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How to play bowling

The first thing to know is where do I stand, what do I aim at ?
The untrained bowler; just picks up the ball, walks towards the pins while looking at the pins, aims at the pins and rolls the ball. Which is exactly what you do not want to do. What you want to do is use the markings on the lane. The target arrow is specifically that are provided for you. You should not look at the pins until you’ve actually released the ball. So let’s look at what a typical Lane looks like.

The pictures you’re going to see are not to scale so bear that in mind. As you can see from the back approach dots to the foul line is 15 feet. There is actually three feet between the back approach dots and the front approach dots. From the foul line to the targeting arrows which there are seven from here to here is 15 feet and from the foul line to the head pin is 60 feet. You’ll notice that the pins are numbered. There’s ten of them and they’re numbered so that they can be referenced. The head pin is number one then you have 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and 9 and the 10 pin so let’s begin where do you stand to figure that out walk to the foul line turn your back on the foul line and take 4 easy steps back towards the approach dots when you get to the approach dots turn around add six inches to where your front toe and that will allow you to take four steps towards the foul line a little bit of a slide and to be able to release the ball without crossing the foul line you want to lift the ball as you release it bringing the ball upward while keeping your hand underneath when you release it the ball should land about here but as you release the ball bring your hand up into a shaking hand position that will put a slight rotation on the ball so the one who moves down the lane it will start to rotate and move up into the pocket again these are the targeting arrows so if you position your foot here assuming this is your starting point you would aim at the targeting arrow so you would walk forward lift the ball aiming at this arrow by amie I mean you are to roll the ball over that arrow and by coming up in a shakehand position with rotation the ball will break towards the pins and enter the pocket this area is known as the pocket on either side if you’re a left-hander this is your pocket if you’re a right-hander this is your pocket if you happen to hit the opposite pocket it’s known as a Brooklyn the 17:07 targeting arrows are placed on the lane for your convenience so that you can aim at them each targeting arrow is in a position so that when the ball is rolled over it that board actually lines up with a pen the head targeting arrow lines up perfectly with the one pin the third targeting arrow lines up with the three pin the second with the six the first with the ten pen and so on with the others for this demonstration we’re going to assume that you have what’s known as a standard ten board break so if you walked forward the ball over the second arrow and it broke as it moved down the lane up into the pocket it would actually travel ten boards from here to here so that it hits the pocket both travel would go similar to this if you have less than a 10 board break let’s say you have a seven board break you would adjust accordingly you would stand here two boards to the left of the second dot and moving forward you would aim at the board that is two boards to the left of the second arrow which breaking seven boards would again bring you up into the pocket there are 39 boards in all starting with the one board going to the thirty-ninth you have the seven targeting arrows in between again five boards between a targeting arrow and the next board prior to the next targeting arrow this shows you where you place your feet the target you aim at the hook of the ball and it travels up into the pocket what’s important is consistency that you lift throw the ball with the same rotation each time regardless of what pins are standing this consistency will allow you to not have to change how you throw the ball but only change the position of your feet in order to pick up any pin on the lane for example to pick up the 10 pin you would stand with your toe at the far left approach dot still aiming at the second targeting arrow and releasing it with the same rotation the ball will travel exactly the same as if it were going up into the pocket but now because of where you’re standing it will travel at the second arrow stay on the lane and carry the 10 pin to pick up the six pin you move half the distance between the last dot and the next one starting there still aiming at the second arrow and you can pick up the six to pick up the 3-pin you now move half the distance over again and you’re now on the second dot from the left still aiming at the second arrow you can pick up the 3-pin this same process works for pins on the opposite side of the lane to pick up the 7 just as you stood on the far side dot for the 10 pin you stand on the far side dot on the right side to pick up the 7 pin still aiming at the second arrow and the ball goes on the same path and picks up the 7 pin to pick up the 4 pin again you move half the distance over still aiming at the second arrow takes the same path to the pin you pick up the 4 pin to pick up the 2 pin again you move half the distance over now you’re actually standing where you would for a strike except you’re looking more at a slight angle and you’re throwing the ball across between the second and the third arrow it’s still just above the second arrow and the ball will travel its trajectory and hit the 2 pin to pick up a split in this case the 5/10 split you actually aim at the pen that’s not there in this case you would be aiming at the 2 pin if you compare to the previous information where you stood here rolled the ball across just above the second arrow that would carry the 2 pin it’s how you would carry the 5/10 the intention is to hit the 5 pin just on the left side kicking it to the right to take out the 10 pin to pick up the 5 7 again stand on the opposite side of the lane as if you’re aiming for the 3 pin again aim at the second arrow it will come back and it would pick up the 3 pin if it were there but it will continue on Nick the 5 pin on the right the left side and take out the 7 pen by kicking it to the left for smaller splits in this case the 310 you could aim for the head pin and kick the 3-pin over to the 10 but that’s actually more difficult it’s easier to aim for the six pin that’s not there again standing here is if you would normally pick up the six pin aiming at the second arrow but the ball will Nick inside the three and there’s enough deflection of the ball off of the pins because of their weight that it will then bounce and take out the 10 pin which is the preferred way to pick up the spare to pick up the baby split to seven on the opposite side you would stand where you normally would to pick up the four pin spare the pin that’s not there you would stand here again aiming at the second arrow the ball will travel over the same course as it has been each time you release it only this time because of the angle you’re at it will travel hit the 2 pin bounce off and continue and take out the 7 pin to pick up the two pins that have not been mentioned the 8 and the 9 pin again it’s a matter of where you place your feet you’re you already know how to pick up the 6 pin and how to pick up the 4 pin as you can see the 8 and the 9 are behind these pins but if you aimed at the 4 pin you would miss the 8 if you aimed at the 6 you would probably miss the 9 so what you do is again you’re moving your feet where you stood here to pick up and rolled across the second arrow to pick up the 4 pin you would split that distance in half so halfway point here you would split that distance in half between the middle and the second dot standing here again still aiming over the second arrow and you’ll take out the 8 on the opposite side the same thing you would stand here roll over the second arrow to pick up the six pin so you would split that distance in half stand here again still rolling over the second arrow and it will come back and take out the nine so there you have it easier than you thought wasn’t it it’s just a matter of knowing where to stand and what to aim at good luck and good bowling