How to Candlepin Bowl

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Candlepin bowling is different than tinpen bowling in that the ball is smaller and the bowler gets three turns, as opposed to two. Learn about scoring in candlepin bowling with help from a professional bowler in this free video on candlepin bowling.

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Hi! My name is D.C. Knight, general manager and pro shop operator of Cardinal Lanes Beach Bowl in Wilmington, North Carolina. I'm here today to talk to you about candlepin bowling. Candlepin bowling is different than tenpin bowling. The pins are slightly slender and taller than what you have in tenpin bowling. The ball is also smaller so that the size of a softball. In candlepin, you get three turns instead of two if you don't knock all of them down. The scoring is roughly the same as tenpin. A strike is worth ten plus your next two shots, a spare is worth ten plus your next shot, and if you don't knock all the pins down in your first two shots, put on the third shot it's just tenpins with no bonus. Candlepin is mostly open in the north, northeastern part of the United States and Canada. In summary, that's candlepin bowling.

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