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Monday, November 16, 2009

Regulation bowling balls may legally have a minimum of one and a maximum of four finger holes.

See also:
- American Bowling Congress

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  • So weird... that's what they told me at the lanes when I went bowling in Amsterdam and the ball only had two finger holes. That was some rough bowling.

    By Anonymous Stacey, at July 07, 2006 9:30 AM  

  • From this site:

    "The rules of tenpin bowling allow for a total of 12 holes in each ball.

    You are allowed one for each finger and thumb for gripping purposes.
    You are all allowed one small vent hole for each of the fingers and thumb holes, to prevent popping at the release point.
    One hole for balance purposes, not to exceed 1 1/4" in diameter, to bring a ball into static weight tolerances.
    The last is a "mill" hole for inspection purposes, not to exceed 5/8" in diameter and 1/8" in depth. This is used to check the hardness of the cover stock just below the actual surface of the ball. This is the hole seen on equipment used by members of the PWPA and PBA National Tours just above the finger holes."

    So, just to emphasize the point, you're legally allowed five fingerholes (not a maximum of 4). Found that out in about 10 seconds of research. Real good job, Factropolis. Another gutter ball!

    By Anonymous Bowlerama!, at March 25, 2008 12:07 PM  

  • dude! its just for fun! quit ruining my day!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 15, 2008 10:41 PM  

  • Next fact you post you better reference properly. As directing to bowl.com doesn't go to bowling ball regulations, and I didn't feel like hunting it down.

    By Anonymous Legocrazy1, at January 03, 2009 2:47 PM  

  • Legocrazy, if you haven't discovered this already, what you're going to see is that Factropolis never provides helpful links. That's because they make 90% of their "facts" up. Every so often they'll throw in a fact that is at least partially true, but those are few and far between.

    If you look at the date stamps of the other comments to this "fact", you'll see that this face made its earliest appearance in July of 2006. Apparently Factropolis has stopped making up new "facts" and just recycles the old ones, even after people like "Bowlerama!" have proved that they're wrong.

    By Anonymous Factropolis blows!, at January 04, 2009 12:34 PM  

  • Anonymous Anonymous said...

    dude! its just for fun! quit ruining my day!

    November 15, 2008 10:41 PM

    The problem is that it will not be fun for you when you tell this fact to your friends at the bowling alley and the guy in the next lane schools you on the correct number of holes permitted. Regardless of the fact that the actual number is different, the truth, whole and explained, is much more fun than the tiny snippet of information that Factropolis provides. It may be that the editors here wish to provide you a starting point for your own research, and if that is the case they have done well. I'm always full of questions after reading some fragment of information here. If you are looking for better information there are much better websites out there. (damn interesting, how stuff works) Maybe a precipitous drop in traffic will motivate the editors to change the format of this site. The only reason I take the time to write this is because I believe that it is just plain wrong to disseminate information you either know to be false or don't know to be true while at the same time displaying awards you have won for being an educational website. Not to mention the expressed pride taken to check the authenticity of each fact. There are some people who will believe what is written here and it will affect their world-view and consequently their actions, interactions with other people and the way they vote for leaders of the country! I say this in all love Factropolis. I do support the idea of spreading knowledge, just make sure it is real knowledge. We live in a real world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 08, 2009 9:50 AM  

  • I actually come to this site solely for the purpose of reading the responses to Factropolis' ridiculously insane claims of "fact."

    I also like to read the comments of people who don't like the criticism of Factropolis because they make me feel better about myself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 26, 2009 5:46 PM  

  • Dude, I know! It cracks me up how some people get pissed off when anybody shows how full of it Factropolis is. The irony is almost too much to take. They love it when somebody professes to be an authoritative source on trivia then feeds them crap, but when somebody who actually DOES love trivia (TRUE trivia, even) comes along and points out that Factropolis is totally wrong, they cry foul. Get over yourselves, people. You're getting worked up because some people are better at detecting baloney than you are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2009 6:14 PM  

  • And don't forget you are permitted to put in one "dick sized" hole for whatever purpose you please. The size of said hole is dependent on the bowler. Mine, of course, would need to be "extra large diameter".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 17, 2009 2:51 PM  

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