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A full count of ten.
200 game; bowling over or under 'par', etc.
- Part of the building
Expression referring to the 7, 8 or 10 pin when it stands after
what seems to be a perfect hit (part of the house).
- Perfect game
Twelve strikes in a row with a count of 30 pins per frame resulting
in a score of 300.
To knock down only the front pin from a spare leave. (cherry,
- Picket fence
The 1-2-4-7 or 1-3-6-10 spares. (rail)
- Piano keys
See 'break of the boards.'
- Pie, Pie alley
A lane that is easy to score on.
- Pin bowling
Using the entire rack of pins as a target. Before arrows, and
before the break of the boards was noticeable, it was difficult
to sight far down the lane since all the boards looked very similar.
- Pinching the ball
Gripping the ball too hard.
- Pin deck
Area 60' from the foul line where pins stand; usually has dark-colored
spots where the pins are aligned.
Lighted display board above the pins showing which ones are standing.
Softer wood used beyond division boards; takes over where the
maple 'heads' end.
Space at end of lane where ball and pins wind up.
Angle at which holes in bowling ball are drilled. Reverse pitch
is a drilling that heads away from the front of the ball; positive
pitch is the opposite.
Part of the lane from the very back of the ball return area to
the foul line. (approach, runway)
- Plugged ball
Balls which do not fit a playerıs hand can be re-drilled after
being plugged. The PBA does not allow plugged balls.
The 1-3 for right-handers and 1-2 for lefties.
- Point the ball
To aim more directly at the pocket, high and tight.
- Point Shot
Start from first arrow and throw over first arrow; ball goes straight
at pocket. See also 'swing shot' and 'point shot.'
- Poison ivy
To roll a gutter ball.
- Position rounds
Designated parts of a league or tournament schedule which call
for teams or players to meet each other based on their standings.
First place meets second, third meets fourth, etc.
- Pot game
Competition in which two or more bowlers post some sort of stake
and high man takes it all.
- Powder puff, puff ball
Slow ball that fails to carry the pins.
A hard, strong ball which strikes.
Of your hand, the ball and other equipment; checking the lane
for oil, dirt and a full rack of pins, etc.
- Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)
Determines requirements for membership, entry fees for local and
national PBA tournaments, and monitors player conduct.
A gutter ball.
- Pull the rug
To have the ball just touch the headpin, at which time the pins
appear to dance until the last second when they all seem to collapse
at once, resulting in a strike.
Ball thrown without spin that hits soft.
- Punch out
To end a game from any point with all strikes.
Movement of the ball and starting foot together which begins the
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