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The Parts of a Bowling Alley

May 10, 2008
Although they may sound similar, a bowling lane and a bowling alley are different things. A bowling alley, consisting of several parts, is the space used for bowling. One of those parts, and probably the most important, is the bowling lane.

The bowling alley is, in essence, the sum of all parts that make up the whole bowling area. It is composed of several parts, one of the most important which is the bowling lane. The bowling lane is the long plane that you see in front of you when you bowl. The lane consists of long wooden boards joined together to form a lane that is 75 feet long and 3.5 feet wide. The bowling lane is always smooth; it is, after all, where the ball is meant to pass.

On each side of the lane, the gutters are placed. The gutters are composed of rubber or plastic and are 60 feet long. The length starts from the foul line and extends well to the pins. When a player's ball rolls over to the gutter, a player incurs a miss. Just beyond the gutters' sides, the borders separate one bowling lane from another.

On the other end of the bowling lane, directly facing the player, the bowling wall is located. The bowling is usually the place where the bowling center's logo is printed. The wall also serves another purpose.

Just beyond the bowling wall, hidden from the players, the bowling machine is located. Bowling machines place and rearrange the pins, ready for the next round. The bowling machine also retrieves the balls used by the players and then returns them back to them via a tunnel that is located just beside the alley. At the end of the tunnel, the ball-sorting mechanism is placed which handles the task of sorting the balls in the correct order. There may also be a hand dryer/blower in the bowling ball sorter.

Finally, the scores are placed on monitors located above the lanes so the players can see them clearly. The scores are updated automatically via a computer, which calculates the scores based on the number of pins hit and still standing.

The game data is calculated by a computer and displayed on monitors located above the lane for the players to see. The players also have seats and a table at the end of the bowling alley. A rack with extra bowling balls is usually placed beside the seats.
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