Basic Ten-pin Bowling Rules

Bowling is simply throwing a spherical weight thrown on a 60-foot lane with the goal of knocking 10 pins at the end of the road. Each bowling game you have a maximum of 21 pitches corresponding to 10 frames with a perfect score of 300 points. Check out the bowling scorecard below.

For ease of understanding, you must first familiarize yourself with two terms: Frame and throws. 1 frame has a maximum of 2 throws. Basically, the number of points you gain in a frame is the total number of batteries you knocked plus the bonus points if you hit Strike or Spare on the previous throw. If you throw the ball in the lane 2 on the side of the lane, your score will definitely be zero because no batteries will fall.

Strike is what is called when you knock down all 10 pins on the first throw of each frame. Then you will move on to the next throw and get bonus points for the last throw. These bonus points will be equal to the total number of batteries you throw in the next 2 throws. Strike’s symbol on the scoreboard is X.

Spare is when you dump all 10 batteries in 1 frame after 2 throws. The symbol is / on the scoreboard.

The scoring rule like that applies to each serial frame. With such a point-of-point principle, the more strike you get, the more your points will spike very quickly, or at least try to alternate strike and spare, don’t leave any pin left after every turn.

Particularly on frame 10 will be a little different. Frame 10 does not apply the same bonus points as the previous 9 frames. If you Spare on frame 10, you will be rewarded with 1 more throws immediately. If you Strike on the 10th pitch, you will be awarded 2 more throws immediately.

Sometimes you will see some other symbols on the scoreboard. S: stands for Split. That is when you finish 1 throw where the remaining batteries are scattered far apart. It was a difficult case to knock the remaining batteries out.

E: stands for Error. That’s when you take the foul line in front of the lane before throwing. You have broken the law and the lane signal will light up and beep. The score for the foul throw is 0 points.

If you’re new to bowling, this can be a little tricky. Do not worried. The calculation of points is done by computers.