Bowling Glossary

 
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G
GAME
One string by each member of a team or group.
GARBAGE HIT/STRIKE
Any hit that produces a strike when it shouldn't, as when it misses the pocket.
G-BOARD
The gutter. See also the "grey board".
GET AWAY
The act of getting something positive out of a bad release or poorly thrown shot.
GIFT
A very lucky result.
GO LONG
A balls goes "long" when it skids farther down the lane before starting its hook. Desirable on hooking lanes. You can get a ball to go longer by altering the surface to reduce the friction (polish the ball).
GOAL POSTS
The 7-10 split. Same as bedposts.
GOLDEN GATE
Same as big ears.
GOOD OUT (NICE OUT)
Got most of pins remaining on a bad leave (third ball).
GOOD TRY
Good shot on the key pin or the target wood.
GOOSE EGG
Usually means a split (the scoring symbol for a split is a "O"); can also mean that you knocked down -0- pins on a shot.
GRAB
The act of the ball reacting to the friction of the lane and ball surface.
GRANDMA'S TEETH
The 4-6-7-10 split or any of the "big five" split combinations; so called because it looks like a mouth with missing teeth. Any non-standard leave.
GRAVE YARD
Low scoring lanes or center. Same as "brickyard."
GRAY BOARD
The gutter. Many centers have their gutters painted gray; hitting the gray board is an attempt at humor to tell someone that the shot went in the gutter.
GREASY
Describes a very oily/heavily conditioned lane.
GREEK CHURCH
A split leave of five pins similar to the 4-6-7-9-10; so called because it reminds people of an old cathedral type church with spires etc. Any split on which there are three pins on one side of the lane and two on the other.
GROOVE
Ball track or indentation in the lane; also, a bowler that is performing particularly well is "in the groove" or is "grooved".
GROSS WEIGHT
The total dead weight of a bowling ball; often referred to as "gross weight before drilling". The maximum gross weight of a ball is 16 pounds. Yet, a new ball before drilling may weigh a few ounces over that total; these extra ounces are removed during the drilling process.
GUIDE MARKS (LINE)
An aid to finding start of 2 or 3 steps for ball delivery. Most approaches have guide lines (commonly at 8 feet 2 inches and 11 feet 6 inches before the foul line; formed by 1 inch spots, 8½ inches apart, and centered with lane).
GUTTER
A depressed area, about 9 1/2 inches wide, on either side of the lane which guides the ball to the pit after it leaves the lane. Same as channel.
GUTTER BALL
A ball that leaves the lane and travels down the gutter before reaching the pins.
GUTTER SHOT
A line to the pocket that is from the released from the far outside, near board 1-2. It generates a natural entry angle, but is difficult to play if you are a boomer or if the lanes are very dry.

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