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Rack -
The complete set of pins when set on the pindeck.



RG -
Radius of gyration: An account of the distribution, of the mass in an object.



Radius of gyration (RG) -
An account of the distribution, of the mass in an object.



Railroad -
A split.



Range finders -
Markers in the lane that help the bowler determine the target line. There are two sets of such markers: 10 dots located seven feet past the foul line and seven arrows arranged in a triangle beginning 16 feet beyond the foul line. There are also range finders at 35 and 40 feet down the lane per USBC rules.



Rap -
When a single pin remains standing after an apparent good hit.



Reactive resin -
A polymer that is a cousin to traditional urethane but grabs the lane sooner, resulting in more and earlier hook than other coverstocks.



Reading the lanes -
The process of discovering how your ball reacts on different portions of the lane surface; hopefully, finding the best area to use to maximize strike potential.



Refinish -
To sand and/or polish a ball that is heavily tracked in an attempt to restore the out-of-box finish.



Relaxed finger tip -
A finger tip grip in which stress on the joints has been reduced to prevent injury.



Release point -
Point in the delivery at which the ball loses contact with the hand.



Rerack -
Resetting the pins to a new full rack due to a perceived mis-spotting of one or more pins.



Resurface -
To sand and/or polish a ball that is heavily tracked in an attempt to restore the out-of-box finish.



Reverse pitch -
Pitch in which the center line of the hole is angled away from the center of the grip.



Reverse block -
A lane condition in which the inside portion of the lane is covered with less conditioner than the outside.



Rev leverage -
A drilling with the pin 4-1/2" and the CG 3-3/8" from the bowler's PAP. The CG is placed down in the thumb and positive quadrant of the ball and the extra hole is located 6 3/4" from the pin on a line through the CG. The ball must have a 3+ inch pin out to start.



Revolutions -
The number of times the bowling ball makes a complete rotation about its axis during its path down the lane.



Revs -
The number of times the bowling ball makes a complete rotation about its axis during its path down the lane.



Ringing 10 pin -
When the 10 pin stands after a particularly hard hitting shot.



Rock -
A bowling ball.



Rocket -
A ball thrown at a high rate of speed.



Rode the oil line -
A method of lane play where there is an oil line/crown into the pocket and the player keeps the ball on the oil line into the pocket; can result it high scores.



Roll out -
A ball that loses its side rotation before hitting the pins; the hook action stops at that point and the ball straightens out.



Router -
A motorized tool with a blade raised off the surface or placed below the surface. Used to either remove excess material from outer surface of ball (i.e. Excess plugging material) or when modified used to make holes larger or custom sized.



Rotational energy -
Spin or Revolutions put on the ball by the bowler. See also Angular Velocity.



Running lane -
A lane that hooks excessively.



Runway -
1) The approach area behind the foul line
2) A path that the staff can walk down to the pinsetting machines.


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