponsorship
Before you begin touting your greatness to potential bowling sponsors, you should know what they want to see from you. If you can benefit them, they may want to benefit you, too.
Top 10 Reasons to Join a Bowling League
Have you ever considered joining a bowling league but didn't actually do it? Here are the top 10 reasons to reconsider and finally join the ranks of league bowlers.
The Beer Frame in Bowling
A definition of a beer frame in bowling.
Bowling Balls - Cover Stocks
Information on the benefits and downsides of each bowling-ball cover stock.
Don't Waste Strikes in Practice
Is it truly possible to waste strikes in practice as so many league bowlers joke from week to week?
Bowling Scoring - Petraglia Scoring System
An explanation of how the Petraglia bowling scoring system, sometimes referred to as golf, works.
Chameleon - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Chameleon oil pattern.
Illegal Pinfall
A list of scenarios in which pins you knock down don't actually count.
Position Round
A definition of position round in bowling.
Bowling-Ball Side Weight
Why do some bowling balls have four holes in them? What is a weight hole? It all stems from side weight.
Cleaning Your Bowling Shoes With a Wire Brush
The soles of your bowling shoes will wear over time, causing you to lose some of your slide on the approach. Learn how to combat that with a wire brush.
Ball Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to change bowling balls.
Animal-Themed Oil Patterns
A collection of the PBA's animal-themed oil patterns, commonly used in sport leagues and also in various PBA tournaments.
Sandbagging
You may have heard about sandbagging, but do you know what it is? And have you ever seen it put into action?
Brooklyn Strike
A definition of a Brooklyn strike in bowling.
How to Choose a Bowling Bag
A quick guide on determining which bowling bag is best for you, your arsenal and your game.
Gutter
A definition of a gutter in bowling.
There is Oil on the Lanes
Have you ever fallen or seen somebody else fall unexpectedly when stepping onto a bowling lane? It's slippery because it's covered in oil.
Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
A review of the Ebonite Maxim bowling ball, a plastic ball from Ebonite.
Bowling Styles - Bowling Spinners
Bowlers who put a vertical-axis rotation on the ball, intending to hit the head pin, then move down the line are called spinners.
Bowling Myth - You Can Buy a Better Game
Can you become a better bowler simply by spending money on new equipment?
Bottlegate
What happens when controversy erupts on the PBA Tour over the popping sound of a plastic water bottle? It's assigned a name and talked about seemingly endlessly. If you missed it, this article explains the basics of what exactly Bottlegate was.
Shark Oil Pattern
A description of the Shark oil pattern.
Board
A definition of a board in bowling.
Bowling Myth - The Best Bowler is the Guy with...
Can you determine the quality of a bowler by the number of bowling balls in his arsenal?
One-Pair Lane Courtesy Rule
A quick description of the one-pair lane courtesy rule, predominantly used on the PBA Tour.
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Women's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a woman's foot size in inches.
Where to Stand When Bowling
Is there a particular place you have to stand while bowling? What are the rules regarding a bowler's starting position?
Stepladder Competition Format
A brief explanation on the stepladder format of competition, often used to determine PBA Tour champions.
Dead-Ball Scenarios
A description of the the dead-ball rule, which gives bowlers another chance at a delivery without penalty.
Brat
A definition of a brat in bowling.
Bowling on the Fresh
In professionally bowling as well as many amateur tournaments, when a large number of bowlers are competing
Full Roller
The definition of a full roller in bowling.
Do You Have to be Good to Join a Bowling League?
League bowling has long been a popular recreational sport for people of all ages. But for those who have never competed in a league: do you have to be good to join?
Blind Score - Bowling Glossary - Absent Bowlers
A definition of a blind score in bowling.
PBA Experience Scorpion Oil Pattern and How to...
A description of the Scorpion oil pattern.
PBA Regional Tour
A general overview of the PBA Regional Tour - what it is, why it exists, and how to join.
