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Know the different kinds of Bowling Pins

Bowling pins are the targets that are to be aimed at, hit, and knocked down in the game of tenpin bowling. It would be of interest to a potential bowler to know a little bit about them, whether the person is playing ten-pin bowling or five-pin bowling.

The commonly used bowling pins are 4.75 inches in width and stand 15 inches in height. Their standard weight is 3lb. 6oz. but there are also pins that are now allowed (beginning in 1998) that weigh 3lb. and 10oz.

Bowling pins are made by gluing blocks of hard maple wood together. Makers of bowling pins use these blocks to create the pin shape by using a lathe. The formed shape will then be coated with hard layers of plastic material and are painted white to produce a finished product that is shiny and pleasing to the eye.

The ABC (American Bowling Congress) is an institution that specifies how the pins are to be made – according to their set standards. They are also the one responsible for checking the bowling alleys and the bowling lanes for compliance. Some venues may not have strict regulations or enforcement of pin shapes and sizes or the pin setting machine. These irregularities (if any) would affect every delivery of the ball as well as the scoring. Read the rest of this entry »

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