Duckpin Bowling Game

There are some minor differences between a game of regular bowling and a duckpin bowling game, however. The major difference is that when playing in a duckpin bowling game, each bowler is allowed three chances to hit all of the pins instead of just two. If you hit all the pins on the first throw, you get a strike, and if you hit them all down on the second or third throw, the you get a ‘mark’ (essentially the duckpin bowling game equivalent to a spare). Marks and spare’s are tallied similarly.

A regulation ball for the duckpin bowling game can only weigh as much as 3 pounds and 12 ounces, and typically fits right inside the palm of your hand. There are no finger holes to the duckpin bowling game’s ball, so you must throw it in the same way that you would throw a bocce ball. Lofting, or allowing the ball to soar up before landing it is allowed, although many duckpin bowling game centers will not allow you to throw it too high because the balls will damage their lanes.

What is most interesting about the duckpin bowling game is that it is notoriously difficult. As of yet, nobody has ever bowled a perfect game in an officially sanctioned duckpin bowling game event. There are variants of the original duckpin bowling game which make scoring a little easier, including holding a large rubber band around the pins to increase bounce back, but these varieties of games are more difficult to find.

Duckpin bowling is a game that is really meant for all ages. The light ball appeals to many of those who are not able to heft the larger, regulation sized tenpin bowling balls, so the sport is popular with both children and senior citizens.

Improve Your Bowling Game with Attitude

Bowling can be a game of emotions. If you let your emotions affect your attitude toward what you are doing, more than likely, it will impact the outcome of your game (this is actually true in most aspects of life as well).

If you have a negative attitude it will cause you to bowl worse. The worse your attitude gets, the worse your bowling gets. If you throw a bad ball, or get a bad break on the lanes (i.e. a 7-10 or 8-10 split), you have to shake it off and not let it impact your bowling. That is much harder than it seems.

If you keep your attitude positive, it will help you to bowl better. By keeping a positive attitude, you can improve your average or at least maintain it. If you are having a “bad” night (i.e. not bowling your average), keeping your attitude positive will allow you to bowl the best score that you can on the condition that you face, thus keeping your average higher in the long run.

If you have a bad night, you want it to be as good as you can possibly make it so that it doesn’t affect your average too much. After all, if you keep your pin count up, your average won’t suffer as much.

Hardest Shots In The Game Bowling

Oddly, one of the most difficult shots in the game for a right handed bowler is making the 10 pin. You would think that knocking down a single pin wouldn’t be that hard. But the problem is that, unlike all other one pin spares, the 10 pin has no room on the right side of the pin for missing it as it is right next to the gutter. You either have to hit it head on or slightly to the left. If you throw it too far right, your ball lands in the gutter. If you throw a hook ball, this makes it even more difficult as you can’t throw the ball out right of the 10 pin and let it hook back. It will end up in the gutter before you know it. This shot just gives right handers fits. For left handers, it’s the 7 pin, which has the same problem.

After the single pin shots, the next difficult double pin shot is when you have what they call double wood. That’s when you have one pin in back of another, such as the 2-8 or 3-9 shots. These are difficult because you have to hit the 2 or 3 pins dead on. If you hit them to the right or left, you won’t take out the pin behind it because the pin goes in one direction and the ball deflects in the other direction, leaving the pin behind standing and staring you in the face. This is another shot that gives all bowlers fits.

After these shots come the splits. Splits are where there is more than one pin standing on the lane with at least one space between them. Pros generally consider the easiest splits to be the baby splits, such as the 3-10 or 2-7. With these splits you have to place the ball just inside of the 2 pins that are standing. The ball will deflect off the first pin and into the second pin. These aren’t too difficult as far as splits go, but they do need pin point control.

There are splits, however, that are very difficult, such as the 5-7 or 5-10, which requires you hit the 5 pin into either the 7 or 10, depending on which pin is standing. The 5 pin must be hit in just the right spot in order to send it sailing into the other pin. There are other splits which are harder variations of this one such as the 4-10 or 6-7.

All bowlers agree that the hardest split to make is the dreaded 7-10 split. These pins are 180 degrees apart and because of this it is almost impossible to send one pin into the other. Most pro bowlers try to bounce one of the pins out of the pit in the back into the other pin. It is rare that this split is made, though it does happen.

