No game takes the metaphor of falling down like ninepins more seriously than bowling. Bowling is an extremely popular game involving rolling a ball made of wood or synthetic equivalent on a smooth surface with the objective of knocking down pins placed some distance away. The history of this game is traced to India, Finland and so on. Its popularity can be measured by the fact that there are few cities in the world without bowling lanes or alleys.
Being a game that does not require extreme physical fitness it appeals to the common man and woman who wants to unwind after a hard day’s work. Bowling lanes are popular as hangouts where people meet and socialize. A good game of bowling can do wonders to your skills of concentration and hand-eye co-ordination.
A typical bowling lane consists of ten pins that are at a distance of about 60 feet away from the fault line. This is the line from where the player rolls the ball towards the pins. The aim is to knock as many pins as possible. It can be played between players in turns or with players getting a chance to roll a fixed number of balls before the other player takes over.
As the game became popular, bowling lanes have also evolved. Now the lanes are well lit and the surface made up of the best materials that facilitate the smooth movement of the ball. As this game is popular amongst working professionals, bowling lanes can also be found in other entertainment avenues such as discos and pubs.
The popularity of this game has ensured that tournaments are regularly conducted to whet the appetite of its fans. It generates high TRPs and the play-offs between reputed players are watched with keen interest throughout the world.