How to Bowl
The art of tenpin bowling really is quite simple to master. All you will need is a pair of bowling shoes, which you will be given on arrival at Reception having paid for your game. Bowling shoes must be worn at all times on the lane approach.
At the beginning of the lane you will notice a black line, which is known as the foul line. For your own safety, please ensure you do not cross this line as you may slip on the oiled surface of the lane.
The object of the game is to knock down all ten pins with one ball (a strike). Failing this, knock down the remainder with your second ball (a spare). The more proficient you are, the closer you will get to that elusive perfect score of 300!
4 Steps to Bowling Success
- Step 1 - The Pushaway
Push the ball out and down while stepping forward with your right foot.
- Step 2 - The Pendulum Swing
As you take your second step, let the ball swing down and back. Use your left hand for balance.
- Step 3 - The Backswing
With your next step, the ball should be at the top of your back swing, no higher than your shoulder.
- Step 4 – The Sliding Step
On the last step, allow the ball to swing down past your left foot. Release the ball and allow your arm to follow through.
Some tips to bear in mind...
- On follow through, don’t stop your arm, let it swing on up
- Keep your left arm extended for balance
- Approach at a steady pace
- Keep your steps smooth with no pauses or hesitation
- Keep your hips and shoulder squared with the pins
- Approach: The area in front of the lane and foul line
- Arrows: These markers are found 1/4 way down the lane and are there to help you aim the ball
- Dots: These are arranged at the end of the approach to help you find your starting point
- Foul Line: The black line between the approach and the lane. To step over this line results in a foul or 'penalty miss'.
- Frame: A turn at rolling the ball. Usually two.
- Pocket: The ideal point at which your ball should be aimed in order to knock down all the pins
- Spare: Knocking down all ten pins with both balls of a frame
- Split: When the remaining pins of a delivery cannot be easily knocked down
- Strike: A ball that knocks down all the pins with one shot