What is Bowling? How to play?

Bowling is a sports hall that is played with a ball made specially for the game and 10 pins (pinball), aiming at the end of the game line and aiming to throw the pins with their unique and standard pins with the ball.

To put it more simply, 10 pins are arranged in a standardized manner with computer aided devices. At the beginning of the game line, the player picks a ball at his / her own weight and throws the ball towards the pins as the line at the top of the line does not pass. The goal is to roll the ball as many pins as possible. If some or all of the pins are not overturned, the player also takes the 2nd shot. After the second shot, the turn goes to the other players. Both sides of the line on which the ball is laid is open if there is no special situation. That is, if the throwing ball does not go right, it may leave the playing field in a controlled manner from the edges.

The main aim of the game, which can be played individually or as a team, is to get the highest score by overtaking the most number of pins. A total of 10 frames, each of which is 2 attempts, represents the player’s well-known shot rights for a game. If the player can not strike in the first shot in a frame, he completes that frame by making the second shot. Only in the last frame is the right to fire again after the strike.

At this point, it is also necessary to describe some technical terms:

Strike: All the pins at the end of the game line are tumbled in the first shot of the frame. Since all the pins are rolled, no other shot in the frame is made. The symbol is X.

Spare: All the pins at the end of the game line are tumbled at the end of the second shot in the frame. The symbol is /.

Split: In addition to the fact that the first lobes are overturned, there are two or more lobes that do not have any connection with the lobes between them. That is to say, two separate pins that stand on two ends and do not have pins in side by side. In the score table, the number of pins that fall on a split shot is indicated by a square or rectangle.


The rules of play described above may vary slightly according to the affiliated federations. For example, while playing with 10 pins is legal in Turkey, the game can be played with 9 pins under the rules set by the World Bowling Federation (WTBA), the International Bowling Federation (FIQ) and the European Bowling Federation (ETBF).

The length of the game line is 18,288 meters. This length is far from the foul line at the beginning of the line, until it is the first lob (pin 1).

There is also the obligation to wear only special shoes when bowling in recreational centers, while in official competitions there are separate dress regulations for men and separate dress regulations for women. Men’s pocketless cloth pants, jeans without canvas and so on. women can wear shorts, skirts or cloth trousers while they can compete with pants. For the top, a short-sleeved bowling shirt or shirt with polo collar button is worn. It is also possible for women to wear polo-collar buttoned sleeveless shirts.

Bowling Ball

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Round ball made of rubber, urethane, plastic and resin, or a mixture thereof, for use in bowling.

Standard weights are between 2.7 and 7.2 kg and diameters are 8.5 inches (21.6 cm). The colors can be straight as well as straight. Falso is called a strike ball and spare ball according to their receiving characteristics.

There are three holes in the 10 pin bowling game, one for the thumb and the other for the middle and the ring fingers.


Bowling Ball Numbers:

7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14