Bowling Glossary

 
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UMBRELLA BALL
A high hit that nevertheless results in a strike; so called because the pins fan out as they fall into something like an umbrella pattern, rather than being scattered around.
UNCLE
Usually the term used to describe the anchor player on a team that had a chance to "stick" a teammate with a beer frame, but did not strike. The anchor is said to be an "uncle" of the other player. See "cousin".
UNDER
In competitive play, the amount of pins (including bonus, if any) that a player is scoring under a 200 average; a player that shoots 1734 for 9 games is "under" by 66. See also "plus", "minus" and "over".
UP THE BOARDS/UP THE TRACK
A strike line that is straighter into the ball track with little belly.
UP THE HILL
When a ball successfully moves over a high board.
URETHANE
A plastic blend that is normally softer and more porous than polyester; coverstock favorite until the advent of reactive resin.

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