Bowling Tips/Bowling Ball Selection: Basics

  • When choosing your bowling ball, make sure it is just the right weight for you. Generally, the heavier the ball, the more pins you will knock down, but don't overdo it!
  • Make sure the ball fits your hand well.  You shouldn't feel like you have to hang on to the ball for dear life, nor should you feel like it won't come off your hand. 
  • You want to aim just to the right or left of the head pin, not directly at the head pin.  If you aim directly at the head pin and hit your mark, chances are you will leave a nasty split and have an open frame.  In order to hit just the right spot, you should stand on the center dot and aim for the third arrow. 

Bowling Fun Facts:

  • There are 39 boards on the lane. 
  • Each bowling lane is 60 feet long. 
  • There are 20 pins in each machine for each lane. So, here at Mountain Run, we have 360 total pins running through our machines for our 18 lanes. 
  • The rarest bowling score is a 292.


Bowling is good for social & mental health, as well as physical health! Family bonding and social skills are honed while enjoying bowling! 


Additionally, bowling is a sport that offers people of all ages, sizes and abilities the opportunity to have fun while exercising during most of their entire life!  Of course, as with any physical activity, everyone has to be careful and know his/her own limits.

Take a look at the PHYSICAL benefits of bowling:

  • Bowling burns about 100 calories per hour, and bowling three games is equal to a MILE of walking (and it's WAY more fun!)
  • You can build muscle while having fun -- 134 different muscles are utilized in a typical four-step approach!
  • Bowling promotes balance and coordination, and helps sustain hand-to-eye coordination.
  • Bowling is a lifetime sport - we have bowlers ranging in age from 8 to 93 on our leagues! 
  • Bowling is sometimes used in conjunction with physical therapy/rehabilitation (ask your doctor or therapist if you think bowling could benefit you -- always get your                                                                                                                                                                                                                     doctor's advice before beginning any new sport)