Keep a Score in Bowling

While keeping scores in bowling the bowler requires writing the name of each player on the scoring sheet where in the space designed for names. From then on, the scores should start being counted from the first frame indicating the number of pins that were knocked down in every frame. Get the name of the scorer in the score sheet and fill in the number of the fallen pins against the name of that person. Fill in the number of pins knocked during the second try against where you had filled scores for the first try. These two numbers should then be added together to give total number of pins in the box which is larger than the rest in the frame. If a player bowls, a strike put an X in the frame box of the score sheet. This gives the player ten points, which is added to the number of pins they bring down in their next two shots. If the player gets strikes in these two shots, then the score will add up to 30 points for the first strike.

A player may bring down the remaining pins left behind from their first and this is referred to as a spare. This is denoted by a / in the frame box and is worth 10 marks in addition to the amount bowled during the next bowl. This amount is recorded in the totals area but the bowlers score will remain unknown until the next frame. The number of pins rolled are circled if the pins that are left after the first balls get split i.e. they are far apart and not close to each other. If the bowler passes the foul line, the turn should be fouled denoted F. Balls that fall on a foul should not be counted at all. There is however a chance of recovery if the player knocks down all the pins in their second trial. A difference occurs when the player gets to the tenth frame in such that if you bowl a strike you will still have your 2 extra balls and so bowling a strike will have the pins reset as if it were a new frame. If you bowl a spare, the pins will be reset and you will be able to bowl one more ball. The tenth frame allows you to roll a maximum of three balls.

From Six Pin Bowling to Crazy Bowl

You can get kids’ six pin (or ten pin) games at many major toy stores. The six pin method is definitely suited especially for kids. Six pin bowling is usually designed to set up at home. There really are no strict rules, just the basics. In addition, there are no official tournaments, or even venues that provide this type of bowling for children’s entertainment. Often these toys can be great preparation for a child who might become very involved in competitive bowling later in life. Or you can purchase a bowling game for the purpose of just having some fun that your kids can enjoy – and no other, major goal.

The “crazy bowl” game I used to play in Girl Scouts is one of the goofiest kid’s games ever. If you decide to rent a lane or lanes to play this with a group of children – I seriously recommend that you get the gutter bumpers that are almost always available. If you have children or if you have ever worked with children, then you already know that goofy is good.

There are rules for crazy bowl – but you can make up whatever rules you want. Of course the rules should be made considering the safety of the kids, those bowling balls are heavy, right? And heavy can be dangerous, as you probably already know. For example: my Girl Scout troop went on little field trips to the bowling alley with double bumpers. We sat with our legs in a V position – almost on the lane and pushed the ball as hard as we could to see how many pins we could knock over (or how far the ball would roll. We rolled the balls backwards between our legs, swinging our bodies and the ball in both hands and rolling it behind us down the lane.

Back when I played crazy bowl we also enjoyed the carefree task of pushing the ball in teams of two, sitting on our knees on the lane. There were usually two girls pushing with both hands. One last example is the only one in which we were actually using the finger and thumb holes in the ball, but there was a catch – we had to do it blindfolded and a non-blindfolded partner would point the girl who was bowling in the right direction so that no one would get hurt accidentally.

When you are trying to find fun ways to entertain your family, consider bowling. There are many ways to make bowling a wonderful family hobby. Your kids may want to join a league, it can become a regular family activity, or you can just play around with bowling toys at home. Whether you do it for fun, profession, competition or for a simple family focus, bowling is a great sport that has lasted thousands upon thousands of years.

Kids Bowling Equipment

You will obviously want to make sure that they have the right ball. Although you may have great aspirations for them achieving a profession level of bowling, you will want to maintain some patience and let them hone in on their skills with a proper kid’s bowling ball. These usually feature weights that range from six to nine pounds. And they are usually made with foam urethane to provide a durable yet perfectly balanced and weighted bowling solution for kids. Adding to the formula for perfect balance are balls that feature a round core with a pancake weight block.

When considering the various options, you will also want to pay special attention to the hook potential of the ball, which usually range from zero to 60, with the lower numbers ranking as lower hook potential. To help you get an accurate idea of what type of hook potential to look for, you should first monitor your child’s performance with a few different rental balls.

Of course, you will also want to make sure your child is having as much fun as possible. You can add to their enjoyment of bowling by considering some of the latest bowling ball designs that feature some really interesting designs. Among children’s favorites are the bowling balls that feature ultraviolet glowing capabilities under low light conditions!

