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Bowling Vocabulary

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Last updated: November 17, 2023
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Definition
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Letter
Term
In league play, the person bowling last: usually the bowler with the highest average or the best performer under pressure.
A
Anchor
The part of the delivery that leads up to the release.
A
Approach
The portion of a delivery following the push-off (push away) and preceding the forward swing and release.
B
Backswing
The leg opposite the leg on which a bowler slides in the final slide step.
B
Balance leg
Rails (barriers) surrounding a lane to prevent balls from going into the gutters, primarily for beginners or young children.
B
Bumpers
A delivery in which the bowler's elbow is undesirably bent and extends outward to the side, rather than remaining behind the hand in line with the intended ball delivery path.
C
Chicken wing
In the second ball roll of a frame, the knocking down of all pins that remained standing after the first roll, so as to achieve a spare for that frame.
C
Conversion
The 7-pin or the 10-pin.
C
Corner pin
The process beginning with the approach and ending with the ball release.
D
Delivery
Two consecutive strikes within a single game.
D
Double
Penalty occurrence in which a portion of the bowler's body touches beyond the foul line on a delivery in which the ball is released.
F
Foul
One of ten scoring units constituting a game, each including one or two rolls (two or three in 10th frame) depending on pinfall.
F
Frame
One of two trough-shaped structures surrounding a lane to catch errant rolls.
G
Gutter
A number added to a "scratch score" for lower-average bowlers to make them more competitive with higher-average bowlers.
H
Handicap
The 1-pin.
H
Head pin
The pins left standing after the first roll of a frame.
L
Leave
A frame in which neither a strike nor spare is achieved.
O
Open frame
A game of 12 consecutive strikes (score: 300).
P
Perfect game
A full set of ten pins, either in the pinsetter or after being placed onto the pin deck.
R
Rack
The final stage of the delivery (occurring after the approach) in which the ball leaves the bowler's hand.
R
Release
A score actually achieved (without addition of a handicap).
S
Scratch score
The scoring result in a frame in which the last of the ten pins is/are knocked down on the second roll of the frame.
S
Spare
A spare leave in which the head pin is knocked down but at least two non-adjacent pins remain standing with a gap between them.
S
Split
Scoring result for a frame in which all ten pins are knocked down on the first roll.
S
Strike
To roll consecutive strikes from a certain frame through the end of a game.
S
Strike out
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