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The Physics Of A Strike

For most beginner or recreational bowlers, there doesn’t seem to be much more to the game than rolling the ball towards the pins. But a simple physics lesson can teach a lot about what it takes to roll that elusive first strike.

A standard bowling pin weighs just under four pounds, and there are 10 at the end of each lane. So for any given frame, you need to create enough force to knock over 40 lbs of weight. The speed of the ball plays a role in this, but the more important factor is the angle at which the ball first contacts the pins.

The video below from the United States Bowling Academy explains “the pocket,” which is the ideal place for the ball to make contact with the pins, and how beginner bowlers can adjust their alignment or throwing angle to hit the pocket, even without the ball spin they see from advanced bowlers.

So take note and start rolling strikes next time you’re at the lanes!

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