The resulting 2-7 or 3-10 pin formation after the first ball of the frame is rolled.
baby the ball
The act of rolling the ball without any confidence or power.
baby split with company
Also known as the 2-7-8 or 3-9-10 split .
A ball that rolls or breaks to the right for right handed bowlers and left for left handed bowlers..
This is the direction the ball takes as it enters the 1-3 pocket (right handed) or 1-2 pocket (left handed).
The area of the lane where most bowling balls are rolled down.
When one pin is hidden behind another pin.
This is the single lane of a bowling alley.
The 7-10 split. Also can be called goalposts.
When playing as a team, the fifth frame is considered the beer frame. The individual who doesn’t score a strike during this frame must treat the other team members.
belly the ball
A wide hooking ball starting from an inside starting angle.
Most commonly known as trash talking.
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A pin that is hidden behind another pin. Synonymous with barmaid.
4-6-7-10 pin leave after rolling the first ball of the frame.
Getting nine or ten pins on a spare or on a double strike.
4-6-7-10 split. Synonymous with big ears.
The condition of the lane when maintenance is performed in which the oil or other finish is used to create a track.
When a spare is missed.
When the first ball is rolled on a frame and all the pins go down except one.
Bowling lanes are made up of strips of wood or synthetic wood called boards. Usually, they are called out according to number of boards away from the left side or right side. For example, the 5th board called from the left could be the 25th board from the right
A lucky shot.
break of the boards
The space where the boards of the alley meet together.
The distance from fingerhole to fingerhole.
Shooting a strike from the opposite side pocket. Right-handed bowlers would strike from the left side of the headpin and left-handed bowlers would strike from the right of the headpin.
When the bowling ball hits the pocket in such a way that it mimics the sweeping action of a broom.
A 2-4-5-8 spare leave for right-handed bowlers and a 3-5-6-9 spare leave for left-handed bowlers.