Ten-Pin Bowling – What you should know from ColourUp Australia


Ten-pin bowling is a competitive sport where players roll a bowling ball on a wooden or synthetic lane towards the 10 pins placed at the end of the lane. The objective is to knock down all ten pins on the first roll of the ball (a strike), or failing that, on the second roll. It is a popular sport all around the world and played by millions. 

Ten-Pin bowling is played on a smooth, narrow surface called lane. A foul line is there at the beginning of the lane which should not be crossed by the players while bowling. At the end of the lane, pins are arranged in a triangular manner. The length between the pins and the foul line is 60 feet. About 15 feet from the foul line, a set of guidelines are there. On the other side of the lane, gutters are there. If the ball drops off the lane, it falls into the gutter and gets carried past the pins. The approach area is 15 feet long and ends at the foul line. Here the player holds the ball and rolls it in the lane while making a proper balance. The width of the lane is 41.5 inches and consists of 39 woods. 

At the end of the lane, the pins are arranged in four rows with one pin in the first row, two pins in the second row, three pins in the third and four pins in the last row. The pins are not numbered but the positions in which they are placed are numbered. The lane is protected by 18 millimetres of oil which starts 4 inches from the foul line and is applied 38 feet down the lane from that point. 

Bowling Ball

A bowling ball is one of the basic bowling equipment which is used to hit the bowling pins in the game. Previously, around the 1960s, hard rubber balls were used in the game which were replaced with polyester made balls around the 1970s. In the 1980s, polyurethane was introduced to make the balls. In modern bowling, reactive resin made balls and particle balls are being used.

The way finger holes are arranged on the ball that decide the movement of the ball down the lane. There are three finger drills on a bowling ball to carry the ball using your fingers. 

The ball used is typically not shallow inside. The diameter of a ten-pin bowling ball is 8.5 inches with a circumference not more than 27 inches. The ball’s weight should be below a maximum of 16 pounds. Except for the grills, the ball has a smooth surface.

Bowling Pin

The pins are used as the target in the bowling game. The height of a bowling pin is 40cm and width is 12cm. The weight of the bowling pin should be around 1.5kg. The pins are usually made of maple woods with stocks of rock glued to its bottom part. The outside part is coated with a plastic material. In some cases, synthetic materials are also used instead of wood. Synthetic pins are not allowed in case of ten-pin bowling.

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