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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4.5” | 11 cm (Diameter)
2.2-2.42 lb | 1-1.1 kg
Bowling Ball - Candlepin
11.000
1.100
70
https://p3d.in/e/OYuLR
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Bowling Ball - CandlepinView of a Candlepin Bowling Ball in 3D available for downloadView of a Candlepin Bowling Ball in 3D available for download
4.75”-5” | 12.1-12.7 cm (Diameter)
3.3-3.75 lb | 1.5-1.7 kg
Bowling Ball - Five-Pin & Duckpin
12.700
1.700
75
https://p3d.in/e/Kthod
3D
Bowling Ball - Five-Pin & DuckpinPerspective view of a 3D model of a Bowling Ball (Five-Pin & Duckpin)Perspective view of a 3D model of a Bowling Ball (Five-Pin & Duckpin)
8.595” | 21.83 cm (Diameter)
10-16 lb | 4.54-7.26 kg (Max)
Bowling Ball - Ten-Pin
21.830
7.260
40
https://p3d.in/e/iHChp
3D
Bowling Ball - Ten-Pin3D model of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball viewed in perspective3D model of a Ten-Pin Bowling Ball viewed in perspective
34.5” | 87.5 cm
18” | 45.7 cm
9.1’ | 2.78 m
Bowling Ball Return
87.500
45.700
278.000
100
https://p3d.in/e/GhU0Q
3D
Bowling Ball Return3D perspective of a Bowling Ball Return available for download3D perspective of a Bowling Ball Return available for download
60” | 1.52 m (Overall)
60’ | 18.29 m (To Headpin)
440 ft² | 40.9 m² (Overall)
Bowling Lane
152.000
1829.000
40.90
2500
https://p3d.in/e/SJYBM
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Bowling LaneView of a Bowling Lane in 3D available for downloadView of a Bowling Lane in 3D available for download
11.68’ | 3.56 m (Overall)
60’ | 18.29 m (To Headpin)
954 ft² | 88.6 m² (Overall)
Bowling Lane - Ball Return
356.000
1829.000
88.60
3000
https://p3d.in/e/zYuF2
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Bowling Lane - Ball ReturnPerspective of a 3D model of a pair of Bowling Lanes with Ball ReturnPerspective of a 3D model of a pair of Bowling Lanes with Ball Return
15.75” | 40 cm
2.9375” | 74.6 mm (Diameter)
2.43 lb | 1.1 kg
Candlepin
40.000
7.470
1.100
300
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Candlepin3D model of a Candlepin viewed in perspective3D model of a Candlepin viewed in perspective
15.75” | 40 cm
38.875” | 98.7 cm
34.125” | 86.7 cm
Candlepin Pin Deck
40.000
98.700
86.700
5
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Candlepin Pin DeckPerspective view of a 3D model of a Candlepin Pin DeckPerspective view of a 3D model of a Candlepin Pin Deck
6’0” | 1.83 m
February 25, 1970
Chris Barnes
183.000
1970.00
7200
3D
Chris Barnes
9.4” | 23.3 cm
4.125” | 104.8 mm (Diameter)
1.5 lb | .68 kg
Duckpin
23.300
10.480
0.680
9500
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DuckpinPerspective view of a 3D model of a DuckpinPerspective view of a 3D model of a Duckpin
9.4” | 23.3 cm
40.125” | 101.9 cm
35.25” | 89.5 cm
Duckpin Pin Deck
23.300
101.900
89.500
5
https://p3d.in/e/abff7
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Duckpin Pin DeckView of a Duckpin Pin Deck in 3D available for downloadView of a Duckpin Pin Deck in 3D available for download
6’1” | 1.85 m
April 27, 1938
Earl Anthony
185.000
1938.00
3200
3D
Earl Anthony
12.5” | 31.75 cm
5” | 127 mm (Overall Band)
2.45 lb | 1.11 kg (Overall Max)
Five-Pin Bowling Pin
31.750
12.700
1.110
30
https://p3d.in/e/y8NXg
3D
Five-Pin Bowling PinView of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin in 3D available for downloadView of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin in 3D available for download
12.5” | 31.75 cm
41” | 104.1 cm
36.25” | 92.1 cm
Five-Pin Pin Deck
31.750
104.100
92.100
5
https://p3d.in/e/zLmrb
3D
Five-Pin Pin Deck3D model of a Five-Pin Pin Deck viewed in perspective3D model of a Five-Pin Pin Deck viewed in perspective
5’5” | 1.65 m
March 25, 1964
Norm Duke
165.000
1964.00
2400
3D
Norm Duke
5’7” | 1.70 m
August 21, 1962
Pete Weber
170.000
1962.00
14000
3D
Pete Weber
15” | 38 cm
4.75” | 121 mm (Diameter)
3.3-3.5 lb | 1.5-1.6 kg
Ten-Pin Bowling Pin
38.000
12.100
1.600
20
https://p3d.in/e/FUmmv
3D
Ten-Pin Bowling Pin3D model of a Ten-Pin Bowling Pin viewed in perspective3D model of a Ten-Pin Bowling Pin viewed in perspective
15” | 38 cm
40.75” | 103.5 cm
35.875” | 91.1 cm
Ten-Pin Pin Deck
38.000
103.500
91.100
10
https://p3d.in/e/efNeN
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Ten-Pin Pin DeckPerspective view of a 3D model of a Ten-Pin Pin DeckPerspective view of a 3D model of a Ten-Pin Pin Deck
Duckpin
Size comparison diagram of the Duckpin compared to other bowling pins

A Duckpin is the type of pin used in Duckpin Bowling and is the target towards which the bowling ball is thrown at during a game. A standard Duckpin is very similar to the Ten-Pin Bowling Pin is its appearance, but is shorter and chunkier. A Duckpin is lighter in weight than the Ten-Pin Bowling Pin. Variations of Duckpin Bowling place a wide rubber band around the widest part of a Duckpin to increase its pin action when it is struck by the bowling ball. The specifications of a Duckpin are maintained by the National Duckpin Bowling Congress.

