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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 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, as well as build a foundation for picking up any spare.
How to Choose the Right Bowling Ball for Your...
A tutorial on choosing the right bowling ball for your style and abilities.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Handicap
An explanation on how to calculate your bowling handicap.
How to Hook a Bowling Ball
A step-by-step tutorial on how to hook a bowling ball.
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.
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.
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.
Bowling-Ball Tracks Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's track and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
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.
How Much Should Your Bowling Ball Weigh?
Bowling balls come in many different weights. Which one is right for you?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Should You Use a Reactive Resin Bowling Ball?
An overview of reactive-resin cover stocks and bowling balls.
What is a House Oil Pattern in Bowling and How...
A description of the house oil pattern.
Bowling Pin Rack
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin rack.
How to Behave in a Bowling Alley
A quick overview of bowling etiquette you should follow whenever you're in a bowling alley.
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.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Average
A quick explanation of how to calculate your bowling average.
No-Tap Bowling Scoring
An explanation of how to score a no-tap game of bowling.
Urethane Bowling Balls
An overview of urethane cover stocks and bowling balls.
How to Apply the Fingertip Bowling Grip
A quick overview of using the fingertip bowling grip.
Bowling-Ball Pins Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's pin and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
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 to Pick Up Spares - Lefties
A step-by-step tutorial on how to pick up spares by making simple adjustments in your starting position.
7 Things You Should Know About Bowling
Some things need to be common knowledge to any bowler. Here are seven of them.
Finger Position Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to alter your finger position to control your shots.
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.
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 Strokers Favor?
Bowlers who rely on a smooth, consistent delivery are referred to as strokers.
How Often Should I Clean My Bowling Ball?
A quick overview of how often to clean your bowling ball.
Bowling Fouls - Stepping Over the Line
An explanation of the foul line and its function.
How to Read and Adjust to Bowling Lane Conditions
Simple bowling adjustments that, when applied correctly, will drastically improve your scores.
Conventional Grip
A quick overview of the conventional bowling grip.
How to Make Lateral Adjustments in Bowling
A quick tutorial on how and when to use lateral adjustments to your advantage.
How Bowling Oil Breaks Down
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RG Ratings Explained
A quick explanation of what an RG rating is in reference to a bowling ball.
Bowling Pins
Facts, specs, and general information on bowling pins.
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.
"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?
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.
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.
Bowling Side Game - Poker
A popular side game among individual bowling teams or entire leagues is poker. How does it work?
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.
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.
Plastic Bowling Balls
An overview of plastic and polyester cover stocks and bowling balls.
What Style of Bowling Do Tweeners Play?
Bowlers who combine some elements of cranking with some elements of stroking are known as tweeners.
Sandbagging
You may have heard about sandbagging, but do you know what it is? And have you ever seen it put into action?
Bowling Styles - Power Strokers
The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.
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.
Bowling Turkey - Bowling Glossary - Three...
A definition of a turkey in bowling.
How to Form a Five-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your five-person bowling team?
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.
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.
Hambone - Bowling Glossary - Four Strikes in a...
A definition of a hambone in 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.
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?
Forward/Backward Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use forward and backward adjustments to your advantage.
The Beer Frame in Bowling
A definition of a beer frame in bowling.
Bowling Myth - Hitting the Head Pin Guarantees...
Does hitting the head pin guarantee a strike? Why or why not?
Speed Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use speed adjustments to your advantage.
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.
Scotch Doubles in Bowling
In scotch doubles, teams of two bowlers compete while alternating shots, regardless of whether they strike, spare or open.
One-Pair Lane Courtesy Rule
A quick description of the one-pair lane courtesy rule, predominantly used on the PBA Tour.
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?
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?
Bowling Oil - 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.
Sweeper
Defining a sweeper in bowling.
Ball Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to change bowling balls.
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.
What is a Strike Pot?
You may have heard your league-bowler friends talk about a strike pot. What are they talking about?
All the Way
A definition of all the way in bowling.
PBA Regional Tour - Information on and How to...
A general overview of the PBA Regional Tour - what it is, why it exists, and how to join.
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.
Full Roller
The definition of a full roller in bowling.
Chameleon - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Chameleon oil pattern.
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.
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?
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.
Raw Hammer Acid Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Acid bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
Review - Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
A review of the Ebonite Maxim bowling ball, a plastic ball from Ebonite.
Bowling Styles - 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.
How to Form a Four-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your four-person bowling team?
Gutter
A definition of a gutter in bowling.
