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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Candlepin Bowling Ball
Size comparison diagram of the Candlepin Bowling Ball compared to other similar sports balls

A Candlepin Bowling Ball is a bowling ball used to play Candlepin Bowling, a variation of traditional bowling. A Candlepin Bowling Ball is a true sphere, does not have any finger holes and is smaller than traditional bowling balls. A Candlepin Bowling Ball can easily be gripped and rolled with one hand. It is available in different colors and can be made out of wood, rubber, plastic, or a mix of the 3 materials. A Candlepin Bowling Ball is lighter in weight the candlepins used to play. The appearance and dimensions of the Candlepin Bowling Ball are controlled by the International Candlepin Bowling Association. 

Candlepin Bowling Balls have a diameter of 4.5” (11 cm) and circumference of 14.14” (35.92 cm). The mass of a Candlepin Bowling Ball is between 2.2-2.42 lb (1-1.1 kg).

Drawing of a Candlepin Bowling Ball showing dimensioned analysis of the diameter and circumference
A Candlepin Bowling Ball is a bowling ball used to play Candlepin Bowling, a variation of traditional bowling. A Candlepin Bowling Ball is a true sphere, does not have any finger holes and is smaller than 10-pin bowling balls. A Candlepin Bowling Ball can easily be gripped and rolled with 1 hand.

Candlepin Bowling Balls have a diameter of 4.5” (11 cm) and circumference of 14.14” (35.92 cm). The mass of a Candlepin Bowling Ball is between 2.2-2.42 lb (1-1.1 kg).

Drawing of a Candlepin Bowling Ball showing dimensioned analysis of the diameter and circumference
Candlepin Bowling Ball
Height:
4.5” | 11 cm (Diameter)
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Depth:
Weight:
2.2-2.42 lb | 1-1.1 kg
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Circumference: 14.14” | 35.92 cm

Materials: Wood, rubber, plastic, or hybrid

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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
Height:
4.75”-5” | 12.1-12.7 cm (Diameter)
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Length:
Depth:
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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Candlepin Pin Deck
Scaled comparison drawings of the Candlepin Pin Deck and other bowling decks

The Candlepin Pin Deck in Candlepin Bowling is the spacing between each Candlepin that determines their layout. Ten Candlepins are used in a game and they are placed in a triangular layout. The triangular layout has 4 Candlepins in the back row, followed by 3, then 2, and the last Candlepin makes up the tip of the triangle. Candlepin Pin Spacing has the same spacing as Ten-Pin Bowling. The Candlepin Pin Spacing make it impossible for a player to strike every Candlepin in a single try. The standard Candlepin Pin Spacing also makes it harder to bowl a high score which is why fallen Candlepins are not cleared.

Candlepin Pin Decks have an overall width of 38.875” (98.7 cm) and depth of 34.125” (86.7 cm). The spacing between adjacent pins is 12" (30.48 cm).

Measured plan and elevation illustration of a Candlepin Pin Deck dimensioned with overall width, depth, and spacing
The Candlepin Pin Deck in Candlepin Bowling is the spacing between each Candlepin that determines their layout. Ten Candlepins are used in a game and they are placed in a triangular layout. The triangular layout has 4 Candlepins in the back row, followed by 3, 2, and the last Candlepin in front.

Candlepin Pin Decks have an overall width of 38.875” (98.7 cm) and depth of 34.125” (86.7 cm). The spacing between adjacent pins is 12" (30.48 cm).

Measured plan and elevation illustration of a Candlepin Pin Deck dimensioned with overall width, depth, and spacing
Candlepin Pin Deck
Height:
15.75” | 40 cm
Width:
38.875” | 98.7 cm
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Depth:
34.125” | 86.7 cm
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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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Chris Barnes
Height comparison diagram of Chris Barnes compared to other bowlers

Chris Barnes is not just your average American right-handed professional bowler but also a top-tick bowler who took home the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Clash of Champions. He is registered with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and possesses nineteen PBA Tour titles, over four gold medals, and twenty-eight PBA Regional Tour titles. Besides, Chris has also won the PBA Player of the Year and PBA Rookie of the Year awards. He also has a career "triple crown" of PBA World Championship, U.S. Open, and PBA Tournament of Champions. These successes have granted him membership into the PBA Hall of Fame.

Chris Barnes has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Chris Barnes measured with overall height
Chris Barnes is not just your average American right-handed professional bowler but also a top-tick bowler who took home the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Clash of Champions. He is registered with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and possesses nineteen PBA Tour titles.

Chris Barnes has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Chris Barnes measured with overall height
Chris Barnes
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6’0” | 1.83 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1989—

Birthday
February 25, 1970

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Chris Barnes standing, throwing, stance

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Bowling Ball - Ten-Pin
Group of scaled illustrations of various sporting balls compared to the Ten-Pin Bowling Ball

A Ten-Pin Bowling Ball is the most common and traditional ball used to play bowling. A Ten-Pin Bowling Ball usually has 3 finger holes used to place the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger. It has 3 main parts – an inner core, outer core, and outside cover and can be made from plastic, urethane, particle, or resin. Different surface materials can enhance the friction between the ball and the bowling lane. The Ten-pin Bowling Ball can be personalized and is available in different colors and designs. All aspects of the Ten-Pin Bowling Ball are regulated by The United States Bowling Congress. 

Ten-Pin Bowling Balls have a diameter of 8.595” (21.83 cm) and circumference of 27” (68.58 cm). The mass of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball is between 10-16 lb (4.54-7.26 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball measured with diameter and circumference
A Ten-Pin Bowling Ball is the most common and traditional ball used to play bowling. A Ten-Pin Bowling Ball usually has 3 finger holes used to place the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger. It has 3 main parts – an inner and outer core, and outside cover and can be made of assorted materials.

Ten-Pin Bowling Balls have a diameter of 8.595” (21.83 cm) and circumference of 27” (68.58 cm). The mass of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball is between 10-16 lb (4.54-7.26 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball measured with diameter and circumference
Bowling Ball - Ten-Pin
Height:
8.595” | 21.83 cm (Diameter)
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Length:
Depth:
Weight:
10-16 lb | 4.54-7.26 kg (Max)
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Circumference: 27” | 68.58 cm

Materials: Internal weight block; Plastic, urethane, resin, or particle coverstocks

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