The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Score in Bowling

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Bowling is a great way to have fun with family and friends. Whether you’re an experienced bowler or just starting out, understanding how to keep score can make the game more enjoyable for everyone involved. In this blog post, we’ll go over some basic tips on how to keep score bowling so that you can take your game from average to extraordinary!

The Basics of Keeping Score Bowling

When it comes to keeping score in bowling, there are two main ways to do it: manual scoring and automatic scoring. Manual scoring requires the use of pen and paper while automatic scoring systems use electronic displays or devices such as tablets. Both methods require knowledge of the standard rules and regulations associated with each frame (or turn) in order for accurate results.

Before beginning any frame, you should know what your goal is — either a strike (knocking down all 10 pins on one throw), spare (knocking down all 10 pins using two throws) or open frame (knocking down fewer than 10 pins). Depending on which type of result you get from each frame will determine how many points you receive for that particular turn. A strike will earn ten plus whatever number of pins knocked down in the next two balls; a spare earns ten plus whatever number of pins knocked down in the next ball; and an open frame earns only what was knocked down during that particular ball(s).

Tips For Keeping Score Bowling

Keeping track of scores doesn’t need to be complicated when playing a friendly game at home – here are few simple tips for getting started:

• Keep up with whose turn it is by writing each player’s name at the top right-hand corner after they bowl their first ball so everyone knows who scored what throughout the entire game

• Mark strikes as “X”s since they don’t always mean hitting all ten pins – if someone bowls five then four pins later they got 9/10 total but still achieved a strike

• Pay attention when marking spares– whenever someone gets one mark it with “/” instead because this indicates success without actually having hit every pin

• Be sure not to mark anything other than strikes, spares or misses – no extra marks allowed otherwise this could lead to confusion about whose turn it actually was!


We hope these tips help make keeping score easier when playing bowling games! By following these simple steps, even novice bowlers can become masters at tracking their progress throughout each round. With practice anyone can become an expert scorer so why not try out these suggestions today?