Bowling Terms for S

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Bowling Terms with the letter S.

sandbagger
A bowler who intentionally keeps his bowling average low in order to receive a higher handicap.

schleifer
A strike when the pins appear to fall one by one.

scratch
Keeping score in bowling without the benefit of a handicap.

set
The ball, after it is released from the hand, holds it’s track to the pocket.

short pin
A pin rolling on the alley bed which just fails to reach and hit a standing pin.

sidearming
Allowing the arm to move away from its natural and proper position during the free armswing.

sleeper
When one pin is hidden behind another in a spare leave.

slick
A condition of the lanes that to work against hooking the ball.

slot alley
Lanes that are favorable for allowing strikes.

snake eyes
Another name for the 7-10 split.

soft alley
Another name for bowling lanes that strikes are easily obtained.

solid
A strong hit.

sour apple
A weak ball, one that leaves the 5-7, 5-10, or 5-7-10 split.

span
This is the distance between the thumb hole and hte finger holes.

spare
Knocking down all the pins with two rolls in a frame.

spare leave
When pins are left standing after the first roll in a frame.

spiller
A light-hit strike in which the pins seem to take a longer time to fall down.

splasher
A strike where the pins go down immediately.

splice
The placed on the lane where the Maple and Pine boards meet.

split
A spare leave where the headpin is down and the remaining combination of pins have an intermediate pin down immediately ahead of or between them.

spot
The location on the lane the bowler uses to target. Most bowlers use the arrows on the lanes.

steal
Getting a strike that shouldn’t have been a strike. A lucky strike.

stiff alley
Lanes that keep a bowling ball from hooking properly.

strike
Knocking down all the pins with the first roll.

strike out
Finishing the game with strikes.

strike split
On what looks like a good strike, the 8-10 is left standing for right handed bowlers and the 7-9 are left standing for left handed bowlers.

string
A number of continuous strikes.

strong
A bowling ball that has a good deal of action.

sweeper
A wide-breaking hook that carries a strike as though the pins were being pushed with a broom.

swishing 7 pin
7 pin left standing as other pins swish by it.

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