Bowling seems deceptively simple. A round ball is rolled down a very long lane, with the intent of knocking over the 10 pins at the end of said lane. In reality, bowling is rather complex and only becomes more so the better you get at it. Bowling has a strict scoring system that some people find hard to master. There are a few rules and techniques every bowler needs to know to make their bowling game more successful and enjoyable.
Like any other sport, bowling has rules and regulations. Bowlers have guidelines and restrictions that must be followed. Scorekeeping rules are perhaps the most important bowling rules.
There are 10 frames in each game of bowling. A frame is a turn, basically. In each frame, you get two tries to knock down the pins at the end of the lane. Each pin is generally worth one point. If you knock all of the pins over on the first try, this is called a strike and the next two throws are added to the frame you got the strike in.
If you do not knock down any pins at all on a throw, that is considered a gutter ball. If it happens on the first roll of the frame, the bowler can only use the second try to pick up a spare. A strike is not possible at this point. If it happens on both rolls, no points will be earned for that game.
You must also use proper technique to be effective as a bowler. Your posture, release and pressure, if done correctly can help you perfect your technique and protect your body from getting injured. Concentrating on these things will really help your bowling game. Visualize the ball knocking the pins over and look directly down the lane, not at the ball. Tossing the ball carelessly and using poor technique will only ruin your score with all the gutter balls you will get.
As a beginning bowler there are plenty of ways to learn scoring and proper basic technique. You could take lessons, join a league or even pick up a book on bowling. Having the basics down will give you a good foundation to build your game on.