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If bowling strikes you as an American past time, you may be surprised to learn that more than 100 million people in over 90 countries practice the sport. And did you know that bowling is ancient? Children’s graves of Egypt, dating back to 3200 BC, contain primitive bowling equipment. Before visiting a bowling center, brush up on these terms.

  • Approach – The approach is the stretch of lane from ball return area to foul line, usually 16 feet long. “Approach” can also mean the bowler’s beginning motion before the ball is swung forward.
  • Bowling Attire – Though mainly worn during professional tournaments, serious bowlers also like to wear bowling attire during open play. Satin jackets, striped short-sleeved collar shirts, grip gloves, nylon or leather ball bags, and of course bowling shoes fall into this category.
  • Cosmic Bowling – With cosmic bowling, the alley dims the lights, turns on smoke machines and black lights, and plays dance club music or rock ‘n’ roll classics. Sometimes, the alley will even hire a DJ. Cosmic bowling is a classic place to have a kid’s birthday party or a fun date.
  • Gutter – The gutter is the channel at either side of the lane that the ball falls into if it goes off course. A gutter ball yields no points.
  • Open Bowling – Non-tournament, non-league play is referred to as open bowling.
  • Perfect Game – A perfect game means that the bowler hit twelve strikes in a row, and the bowler receives a score of 300.
  • Spare – The next best thing to a strike, a spare is achieved when the bowler strikes down all ten pins with two balls.
  • Strike – A strike occurs when a bowler knocks down all ten pins with the first ball, often by angling the ball to hit at the center of the pins.
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    Bowl A Vard Lanes
    2121 E Springs Dr, Madison, WI 53704
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    (608) 244-7246
     
    User Review: "I love to bowl at your lanes and I always have a great time." - Michael (WI)
    Horizon Lanes & Hall
    970 N Riverview St, Bellevue, IA 52031
    (563) 872-4441
    Sunset Lanes & Hall
    410 S Main St, Dickeyville, WI 53808
    (608) 568-7999
    Bowling
    1860 Hawthorne St, Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 583-5768
    Diamond Jo Casino
    301 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 690-4800
    Fischer Bowling Lanes
    290 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 588-2695
    Dubuque Bowling Lanes
    1029 1/2 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 557-1322
    Stockton Bowling Lanes
    102 S Ward St, Stockton, IL 61085
    (815) 947-3616
    Pioneer Lanes
    1185 E Business Highway 151, Platteville, WI 53818
    (608) 349-6631
    Timber Lanes
    1005 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA 52060
    (563) 652-5882
    Spare Time Lanes
    141 W Railroad St, Lena, IL 61048
    (815) 369-5257
    Mount Carroll Bowling Center
    206 N Main St, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
    (815) 244-7467
    Cascade Lanes Inc
    1303 1st Ave E, Cascade, IA 52033
    (563) 852-3133
    Cobra Lanes
    107 2nd St Ne, Farley, IA 52046
    (563) 744-3008
    Midway Lanes
    1850 Midway Rd, Mineral Point, WI 53565
    (608) 987-2668


    Bowling is a favorite past time for adults and children alike. Forms of the game date back centuries. Historically, the game of bowling was very popular, so much so that the game was outlawed to keep troops focused on archery practice. Today, the object of bowling in modern times is to roll a ball down a wooden alley or lane with the goal of knocking down a triangular group of ten pins. A ten pin knock down is referred to as a strike. Strikes and spares contribute to an excellent score. The bowling alley or center is host to a variety of events. For example families can take their children for a weekly game. Many bowling centers offer free bowling games for the kids. Cosmic bowling is also fun for a kid’s birthday party. Parents may want their children to use lighter weight balls so they don't get a gutter ball. Professional bowlers and bowling leagues frequent this establishment to participate in tournaments. Equipment associated with bowling includes bowling bags and shirts, shoes and jackets that can be monogrammed with a team name. Individuals can join bowling leagues with colleagues from social groups. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) gives information on locations and dates and times of invitationals. They also offer information for playoff and championship games all over the country. If you’re bowling just for fun, visit your local bowling center, choose a lane and get rolling. However you choose to enjoy the game of knocking down ten pins, there are hours of fun and competition for all to enjoy.
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