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Bowling: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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 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.
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.
How to Hook a Bowling Ball
A step-by-step tutorial on how to hook a bowling ball.
How to Hold a Bowling Ball the Conventional Way
he 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.
How to Calculate Your Bowling Handicap
An explanation on how to calculate your bowling handicap.
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 Much Should Your Bowling Ball Weigh?
Bowling balls come in many different weights. Which one is right for you?
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?
What is a House Oil Pattern in Bowling and How...
A description of the house oil pattern.
How to Apply the Fingertip Bowling Grip
A quick overview of using the fingertip bowling grip.
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 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?
Should You Use a Reactive Resin Bowling Ball?
An overview of reactive-resin cover stocks and bowling balls.
How to Behave at a Bowling Alley
A quick overview of bowling etiquette you should follow in a bowling alley.
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 Pick Up Spares - Righties
A step-by-step tutorial on how to pick up spares by making simple adjustments in your starting position.
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 Pins
Facts, specs, and general information on bowling pins.
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.
7 Things You Should Know About Bowling
Some things need to be common knowledge to any bowler. Here are seven of them.
No-Tap Bowling Scoring
An explanation of how to score a no-tap game of bowling.
Conventional Grip
A quick overview of the conventional bowling grip.
Bowling Pin Rack
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin rack.
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.
How Often Should I Clean My Bowling Ball?
A quick overview of how often to clean your bowling ball.
How Bowling Oil Breaks Down
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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.
Finger Position Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to alter your finger position to control your shots.
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?
How to Read and Adjust to Bowling Lane Conditions
Simple bowling adjustments that, when applied correctly, will drastically improve your scores.
Bowling-Ball Tracks Explained
A quick explanation of a bowling ball's track and how it can help you when getting equipment drilled.
"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?
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.
Urethane Bowling Balls
An overview of urethane cover stocks and bowling balls.
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.
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 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.
What Style of Bowling Do Tweeners Play?
Bowlers who combine some elements of cranking with some elements of stroking are known as tweeners.
2014 PBA Tour Television Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA Tour television schedule.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Turkey
A definition of a turkey in 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.
Plastic Bowling Balls
An overview of plastic and polyester cover stocks and bowling balls.
Bowling Myth - Hitting the Head Pin Guarantees...
Does hitting the head pin guarantee a strike? Why or why not?
Bowling Fouls
An explanation of the foul line and its function.
How to Make Lateral Adjustments in Bowling
A quick tutorial on how and when to use lateral adjustments to your advantage.
Six Bowling Myths
The truth about some of bowling's commonly held misconceptions.
Beer Frame
A definition of a beer frame in bowling.
Forward/Backward Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use forward and backward 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.
Ebonite Maxim Bowling Ball
A review of the Ebonite Maxim bowling ball, a plastic ball from Ebonite.
How to Form a Five-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your five-person bowling team?
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.
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Women's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a woman's foot size in inches.
PBA Viper Oil Pattern
A description of the Viper oil pattern.
Ball Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to change bowling balls.
Speed Adjustments
A quick tutorial on how and when to use speed adjustments to your advantage.
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.
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 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.
Sandbagging
You may have heard about sandbagging, but do you know what it is? And have you ever seen it put into action?
Chameleon - PBA Experience Oil Pattern
A description of the Chameleon oil pattern.
Raw Hammer Acid Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Acid bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
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.
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.
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?
PBA Experience Scorpion Oil Pattern and How to...
A description of the Scorpion oil pattern.
Cheetah Oil Pattern
A description of the Cheetah oil pattern.
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.
Pete Weber Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Pete Weber, one of the most popular and charismatic bowlers in PBA Tour history.
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.
Shark Oil Pattern
A description of the Shark oil pattern.
Bowling Styles - Power Strokers
The power of a cranker and the smooth release of a stroker combine to define a power stroker.
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.
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?
Dead-Ball Scenarios
A description of the the dead-ball rule, which gives bowlers another chance at a delivery without penalty.
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.
Illegal Pinfall
A list of scenarios in which pins you knock down don't actually count.
Hambone
A definition of a hambone in bowling.