Kids also love the latest sweat towels which feature super fun cartoon characters. Kids can choose from their favorite movie stars and classic heroes for some added fun. You can complement these towels by also getting them kid’s bowling shoes which also feature popular cartoon characters and famous movie characters. These kids shoes also come with several key features that help kids maintain safe footing on slippery bowling alley floors.

And you will also be able to do a lot for their confidence when you provide them with official looking bowling gear. Give them a bowling bag to carry their shoes, ball and accessories and they’ll feel like they can get a strike every time.

About Bowling Alleys

They are everywhere. Lately it seems that a lot more houses are closing due to property and maintenance prices getting to expensive, or lack of use. Looking in your local telephone book, you should be able to find quite a few houses in your area. Bowling is a very popular sport and therefore there are a lot of bowling alleys in most areas. If you can’t find one where you live, check the nearest city or big town, there’s bound to be one within driving distance of where you live.

Recently a large bowling stadium was constructed in Reno, NV (United States). If you want to see a really large house, that is the place to go. If you get a chance to bowl there it is really quite the thing! I have bowled there on several occasions and have really enjoyed it. The PBA (Pro Bowlers Association, see Chapter 9) has tournaments there as well as the USBC. A few of the tournaments that I know of that bowl there are the PBA, USBC Nationals, USBC Mixed, and the High Roller. This stadium was built expressly for the purpose of handling large bowling tournaments, and is not allowed to have leagues in it. It also has a very large Pro Shop (place to buy bowling stuff), that even has a bowling lane in it so that you can see everything! They will video tape your game and help you to figure out what you need to improve. It is quite impressive.

Most bowling alleys will have a desk (where you buy games), a bar, game room, at least one meeting room, a room to handle babysitting, and, of course, lanes! A lot of houses have a pro shop also.

The desk is usually situated somewhere near the center of the house and the bar is usually not far from it. For most bowlers that’s all you need to know about a bowling alley right there! Drinking and bowling go hand and hand for a lot of bowlers (not me, though). It’s no mistake that the bar is centralized in the bowling alley. The game room is usually centralized in the bowling alley also, and most of the time contains pool tables, video games, and pinball machines.

Meeting rooms can be anywhere in the bowling alley, and will seat anywhere from 25 – 100s of people. The meeting rooms are used for league meetings, receptions, birthday parties, etc…. Most of the time, one of the rooms will have toys and things in it for kids. This room is generally used for babysitting the children of the bowlers. Most bowling alleys offer free babysitting for children up to age 7 or 8 for league bowlers. This comes in very handy when you are bowling.

Pro shops are very popular in bowling alleys. Inside of the pro shop you can find just about anything that you need for bowling from balls and bags to shoes, brushes, and powder or resin. You can even get advice from a “pro”. Most of the pro shops are either owned by a professional bowler or have a professional on staff. Be careful though, not all of the people working in the pro shop are pros, and not all of them necessarily have your best interest at heart. There is a lot of stuff to be bought and if you are getting equipment, be sure that you are speaking to somebody who knows your game. Buying equipment for bowling is not as simple as getting a ball and shoes (more on that in Chapter 3).

The first person that you are likely to meet in the bowling alley is the desk person. This is the person behind the desk that will take your money and assign you a lane. This is also the person that is your main contact at the bowling alley should anything happen. If you spill a drink, your ball gets stuck in the return, or whatever… you should contact the desk person and let them know what you need.

League bowlers usually go through the league secretary to get things accomplished in the house. The league secretary usually has a little more clout than the individual bowler as he/she represents an entire league of bowlers (and therefore a lot of revenue to the bowling center).

There are two other people that you may encounter at the bowling alley. The Porter is the person cleaning up the lanes, getting dead balls, dead wood, fixing scores and just about anything else that needs to be done on the customer side of the lanes. The Mechanic is the other person that you may encounter. You probably won’t come into direct contact with them; they are the person that works in the back of the alley, resetting pins, fixing the machines, and making sure that things work right. They are usually the one that oils the lanes (more on that later), also.

One’s Bowling Ball

There are two basic sizes when it comes to looking at bowling balls. Here we have the ten-pin balls and the five-pin bowling ball. A ten-pin bowling ball in terms of weight have not specified weight in terms of how light it can be but at the same time can weigh up to 7kgs. Its circumference reaches approximately 68.5 cm. The ten-pin ball has a set of three holes that are drilled into it to offer support for the bowler when playing. To get the mush needed support, the ring, middle, and the thumb finger get to be put in the three drilled holes. Also we have the five-pin bowling ball which unlike the ten-pin bowling ball it has no drilled holes in it. To play this ball, one has to hold it by the palm when in the process of throwing it. This is made possible by the smallness of this ball.

