Bowling Glossary

 
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WALL
(1) the sideboards/kickback (2) the crown of oil (3) a very easy shot
WALL SHOT
A strike that is light in the pocket whereby pins are deflected into the kickbacks and return to the pin deck to knock down more pins.
WASHOUT
A split with the corner pin (7 or 10) standing; symbolised as "W"; not making the spare is considered a blow or error, not a split. The 1-2-4-10 or 1-2-10 split for right-handed bowlers, the 1-3-6-7 or 1-3-7 for left-handers.
WEAK HIT
A flat or soft hit leaving a single pin or possible a pocket split.
WEIGHT BLOCK
The interior portion of a ball that adds extra weight to it to bring the overall gross weight higher. Knowledge of the location of the weight block is used to create balls with differing positive and negative weight distributions.
WHOOPS
What you say when you lose the ball in your backswing.
WIBC
Women's International Bowling Congress; governing body for women players.
WINDING 'EM IN
Throwing a big hook back to the pocket.
WINDING THEM IN
Said of a bowler who gets a big hook consistently into the pocket.
WIRED
In the zone; very consistent with high scores.
WOOD
1)A pin or pins; 2)the number of pins knocked down; 3)the number of pins given to a bowler as a handicap.
WOOLWORTH
The 5-10 (five and dime) split; see also "Kresge".
WORKING BALL
A ball that has action and mix to scramble the pins; a hard charging effective ball.
WOW
Make a SPARE (or TEN) out of a SPLIT LEAVE.
WRAP AROUND
A shot on which the 6-pin almost hits the 10-pin but spins right around it, leaving it standing.

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