Scratch
A definition of scratch in bowling.
Strike Out
A definition of striking out in bowling.
Bowling Sponsorship Tiers and Perks
Bowling sponsorships are divided into multiple tiers, depending on a bowler's status. Learn more about the tiers and which one might fit you best.
Backup Ball
A definition of a backup ball. Bowling.
How to Generate a Bowling Team Lineup
No matter how many members are on each team in your league, there's a strategy to forming a lineup that will optimize your team's performance.
Raw Hammer Acid Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Acid bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
300
A definition of a 300 in bowling.
Single
A definition of a single in bowling.
Pete Weber Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Pete Weber, one of the most popular and charismatic bowlers in PBA Tour history.
Arsenal
A definition of an arsenal in bowling.
Why You Should Warm Up Before Bowling
Why should you warm up before bowling? The importance of being ready to bowl and suggestions on how to do so.
Five Reasons to Buy Your Own Bowling Shoes
If you bowl with any level of frequency greater than never, you should buy your own bowling shoes. Here are five reasons why.
Bowling on the Burn
Bowling on the burn is a completely different experience from bowling on the fresh , and is one reason
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Men's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a man's foot size in inches.
Break Point
A definition of a break point in bowling.
Fill Ball
A definition of a fill ball in bowling.
Bowling Concepts Shirt Review
A review of a bowling shirt from Bowling Concepts.
Dead Ball FAQ
When you throw a dead ball, the delivery doesn't count and you get another chance without penalty. This FAQ explains when and why you may call a dead ball.
How to Behave as a Spectator at a PBA Tour Event
Will you be attending a PBA Tour event? How should you behave as a spectator? This brief article gives a few tips on what you should and should not do as a bowling fan.
Cover Stock
A definition of a bowling ball's cover stock.
Bowler Profile - Chris Barnes
A profile of professional bowler Chris Barnes, one of the top bowlers on the PBA Tour.
Impressions of Brunswick
The kind folks with Brunswick took me through their facility in Muskegon, Michigan. It was fascinating. Here are my first impressions.
Layout
A definition of a layout in bowling.
Walled Up
Defining walled-up lane conditions in bowling.
Raw Hammer Anger Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Anger bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
Loft
The definition of loft in bowling.
Five Bowlers You'll Meet in League
If you've never bowled in a league and are wondering what to expect, here are descriptions of five types of bowling characters common to most leagues.
Approach - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Approach
A definition of an approach in bowling.
Five Reasons to Buy Your Own Bowling Ball
Do you bowl even moderately often? Have you ever considered purchasing your own bowling ball, rather than using one of the balls on the rack in the alley? Here are five reasons to buy your own bowling ball.
Ringing Ten Pin
A definition of a ringing ten pin.
Eliminator Competition Format
An explanation on the eliminator format of competition, a common method of determining champions on the PBA Tour.
May a PBA Tour Bowler Drink Alcohol During...
May a PBA Tour bowler drink alcohol during competition?
Rolloff
A definition of a rolloff in bowling.
How to Form a Four-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your four-person bowling team?
PBA Hall of Fame
A list of every PBA Hall of Fame member in the performance category.
Dutch 200 - Bowling Glossary - Alternating...
A definition of a Dutch 200 game.
Brunswick Siege Bowling Ball
A review of the Brunswick Siege bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Brunswick.
Anthony Pepe Shoots 295, Then Wins Cheetah...
Anthony Pepe bowled a rare 295 game in the opening match to advance to the championship battle with Dick Allen, where Pepe claimed his first career PBA Tour title.
Norm Duke Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Norm Duke, recognized as one of the top PBA Tour bowlers of all time.
Bratburger
A definition of a bratburger in bowling.
Washout
A definition of a washout in bowling.
Baby Split
A definition of a baby split in bowling.
Virgin Oil
A definition of virgin oil in bowling.
Spare
A definition of a spare in bowling.
Fade
A definition of a fade in bowling.
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