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Bowling Terminology

COMMON BOWLING TERMINOLOGY

Strike

When all pins are knocked down with one ball. You get 10 points for these pins, plus the points of the next two balls thrown.

Spare

All 10 pins are knocked down with 2 consecutive balls. You get 10 points for this plus the points from the pins that your next bowl knocks down.

Frame

One turn - you get two chances to knock down the pins within one frame.

Foul Line

The is the black line at the start of the lane.

Foul

You will receive a foul if you step over the foul line.

A Double

When you get two strikes in a row.

A Turkey

3 strikes in a row.

Gutter

This is the sections either side of the lane where the ball ends up if they come off the lane or you miss.

STRANGE BOWLING PHRASES

A Barmaid

A pin you can't see because it's hidden behind another pin.

A Burner

A bowling pin that stays standing even though it's been hit by the ball or another pin.

Dump

When the ball lands loudly on the lane after it's been thrown in the air.

Portsider

A left-handed bowler

Hambone

Four strikes in a row.

Ham-turkey dinner

Seven strikes in a row (that's a turkey and a hambone added together).

Golden Turkey

Nine strikes in a row.