Bowling is a recreational and competitive sport where players attempt to throw a bowling ball into as many pins as possible. First dated to ancient Egypt, bowling sets have been found in Egyptian tombs and graves. The most common type of bowling is 10 pin bowling, where players attempt to bowl the most successful throw, a strike, as many times as possible. Amongst professional bowlers, competitive leagues are created where individuals attempt to bowl more strikes as a collective group than their opponent teams. Commonly known for the culture of squeaky shoes and failed gutter balls, bowling continues to be an intensely popular sport.

How do you score bowling?

You score points by rolling the bowling ball down the lane and hitting any of the 10 pins, each pin is one point and the more you hit than more points you acquire. You could also not gain points by rolling the bowling ball into the gutters on the side of the bowling lane.

How long is a bowling lane?

Measuring from the foul line to the headpin: 60 feet (18.29 m) long and 42 inches (110 cm) wide not including the gutters on both sides. You also have 15 feet (4.57 m) of waiting/bowling surface before the foul line to prepare the next turn.

When was bowling invented?

A form of bowling can be traced back to 3200 BC in Egypt. A closer form of today’s game originated 2000 years about when roman soldiers were documented throwing rocks at larger skinnier rocks to see who could hit the most.

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2.2-2.42 lb | 1-1.1 kg
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7.260
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34.5” | 87.5 cm
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278.000
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440 ft² | 40.9 m² (Overall)
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1.5 lb | .68 kg
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Pete Weber
Height comparison diagram of Pete Weber compared to other bowlers

Pete Weber is an American bowler famous for his controversy in and out of the field. He possesses a rebellious personality, huge backswing, and side rotation in bowling the ball. Pete possesses thirty-seven titles in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour, including ten major championships and eleven titles in the PBA50 Tour, and hundred PBA Tour titles. He is also a five-time U.S. Open bowling champion, two-time PBA Senior U.S. Open champion, and a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year. Pete and his father, Dick Weber, are the first sons and fathers to win the PBA titles. He also won the European Bowling Tour title in 2008.

Pete Weber has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Collection of drawings of Pete Weber measured with overall height
Pete Weber is an American bowler famous for his controversy in and out of the field. He possesses a rebellious personality, huge backswing, and side rotation in bowling the ball. Pete possesses thirty-seven titles in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour, including 10 major championships.

Pete Weber has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Collection of drawings of Pete Weber measured with overall height
Pete Weber
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5’7” | 1.70 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1979—

Birthday
August 21, 1962

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Pete Weber standing, throwing, stance

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Bowling Lane - Ball Return

Bowling Lanes with a ball return are a pair of long straight rectangular alleys with side gutters and a central return for bowling balls. At the front of the lane is the approach area with a foul line that cannot be passed. Ball returns use the space below the alley to transport the ball back to the approach area.

Flanking the middle of the lane are gutters or channels. At the end of the lane is the bowling pit which contains the bowling pins as well as any bowling pin machinery. Most bowling lanes are grouped together inside a bowling alley, and are built of long waxed and polished wooden boards with guide dots and arrows for aligning the bowling ball.

Bowling Lanes with an included ball return have a length of 60’ (18.29 m) to the center of the front pinhead and a lane width of 41.875” (106.36 cm). The overall length of the pair of Bowling Lanes with back service area and front approach area is 86.5’ (26.36 m) with a width of 11.68’ (3.56 m). Bowling gutters have a width of 9.25” (23.5 cm) and a depth of 1.875” (47.6 mm). The approach area is typically 15’ (4.57 m) long.

Dimensioned pair of plan and side view drawings of a pair of Bowling Lanes with Ball return
Bowling Lanes with a ball return are a pair of long straight rectangular alleys with side gutters and a central return for bowling balls. At the front of the lane is the approach area with a foul line that cannot be passed. Ball returns use the space below the alley to transport the ball.

Bowling Lanes with an included ball return have a length of 60’ (18.29 m) to the center of the front pinhead and a lane width of 41.875” (106.36 cm). The overall length of the pair of Bowling Lanes with back service area and front approach area is 86.5’ (26.36 m) with a width of 11.68’ (3.56 m). Bowling gutters have a width of 9.25” (23.5 cm) and a depth of 1.875” (47.6 mm). The approach area is typically 15’ (4.57 m) long.

Dimensioned pair of plan and side view drawings of a pair of Bowling Lanes with Ball return
Bowling Lane - Ball Return
Height:
Width:
11.68’ | 3.56 m (Overall)
Length:
60’ | 18.29 m (To Headpin)
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Weight:
Area:
954 ft² | 88.6 m² (Overall)

Overall Length: 86.5’ | 26.36 m (With service)
Lane Length (Overall): 62.86’ | 19.16 m
Lane Width: 41.875” | 106.36 cm
Lane Thickness: 2”-2.5” | 50.8-63.5 mm
Approach Area: 15’ | 4.57 m
Gutter Width: 9.25” | 23.5 cm
Gutter Depth: 1.875” | 47.6 mm
Arrows: 12’-16’ | 3.66-4.88 m (From foul line)
Arrow Size: 1.25” x 6” | 31.6 x 152.4 mm
Pinsetting Machine Depth: 8’ | 2.44 m
Service Aisle: 3’-4.5’ | .91-1.37 m
Service Depth: 17” | 43 cm
Surface Materials: Maple and pine wood, or synthetic wood flooring

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Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball
Scaled comparison drawings of the Bowling Ball (Five-Pin & Duckpin) and other sports balls

Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball is used to play the different variations of traditional bowling and can be used interchangeably between both types of games. A Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball does not have any finger holes and is designed to fit comfortably in the hand of the bowler. It is smaller than a Ten-Pin Bowling ball, but heavier and larger than a Candlepin Bowling Ball. The Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball is usually constructed from a rubber or synthetic material. There cannot be any metallic components within the Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball, but they are available in a wide variety of designs and colors.