Ryan Shafer - Professional Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Ryan Shafer, a powerful bowler who is one of the few in history to have earned more than a million dollars on the PBA Tour.
Shark Oil Pattern - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Shark oil pattern.
Position Round
A definition of position round in bowling.
Cheetah Oil Pattern - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Cheetah oil pattern.
PBA Viper Oil Pattern
A description of the Viper oil pattern.
Bowling Myth - You Can Buy a Better Game
Can you become a better bowler simply by spending money on new equipment?
Bowling Shoe Sizes - What's My Bowling Shoe...
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a woman's foot size in inches.
PBA Experience Scorpion Oil Pattern and How to...
A description of the Scorpion oil pattern.
Stepladder Competition Format
A brief explanation on the stepladder format of competition, often used to determine PBA Tour champions.
PBA Hall of Fame - Every Member of the PBA Hall...
A list of every PBA Hall of Fame member in the performance category.
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.
Scratch - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Scratch...
A definition of scratch 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?
What if I Bowl On the Wrong Lane?
What happens if you or someone else bowls on the wrong lane?
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.
Blind Score - Bowling Glossary - Absent Bowlers
A definition of a blind score in bowling.
Why You Should Warm Up Prior to Bowling
Why should you warm up before bowling? The importance of being ready to bowl and suggestions on how to do so.
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.
Flat Gutters
The definition of flat gutters 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.
Entry Angle - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Entry...
A definition of an entry angle. Bowling.
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.
Illegal Pinfall - Bowling Pins Don't Always Count
A list of scenarios in which pins you knock down don't actually count.
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.
What if a Pin Falls Before My Ball Gets There?
What happens if a pin moves or falls down as your ball approaches, but before your ball gets there?
Eliminator Competition Format
An explanation on the eliminator format of competition, a common method of determining champions on the PBA Tour.
Bowling on the Burn
Bowling on the burn is a completely different experience from bowling on the fresh , and is one reason
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.
Dead-Ball Scenarios
A description of the the dead-ball rule, which gives bowlers another chance at a delivery without penalty.
What if I Bowl Out of Turn?
What happens if you or someone else bowls out of turn?
Profile of PBA Bowler Chris Barnes
A profile of professional bowler Chris Barnes, one of the top bowlers on the PBA Tour.
Amleto Monacelli Wins PBA50 Northern California...
Amleto Monacelli won the PBA50 Northern California Classic for his fourth career PBA50 title by defeating Brian LeClair in the championship match.
Board - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Boards
A definition of a board in bowling.
Cover Stock - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Ball...
A definition of a bowling ball's cover stock.
Pete Weber Bowler Profile - Profile of PBA...
A profile of professional bowler Pete Weber, one of the most popular and charismatic bowlers in PBA Tour history.
300
A definition of a 300 in bowling.
How to Earn a PBA Tour Exemption
An explanation on the multiple ways to earn an exemption on the PBA Tour.
Bill O’Neill, Shannon O’Keefe Win...
Shannon O'Keefe and Bill O'Neill won the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles by dominating match play.
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the all-time leader in wins on the PBA Tour.
Re-Rack
A definition of a re-rack in bowling.
Approach - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Approach
A definition of an approach in bowling.
Strike Out - Bowling Glossary - Striking Out in...
A definition of striking out in bowling.
PBA Tournament of Champions Winners - History...
A list of every PBA Tournament of Champions Winner in history.
2014 PBA Tour Television Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA Tour television schedule.
What is a Clean Game in Bowling?
Answering common questions regarding what is and isn't a clean game in bowling.
Single
A definition of a single in bowling.
Bowling Scoring - Petraglia Scoring System
An explanation of how the Petraglia bowling scoring system, sometimes referred to as golf, works.
Brooklyn - Bowling Glossary - Brooklyn Strike
A definition of a Brooklyn strike in bowling.
Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max Bowling...
A review of the Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max reactive-resin bowling 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.
Bowling on the Fresh
In professionally bowling as well as many amateur tournaments, when a large number of bowlers are competing
Layout
A definition of a layout in bowling.
Loft
The definition of loft in bowling.
Punch Out
The definition of a punch out in bowling.
Six Pack - String of Strikes in Bowling
Defining a six pack in bowling.
Walled Up
Defining walled-up lane conditions in bowling.
How to Form a Three-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your three-person bowling team?
Review - Raw Hammer Anger Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Anger bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
Fill Ball - Bowling Glossary - Tenth Frame Fill...
A definition of a fill ball in bowling.
Shadow Bowling
Defining shadow bowling.

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