Instructions for Table Shuffleboard Bowling

by Robert Godard

Shuffleboard has been played all the way since Renaissance times, though it has been modified significantly since then. One modification is table shuffleboard bowling, which uses a miniature shuffleboard and is played on a table instead of on the floor, and has the same rules as bowling. The goal is to use your weight to knock down as many pins as possible.

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Step 1

Set up your pins by placing the head pin at the intersection of the "8" and "7" lines on your shuffleboard. All other pins should be lined up, spaced apart, as you would set up regular bowling pins. The back four pins should be placed on the last line on your shuffleboard table.

Step 2

Play with as many players as you would like. Each player gets two bowls with his weight to try to knock down the pins. A strike allows you to add the points from this player's next frame with the 10 points. If the player knocks all of the pins down on his first try, this counts as a strike. If he knock all of the pins down by his second try, this counts as a spare. A spare allows you to add the points from this player's first bowl into the next frame with the 10 points. Otherwise, tally points based on how many pins each player has knocked down.

Step 3

Repeat for each player, then move on to the next frame. There are ten frames in total. If a player bowls a strike or a spare on the last frame, she receives an additional frame to bowl.

Step 4

Bowl your weight down the board evenly and smoothly. Try using both hands to bowl it. This gives more control over your throw, and greater accuracy. Alternatively, you can try using just the palm of your hand to give you better balance.

Step 5

Use your weight strategically. Adding a lot of force to your bowl will not necessarily knock down more pins. Hitting the lead pin just off-center will be the most effective method.

About the Author

Robert Godard began writing in 2007 for various creative blogs and academic publications. He has been featured on multiple film blogs and has worked in the film industry. He attended Baltimore College, earning his B.A. in history.

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