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Bowling: Most Popular Articles

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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.
Bowling Strikes - How to Find Your "Strike Ball"
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 Hook a Bowling Ball
A step-by-step tutorial on how to hook a bowling ball. Page 5.
Strings of Strikes
Three strikes is a turkey. What about four strikes? Nine strikes? Learn what to shout after each successive strike you throw.
How to Hold a Bowling Ball
The basics of how to hold a bowling ball.
Drilling a Bowling Ball - What You Need to Know...
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.
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 Calculate Your Bowling Handicap
An explanation on how to calculate your bowling handicap.
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 am I Leaving 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.
House Oil Pattern
A description of the house oil pattern.
No-Tap Bowling Scoring
An explanation of how to score a no-tap game of bowling.
How Much Should Your Bowling Ball Weigh?
Bowling balls come in many different weights. Which one is right for you?
How to Clean Your Bowling Ball - Immersion Method
A step-by-step tutorial on how to clean your bowling reactive-resin bowling ball using the immersion method.
Why Does it Take 12 Strikes to Reach 300?
A perfect score in bowling is 300. Why does it take 12 strikes to get there when there are only 10 frames?
Bowling Myth - Does Bowling a Good Game Mean...
You had a good game last week. 200, 220, 250, etc. Could you be a pro?
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.
Bowling Etiquette
A quick overview of bowling etiquette you should follow in a bowling alley.
Seven Things You Need to Know About Bowling
Some things need to be common knowledge to any bowler. Here are seven of them.
Bowling Myth - You 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?
Bowling Pin Rack
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin rack.
Reactive Resin Bowling Balls
An overview of reactive-resin cover stocks and bowling balls.
Fingertip Grip
A quick overview of using the fingertip bowling grip.
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.
Bucket
A definition of a bucket in bowling.
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.
Breaking Down Oil
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How to Calculate Your Bowling Average
A quick explanation on how to calculate your bowling average.
How Often Should I Clean My Bowling Ball?
A quick overview of how often to clean your bowling ball.
Finger Position Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to alter your finger position to control your shots.
Bowling Fouls
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.
Bowling Adjustments
Simple bowling adjustments that, when applied correctly, will drastically improve your scores.
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?
Lateral Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use lateral adjustments to your advantage.
Conventional Grip
A quick overview of the conventional bowling grip.
Bowling Styles - Bowling Strokers
Bowlers who rely on a smooth, consistent delivery are referred to as strokers.
Bowling Styles - Bowling Crankers
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.
"Easy" House Shots
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Bowling-Ball Pins Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's pin and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
Bowling Styles - Bowling Tweeners
Bowlers who combine some elements of cranking with some elements of stroking are known as tweeners.
Bowling Pins
Facts, specs, and general information on bowling pins.
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.
2013 PBA League Elias Cup Points Standings
Overall standings for the 2013 PBA League Elias Cup.
Bowling Myth - Hitting the Head Pin Guarantees...
Does hitting the head pin guarantee a strike? Why or why not?
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.
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.
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?
Plastic Bowling Balls
An overview of plastic and polyester cover stocks and bowling balls.
RG Ratings Explained
A quick explanation of what an RG rating is in reference to a bowling ball.
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.
Speed Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use speed adjustments to your advantage.
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.
Forward/Backward Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use forward and backward adjustments to your advantage.
2014 PBA League Rosters
With one season down, the PBA League teams were forced to rethink their rosters and retool for the second season of PBA League competition. Here are those rosters.
Urethane Bowling Balls
An overview of urethane cover stocks and bowling balls.
Sandbagging
You may have heard about sandbagging, but do you know what it is? And have you ever seen it put into action?
Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
A review of the Ebonite Maxim bowling ball, a plastic ball from Ebonite.
Ball Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to change bowling balls.
Chameleon Oil Pattern
A description of the Chameleon oil pattern.
Six Bowling Myths
The truth about some of bowling's commonly held misconceptions.
Greek Church
A definition of a Greek Church in bowling.
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.
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.
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 Styles - Power Strokers
The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.
Viper Oil Pattern
A description of the Viper oil pattern.
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
A general overview of the PBA Regional Tour - what it is, why it exists, and how to join.
Raw Hammer Acid Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Acid bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
Rolloff
A definition of a rolloff in bowling.
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.
How the PBA League Works
The PBA League made its debut in 2013. How does the league work?
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.
How to Form a Five-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your five-person bowling team?
2014 PBA Tour Television Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA Tour television schedule.
How to Choose a Bowling Bag
A quick guide on determining which bowling bag is best for you, your arsenal and your game.
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.
Turkey
A definition of a turkey in bowling.
