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Using Bowling Terms
There are many important terms every serious bowler of any skill level can familiarize themselves with relating to the technical aspects of the game. A few terms relating to bowling balls such as "RG", "Differential of RG", and "axis of rotation" among other terms will help you gain insight into bowling ball motion.
It also helps to learn about common terms relating to the bowling lane such as "break point", "lane conditions", and "oil patterns" so you may ultimately gain more of an understanding of playing lanes and making good adjustments during your sessions on the lanes. By far, terms relating to understanding the bowling ball construction, bowling ball motion, coverstocks, and bowling lanes are the most frequently accessed by bowlers.
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The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) also publishes terminology as well as our lists of bowling terms. Here are links to the USBC Terminology and to our bowlingball.com terms:
Take some time to browse these lists of terms and perhaps keep these links handy for future reference. Knowledge is the key to learning about the sport of bowling. When you visit your local pro shop, it helps to be able to communicate and understand terms such as pin placement, CG, differential ratio, weight imbalance, Abralon pads, and mass bias among other terms relating to bowling balls. Understanding more technical information about bowling balls will aide you in participating in the drilling layout decisions with your pro shop professional as well as help you pinpoint specific bowling ball coverstock surface strategies to match best with the lane conditions you commonly encounter.
Making sensible lane adjustments when the lane oil encounters carrydown and breakdown will help you improve your ability to hit the pocket at a high percentage and improve your scores. Making good adjustments begins by understanding some of the science involved in playing the oil patterns applied to the lane surface. Knowing what common lane terms refer to is the first step in gaining knowledge about bowling lanes.
By the way, there are numerous articles and videos addressing bowling balls, terminology, and descriptions of bowling balls all through our site. In fact, you can watch videos of the latest bowling balls in today's market rolling down our private test facility lanes on given lane conditions with given layout patterns to help visualize the given bowling ball in motion. Don't forget to reference our Drilling Layouts feature to see what layout options for given bowling balls the manufacturers recommend.
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