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Half hit -
A ball in the pocket that is heavier than light, but not deeply buried; often results in leaving a 10 pin.



Half ten -
The description of a ten pin that was left by a ball in the pocket and the 6 pin laying down in front of the 10 pin in a half hearted manner; same as "weak 10".



Hambone -
Four strikes in a row.



Handicap -
Pins awarded to a player or team in an attempt to equalize competition. Often refered to as a percentage of a established target score.



Hang a pin -
Leave a pin standing on an apparent solid hit.



Hard way -
1) Picking up a spare in the non-traditional method.
2) A dutch 200 game.



Headpin -
The number 1 pin.



Heads -
Portion of the lane from the foul line to the range finders which are generally located 15 to 18 feet down the lane.



Heavy -
A ball that hits more to the center of the headpin, often leaving a split.



Heavy hit -
Refers to a pocket shot that makes more contact with the headpin than an ideal shot.



Helicopter shot -
A type of release that is used with lighter weight balls such that the ball appears to spin similar to a top rather than roll and hook.



Help -
A pin that comes off the sideboards and helps knock down the remaining pin or pins.



High -
A ball that hits more to the center of the headpin, often leaving a split.



High board -
Although lanes are built to certain tolerances, humidity and other factors might cause an individual board to be a hair higher than the others; a ball hitting a high board will tend to stop hooking when it hits the higher board.



High hit -
1) A solid hit on a pin due to contact near its front center.
2) Hitting too much head pin on a strike attempt.



High performance balls -
Premium balls designed to create specific reactions for different bowlers.



High track -
Refers to a track outside of the thumb hole and finger holes that is no more than an inch from either.



Hinge angle -
Angle at which the thumb is connected to the hand.



Hit -
Where the ball contacted the pins.



Hit the ball -
Refers to the acceleration of the hand, at the release point.



Hit up on the ball -
1) The act at the release point of coming through the ball with a strong finger release.
2) a ball that is hit hard will tend to be very powerful.
3) used to describe a good release feeling.



Hold spot -
A portion of the lane that is more heavily conditioned so that the ball appears to stop its hooking action and "hold" its spot on line to the pocket.



Hold the line -
Describes the reaction of a ball that hits the hold spot.



Hold the pocket -
Describes the reaction of a ball that hits the hold spot.



Hole -
The pocket.



Hook -
Refers to the amount, measured in boards and angle, that a bowling ball deviates from its original trajectory during its path down the lane.



Hook and set -
A type of ball reaction on the lanes where the ball begins to hook and then stops its hooking action and turns into more of an end over end roll.



Hook angle -
Refers to the angle at which the bowling ball changes direction at its break point.



Hook out -
A type of ball reaction on the lanes where the ball begins to hook and then stops its hooking action and turns into more of an end over end roll.



Hook potential -
Refers to the capability a bowling ball has for traversing boards during its path down the lane.



Home house -
1) Either the center where you normally bowl
2) Within the center, your favorite lane or lanes.



Home lanes -
1) Either the center where you normally bowl
2) Within the center, your favorite lane or lanes.



Honor score -
A score deemed worthy of an award by the governing bodies of ten pin bowling. The ultimate honor scores would be a 300 game and 900 series.



Horizontal axis measurement -
Is the distance, measured perpendicular to the centerline of the grip, at which the positive axis point is located.



House -
1) The bowling center.
2) The "alley"
3) The "lanes"



House ball -
1) A ball provided by the center to its customers. Usually, but not always, they are of less quality than modern high tech equipment, usually polyester or hard urethane, not resin.
2) An expression used to describe a person that is normally a good player but is having an off game; i.e., "Looks like he is throwing a house ball again."


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