Entry Angle
A definition of an entry angle. Bowling.
Raw Hammer Anger Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Anger bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
Bowler Profile - Chris Barnes
A profile of professional bowler Chris Barnes, one of the top bowlers on the PBA Tour.
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.
Scorpion Oil Pattern
A description of the Scorpion oil pattern.
2013 L.A. X
A profile of the L.A. X, owned by Chris Paul and featuring franchise player Jason Belmonte.
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.
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.
Illegal Pinfall
A list of scenarios in which pins you knock down don't actually count.
Cheetah Oil Pattern
A description of the Cheetah oil pattern.
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Women's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a woman's foot size in inches.
2014 Silver Lake Atom Splitters
The Silver Lake Atom Splitters made the highest-profile moves of the offseason, grabbing Wes Malott and Tommy Jones to join the team in the quest for the Elias Cup.
Dead-Ball Scenarios
A description of the the dead-ball rule, which gives bowlers another chance at a delivery without penalty.
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Men's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a man's foot size in inches.
Bowler Profile - Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
A profile of professional bowler Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the all-time leader in wins on the PBA Tour.
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.
Hambone
A definition of a hambone 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?
2014 PBA50 Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA50, formerly Senior Tour, schedule.
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.
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?
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.
PBA Hall of Fame
A list of every PBA Hall of Fame member in the performance category.
Oil Spill
A definition of an oil spill in bowling.
Beer Frame
A definition of a beer frame in bowling.
2014 PBA League Draft Recap
After one season in existence, and following re-signing and free-agency periods, each of the eight PBA League teams rounded out their rosters in the one-round PBA League draft.
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.
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.
What if I Bowl Out of Turn?
What happens if you or someone else bowls out of turn?
Bowling Pin Deck
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin deck.
Bowler Profile - Norm Duke
A profile of professional bowler Norm Duke, recognized as one of the top PBA Tour bowlers of all time.
Full Roller
The definition of a full roller 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?
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?
Blind Score
A definition of a blind score in bowling.
Washout
A definition of a washout in bowling.
What if I Bowl On the Wrong Lane?
What happens if you or someone else bowls on the wrong lane?
Bowling on the Burn
Bowling on the burn is a completely different experience from bowling on the fresh , and is one reason
Backup Ball
A definition of a backup ball. Bowling.
Flat Gutters
The definition of flat gutters in bowling.
300
A definition of a 300 in bowling.
Great Moments in League Bowling History
Despite Barry's 300 game and 800 series, Paul somehow turned the spotlight to him and his incredible feats.
Pete Weber Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Pete Weber, one of the most popular and charismatic bowlers in PBA Tour history.
Brunswick Siege Bowling Ball
A review of the Brunswick Siege bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Brunswick.
Baby Split
A definition of a baby split in bowling.
Great Moments in League Bowling
A collection of real stories from the always-fascinating world of league bowling.
Bowling Myth - You Can Buy a Better Game
Can you become a better bowler simply by spending money on new equipment?
Stepladder Competition Format
A brief explanation on the stepladder format of competition, often used to determine PBA Tour champions.
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.
Foundation Frame
A definition of a foundation frame.
Shark Oil Pattern
A description of the Shark oil pattern.
Arsenal
A definition of an arsenal in bowling.
One-Pair Lane Courtesy Rule
A quick description of the one-pair lane courtesy rule, predominantly used on the PBA Tour.
Strike Out
A definition of striking out in bowling.
Bowler Profile - Sean Rash
A profile of professional bowler Sean Rash, known for his high number of revolutions and charismatic nature on the lanes.
What is a Strike Pot?
You may have heard your league-bowler friends talk about a strike pot. What are they talking about?
Brunswick Nexxus f(P+R) Bowling Ball Review
A review of the Brunswick Nexxus f(P+R) reactive-resin bowling ball.
Board
A definition of a board in bowling.
Bowling Scoring - Petraglia Scoring System
An explanation of how the Petraglia bowling scoring system, sometimes referred to as golf, works.
Jason Belmonte
A collection of information and articles related to 2008-2009 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year Jason Belmonte.
Rock and Bowl
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding Rock and Bowl, a popular promotion run by most bowling alleys.
Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max Bowling...
A review of the Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max reactive-resin bowling ball.
Bowler Profile - Jason Belmonte
A profile of professional bowler Jason Belmonte, the most famous two-handed bowler in the world.
Ringing Ten Pin
A definition of a ringing ten pin.
Brooklyn Strike
A definition of a Brooklyn strike in bowling.
Approach
A definition of an approach in bowling.
Anchor
A definition of an anchor in bowling.

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