For beginners, scoring is probably the most difficult part of bowling. However, as you go further knowing more about this very interesting sport, you will find out that it is not hard as you thought it is.
Most bowling centers observe electronic scoring so there is really no need for you to score yourself. But, it is always better if you know the basic fundamentals of bowling and that includes scoring. Scoring in ten pin bowling is quite simple provided that you understood the mechanics of this game.
To start with, bowling consists of 10 rounds referred to as frames and for every frame, the bowler gets two chances to knock down as many pins as possible. There are two special situations you have to take note in every frame. First is determining a strike which is when the bowler knocks down all pins with just one throw of the bowling ball. The other is called a spare is when the bowler finishes off all ten 10 pins using the two chances allotted for a frame. Those who don’t hit either a strike or a spare get ‘open frames’. This means that there are still a few pins left standing even after the 2nd throw.
The first thing you have to do is to prepare the score sheet. All players bowling on your lane should be listed from the first bowler down to the last. Then, you have to watch every shot of each bowler. For ‘open frames’, you have to write the number of pins knocked down with the first ball in the left box while those hit during the second throw are recorder on the right box. Get the sum of the two scores and record it on the box located below the two smaller ones. If a split happens right after the first shot, encircle the number on the right box to indicate that the frame included a split. If the bowler gets a gutter ball or did not knock down even a single pin, write down a zero or a dash in the designated box. You also have to be keen in identifying strikes and spares. Once a bowler hits a strike, mark an x in the right hand box and a slash for a spare hit. A strike is equivalent to 10 points added to the total number of the next two balls thrown. On the other hand, a spare is equal to 10 points plus the number of pins knocked down by the throw that follows.
It is very important that you score the 10th frame. A player who hits a strike in the last frame is given two bonus throws while those who gets a spare is awarded with one more throw. Make sure you counter check the scores at the end of game and get the total of all scores correctly and accurately. If it is a league game, get the sum of players’ handicaps to the raw scores to come up with the final score. And that is how you do scoring in ten pin bowling.