Description
Description

Bowling is a sport where players roll a heavy ball down a long, narrow lane to knock down a set of pins arranged in a triangular formation at the other end. The standard game has ten frames, in each of which a player gets two chances to knock down ten pins. Skills involved include precision, controlled strength, and consistency. Scoring is based on the number of pins knocked down, with strikes (all pins down on the first ball) and spares (all pins down across both balls in a frame) earning extra points.

Popular primarily in the United States, it's also played in countries like England, Canada, and Australia. Major leagues include the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in the U.S. and the World Bowling scoring system used in international competitions. Bowling is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and abilities, making it a popular recreational activity as well as a competitive sport.

History
History

Bowling has ancient roots, with evidence of similar games in various cultures, including Ancient Egypt and Rome. However, the modern game largely developed in Northern Europe, particularly Germany, as a religious ritual and later as a leisure activity. It evolved over centuries, with different variations emerging in Europe and America. The standardized form of ten-pin bowling, as we know it today, became popular in the United States.

The establishment of formal rules and the founding of organizations like the American Bowling Congress in 1895 and the Professional Bowlers Association in 1958 professionalized the sport. Over time, technological advancements have modernized equipment like pins, balls, and lanes, enhancing the gameplay experience.

Future
Future

Bowling is adapting to modern entertainment trends, becoming more than just a sport. The rise of boutique bowling alleys, combining dining, music, and a vibrant atmosphere with the game, is making it a popular social outing. Technological advancements are enhancing player experience, with automatic scoring, advanced lane materials, and interactive games. There's a growing focus on youth leagues and collegiate bowling, nurturing a new generation of players.

In terms of competition, variations like candlepin and duckpin bowling are attracting interest. Globally, bowling is expanding, with increased participation in Asia and Europe. These trends suggest a future where bowling is not only a competitive sport but also an integral part of the entertainment industry.

Common Questions
Common Questions
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Norm Duke
5’7” | 1.70 m
August 21, 1962
Pete Weber
170.000
1962.00
14000
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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
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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
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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 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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Duckpin Pin Deck 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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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
Length:
Depth:
34.125” | 86.7 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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Candlepin Pin Deck front elevation, top

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Bowling Ball Return
Side elevation illustration of a bowling ball return with a baller throwing a ball for scale

Bowling Ball Returns are specialized pieces of bowling equipment used to deliver the thrown balls back to the bowler after each throw. Embedded into the typical bowling lane, ball returns are visible in the approach area and are comprised of ball holding rails and a cover that hides and connects the rails to the tunnel housed under the bowling lane. Ball returns are connected to the pinsetter equipment to assist with the collection and returning of the ball.

Bowling Ball Returns have an overall length of 9.1’ (2.78 m) and width of 18” (45.7 cm). The ball rails are typically at 21" (53 cm), while the cover has an overall height of 34.5” (87.5 cm).

Dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of a Bowling Ball Return showing overall length, height and width
Bowling Ball Returns are specialized pieces of bowling equipment used to deliver the thrown balls back to the bowler after each throw. Embedded into the typical bowling lane, ball returns are visible in the approach area and are comprised of ball holding rails and a cover.

Bowling Ball Returns have an overall length of 9.1’ (2.78 m) and width of 18” (45.7 cm). The ball rails are typically at 21" (53 cm), while the cover has an overall height of 34.5” (87.5 cm).

Dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of a Bowling Ball Return showing overall length, height and width
Bowling Ball Return
Height:
34.5” | 87.5 cm
Width:
18” | 45.7 cm
Length:
9.1’ | 2.78 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Materials: Steel return rails; plastic mold-formed hood cover

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Bowling Ball Return top, side, front, side (bowler)

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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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