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1 The Physics of Bowling Become a professional…….maybe

2 10 Pin Bowling Goal: Knock down as many pins as you can, get the most points, and have fun. You have 10 frames to achieve this goal. You have two throws in each frame. Terminology Strike: knocked down all the pins on the first throw Spare: knocked down all the pins in two tries. Google image

3 10 Pin Bowling: Lane 18.3 meters (60 feet) from the foul line to the 1 st pin meters width including gutters Starting from the foul line, about 2/3 of the lane is covered in oil. Arrows and dots can be used for aiming.

4 10 Pin Bowling: Pins Each pin is lbs 15in tall. 4.7 in at the pin’s widest point Can’t fall if leaning <=10 degrees away from the lane’s normal. Google image

5 10 Pin Bowling: Bowling Ball Upper limit on weight: 16 lbs Circumference : 27 in No solid material in the ball can have a density larger than 3.8g/mL Most Important Parts of the Ball Shell Core Google image

6 Will You Strike? Depends On… Luck Pin Action Ball Speed Entry Angle

7 Strike video

8 Pin Action: Entry Angle Altered Google image

9 Pin Action: Entry Angle Left hand Sweet spot Right hand Sweet spot

10 Pin Action: Entry Angle It is very possible strike at any entry angle HOWEVER, Lower angles aimed at pockets (30-45 degrees) yield higher strike potential. If you throw a bowling ball really straight. Throwing really hard at the center can leave edge pins standing. Worse if you leave the 7 and 10 pin together. Throwing really soft at the center tends to leave center pins AND some edge pins

11 Pin Action: Hook Hook allows the bowling ball to cause impact at a smaller entry angle. Methods to create Hook: Releasing the bowling ball with wrist action (YOU MUST PRACTICE THIS) How the bowling ball is structured.

12 How do Bowling Balls Curve? Precession The geometric center of a bowling ball usually isn’t its center of gravity. A net torque greater than zero on a spinnig body causes precession. Precession causes wobbling, which allows more surface area of the bowling ball to touch the lane. Bowling balls can be drilled to enhance or negate this fact.

13 Simplified View of Bowling Ball r is highly exaggerated

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16 Bowling Ball Shells Bowling balls with a higher coefficient of friction can change direction faster. Common Shell Types Plastic Urethane “Reactive” Resin Particle If a bowling ball looks dull, has scratches, etc it probably grips the lane better /85-bowling-ball-shell-chemistry-101

17 Conclusion Bowling is an oddly involved activity To become a great bowler you still need practice You can also ignore all of this if you want to.


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