In ten-pin bowling, the pins are arranged in a triangle with a single pin at the front of the arrangement. Different names are given to this front pin, such as the headpin or the kingpin. However, in some instances, the 5-pin has also been termed the kingpin.
But what exactly is the kingpin, and why is it important?
The kingpin in bowling refers to any pin that can make all pins fall when the ball knocks it down. It can be the headpin (1 pin) or the middle or center pin (5 pin) in the triangular pin arrangement.
Since the kingpin is a valuable target for a bowler, it holds special significance in the game. However, hitting the kingpin is more complex than hitting the other pins because it is the innermost or central pin, and therefore it requires more skill and practice to knock it down.
This article will discuss the two most important aspects of the game that help knock down the kingpin: the approach and the release. Once you master these two aspects, you will be well on your way to knocking down not just the kingpin but all ten pins and scoring a strike.
How to Knock Down the Kingpin?
In order to approach the kingpin and knock down all pins on your first shot, you ought to line up your shot and know when and how to release the ball. Here is a step-by-step guide to making sure you can hit the kingpin.
First, you want to make sure that you are lined up with the center of the lane. This will help ensure that your ball stays in the middle of the lane and doesn’t veer off to the side.
Second, you want to choose a starting point that is comfortable for you. This will vary depending on your height and arm length, but it is generally recommended that you start with your hand about shoulder-width apart and your feet about shoulder-width apart.
You also need to work on your grip because if you hold the ball too lightly, you will lose control. A fingertip grip is recommended when you want to aim for the middle of the lane.
When it’s time to release the ball, make sure you use a smooth, consistent motion. It’s also important to release it at the right time. Releasing it too early may end up in the gutter.
Throwing a straight ball, starting on the center dot, and aiming for the center target arrow will help hit the headpin and, consequently, the middle pin all the time. If you miss hitting the headpin to the right or left, you can use it to your advantage and move further to the right or the left.
However, you must remember to focus on the same arrow throughout the process. If, for example, you’re aiming for the second arrow to hit the kingpin, you will continue to do so regardless of your new position on the approach.