Bowling Lingo: A Glossary for Beginners

Entering the world of bowling can feel like stepping into a whole new language, with its own unique terminology and jargon. But fear not! At Richmond 40, we’re here to guide you through the maze of bowling lingo and help you speak the language of the lanes with confidence. 

Here’s a beginner-friendly bowling glossary to get you started:

1. Strike

When you knock down all ten pins with your first ball in a frame, it’s called a strike. It’s the ultimate goal in bowling and is often accompanied by the sound of crashing pins and jubilant cheers.

2. Spare

If you knock down all ten pins but need two shots to do it (i.e., you leave one standing on your first ball), it’s called a spare. Spares are crucial for maintaining a high score and require precision and accuracy to execute consistently.

3. Split

A split occurs when two or more pins are left standing with a gap between them after your first shot. Splits can be challenging to convert into spares and often require strategic adjustments to your approach.

4. Turkey

A turkey is three consecutive strikes in a row. It’s a significant achievement in bowling and can set the stage for an impressive score.

5. Brooklyn

When a right-handed bowler hits the left side of the headpin (or vice versa for left-handed bowlers), it’s called a Brooklyn strike. It’s named after the New York City borough famous for its cross-lane traffic.

6. Hook

A hook is a controlled curve that bowlers apply to their shots to increase pin carry and improve accuracy. It’s achieved by rotating the wrist at release, causing the ball to hook into the pocket.

7. Pocket

The pocket refers to the ideal area on the pins that bowlers aim for to maximize pin action and increase the likelihood of strikes. It’s located between the 1 and 3 pins for right-handed bowlers and the 1 and 2 pins for left-handed bowlers.

With this beginner’s glossary in hand, you’ll be ready to tackle the lanes with confidence and start speaking the language of bowling like a pro. So lace up those shoes, grab your ball, and let’s roll some strikes at Richmond 40!