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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 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.
How to Hold a Bowling Ball - Conventional Grip
The most basic way to hold a bowling ball is called the conventional bowling grip.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Average
A quick explanation of how to calculate your bowling average.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Bowling Styles - Common Techniques and 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.
Bowling Fouls - Stepping Over the Line
An explanation of the foul line and its function.
Bowling-Ball Tracks Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's track and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
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.
How to Apply the Fingertip Bowling Grip
A quick overview of using the fingertip 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.
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.
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?
No-Tap Bowling Scoring
An explanation of how to score a no-tap game of bowling.
What is the Pin on a Bowling Ball?
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's pin and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
How to Read and Adjust to Bowling Lane Conditions
Simple bowling adjustments that, when applied correctly, will drastically improve your scores.
Finger Position Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to alter your finger position to control your shots.
How Often Should I Clean My Bowling Ball?
A quick overview of how often to clean your bowling ball.
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 Make Lateral Adjustments in Bowling
A quick tutorial on how and when to use lateral adjustments to your advantage.
Plastic Bowling Balls
An overview of plastic and polyester cover stocks and bowling balls.
Conventional Grip
A quick overview of the conventional bowling grip.
RG Ratings Explained
A quick explanation of what an RG rating is in reference to a bowling ball.
What Style of Bowling Do Strokers Favor?
Bowlers who rely on a smooth, consistent delivery are referred to as strokers.
How Bowling Oil Breaks Down
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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.
Brooklyn - Bowling Glossary - Brooklyn Strike
A definition of a Brooklyn strike in bowling.
Six Bowling Myths
The truth about some of bowling's commonly held misconceptions.
Bowling Pins - Information and Facts
You know why bowling pins exist: so you can repeatedly knock them over. But what else should we know about these built-to-be-brutalized objects?
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.
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?
"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?
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.
Hambone - Bowling Glossary - Four Strikes in a...
A definition of a hambone in bowling.
What Style of Bowling Do Tweeners Play?
Bowlers who combine some elements of cranking with some elements of stroking are known as tweeners.
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.
How to Get Sponsored by a Bowling Company
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.
You may have heard about sandbagging, but do you know what it is? And have you ever seen it put into action?
Scotch Doubles in Bowling
In scotch doubles, teams of two bowlers compete while alternating shots, regardless of whether they strike, spare or open.
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?
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.
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.
A definition of a gutter in bowling.
Bowling Styles - Power Strokers
The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.
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.
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.
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.
Defining a Perfect Strike in Bowling
Is there such a thing as a perfect strike in bowling?
Strings of Strikes in Bowling
Defining a string of strikes in bowling.
Jersey Side in Bowling
What is the Jersey side in bowling?
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.
Review - Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
A review of the Ebonite Maxim bowling ball, a plastic ball from Ebonite.
Scratch - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Scratch...
A definition of scratch in bowling.
Full Roller
The definition of a full roller in bowling.
Stepladder Competition Format
A brief explanation on the stepladder format of competition, often used to determine PBA Tour champions.
A definition of a washout in bowling.
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?
What is a Strike Pot?
You may have heard your league-bowler friends talk about a strike pot. What are they talking about?
Blind Score - Bowling Glossary - Absent Bowlers
A definition of a blind score in bowling.
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?
Cheetah Oil Pattern - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Cheetah oil pattern.
The Core of a Bowling Ball
What is the core of a bowling ball?
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.
The Beer Frame in Bowling
A definition of a beer frame in bowling.
What's My Bowling Shoe Size? - Women's Bowling...
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a woman's foot size in inches.
Backup Ball - Bowling Glossary - Throwing a...
A definition of a backup ball. Bowling.
What is a Clean Game in Bowling?
Answering common questions regarding what is and isn't a clean game 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.
Entry Angle - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Entry...
A definition of an entry angle. Bowling.
Position Round
A definition of position round in bowling.
Forward/Backward Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use forward and backward adjustments to your advantage.
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?
Handicap - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Handicaps
A definition of a bowling handicap.
Flat 10 in Bowling
Defining a flat 10 pin 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?
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.
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.
PBA Viper Oil Pattern
A description of the Viper oil pattern.
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.
One-Pair Lane Courtesy Rule
A quick description of the one-pair lane courtesy rule, predominantly used on the PBA Tour.
Illegal Pinfall - Bowling Pins Don't Always Count
A list of scenarios in which pins you knock down don't actually count.
Cover Stock - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Ball...
A definition of a bowling ball's cover stock.
Lined Up in Bowling
Once you get lined up in bowling, you're feeling good. Can you maintain it?
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.
A definition of a single in bowling.
Bowling Balls - Cover Stocks
Information on the benefits and downsides of each bowling-ball cover stock.
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.
Strike Out - Bowling Glossary - Striking Out in...
A definition of striking out in bowling.
Defining a sweeper in bowling.
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?
Carry Down in Bowling
Oil that is pushed past the length of the pattern by bowling balls is referred to as carry down. How do you recognize it and how do you adapt to it?
Shark Oil Pattern - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Shark oil pattern.
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.
Walled Up
Defining walled-up lane conditions in bowling.
Greek Church Split Definition in Bowling
A definition of a Greek Church in bowling.
2015 PWBA Tour Winners
All the winners from the 2015 PWBA Tour season, making its return after a 12-year hiatus with 11 events, including three majors.
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.
Why is the 7 Pin Named Timmy in Bowling?
What is a Timmy in bowling? Where did the term originate, and what does it mean?
Ball Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to change bowling balls.
Chameleon - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Chameleon oil pattern.
How to Choose a Bowling Bag
A quick guide on determining which bowling bag is best for you, your arsenal and your game.
PBA Experience Scorpion Oil Pattern and How to...
A description of the Scorpion oil pattern.
Rolloff - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Rolloffs
A definition of a rolloff in bowling.
Raw Hammer Acid Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Acid bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
CG (Center of Gravity on a Bowling Ball)
Is the CG (center of gravity) important on a bowling ball? Yes. Of course it is. But why?
Flat Gutters
The definition of flat gutters in bowling.
A definition of a 300 in bowling.
Bridge on a Bowling Ball
The bridge of a bowling ball, also known as the web, is the spot between the two finger holes, typically ranging from 1/4 to 3/8 inches in width.
Pocket - Bowling Glossary - Pocket Strikes
A definition of the pocket in bowling.
Half Ten
A definition of a Half Ten in bowling.
The definition of loft in bowling.
Bowling Myth - You Can Buy a Better Game
Can you become a better bowler simply by spending money on new equipment?
Brat - Bowling Glossary - Five Strikes in a Row
A definition of a brat in bowling.
A definition of a layout in bowling.
Brooklyn Pocket
Defining the Brooklyn pocket in bowling.
Mass Bias in a Bowling Ball
What is the mass bias in a bowling ball and why does it matter?
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.
You Know, It Does
: When a bowler throws what looks like a perfect ball but doesn't result in a strike, or in which the
Friction in Bowling
Defining friction in bowling.
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.
Eliminator Competition Format
An explanation on the eliminator format of competition, a common method of determining champions 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.
Skate in Bowling
When your ball unexpectedly finds a patch of oil down lane, it's skating.
Wet/Dry Lane Conditions
Defining wet/dry lane conditions in bowling.
PBA Hall of Fame - Every Member of the PBA Hall...
A list of every PBA Hall of Fame member in the performance category.
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.
Norm Duke Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Norm Duke, recognized as one of the top PBA Tour bowlers of all time.
Crossover in Bowling
Defining a crossover in bowling.
Break Point - Bowling Glossary - Bowling Break...
A definition of a break point in bowling.

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