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The Rules of Ten Pin (10 Pin) Bowling – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Ten Pin (10 Pin) Bowling – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Ten Pin Bowling. The object of the game is to knock down more
pins than your opponent. Ten Pin Bowling, is the most popular form
of bowling worldwide and is played on a surface known as a lane. The lanes are 60ft long and are 42 inches
wide. If you bowl the ball wide of the lane, they
land in the gutters and will be carried past the pins. The pins themselves are 15inches high and
are arranged in a triangle formation. Each pin is designated a number. A bowler uses a large heavy ball, and has
up to a 15 ft approach to the foul line, which is the start of the lane. A game is divided into 10 frames. Each frame represents one turn for the bowler. In a turn the player is allowed to roll the
ball up to two times. This means that you have two chances to knock
down all 10 pins. If you fail to knock down all 10 pins with
your two balls, this is known as an ‘open frame’ and this scores the exact number
of pins that you knocked down. If you do knock down all 10 pins with two
balls, this is known as a ‘spare’ – and this scores 10 plus the number of pins knocked
down with the next ball. For example, if you score a spare and then
with the next ball score 9, the spare frame is 10+9, which is 19. And if you knock down all 10 pins with your
first ball, this is known as a ‘strike’. This scores 10, plus the number of pins you
knock down with your next two balls. For example, if you score a strike, and then
follow it up with another two strikes, the first frame is scored as 10 + 10 + 10=30
points. Players generally alternate turns between
frames, and once both bowlers have finished 10 frames each, the person with the highest
score … wins. Simple right? So why do they bowl the ball funny? The whole idea is to maximise your chance
of getting strikes, by hitting a certain section of the pins. This section is known as ‘the pocket’
and this scientifically gives you the best chance of getting a strike. Therefore bowlers will try to curl or hook
the ball into the pocket. The lanes have oil on them that gets dryer
as you get closer to the pins. So players take advantage of that by throwing
the ball at an angle, with spin, in order to get the ball to hook into the pocket. They will use the triangular markers on the
lanes to line up the ball at an angle so that the ball hooks where they want it to. That’s the bare basics of ten pin bowling,
but there’s a few things you need to know before playing or watching a game. For example:
Format. The most common format is a single match,
where one person plays against another person. But there are also competitions for teams
of 2,3 or 4 players to bowl against another team. There are separate contests for men and women,
or a mixture of both. Oil Pattern. Each lane is oiled differently, and depending
on the pattern, this dictates whether the ball will hook or not. This is known as the oil pattern, and it might
be helpful to check the oil pattern of the lane you’re bowling on. In professional tournaments such as the PBA
– they will add a blue dye to the oil so that players and spectators can see where
the oil is, and where it’s running dry. Foul
A player must not step or slide across the foul line when bowling a ball. Doing so will count as a ball, but will not
score. The pins that are knocked down are replaced. Also, any pins that are knocked down by a
ball in the gutter or by bouncing off the rear cushion don’t count either. Split
This is where the first ball of a frame results in two pins away from each other still standing. To knock both pins down with only one ball
left in the frame, is difficult – This is known as a split. Difficult, but not impossible! Perfect Game (300) In a game of bowling, the maximum you can
score is 300 points. This is done by rolling 12 strikes in a row. Why 12 strikes, instead of 10? Because, if a bowler gets a strike in the
last frame, the score for that frame can’t be recorded before rolling twice more. This is known as a ‘Perfect Game’ or a
300, and is the equivalent of a 147 Maximum Break in Snooker and a 9 Dart Finish in Darts. As you can tell, it’s not easy. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Follow me on Twitter also, but in the meantime,
enjoy Ten Pin Bowling. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

Comments (53)

  1. Ninh explains – The Rules of Ten Pin Bowling. A lot of people asked for this one, even though I was sure that everyone knew the rules of this sport already.
    And before anyone asks, I will not be doing a video on Candlepin bowling, Duckpin Bowling, 9 Pin bowling (or any variant thereof), Lawn Bowls, Crown Green Bowling, Flat Green Bowling, Petanque, Boules, Bocce or any other variation of bowling for that matter. It’s just not worth the time compared to the amount of views I’m getting.

  2. Do the rules of Wii Sports next.

  3. Candle pin bowling!!!!

  4. Although I've known how to play this game pretty much my entire life, I watched it anyway because why the hell not?

    The best game I've ever bowled is a 223.

    One game of which you should explain the rules: bocce ball (AKA Italian bowling). Just a thought for one in the future.

