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Bowling etiquette

Wear bowling shoes.
Ask permission to use another player’s ball.
Bowler on the right has the right of way.
Observe the foul line.

Rules of etiquette

Bluegrass : a true story of murder in Kentucky
William Van Meter.
New York : Free Press, 2009.
A seasoned journalist exposes the truths and injustices that plague a small Kentucky town after it is ripped apart by a shocking crime. bw photographs.
Bowling across America : 50 states in rented shoes
Mike Walsh.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
"Inspired by his father's unexpected passing, Mike Walsh, a 27 year-old Chicago advertising executive, quits his job to embark on a one-of-a-kind quest. The destination: bowling alleys in each of the 50 states. Though dubbed "career suicide" by colleagues, the endeavor soon touches a nerve among many people - from frustrated middle managers to radio talk-show hosts to a woman who merely identifies herself as "Bowling Spice" in an innuendo-laden email." "Conversations and adventures with the people he finds in bowling alleys at all hours of the day and night - retired Maine lobstermen, saucy European nannies, recovering addicts, former bowling champions, college students, World War II vets and lingerie saleswomen, to name a few - combine to form a picture of what America looks like while standing in a pair of rented shoes." "Hilarious, insightful and at times moving, Bowling Across America is an epic journey that will enthrall readers everywhere."--BOOK JACKET.
Let's go bowling
Eric Dregni.
St. Paul, Minn. : MBI, 2005.
From super-smooth alley sharks to granny-style rollers, the sport of bowling excludes no one. It is the great equalizer, knocking down barriers with each strike rolled. Rabble-rousing proletariat and flush fat cats - anyone may partake in this great pastime that brings more people together than just about any participant sport.
Right down your alley : the beginners' book of bowling
Vesma Grinfelds, Bonnie Hultstrand.
Belmont, CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, c2003.
RIGHT DOWN YOUR ALLEY: THE BEGINNER'S BOOK OF BOWLING, guides students through the basics of bowling preparation, movement, and adjustment and conversion systems. It includes everything a bowler, whether beginner or advanced, young or old, will need to know about the game of bowling to keep improving. Throughout the text, students will be introduced to all the newest proven techniques, equipment, and teaching and learning concepts that are currently and effectively used by bowlers, coaches, and teachers across the country.
Bowling execution
John Jowdy.
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c2002.
Bowl your best with the help of John Jowdy, one of the world's top bowling coaches. In Bowling Execution, Jowdy teaches how to perform and refine techniques to achieve consistency and higher scores. Learn how to: improve each phase of your shot, from stance to follow-through; use the free armswing for smoother mechanics; develop better control when hooking the ball; select the best shot-making strategy for each situation; adjust effectively to changing lane conditions; and practice more productively for winning results in competition. Take advantage of these and many more lessons from the master and reap the benefits in every frame, every game. Book jacket.

Bowling is considered to be one of the largest participation games in America. It's a game for everybody of all ages. Bowling does not require a high level of physical endurance but can give you the satisfaction of fulfilling physical activity. In what other sport can you join a league and not have to tryout?

St. Louis has the oldest functioning bowling alley on this side of the Mississippi River. Saratoga Lanes built in 1916, on the second floor, still has the original Art Deco benches, checkerboard lockers and manual scoring. With 8 lanes upstairs, bowling can be the way it used to be.

One local bowler that was inducted, in 1964, to the International Bowling Hall of fame was Dick Weber. In 1958, he founded the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). In 1959, he won his first PBA title and went on during his career to win 26 PBA Tour events, six Senior Tour events, and  was national bowler of the year three times (in 1961, 1963 and 1965). In 2002, Dick Weber became the first player to win at least one PBA title in six consecutive decades. The most prestigious event in Ten-pin bowling, named after Dick, the Weber Cup, is held in England.

There are lots of different pin games that are played in bowling. Pin games determine the number of pins played with:

  • Tenpins, modern bowling, the bowler rolls a bowling ball down a wooden lane to knock over as many pins as possible, that are arranged in the shape of a triangle.
  • Ninepins, the bowler may bowl up to three balls per frame, to knock down all the pins, here the pins are grouped as a diamond.
  • Duckpins, the bowler has three tries in one frame to knock down the pins, which are shorter and lighter and the ball is smaller and has no finger holes.
  • Candlepin, pins and balls are that of duckpins but the pins are not cleared away during a the bowlers turn.
  • Five-pin is played in Canada where they use smaller pins and hand-sized hard rubber balls.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff