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Bowling Tips And Hints - How To Score In Ten Pin Bowling
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Bowling Tips and Hints - How to Score in Ten Pin Bowling

Gone are the days of keeping track of your own score. You no longer have to worry about mathematical errors or eye vision glitches. Computers now keep track of your bowling score. You just enter the names, press go and let technology do the rest. This was a great invention of course but regardless of the level you are bowling at, it is still important to understand how you get your points.

Starting with the very basics: A game of ten pin bowling has 10 frames. Each frame has the possiblity of earning as few as 0 points and as many as 30 points. You get up to two chances to knock down all ten pins, except the 10th frame in which you can actually throw the ball up to three times. The scores accumalate through the game.

There are three types of frames: You can have an open, a spare and a strike. An open frame is when there is at least one pin standing after the second ball of the frame is thrown. A spare is when you knock down all ten pins in two tries. The symbol for spare is /. A strike is when you knock all ten pins down on the first try of a frame. The symbol for strike is X.

An open frame is scored by simply adding the pins together of that frame. If you knocked down 5 pins on the fist ball and 3 pins on the second try, your score for that frame would be 8.

A spare frame is scored by adding ten pins plus the number of pins knocked down on the next ball thrown in the next frame. Bare with me for some math: FRAME 1 = 7 / . FRAME 2 = 5 3. Your Score would be as follows: FRAME 1 = 15. ( 10 + 5) FRAME 2 = 23. (frame 1 + frame 2)

A strike is scored by adding the ten pins you knocked down plus the next two balls thrown. FRAME 1 = X. FRAME 2 = 5 3. Your score would be FRAME 1 = 18 (10 + 5 + 3). FRAME 2 = 26.

Knowing how to keep score helps you understand the game better, helps you understand where you stand against your competition and you never know when the automatic scorers might stop working and the only way to continue your game is to keep score the old fashioned way.


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