Duckpins have an overall diameter of 4.125” (104.8 mm), base diameter of 1.375” (34.9 mm), and total height of 9.4” (23.3 cm). The mass of a Duckpin is regulated at 1.5 lb (.68 kg).

Measured illustration of a Duckpin dimensioned with overall height, base diameter, and overall diameter
A Duckpin is the type of pin used in Duckpin Bowling and is the target towards which the bowling ball is thrown at during a game. A standard Duckpin is very similar to the Ten-Pin Bowling Pin is its appearance, but is shorter and chunkier. A Duckpin is lighter in weight than the Ten-Pin Bowling Pin.

Duckpins have an overall diameter of 4.125” (104.8 mm), base diameter of 1.375” (34.9 mm), and total height of 9.4” (23.3 cm). The mass of a Duckpin is regulated at 1.5 lb (.68 kg).

Measured illustration of a Duckpin dimensioned with overall height, base diameter, and overall diameter
Duckpin
Height:
9.4” | 23.3 cm
Width:
4.125” | 104.8 mm (Diameter)
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
1.5 lb | .68 kg
Area:

Base Diameter: 1.375” | 34.9 mm

Materials: Hard maple wood; plastic coated finish

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Duckpin front elevation, top

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Norm Duke
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Norm Duke with other related bowlers

America's Norm Duke is among three bowlers to collect forty career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour titles as a professional bowler and the youngest to earn the PBA Tour title. Norm is signed with the PBA50 Tour and PBA Tour. He possesses forty titles on the PBA Tour and five on the PBA50 Tour, granting him admission into the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and PBA Halls of Fame. He also has seven majors, including one American Bowling Congress (ABC) Masters, two United States Opens, one PBA Tournament of Champions, and three PBA World Championships. These efforts have made him win the PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. In the track, many know him with his "trickshots" and "Towel Shot."

Norm Duke has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Norm Duke in bowling positions measured with overall height
America's Norm Duke is among three bowlers to collect forty career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour titles as a professional bowler and the youngest to earn the PBA Tour title. Norm is signed with the PBA50 Tour and PBA Tour. He possesses forty titles on the PBA Tour and 5 with the PBA50.

Norm Duke has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Norm Duke in bowling positions measured with overall height
Norm Duke
Height:
5’5” | 1.65 m
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1982—

Birthday
March 25, 1964

Drawings include:
Norm Duke 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)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
10-16 lb | 4.54-7.26 kg (Max)
Area:

Circumference: 27” | 68.58 cm

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

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Ten-Pin Bowling Ball Elevations (various)

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Five-Pin Bowling Pin
Group of scaled illustrations of various bowling pins compared to the Five-Pin Bowling Pin

The Five-Pin Bowling Pin in Five-Pin Bowling has a heavy rubber band around its middle section that causes them to move further when struck by the Five-Pin Bowling Ball. Each of the 5 pins is worth a different scoring point value. The headpin at the center is worth 5 points, the pins at both sides are worth 3 points each, and the pins at the ends are worth 2 points each. Together the five pins have a worth of 15 points in each frame.

Five-Pin Bowling Pins have an overall diameter of 5” (127 mm), base diameter of 1.625” (41.3 mm), and height of 12.5” (31.75 cm). The mass of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin is regulated at a maximum of 2.45 lb (1.11 kg).

Elevation drawings of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin showing dimensioned analysis of their height and diameter
The Five-Pin Bowling Pin in Five-Pin Bowling has a heavy rubber band around its middle section that causes them to move further when struck by the Five-Pin Bowling Ball. Each of the 5 pins is worth a different scoring point value. Together the five pins have a worth of 15 points in each frame.

Five-Pin Bowling Pins have an overall diameter of 5” (127 mm), base diameter of 1.625” (41.3 mm), and height of 12.5” (31.75 cm). The mass of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin is regulated at a maximum of 2.45 lb (1.11 kg).

Elevation drawings of a Five-Pin Bowling Pin showing dimensioned analysis of their height and diameter
Five-Pin Bowling Pin
Height:
12.5” | 31.75 cm
Width:
5” | 127 mm (Overall Band)
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
2.45 lb | 1.11 kg (Overall Max)
Area:

Pin Diameter: 4.1875” | 106.36 mm

Base Diameter: 1.625” | 41.3 mm
Band Thickness: 1” | 25.4 mm
Band Weight: 5.5 oz | .16 kg

Materials: Hard maple wood; rubber band

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Five-Pin Bowling Pin front elevation, top

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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)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
3.3-3.75 lb | 1.5-1.7 kg
Area:

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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