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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)
A ball that falls away to the right (for right-handers) or left
- Backup alley
A lane that holds or tends to stop a ball from rolling to the
right (or left for left-handers).
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.
A slight, powerless hit on the headpin. (thin hit)
A pin hidden behind another pin; 1-5, 2-8, 3-9. (bicycle, double
wood, oneinthedark, sleeper, tandem)
The entire area a lane is set into, from the approach to the pit,
including the channels.
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.
Hooking or curving shot that comes close to the channel before
breaking into the pocket.
- Berlin Wall
See 'Blended condition'
Rounding of thumb/finger holes after drilling to smooth their
Pin hidden behind another pin. (barmaid, double wood, oneinthedark,
- Big ball
A working hook that enables a bowler to carry strikes on less-than-perfect
- 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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depression in the middle; proprietors compensate by 'accidentally'
over-oiling, resulting in a 'regular blended block.' If the contrast
from the oily center to the dry sides is very great, it's called
a 'Berlin Wall.' A blocked condition around one arrow (usually
the second arrow) is a 'tunnel block.' When the block narrows
toward the pins, itıs a 'funnel block'. If you can find the edge
of a block, the edge will move toward the center as the oil evaporates.
A 'reverse block' has more oil on the sides and less in the middle;
thus the edge will move outward as the oil evaporates (and can
be followed outward).
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']
A missed spare. (error, miss, open)
- Blow a rack
A solid strike hit.
Downing all the pins but one. (tap)
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.
In match play, pins awarded for winning the game, usually 30 or
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
Trade organization of the people who own bowling centers; publishes
Bowling Digest magazine.
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)
Distance separating finger holes (as opposed to span, the distance
between the thumb hole and middle finger hole).
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.
Four-pin diamond on sides or center of lane (2-4-5-8, 3-5-6-9,
or 1-2-3-5). (dinner bucket)
When a pin stands on an apparent perfect strike hit. (rap, tap,
Three open frames in a row.
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