Bowling Balls - Cover Stocks
Information on the benefits and downsides of each bowling-ball cover stock.
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
A definition of an entry angle. Bowling.
PBA Regional Tour
A general overview of the PBA Regional Tour - what it is, why it exists, and how to join.
What if I Bowl On the Wrong Lane?
What happens if you or someone else bowls on the wrong lane?
Bowling Concepts Shirt Review
A review of a bowling shirt from Bowling Concepts.
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Wins USBC Senior...
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. defeated 2010 USBC Masters champion Mike Edwards to get to the title match, then ousted undefeated Jack Jurek for Williams' first PBA50 major championship.
Position Round
A definition of position round in bowling.
Bowler Profile - Chris Barnes
A profile of professional bowler Chris Barnes, one of the top bowlers 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.
2014 PBA50 Schedule
The complete 2014 PBA50, formerly Senior Tour, schedule.
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.
One-Pair Lane Courtesy Rule
A quick description of the one-pair lane courtesy rule, predominantly used on the PBA Tour.
Gutter
A definition of a gutter in bowling.
How Ryan Shafer Became a Force in Pro Bowling
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.
Spare
A definition of a spare 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.
Bowling Pin Deck
The layout and dimensions of a bowling pin deck.
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?
Brunswick Siege Bowling Ball
A review of the Brunswick Siege bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Brunswick.
All the Way
A definition of all the way 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?
Cover Stock
A definition of a bowling ball's cover stock.
Board
A definition of a board in bowling.
Anchor
A definition of an anchor in bowling.
Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max Bowling...
A review of the Brunswick C·(System) Versa-Max reactive-resin bowling ball.
How to Form a Four-Person Bowling Team
What's the ideal lineup for your four-person bowling team?
Backup Ball
A definition of a backup ball. Bowling.
Bowling Shoe Sizes - Men's
A chart outlining which bowling-shoe size correspond's to a man's foot size in inches.
300
A definition of a 300 in bowling.
Raw Hammer Anger Bowling Ball
A review of the Raw Hammer Anger bowling ball, a reactive resin ball from Hammer.
2013 L.A. X
A profile of the L.A. X, owned by Chris Paul and featuring franchise player Jason Belmonte.
What is a Strike Pot?
You may have heard your league-bowler friends talk about a strike pot. What are they talking about?
Profile of PBA Bowler Sean Rash
A profile of professional bowler Sean Rash, known for his high number of revolutions and charismatic nature on the lanes.
Stepladder Competition Format
A brief explanation on the stepladder format of competition, often used to determine PBA Tour champions.
Strike
A definition of a strike in bowling.
Arsenal
A definition of an arsenal in bowling.
Scratch
A definition of scratch in bowling.
Sweeper
Defining a sweeper in bowling.
Picket Fence
A definition of a picket fence in bowling.
Brooklyn Strike
A definition of a Brooklyn strike in bowling.
Strike Out
A definition of striking out in bowling.
Blind Score
A definition of a blind score in bowling.
Brunswick Nexxus f(P+R) Bowling Ball Review
A review of the Brunswick Nexxus f(P+R) reactive-resin bowling ball.
What if I Bowl Out of Turn?
What happens if you or someone else bowls out of turn?
Fill Ball
A definition of a fill ball in bowling.
Bedposts
A definition of bedposts in bowling.
Full Roller
The definition of a full roller in bowling.
Dead Wood
A definition of dead wood in bowling.
Baby Split
A definition of a baby split in bowling.
Break Point
A definition of a break point in bowling.
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.
Walled Up
Defining walled-up lane conditions in bowling.
Tandem
Defining a tandem in bowling.
How to Earn a PBA Tour Exemption
An explanation on the multiple ways to earn an exemption on the PBA Tour.
PBA Tournament of Champions Winners
A list of every PBA Tournament of Champions Winner in history.
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.
Jason Belmonte Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Jason Belmonte, the most famous two-handed bowler in the world.
Norm Duke Bowler Profile
A profile of professional bowler Norm Duke, recognized as one of the top PBA Tour bowlers of all time.
PBA Senior Rookies of the Year
A list of every PBA Senior Rookie of the Year dating back to 1994.
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