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Ocho -
Eight strikes in a row.



Off hit -
A pocket hit that is slightly off line, either a bit too light or too high.



Offset -
Difference in span between middle and ring fingers.



Offset thumb -
Outdated shift of thumb increasing ring finger span.



Off the sheet -
The act of completing a game with all strikes from a given point in the game.



Oil -
The protective lane conditioner; can also be used to assist scoring when crowned.



Oil dart -
A derogatory term used to describe a ball that skids excessively in oil.



Oil line -
As a lane is played, oil tends to be push down the lane; however, there is still some oil on the edges of this tracked area; the most inside edge is the "oil line". You often need to keep adjusting your attack line to the pocket to find the oil line so that your ball will not hook too early.



On line -
Describes a player that is consistently hitting their target and scoring well.



On target -
Describes a player that is consistently hitting their target and scoring well.



Open -
To open is to rotate part of one's body in such a way pointed on a line away from the center of the lane.



Open bowling -
Recreational bowling for fun or practice; not league or tournament play.



Open play -
Recreational bowling for fun or practice; not league or tournament play.



Open pocket -
A full rack of pins set up for your strike ball such that the head pin is a tad off spot away from your ball hand; can give unpredictable, often negative, results.



Open frame -
A missed frame of any kind; either a missed spare or unmade split.



Open up -
1) When a lane becomes easier as the event progresses.
2) The slight sanding of a hole to enlarge it.



Out and in -
A wide hook line that is rolled from the inside line towards the gutter; the balls goes out to the gutter and then back in to the pocket.



Out of Bounds -
The segment of the lane, usually near the gutter, that either by design or happenstance, has more lane conditioner than the center of the lane. The result is that when a ball starts in the drier portion of the lane and then hits this spot, it will not come back; it has gone out of bounds in a figurative, not literal, sense.



Outside -
1) A line to the pocket that starts closer to the gutter and is allowed to roll to the pocket generating a naturally higher entry angle.
2) Where most bowlers are sent to smoke.



Outside in armswing -
The outside-in swing is just the opposite of "inside-out" armswing. Used to play from right to left. Lateral variance is any left or right movement of the armswing. The traditional fundamental armswing was designed to move in a vertical groove absent of horizontal swaying. Lateral variance is the amount and direction of the horizontal swaying. Lateral variance is forced through muscular intervention and invites inaccuracy and inconsistency into our game. Generally undesirable.



Outside line -
A line to the pocket that starts closer to the gutter and is allowed to roll to the pocket generating a naturally higher entry angle.



Ovaled -
Refers to the shape of a hole being obtuse.



Over reaction -
Refers to a ball whose hook/oil ratio is very elastic. An over response of the balls contact or lack of contact to the surface of the lane.



Over -
In competitive play, the amount of pins (including bonus, if any) that a player is scoring above a 200 average.



Overturn -
To rotate your hand/wrist too much so that the ball spins rather than rolls. Results in less hook, less power.



Over turning the ball -
Occurs when the bowler completes the entire rotation of the hand before releasing the ball.



Over under -
A ball reaction that tends to hook too much in the dry part of a lane and too little in the oil.


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