Why Is Bowling Called Bowling?

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why is bowling called bowling

Bowling as we know it today dates back to medieval times in Britain. It may not be the most popular sport today, but it’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

In medieval Britain, pins were set up in lanes and rolled toward a target. The person who knocked over the most pins with a single roll was the winner. The word ‘bowling’ comes from this activity and can now describe any pinball activity. This article will give you some insight into the history of bowling and why it is called bowling.


 Bowling is a very old sport, dating back to the Middle Ages. The name could stem from the British word `bowling` or a shortened version of `Bag-Ending, ` another British form of bowling known as Bag Ends. Like many sports today, bowls have been practiced in Britain.

Thrown stones were used long before writing came to be, and stones still form a big part of Scottish football games today. Ancient Welsh monasteries used it as their major outfield sport, throwing heavy stones onto wooden platforms slightly more accurately than the Ancients.

They used sandbags instead of rolls to knock over pins, but they weren’t the ones pictured above!

Things began to change when tournaments became popular around the 17th century. Stakes were set up – these stakes being called pins – and people watched re-creations between friends or played betting games on what they would score, forming something similar to modern programs like darts or ring tosses in its most basic forms.

Why Is Bowling Called Bowling?

The word ‘bowling’ is used to describe various pinball activities. It can refer to traditional bowling, or it can be used to express a game in which pins are knocked down with a ball in some other way. If you want to know why bowling is called bowling, you’ll have to ask a bowler.

Many different names are used for the activity, and no one knows why one word is chosen over another. Some people believe that the ‘bow’ in bowling shortens the ‘bow’ in ‘bow and arrow.’ This would make sense since the game involves a ball shot from a frame like an arrow is shot from a bow.

How to Play Bowling

It’s pretty easy to play this game. All you need is a space and a few balls. There’s no need to know how to bowl well, especially since the scoring is not based on that skill.

The game starts with everyone having the same number of pins; however, as you play, your score will increase or decrease depending on how well you ‘bowl’ or hit the ball. The goal is to knock all the pins down by throwing a ball at it so that it lands in between two other ‘pins.’

The number of plates will determine your score knocked down, counting both sides of each pin and adding up those numbers together to determine your score for the round.

You get 10 points if your first strike was perfect (all three pins are knocked down at once) and 5 points for hitting a single side pin in between two other ones each time until you have knocked them all down twice consecutively (six balls in a row); these are called jackpots.

Depending on how many people are playing, more than one kind of tournament can be played, with one person being declared the winner after each round or after all ten rounds have been played.

Bowling Balls

why is bowling called bowling

When playing traditional bowling, you use a ball with a circular piece of rubber on the end that fits into the holes in the pins. The other kind is called ten-pin bowling and is played using more than ten pins and a slightly differently shaped ball.

Ten-pin balls are made to cater to two purposes: knocking down as many pins as possible in one shot and landing the ball squarely between two set pins to earn additional points.

This version of the game is different from traditional bowling because more balls get thrown at the pins, so in this version, you do not have to knock down all ten pins; however, it still counts for your score each round you play.

Ten-pin bowlers use three flat slanted wooden frames representing three ‘pins’; one pin is set up in front of each frame with a notch cut out so that if your thrown ball hits one of them, it will land in between them.

The balls are different shapes, but they’re known by various names, including ‘American pin,’ ‘French pin,’ or even ‘Super shots.

The rules make this game a lot more challenging than traditional bowling because you have to be extremely accurate and hit the ball between the two pins in the middle of the frame; if you don’t, you cannot win. A bowling game that is played on two lanes with one pin at each end.

The objective is to knock down a certain number of pins by knocking all their heads off, then sliding their bodies down the lane until they are stopped by the four pins holding them up.

You spin every roll and roll your ball as fast as you can towards a single target with six holes; if your ball lands in one of these holes, it will get knocked through and count for your score. If not, it will not count for anything but another turn and can either be knocked back into play or rolled again, depending on where it was stopped when it was knocked out of space.

The point system is similar to that of regular bowling, except with each player owning their lane, so if you hit all six blanks, you earn double points; however, if you miss any blank hole and only knock three out (6 total), your score will only increase by one end which makes this game more challenging than traditional bowling.

Winning the game is not dependent on knocking down all of your pins; however, it will increase your score based on how many pins your knock down.

Bowling Equipment

Bowling equipment includes:

1. Bowling balls – The ball’s weight is crucial because it affects how hard it will be to knockdown.

2. Bowling shoes – Your shoes will help you slide down the lane and control your bowling speed, so choose wisely!

3. Bowling pins – These are used to determine if you have knocked down all six plugs in a single roll or not.

4. Bowling pins holder – This is used to hold up the six pins, determining if you have knocked down all of them.

5. Pins rack – This is used to track your score and which ones you’ve knocked down during play.

6. Bowls – You need a bowl (or two) to get your hands around these balls and hold them in place while knocking them out of play or rolling them back into space for another turn.


Bowling is an activity with a rich history. It’s not easy to master, but it’s fun and a great way to spend time with friends. The best part about this game is that it’s not a sport that relies on athleticism. You don’t have to be in shape to be good at bowling. You just need the right ball and a willingness to roll the ball down the lane.

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Shmulik Dorinbaum

I play bowling almost daily, and on the days I'm not? I'm writing about my day and what I need to do to improve myself as a better bowling player.

Picture of Shmulik Dorinbaum

Shmulik Dorinbaum

I play bowling almost daily, and on the days I'm not? I'm writing about my day and what I need to do to improve myself as a better bowling player.

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