Bowl – Etiquette

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AMF Bowling Center’s Richard Wolfe demonstrates how to bowl including proper bowling etiquette.

    Richard Wolfe

    Richard Wolfe started bowling at the age of 12 in the Saturday morning youth league as many other youth bowlers. I began bowling competitively at the age of 16 in adult leagues and competing against some of the most renowned players at that time. As he became more interested in the game he then began working at the local pro-shop Carmen Don’s which was the most popular bowling pro shop in the Metropolitan DC area. Still a member of the Sports Plus Carmen Don’s pro shop, with over 20 years of experience in the bowling business, he has been a main stay in the knowledge and integrity of the game. He has been employed by many of the major manufactures such as Columbia, Ebonite, Hammer and Storm and has been recognized as a vital member to their staff. Being a PBA (Professional Bowling Association) member since 1987 with credentials that include 4 Professional Bowlers Tour Regional Championships one of which was in Hawaii which has become one of his most memorable. It was most special because his Mom and Dad flew there to be a part of his dream. Then went on to be a part of the elite Professional Bowlers National Tour. It was then that he found to be one of the most respected bowlers and finished 2nd in the Indianapolis Open in 1995. He then followed that with 7 nationalized televised finals, qualified for the all exempt tour 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and was voted the recipient for the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2005-2006 by his peers. Mr. Wolfe will be inducted into the Metropolitan Area Hall of Fame on October 20, 2007 for his accomplishments for both his achievements as well as his dedication to the sport of bowling.

    Hi, I am Richard Wolf. I am a bowling ball technician. We are here for a basic introduction to bowling. What I am going to discuss with you is some simple bowling etiquette. Now, before you pick that bowl up off the rack, one thing I want to make sure you do is keep your hands clear of this spinning wheel. This is where what we call the ball return. That ball will come up out of there.

    Now, keep your hands away. There is simply a spinning wheel down there; you would not want to get your hands caught. The other thing is a simple common sense rule once again, you primarily would not let the person one lane to the right and one lane to left of you, bowl.

    Now, it does not mean there is no rule here. This is just common courtesy. Simply because we would not want to be bowling next to somebody at the same time, the ball slip out of their hand and calls a little trouble we do not, that we don t need to happen. The other thing you want to make sure is you do not cross over that foul line.

    Cross the foul line there is conditioner on the lane therefore, it could become very slippery. If you have a problem or question, something goes out there, just simply call an attendant and they will be happy to help you out. Now, like we spoke about the lane, we did speak about the arrows and the dots, before we pick up that ball l am going to simply give you an idea of what we are trying to do.

    Each dot will correlate with an arrow out there on the lane. For example, we have got the first dot here, the farthest to the right on the approach which is called the fifth board or the first dot on the lane. We go across this will be the second dot. Tenth board correlates with the second arrow. Straight across the lane here, fifteenth correlates with the third arrow or the fifteenth board and then we get into the center which is the twentieth board or the fourth arrow.

    Now, once we get started, we are going to go ahead and pick up this ball. So, we are going to go with two hands, we are going to pick the ball up, we are going to cradle it on the opposite of your bowling hand. Now, we talked about those arrows and dots on the lane. A good starting point is obviously, right in the center.

    So, what I am going to do is I am going to place my right foot right on that center dot which is also called the, that is right, 20 board or the fourth arrow. Now, I am going to discuss with you bowling stands and push away. So, let you us get started, next clip.