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G board -
The gutter.



Get away -
The act of getting something positive out of a bad release or poorly thrown shot.



Gift -
A very lucky result.



Goal posts -
The 7-10 split.



Go long -
A balls skids farther down the lane before starting its hook.



Goose egg -
1) A split as the scoring symbol for a split is a "O".
2) Zero pins knocked down on a shot.



Grab -
The act of the ball reacting to the friction of the lane and ball surface.



Grandma's teeth -
The 4-6-7-10 split or any of the "big five" split combinations.



Grave yard -
Low scoring lanes or center.



Gray board -
The gutter.



Greasy -
1) Describes a very oily/heavily conditioned lane.
2) Bowling center food.



Greek church -
A split leave of five pins similar to the 4-6-7-9-10; so called because it reminds people of an old cathedral type church with spires etc.



Gripper/squeezer -
Someone who holds on to the ball with excessive force.



Groove -
1) Ball track or indentation in the lane.
2) A bowler that is performing particularly well.



Gross weight -
The total dead weight of a bowling ball; often referred to as "gross weight before drilling".



Gutter -
There are 2 channels on each side of the lane. Once a ball falls into the channel or gutter before hitting pins, the bowler shall receive a zero.



Gutter ball-
Delivery which rolls off the lane and into the gutter. Once a ball falls into the channel or gutter before hitting pins, the bowler shall receive a zero.



Gutter shot -
A line to the pocket that is from the released from the far outside, near board 1-2.


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