Bowling Glossary

 
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KEGGLING
Bowling.
KEGLER
German word for bowler.
KEY PIN
Front of target pin of any leave, (when there is no wood shot).
KICKBACK
Vertical division boards between the sides of the lanes at the pit end. On many hits the pins can bounce off the kickbacks and knock down more pins; see also "sidewalls". Variations: Loose kickback means that there is not much rigidity to the sides, this causes the force of the pins to be absorbed easier resulting in less movement/bounce of the pins back onto the pin deck; Tight kickbacks means very solid rigid sides resulting in more bounce of the pins; desirable for higher scores.
KICKBACKS
The dividers between lanes; so called because pins often kick back off a divider to knock other pins downs.
KILL
To overpower your competition by a large margin.
KILL SHOT
A ball thrown with the intention of it hooking less; an alternate release to throw the ball straighter on spares.
KILL THE BALL
To take the spin off the ball, resulting in a straight shot. Often used to maximimize accuracy on easy spare leaves.
KINDLING
Light weight pins. See also "logs".
KINGPIN
Strictly speaking, the 5-pin, because its action is usually the key to knocking down more pins; occasionally used to refer to the 1-pin. Also the name of a bowling related comedy movie starring Woody Harrelson.
KITTY
Money collected by team members for misses, low games and other "fines" imposed by team members upon themselves. Often sued to defray expenses of tournaments or divided at the end of the season.
K-MART BALL
Derogatory name for a ball that hits poorly or is ill fitting.
KRESGE
An old timer term to describe the 5-7 split; a variation on the "Woolworth" which is the 5-10 (five and dime) split.

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