Looking further at how best to hold the bowling balls that have holes drilled in them, there are several ways that this can be achieved for a good strike. There are mainly three types of grips that can be used when playing a bowling ball. There is the conventional grip in which the bowler’s ring and the middle finger are placed into the ball up to the second joint. This type of grip mainly is seen good for the beginners since it allows for maximum grip when it comes to holding the bowling ball. In the fingertip grip, on the other hand the middle finger and the ring finger holes accept the bowler’s finger up to the first joint. The last type of grip is the semi-finger tip in which the bowler puts his or her finger between the first and second joint. This allows in most cases a clean release of the ball ensuring that the ball rotates as the bowler want it to. Strokers prefer this last type of grip since it generates less hook upon release.

Inside the balls, a core dictates how the ball is to behave. These cores get to be imbalanced to which as a result try to stabilize the ball when it is on motion down the lane. This in the process makes the ball roll over a different part of the surface when it is thrown and it is on motion. The cores here are made from different densities as required by the ball it is to be used for. In these densities, there can be the center heavy known as low rig while others are made with the weight distributed towards the cover of the ball.

Bowling Supplies

As bowling has become more and more popular, a large number of bowling equipment manufacturers and supply companies have emerged with innovative and attractive bowling equipment to serve the general public, pro shops and distributors. They sell and distribute a wide variety of bowling supplies such as bowling balls, bowling bags, bowling shoes, bowling shirts, gloves/ supports, accessories, cleaners/ polishes, ball care products, bowling towels, ball inserts and books/ videos.

Bowling shirts, a specific style of shirt, are available with custom team logo or design on the back. Usually you find cotton or cotton/poly blends in the market. Volumes of books and videos about the mental part of bowling are also popular.

Three famous brands of bowling equipment suppliers are AMF, Brunswick and Dacos.

Among these, AMF is the U.S. market leader, and it is also the largest bowling company in the world.

Bowlers Paradise,, Petes Pro Shop, Bowling Concepts, Blockbuster Bowling, BirdDogBowling, Bowlzilla, Best Bowling Pro Shop, Parker Bohn Bowling, Drylanes and Bowlers Basement are the leading manufacturers and suppliers of bowling supplies.

For bowling supplies it is always better to purchase from a wholesaler if you are not able to find a manufacturer who is ready to give direct factory supplies. In addition, there are suppliers who supply reconditioned and used bowling equipments.

Amateur Bowling Tournament

The amateur bowling tournament started in the later months of 1977. It was created to unite bowlers of all skill levels into one great tournament. They realized that not all bowlers could throw a 200 or higher game and thus is the reason behind the amateur tournament. Not only can you find the amateur bowling tournament in North America but also internationally. This brings together other nationalities with a love of bowling. There is also a senior amateur bowling tournament for those over the age of sixty who still have the bowling spark in them also.

The amateur bowling tournament is no one of the largest tournaments around. It is the only bowling club that gives those participating assurance of winning a minimum amount. Depending on which branch of the amateur bowling tournament participated in will decide what prize is won. It also determines the amount of players participating in each division.

The amateur bowling tournament office is located in California and has since branched out to other areas of the country. This allows for more people to join in the amateur bowling tournament than in the past. There is a Masters Division and a Classic Division in the amateur bowling tournament. Your score will determine what amateur bowling tournament division you participate in. Most amateur bowling players fall into the classic division.

The amateur bowling tournament is designed for those who are bowling under 200 but may allow those with a 220 average in. The Masters Division was originally designed for those joining the amateur bowling tournament having a 190 to 220 average. This was eventually raised to those with a 225. The classic division in the amateur bowling tournament is was originally for those bowling with a 189 or lower but has since been raised to 199 or less.

Since its beginning, the amateur bowling tournament has paid out in the hundreds of millions of dollars for prizes. This means the amateur bowling tournament has paid out more than any other bowling club in existence. This amateur bowling tournament payout is even higher than the professional bowlers association that has been around for half a century. The amateur bowling tournament has only been happening for a quarter of a century. This is a feat within itself.

If you are really into the sport of bowling, you should consider trying your luck with an amateur bowling tournament. You may find that your skills are better than you thought they were. You can also learn a great deal from those who have participated in the amateur bowling tournament in previous years. Being in an amateur bowling tournament will not only be exciting but lots of fun also.