Here's a list of bowling terms to help you sound like you know what you're talking about at the alley.

APPROACH Part of the lane from the very back of the ball return area to the foul line. Most approaches are 16-feet long and are required by the American Bowling Congress to be at least 15-feet

BICYCLE Pin hidden behind another pin, also known a sleeper, one in the dark, and tandem

POCKET Space between the head pin and the next pin to either side, marking the primary target for bowling a strike

BROOKLYN A first ball that strikes the pins to the left of the headpin for right-handers or a first ball to the right for left-handers

FOUL Touching or going beyond the foul line at delivery

HANDICAP Pins awarded to individuals or teams in an attempt to equalize competition

BUZZARD Three open frames in a row

TURKEY Three consecutive strikes

PERFECT GAME Twelve strikes in a row with a count of 30 pins per frame resulting in a score of 300

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