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Competition in accordance with American Bowling Congress or Womenıs
International Bowling Congress rules.
Bowler who keeps his average down purposely in order to receive
a higher handicap than he deserves.
- Sandwich game A 200 game scored by alternating strikes and spares.
- Scenic route
Path taken by a big curve ball.
Thin-hit strike where pins seem to fall one by one.
Without benefit of handicap; actual score.
A ball drilling that allows the ball to rest on the pads between
the second and third joints of the third and fourth fingers. More
powerful than a conventional grip, less powerful than a full fingertip
grip, it is generally not recommended.
A ball that rolls on a track just outside the thumb-hole. Also
called a semi-spinner. This type of ball is considered the most
powerful and has displaced the full-roller in professional bowling.
The distance you allow between your standing position and where
you want the ball placed on the lane to hit the target.
Ball holding in the pocket.
- Shadow ball
A ball rolled in practice without the pins being set, usually
for five minutes or just one or two balls before competition play.
- Short pin
A pin rolling on the alley bed which just fails to reach and hit
a standing pin.
- Shotgun shot
Rolling the ball from the hip.
- Sidearming; sidewheeling
Allowing the arm to draw away from its proper position during
back and forward swing.
Vertical division between lanes at the pit end. (kickbacks)
Six strikes in a row.
A pin directly behind another pin; respectively: 8-4, 5-1, 9-3.
(barmaid, bicycle, double wood, motherinlaw, oneinthedark,
Land condition highly polished; tends to hold back hook. Not the
same as oily.
The last step of the delivery.
- Slot, slot alley
Lane on which strikes come easy caused by a track worn into the
- Slot grip
A grip on the bowling ball where the area between the third and
fourth fingers is drilled away, resulting in one large finger
- Small ball
Type of ball that doesnıt mix the pins; must hit pocket perfectly
- Snake eyes
The 7-10 split. (bedposts, fence posts, goal posts, mule ears)
- Snow plow
A ball that clears all the pins for a strike.
- Soft alley; soft lane
A lane on which strikes come easy.
- Sour apple
1) Weak ball which leaves the 5-7, 5-10 or 5-7-10 split; 2) specifically,
the 5-7-10 split.
Distance between thumb and finger holes.
All pins down with two balls.
- Spare leave
Refers to pins standing after first ball is rolled.
A light-hit strike in which the pins seem to melt away, taking
a longer time than other strike hits.
A strike where the pins are downed quickly.
Area of lane where maple and pine boards join. (break of the boards,
dovetails, piano keys)
A spare leave in which the headpin is down and the remaining combination
of pins have an intermediate pin down immediately ahead of or
between them. (hole, railroad)
- Spot bowling
Target on lane at which the bowler aims; could be a dot, a board,
or an arrow.
The action of the second and third fingers against the thumb,
much like snapping the fingers, as they deliver the ball.
To get more pins than you deserve on a strike hit.
- Stiff, stiff alley
A lane with a tendency to hold a hook ball back.
- Strap the ball
Get maximum lift.
All ten pins down on the first ball. See also double, turkey,
four- and five-bagger, and sixpack. Seven, eight, nine, ten and
eleven strikes in a row are called seven-in-a-row, eight-in-a-row,
- Strike out
To get all three available strike in the tenth frame or, similarly,
finish the game from any point with strikes.
- Strike split
The 8-10 for right-handers and the 7-9 for lefties; ball looks
good but splits.
Three or more consecutive strikes. Also, in some areas, one game
The arm and hand motion during the act of delivery over the foul
- 1) A wide-breaking hook which carries a strike as though the
pins were pushed with a broom; 2) a night of league bowling, previously
designated, where bowling fees go toward high-scoring individuals
or teams for that night.
- Swing shot
Marshall Holmanıs favorite. Starts at third arrow, goes to second
and back to pocket; for bowlers with lots of hook. See 'line ball'
and 'point shot.'
- Swiss cheese ball
A ball used in pro shops to determine a bowler's finger size and
span for drilling.
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