Bowling Pins Specifications

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cap and books Bowling is a fairly simple game. There are only 10 pins and all you have to do is knock them down - and you get two balls to do it on every frame. Now here is some basic information about those pesky pins.

Layout and Numbering
There are 10 pins in a single rack (after all, this is ten-pin bowling we are talking about, right?). Each pin is exactly 1 ft from the ones nearest it (center to center) and they are set in a triangle form. The rack (the set of 10 pins) looks kind of like this (see below) and the pins are called by number:


So when a bowler mentions the 1 - 3 pocket or the 7 - 10 split you now know what they are talking about (look at that, you learned something new already!).


Pins are 4.75 inches wide at their widest point and 15 inches tall. They weigh 3 pounds(lbs), 6 ounces(oz). In 1998 pins weighing 3 lbs, 10 oz were approved (these are the gold pins that the pros use sometimes). These specifications are set and maintained by the USBC (see Chapter 2).

The object of the game is to knock down these pins with two ball per frame.

Keep bowling and having fun!


Author BIO Mike Kolar has been bowling for about 20 years and has taught several bowlers helping them to improve their averages by over 30 pins! Click on Free Bowling Information for all of your bowling needs from balls and bags to articles and advice. Article Source:

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