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  • Makeable split
    Any split which does not have the two pins closest to the foul line parallel with each other.
  • Maples
    Pins.
  • Mark
    1) A strike or spare; 2) the point on the lane where the bowler intends to put the ball down or otherwise use as a target.
  • Match play
    Portion of a tournament in which bowlers are pitted individually (one-on-one) against each other (rather than against the field).
  • Medal play
    Strictly total pin scores (in other words, series, not per game or with handicap).
  • Messenger
    A pin that comes rolling across the lane after most or all of the others have fallen.
  • Miss
    A missed spare. (blow, error, open)
  • Mister Average
    Name given to an absent bowler (whose average is used). It's Mrs. Average if the bowler is a lady.

  • Mixer
    Ball with action causing the pins to bounce around.
  • Moat
    Nickname for the gutter
  • Mother-in-law
    1) The 7 pin; 2) the back pin in a sleeper situation.
  • Move in
    To start from or near the center of the approach.
  • Move out
    To start from or near a corner position on the approach.
  • Mule ears
    The 7-10 split. (bedposts, fence posts, goal posts, snake eyes)
  • Murphy
    Baby split (2-7, 3-10).

 


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