  5. So in a public bowling alley is there oil on the lanes or do they only have it in professional bowling?

  6. Would have been nice to mention something about bowling leagues in there

  7. I was wanting this because I went bowling today.

  8. hi Ninh nice video as always. Have you ever considered a full series about the history of lesser known sports? I feel it would marry well with your format.

  9. I requested this and you delivered! Bloody legend. You deserve more than 25K subs 😊

  10. Another awesome video Ninh! You're by far one of the most underrated users on this site.

  11. so THAT'S what "open frame" means

  12. Okay, thanks to you I understand why a perfect score in bowling is 300. That's puzzled me for years!

  13. I am interest in the background music you used in this video, can you give me the name of the BGM,thx a lot?

  14. Pete Webber "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE I AM"

  15. This is very helpful. I like that the PBA put blue die in the oil. It makes it more enjoyable. I general I wish more people knew the rules to bowling. I think it would make it more enjoyable to play, since most people don't know what is going on when they play bowling.

  16. 1. It will always amaze me how professional bowlers are able to make that curve.

    2. I came here mainly to see how strikes and spares are calculated. I never could figure it out.

  17. Explain the rules of game shows

  18. When you say different lanes have different oil patterns, do you mean even the 12 lanes that are within the same bowling hall are oiled differently?

  19. Great vid, now I can watch the Sky Sports coverage and understand what this all means.

  20. The one thing you didn't mention is that the PBA uses 2 lanes instead of 1.

  21. Well basically we need a high rev to knock all the pins down

  22. Brings me back to when I bowled as a kid. Didn't know they oiled the lanes. Just thought they waxed them daily. Awesome video

  23. The first time I ever got a strike in the last frame I wondered why the game didn’t end. At first I thought it was broken but I quickly figured out what was going on

  24. great video as always!

  25. Awesome video. I think part of bowling's appeal in the world is the fact that anyone can play, and most players have a relaxed look when they play.

    Great vid, Ninh. Did you know there's also a Canadian variant called 5-pin, and a variety in the US New England States named Candlepin bowling? It'd be nice to do videos of those two variants of bowling. Cheers! 😀

  26. Thank you. It's just Bowling.

  27. I learned about that oil the hard way (I crossed the line when I released the ball)

  28. I’m doing a single and doubles tournament this week

  29. GO PUNCH AN ARTICHOKE

  30. Diggin this Gameboy type music haha 😀

  31. You did forget to mention the 5 player team version called Baker, where 5 players rotate every frame (bowler A bowls frames 1/6, B 2/7, etc. to E, or the anchor, bowls 5/10). Brings a whole new level of difficulty in to the sport.

  32. I like 5pin better. You got more Point sorry

  33. very well explained.

  34. I’m wondering if you have a video or could recommend a video that would help me in being able to follow professional bowling? For example the different leagues/tournaments etc and how qualifying works and where to follow/watch.. I’m in the UK and have enjoyed watching bowling for a few weeks now and just want more info.. thanks 🙂

  35. Overall, very informative. However, i find it funny that you omitted the baker format, despite using a considerable amount of footage from the Dallas Strikers’ 300 game, which was bowled using Baker format. In a Baker game, you have five bowlers, who all bowl two frames, frames apart. For example, one person might bowl frames 1 and 6, or 2 and 7. It is more common than doubles, and, you almost never see games of three or four by comparison.

  36. The music is distracting and annoying at the same time, but the information, in my opinion is solid

  37. Whos your favorites? Mine is probably Jesper Svensson becsuse he bowls like me

  38. Came here after watching The Big Lebowski😁

  39. Are there any rules against throwing a bowling ball like you do a baseball?

  40. My favorite sport.

  41. Don’t leave out the turkey!!!!

  42. Nice information brother for beginers. But also make a video on how score is calculate in bowling

  43. Duck pin bowling and candle pin bowling have you to bowl 3 shots but in candle pin bowling the pins will be still there and you can use it as a advantage

  44. You missed The Turkey
    A Turkey is when you get 3 strikes in a row

  45. I like how much changes in a year – seeing as you've now done Crown Green and Lawn Bowls in the series too. I tend to already know a lot of these sports already, but love watching them and to see how to best explain how sports work to interested friends rather than get stuck down rabbit holes. Great work Ninh, great content as always.

  46. Thanks,Helped a lot!

  47. Is there a group that enforces bowling rules? Any wiggle room to reprogram the computers to play and score it differently?

  48. fuck the rules, i know only one rule and it is too destroy all the pins..and yeah dont cross the line

  49. Bowling is great! I'm a Beginner Bowler.

  50. It took me awhile to learn ten pin bowling since I started with the five pin game which is still played here in Canada. Fortunately modern technology in the scoring system replaces those old annoying score sheets. 😀

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