Five-Pin & Duckpins Bowling Balls have a diameter of 4.75”-5” (12.1-12.7 cm) and circumferences of 14.92”-15.71” (37.9-39.9 cm). The mass of Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Balls is between 3.3-3.75 lb (1.5-1.7 kg).

Measured illustration of a Bowling Ball (Five-Pin & Duckpin) dimensioned with overall diameter and circumference
Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball is used to play the different variations of traditional bowling and can be used interchangeably between both types of games. A Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball does not have any finger holes and is designed to fit comfortably in the hand of the bowler.

Five-Pin & Duckpins Bowling Balls have a diameter of 4.75”-5” (12.1-12.7 cm) and circumferences of 14.92”-15.71” (37.9-39.9 cm). The mass of Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Balls is between 3.3-3.75 lb (1.5-1.7 kg).

Measured illustration of a Bowling Ball (Five-Pin & Duckpin) dimensioned with overall diameter and circumference
Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball
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4.75”-5” | 12.1-12.7 cm (Diameter)
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Length:
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Weight:
3.3-3.75 lb | 1.5-1.7 kg
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Circumferences: 14.92”-15.71” | 37.9-39.9 cm

Materials: Rubber/synthetic hybrid

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Five-Pin & Duckpin Bowling Ball Elevations (various)

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Candlepin
Scaled comparison drawings of the Candlepin and other bowling pins

A Candlepin is the type of pin used in Candlepin Bowling and is the target at which the bowling ball is directed at during a game. The Candlepin was named after its candle-like appearance. A Candlepin has an almost cylindrical shape that slightly tapers at each end. Unlike other standard bowling pins, they are vertically symmetrical and can be placed on either of its ends. It is also taller than a standard Duckpin or Ten-Pin Bowling Pin.  A Candlepin is able to produce a billiard ball like sound when struck by a bowling ball. Typically, a Candlepin is almost the same weight as a Candlepin bowling ball.

Candlepins have an overall diameter of 2.9375” (74.6 mm); base diameter of 2.125” (54 mm)
, and height of 15.75” (40 cm). The mass of a Candlepin is regulated at 2.43 lb (1.1 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of a Candlepin measured with height and diameters
A Candlepin is the type of pin used in Candlepin Bowling and is the target at which the bowling ball is directed at during a game. The Candlepin was named after its candle-like appearance. A Candlepin has an almost cylindrical shape that slightly tapers at each end.

Candlepins have an overall diameter of 2.9375” (74.6 mm); base diameter of 2.125” (54 mm)
, and height of 15.75” (40 cm). The mass of a Candlepin is regulated at 2.43 lb (1.1 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of a Candlepin measured with height and diameters
Candlepin
Height:
15.75” | 40 cm
Width:
2.9375” | 74.6 mm (Diameter)
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
2.43 lb | 1.1 kg
Area:

Base Diameter: 2.125” | 54 mm

Materials: Hard maple wood; plastic coated finish

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Candlepin front elevation, top

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Duckpin Pin Deck
Size comparison diagram of the Duckpin Pin Deck compared to other bowling decks

Duckpin Pin Decks in Duckpin Bowling is the spacing between each of the Duckpins that creates an equilateral triangle formation. Duck Pin Spacing is the same as the more known Ten-Pin Bowling. Duckpin Pin Spacing is determined by the placement of the 4 rows of Duckpins in the triangle layout. Each side of the triangle has 4 Duckpins. The back row has 4 Duckpins, followed by 3 Duckpins, then 2 Duckpins, and the last row with the head pin. The head Duckpin marks the center of the width of the bowling lane. Any fallen Duckpin is removed once it is struck by the ball.

Duckpin Pin Decks have an overall width of 40.125” (101.9 cm) and depth of 35.25” (89.5 cm). The spacing between adjacent pins is 12" (30.48 cm).

Pair of drawings of a Duckpin Pin Deck showing dimensioned analysis of pin spacing, depth, and width
Duckpin Pin Decks in Duckpin Bowling is the spacing between each of the Duckpins that creates an equilateral triangle formation. Duck Pin Spacing is the same as the more known Ten-Pin Bowling. Duckpin Pin Spacing is determined by the placement of the 4 rows of Duckpins in the triangle layout.

Duckpin Pin Decks have an overall width of 40.125” (101.9 cm) and depth of 35.25” (89.5 cm). The spacing between adjacent pins is 12" (30.48 cm).

Pair of drawings of a Duckpin Pin Deck showing dimensioned analysis of pin spacing, depth, and width
Duckpin Pin Deck
Height:
9.4” | 23.3 cm
Width:
40.125” | 101.9 cm
Length:
Depth:
35.25” | 89.5 cm
Weight:
Area:

Adjacent Center to Center: 12” | 30.48 cm
Aligned Center to Center: 20.75” | 52.7 cm
Perimeter Center to Center: 36” | 91.44 cm


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