Dimensions of a Bowling Lane
There are many kinds of bowling games, one of the most popular of which is ten-pin bowling. It is played in various parts of the world, with prestigious tournaments and events like Professional Bowlers Association World Championship, the European Bowling Tour and the World Tenpin Masters. This game is basically played within a bowling lane. In order to understand fully the rules and other important aspects of this wonderful sport, it is good to know the different bowling lane dimensions.
Bowling Lane Dimensions
A bowling lane is described as a narrow and straight path. Its official length measures 18.29 meters or 60 feet starting from the head pin all the way towards the foul line. Meanwhile, the distance between the set of guide arrows and the foul line is 4.57 meters or 15 feet. In terms of width, each lane measures 1.05 meters or 41.5 inches. A single lane is usually made up of 39 wooden boards. Sometimes, synthetic materials are used in place of these wooden materials.
Every lane is also comprised of two sets of the so-called approach dots. The official distance from the first set of dots all the way to the foul line is set at 3.66 meters or 12 feet. On the other hand, the length between the second set of dots to the foul line is measured at 4.57 meters or 15 feet. The first set of dots is 0.91 meter or 3 feet away from the second set of dots.
In most cases, game organizers protect bowling lanes by applying 18 ml. of oil. It is commonly applied starting from 4 inches away of the so-called foul line all the way down the lane, with the distance of 11.58 meters or 38 feet. Before players can reach the foul line, there is an ‘approach’ distance, the purpose of which is to give them leverage on the ball and help players gain advantage before delivering it. This particular area is about 5 meters or 15 feet long.
Additional Information and Other Interesting Details
When it comes to the bowling ball, the maximum circumference is 0.69 meters or 2.25 feet. In terms of weight, each ball must not be more than 7.26 kilograms or 16 pounds. Based on the rules set by the United States Bowling Congress, each pin must be 12 centimeters or 4.7 inches wide. Add to that, it must be 38 centimeters or 15 inches long. In terms of weight, no pin must exceed the limit of 3 pounds and 10 ounces. In most games, especially those that are held internationally, the standard weight of each pin is no less than 3 pounds and 6 ounces.