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Bowling Score Calculator

Bowling Score Calculator

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The bowling score calculator will calculate the score you get in each frame by throwing a ball. Simply enter the scores made in both attempts in a single frame and the tool will quickly figure out the points you got in the frame. You can also save results as bowling score sheets which is a plus as well.

Bowling Score Rules:

Here you are bound to obey certain rules to figure out your cumulative score for a complete game consisting of 10 frames:

Strike:

If you knock down all 10 pins in the first ball roll throw of any frame, then it is a strike. In our bowling score calculator, it is symbolized as X.

Spare:

If you knock down all 10 pins in the two successive throws in a frame, you get a spare. It is denoted as / in the bowling scorer.

10th Frame:

The last frame in the game has slightly different rules which include:

  • You can avail yourself an opportunity to make two extra throws in the 10th frame if you hit a strike in your first attempt
  • Likewise, hitting a spare in the first two successive throws in the 10th frame will let you throw a 3rd ball as well
  • If your first couple of attempts score zero, then the game ends at the instant

Open Frame:

An open frame is considered when you do not knock down all 10 pins of a frame in both throws.

Score Calculations:

For example, you as a player play a bowling game and your bowling scorecard is as under:

Frame 1 Frame 2 Frame 3 Frame 4 Frame 5 Frame 6 Frame 7 Frame 8 Frame 9 Frame 10 HDCP Max Score
1 3 4 1 X 0 1 5 4 X 4 5 9 / 5 0 X X X 108 108
4 9 20 21 30 49 58 73 78 108

Calculations:

Frame 1:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 1
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 3
Total score = 1+3 = 4

Frame 2:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 4
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 1
Total score = Frame 1 Score + Frame 2 Score
Total score = 4 + 4 + 1 = 9

Frame 3:

Strike!

The score of this frame depends upon the score of the next & previous frame. So first check the frame 4 score.

Total score = Frame 4 Score + Frame 2 Score + Frame 3 Score
Total score = 1 + 9 + 10 = 20

Frame 4:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 0
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 1
Total score = Frame 3 Score + Frame 4 Score
Total score = 20 + 0 + 1 = 21

Frame 5:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 5
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 4
Total score = Frame 4 Score + Frame 5 Score
Total score = 21 + 5 + 4 = 30

Frame 6:

Strike!

The score of this frame depends upon the score of the next & previous frame. So first check the frame 7 score.

Total score = Frame 5 Score + Frame 7 Score + Frame 6 Score
Total score = 30 + 10 + 4 + 5 = 49

Frame 7:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 4
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 5
Total score = Frame 6 Score + Frame 7 Score
Total score = 49 + 4 + 5 = 58

Frame 8:

Spare!

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 9
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 1
Total score = Frame 7 Score + Frame 9 Score + Frame 8 Score

Frame 9:

Pins knocked down in 1st throw = 5
Pins knocked down in 2nd throw = 0
Total score = Frame 8 Score + Frame 9 Score
Total Score = 73 + 5 + 0 = 78

Frame 10:

3 Strikes Again!

Total score = Frame 9 Score + 3 Strikes Score
Total score = 78 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 108

HDCP:

HDCP = 108

Maximum Score:

Max Score = 108

How Does the Bowling Score Calculator Work?

The simple user interface of our bowling calculator offers you a couple of inputs to enter and get results. What you need to do is as under:

Input:

  • Enter the number of pins you knocked down in each frame of the game
  • After you are done with all fields, tap on calculate

Output:

  • A complete bowling scorecard of the game you just played

What Is The Max Score In Bowling?

In a perfect bowling game in which a player hit strikes in the first 9 frames and 3 strikes in the last frame, he/she could attain a maximum score of 300 points as per the standard bowling score card. Using our bowling score calculator will also let you verify that you can not make more than 300 points in a perfect game.

References:

From the source of Wikipedia: Ten-pin bowling, Lanes, Ball delivery, Scoring, History, Bowling organizations, Notable tournaments, Leagues