Bowling Boards

We now are going to take a look at the boards that you stand on and roll the ball over. They are quite pertinent to your game. Understanding the boards on the lanes and the boards on the approach, and there relationship to your swing and target. Let us first look at the boards on the lanes, (these are the boards after the foul line.) Starting from right to left there are forty boards. The arrows on the lanes will be in increments of five. The first arrow being called five board. The second being called ten board, the third being fifteen board, the forth being twenty board, the fifth being twenty-five board, the sixth being thirty board and the final seventh arrow being thirty-five board.

This will be just the opposite for a left-handed bowler. There the first arrow on the left-hand side of the lane is there five board, which is the right hand-er thirty-five board. If you follow the boards back onto the approach you will find that they coordinate with the dots. The center of the lane is twenty board and will lead you from the forth arrow back to the center dot on the approach.

You must know the board you are centered on in your approach, to do this right-handed bowler should use the inside of there left shoe. Left-handed bowlers use the right inside the shoe. This will center your body relative to the board you have chosen. Some bowling alleys will have five dots and others will have seven. The center dot will represent twenty board and moving right the next being fifteen, the next ten board. Moving left from the center the first dot will represent twenty-five board, the next being thirty board.

The bowling alleys using seven dots are going to correspond with the far right being the five board, and the far left dot being thirty-five board. Again for left-handed bowlers, the numbering is just the opposite. A seven dot approach will represent from left to right, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 board. Many bowling alleys today only use the five dots, not marking the five board or the thirty-five board. In our next article, we will cover angles for strikes and spares using the arrows and dots.

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