How To Effectively Play Ten Pin Bowling

The game of Ten Pin Bowling consists of 10 rounds, known as frames. Within a single framework, every player will have two attempts to knock down pins that are perfectly arranged towards the end of the lane. With a standard Ten Pin Bowling game, you will play with ten pins. The final score at the end of each match is calculated with all ten frames. The pins will be automatically arranged in an equilateral triangle, and each pin will be 30cm apart from the other pins.


Should a player manage to knock down all ten pins with their first attempt, it is known as a strike. The player will not receive a second attempt as the frame will primarily be completed. However, should the first attempt not knock down all ten pins, the player will win a second attempt for the remaining pins still standing.


Once the pins are removed after the first attempt and there are still pins remaining, the player will receive a second attempt. Should the player knock down all remaining pins, it is considered a spare and the frame will be completed.

Pin Scatter

Since the pins are spaced 30cm apart along with the small size of the bowling ball, it’s impossible to hit all the pins with the bowling ball. Therefore, players will need to utilise different tactics on their attempts that must result in a chain reaction of the pins to knock them all down.

For a right-handed bowler, the bowling ball needs to strike the first, third, fifth, and ninth pin to cause a stable chain reaction to knock down all ten pins. For a left-handed bowler, the bowling ball needs to strike the second, fourth, sixth, and eight pins to cause a stable chain reaction to knock down all ten pins.

Ball Releasing Techniques

You will have two different releasing styles in Ten Pin Bowling. You can either choose to release the ball straight or opt-in to release the bowling ball with a unique hook. Newcomers will go for the straight release technique, while professional bowlers will utilise the hook technique.

With a straight ball release, right-handed bowlers will need to target the 1-3 pockets, while left-handed bowlers will need to focus on the 1-2 pockets to cause a chain reaction. With a hooking technique, the ball will need to spin from one side of the lane to the other to create the perfect chain reaction. For right-handed bowlers, the thumb needs to be released at the 10 o’clock position, while left-handed bowlers will need to release their thumb at the 2 o’clock position.

Players can also create a hook without using their thumbs. This is achieved by leaving out the thumb in the thumb hole and creating a hook by using the two fingers to form a hook. Research has shown that an ideal hook is produced at an angle of around 6 degrees. Therefore, players will release the ball near the gutter of a lane before it spins into the centre near the pins.