Fun Bowling Games

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Bowling is a game, that has roots that go back for hundreds of years. While most of us are familiar with the traditional bowling game that is played in a indoor bowling alley with either 5 or ten pins, there are actually many variations of this popular game.

Anyone who has played five or ten pin bowling even once, would admit that it is a rather enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family. After all, any game that can survive in a time when we have so many entertainment choices must be good fun.

For the sake of easy categorization, you could break down bowling into two distinct categories. Those games played indoors, and those games played outdoors. What is common amongst all the games are the basic parts of the game. Usually some form of bowling lane, a bowling ball, and in some cases bowling pins.

There may be a few exceptions, but traditionally bowling takes place on a long narrow strip of area, commonly referred to as the lane. It’s usually around sixty feet long, about three and a half feet wide.

In the western hemisphere, ten pin bowling has to be the most played. Although five pin bowling would be a close second, and is great for smaller children, who may not have the strength to handle the bigger 10 pin balls.

There are a few other variations of the game of bowling around though. Nine pin skittles and candle-pin are just a few of them. Skittle is mostly played in Europe.

Duckpin is an interesting, and older version of ten pin bowling, that is not seen very often, but can be a lot of fun. The pins are kind of funny looking things being that they are shorter and fatter than regular ten pins.

If you enjoy traditional ten pin bowling, then you will likely like duckpin. At the very least, it gives you a little variety.

A rather bizarre version of bowling known as cocked hat, was played for a while, but not so much anymore. It only used 3 pins, that were spaced about three feet apart. A different scoring system was used as well.

If you can find a place where cocked hat bowling still takes place, be sure to give it a try.

Feather bowling, is a little bit like curling, and a little bit like nothing else. Everyone takes turns throwing a wheel shaped ball, with the goal of trying to get it as close the the feather at the other end as possible. The lane slopes in towards the middle.

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