Bowling Glossary

 
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HALF HIT
A ball in the pocket that is heavier than light, but not deeply buried; often results in leaving a 10 pin.
HALF TEN
See Half hit above. The description of a ten pin that was left by a ball in the pocket and the 6 pin laying down in front of the 10 pin in a half hearted manner; same as "weak 10".
HAMMER
One of the names of the balls made by Faball.
HAMMER THE POCKET
Hitting the pocket consistently.
HAMMERED
A person gets "hammered" when beaten decisively; particularly if the opponent is using a ball from Faball.
HANDICAP
Pins awarded to a player or team in an attempt to equalize competition. Often refered to as a percentage of a established target score. For example, if the handicap was 90% of 200, a player with an average of 160 would receive 36 pins as the handicap (90% of 200-160). Many studies have been done and it seems that the most fair method is to base the handicap on at least the highest average in the league. 100% handicap leagues are becoming more common.
HANG A PIN
Leave a pin standing on an apparent solid hit.
HARD WAY
Picking up a spare in the non-traditional method. For example, the 3-10 split is best picked up by fitting the ball between the 3 and 10 pins; it can also be picked the "hard way" by hitting the 3 pin left of center and deflecting it into the 10 pin. Some times it refers to getting a Dutch 200 game...i.e., getting a 200 score the "hard way".
HEAD PIN
The 1-pin.
HEADPIN
The number 1 pin.
HEADS
That part of the first portion of the lane that is usually hard maple (wood lanes) to absorb the impact of the thrown balls. See"dovetails", "splice" and "pines" also; generally the first 20 feet of the wood lane.
HEAVY
A ball that hits more to the center of the headpin, often leaving a split. Same as "high".
HELICOPTER SHOT
A type of release that is used with lighter weight balls such that the ball appears to spin similar to a top rather than roll and hook; used by many players in the Far East as an alternative to a traditional hook release.
HELP (AS IN HELPER PINS)
A pin that comes off the sideboards and helps knock down the remaining pin or pins; see also "messenger".
HIGH
A ball that hits more to the center of the headpin, often leaving a split. Same as "heavy".
HIGH BOARD
Although lanes are built to certain tolerances, humidity and other factors might cause an individual board to be a hair higher than the others; a ball hitting a high board will tend to stop hooking when it hits the higher board.
HIGH HIT
A hit on or near the center of the head pin.
HIGH ROLLER
Tournament An amateur event that pays a very high prize for the top places and also charges a fairly stiff price to enter.
HIGHER
Farther to the left for right-handers, to the right for left-handed bowlers.
HIT
Where the ball contacted the pins..i.e. "I hit light in the pocket."; also how it contacted the pins .. "the ball hit weakly".
HIT UP ON THE BALL
The act at the release point of coming through the ball with a strong finger release; a ball that is hit hard will tend to be very powerful; used to describe a good release feeling .. "I really hit that shot well." See also "stroke".
HOLD SPOT
A portion of the lane that is more heavily conditioned so that the ball appears to stop its hooking action and "hold" its spot on line to the pocket.
HOLD THE LINE/POCKET
Describes the reaction of a ball that hits the hold spot. i.e., "The ball held pocket."
HOLE
Same as the pocket.
HOME ALLEY/HOUSE/LANES
Either the center where you normally bowl; or, within the center, your favorite lane or lanes.
HONOR SCORE
A score deemed worthy of an award by the governing bodies of ten pin bowling. The ultimate honor scores would be a 300 game and 900 series.
HOOK
A ball that breaks rather sharply toward the pocket, as opposed to a curve.
HOOK - (TO "COME IN")
A ball that breaks sharply to the left for a right hander and vice versa for a left hander.
HOOK OUT/HOOK AND SET
A type of ball reaction on the lanes where the ball begins to hook and then stops its hooking action and turns into more of an end over end roll. Can be very effective (Amletto Monicelli comes to mind), but generally requires great accuracy to do well as control of the hook/set point is critical. See "roll out shot" also.
HOUSE
The bowling center; the "bowl"; the "alley"; the "lanes".
HOUSE BALL
A ball provided by the center to its customers. Usually, but not always, they are of less quality than modern high tech equipment, usually polyester or hard urethane, not resin. Sometimes used as an expression to describe a person that is normally a good player but is having an off game; i.e., "Looks like he is throwing a house ball again."
HYPOKINETIC DISEASE
A condition or disease resulting from a sedentary lifestyle or "too little activity." Examples include obesity, diabetes, back pains, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, etc. ...

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