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  • Baby ball, Baby the ball
    Too delicate, not enough emphasis on delivering the ball with authority; released too carefully.
  • Baby split
    The 2-7 or 3-10.
  • Baby split with company
    The 2-7-8 or 3-9-10.
  • Back ends
    Last 5-6 feet of the lane, including the pin deck. (ends)
  • Backup
    A ball that falls away to the right (for right-handers) or left (for left-handers).
  • Backup alley
    A lane that holds or tends to stop a ball from rolling to the right (or left for left-handers).
  • Balk
    1) An incomplete approach in which the bowler does not deliver the ball; 2) to interfere or cause another bowler to stop his approach or not complete it in his normal fashion.

  • Ball rack
    1) Where the ball rests before it is rolled and after it returns from the pit; 2) the structure used to store house balls.
  • Ball return
    Track between the lanes the ball travels on when being returned to the bowler.
  • Ball track
    Area on lane where most balls are rolled.
  • Balsa
    A slight, powerless hit on the headpin. (thin hit)
  • Barmaid
    A pin hidden behind another pin; 1-5, 2-8, 3-9. (bicycle, double wood, one­in­the­dark, sleeper, tandem)
  • Bed
    The entire area a lane is set into, from the approach to the pit, including the channels.
  • Bedposts
    The 7-10 split. (fence posts, goal posts, mule ears, snake eyes)
  • Beer frame
    In team play, when all players strike, the one who doesn't must treat (usually liquid refreshments). May also be the low scorer in a designated frame (often the 7th frame).
  • Belly the ball
    Increase the width (number of boards ball crosses from its maximum outside position) of a hook from an inside starting angle.
  • Bench work
    Any type of conversation or actions intended to upset an opponent. (bench jockeying)
  • Bender
    Hooking or curving shot that comes close to the channel before breaking into the pocket.
  • Berlin Wall
    See 'Blended condition'
  • Bevel
    Rounding of thumb/finger holes after drilling to smooth their edges.
  • Bicycle
    Pin hidden behind another pin. (barmaid, double wood, one­in­the­dark, sleeper, tandem)
  • Big ball
    A working hook that enables a bowler to carry strikes on less-than-perfect pocket hits.
  • Big ears
    The 4-6-7-10 split. (big four, double pinochle, golden gate)
  • Big fill
    Nine or ten pins on a spare, or a double on a strike.
  • Big five
    Spare leave of three on one side and two on the other.
  • Big four
    The 4-6-7-10 split. (big ears, double pinochle, golden gate)
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  • Blind
    Score allowed for an absent member, usually the average minus ten or a set score (for example, 140 for men and 120 for women); considered a penalty. Many league rules define 'Blind' and 'Absentee' with different qualifications. (dummy)
  • Blocked lanes
    A lane maintenance condition in which oil or some sort of lane finish is used to create a track; almost always results in high scoring. [see 'Blended condition']
  • Blow
    A missed spare. (error, miss, open)
  • Blow a rack
    A solid strike hit.
  • Blowout
    Downing all the pins but one. (tap)
  • Board
    An individual piece of the lane (total of 40 or sometimes 41) which run its length and are numbered from 1 on the right for right-handers and from 1 on the left for left-handers.
  • Body English
    Contortion of arms, legs and trunk in an attempt to steer the ball after it has left the hand.
  • Bonus
    In match play, pins awarded for winning the game, usually 30 or 50.
  • Box
    A single frame.
  • Bowling shoes
    Special shoes for bowlers have a sticky, rubbery sole on the non-sliding foot to act as a brake and a slicker, harder sole on the other foot to allow sliding on the last step.
  • Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA)
    Trade organization of the people who own bowling centers; publishes Bowling Digest magazine.
  • Break
    1) A lucky shot; 2) a stopper after a number of consecutive strikes.
  • Break of the boards
    Area approximately twenty feet from the foul line there the maple boards meet the pines boards. Hard maple boards are used between the foul line and the break of the boards to withstand the impact of bowling balls. (dovetails, piano keys, splice)
  • Bridge
    Distance separating finger holes (as opposed to span, the distance between the thumb hole and middle finger hole).
  • Brooklyn
    A first ball to the left of the headpin for right-handers, to the right of it for left-handers. (cross)
  • Broom ball
    A ball that hits the 1-3 pocket in such a way that the pins scatter as though they were swept with a broom.
  • Bucket
    Four-pin diamond on sides or center of lane (2-4-5-8, 3-5-6-9, or 1-2-3-5). (dinner bucket)
  • Burner
    When a pin stands on an apparent perfect strike hit. (rap, tap, touch)
  • Buzzard
    Three open frames in a row.


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