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Important Metrics For Professional Bowling

15 June 2022 | 0 comments | Posted by Nicole D'Almeida in Athletes

Most important data points for a bowler

10-pin bowling is a great way to have fun indoors, both professionally and socially - especially on a rainy day. It can be enjoyed simply for what it is, or it can be taken to the next level by learning the practised methods behind all those perfect strikes.

The basics of how 10-pin bowling is played

For those of you who are looking to take your bowling hobby to the next level, some key insight and a few adjustments to your casual gameplay can be a real game-changer. Before even thinking about how scores are determined in 10-pin bowling, it’s important to understand the basic bowling rules, as well as how it’s actually played.

As the name suggests, the game is played by hitting and knocking over 10 pins with a bowling ball. Each player has two chances to knock over all 10 pins, before moving on to the next player. Each game has a total of 10 frames.

Within each frame, you have two chances to knock over all 10 pins, with the exception of the tenth frame where a player gets three chances if they throw a spare or a strike in that frame. The winner is the person who scores the most within their given number of turns.

What are some useful bowling terms?

A strike is a term used when a player knocks down all 10 pins with their first ball. A spare is when you collectively knock over all 10 pins over with your first and second ball. When there are still pins standing that haven’t been knocked over after your second attempt, we call that an open frame.

How to score points and how you might miss scoring opportunities

When it comes to 10-pin bowling, scoring can be the trickiest part to understand. Knowing what to look for can help ensure you don’t miss out on any scoring opportunities, especially when you’re doing manual scoring. For starters, each strike equals a total of 10 points, however, it doesn’t get added onto that frame. Instead, those 10 points get added to your total score in the next frame as a bonus.

For example, if you get a strike in your first frame and 5 pins in your second frame, you’d score (5+10) for your first frame + 5 for your second, with a grand total of 20 for the two frames. When it comes to a spare, the same concept applies, however, you only get the value of your next ball as a bonus.

No bonus is awarded for anything less than a strike or spare. Upon reaching the tenth frame, things change a little once again. For each strike or spare achieved, the player gets a bonus ball with a maximum of 3 balls each. Each ball can gain you up to 10 points. That means a maximum of 30 points (10+10+10).

What are the key metrics/measurements in bowling?

Each pin is about 38cm tall and 12.48cm wide, with a weight of 1.5kg. The 10 pins are placed evenly within a triangular shape which is just over 91.44cm on each side. Each pin is spaced 30.5cm apart from the one adjacent to it, forming 4 rows in total.

The rows start with the first one placed closest to the player, and increase each row to eventually leave you with four pins at the back. The pins are numbered 1-10, with number 1 being the one placed closest to the player.

The most common bowling ball is called a ten-pin bowling ball. ten-pin bowling balls come in different weights, ranging between 4.54-7.26 kg. Each bowling ball has a diameter of 21.83cm. These balls often come with three holes in them. One hole is dedicated for your thumb, another is for your middle finger and the last one is for your ring finger.

These holes allow you to get a good hold on the ball, while still being able to have the maximum freedom and control over your flight and swing. Each bowling lane is 110cm wide, excluding the gutters on each side of it. From the foul line to the first bowling pin, the lane is 18.29cm long. Each lane also has a 4.57m area before the foul line. This is the area in which you can practise, prepare and take your shot, as well as use the space for any strategic stances.

What is considered good and bad form in 10-pin bowling?

Your form can be the make or break in any bowling game. Fortunately, a few adjustments can really make a world of difference. To increase your chances of hitting a strike, you should try to swing and throw the ball in a way which creates a hook movement.

Before you swing anything, you should make sure that you have the right bowling ball to suit you. You can check this by making sure that the holes in the ball are a close fit for your fingers, but not too much so that it’s too tight. If it’s too tight, you might have difficulty when it comes to releasing it during your swing.

To create a hook, hold the ball waist high and ensure your elbow is folded into your side. Next, cradle the ball backwards and forwards using your other arm to support it from underneath. Swing the ball in a straight motion towards your target. Keep your eyes on your target and your wrist straight as you release the ball.

Reviewing bowling scores

Bowler's bowling scores are the primary metric to review when you're trying to determine whether a bowler is improving or not. If a bowler has consistently high scores, it means that he or she is most likely doing something right; however, if the scores are lower than expected, then it could be an indication that a change in strategy might be needed.

In addition to reviewing their bowling scores, you should also consider looking at other metrics, such as their average pin count per game and number of strikes they get.

This information can give more insight into how well the bowler is performing overall. A high amount of strikes per game can indicate that a bowler may have better form, while a low average pin count may suggest that they need to focus on their accuracy.

Ultimately, the best way to gauge a bowler's progress is to track their scores over time. This will give you the clearest picture of whether they are truly improving or not. If you see a sharp decline in scores, then it's time to have a conversation with the bowler about what might be causing the issue. By tracking their progress and reviewing important metrics, you can help ensure that bowlers are always performing at their best.

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