Bowling, in Victoria, is a popular sport. Ten-pin and five-pin are the two most popular forms, here, and they are probably what come to mind when you think of bowling. While these two forms are the most common, they are not the only versions of the game; there are several types of bowling, played both indoors and out.
Some of the more popular indoor bowling games are:
• Ten-Pin: This type uses the largest pins and balls; the balls have varying weights, with three holes for the thumb and two fingers.
• Five-Pin: This type uses tall pins with a rubber ring around the middle. The balls are smaller, and fit in the hand.
• Nine-Pin: This type is similar to Ten-pin, but there is one less pin, and the balls have no holes.
• Candlepin: As suggested by the name, the pins look like candles. The balls are the lightest of all the bowling ball types, being just under 2 ½ lbs.
• Duckpin: This type has pins that are short and squat. The ball is similar to a five-pin bowling ball.
Some of the more popular outdoor bowling games are:
• Bocce: Bocce balls are small and evenly shaped and weighted. The object is to get your ball as close to the target as possible. It is played on smooth asphalt or soil.
• Bowls: Bowls is played with a bias-weighted ball, on either an even or uneven bowling lawn.
• Boules: This type is similar to Bocce, but the balls are metal, and they are thrown rather than rolled.
Many different kinds of bowling games are enjoyed in over 90 countries across the world, with Ten-pin and Five-pin being the most popular types of bowling in Victoria.