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Top Weight: Drilling of a ball so that there is more weight above the label than there is below; it is considered a positive weight. See bottom weight.
Topping The Ball: Keeping the thumb in the ball too long at release, resulting in little action because the fingers go over the top of the ball instead of behind it or to one side.
Touch: Same as burner.
Track: Either ball track, which is the area on the surface of the ball upon which the ball rotates as it goes down the lane; or. the area of a lane where most players in that center throw their nor . . . View Full Definition
Translational Energy: The energy created by the approach and the armswing toward the focal point.
Triple: Three consecutive strikes.
Triplicate: Three scores exactly the same; Jeremy Sonnenfeld has had the ultimate triplicate, 300-300-300.
Tripped 4: Said of the 4-pin when it's knocked down by the 2-pin on a bounce off the kickback.
Tripped-4: A hit that is a little high in the pocket that seems to leave the 4 pin, but the 2 pin comes off the sideboards to trip it over.
Trust: When you believe the ball will come back from a position very close to the gutter. I am really trusting the ball.
Tug The Ball: Pulling or yanking the ball high on the headpin or crossing over.
Tumbler: Same as spiller.
Turbulence Hole: This extra hole creates air turbulence and causes the pins to fly around and mix better.
Turkey: Three strikes in a row.
Turkey Buzzard: Three splits in a row. You can see them circleing (remember, the symbol for a split is a circle). See also buzzard.
Turn: The motion of the hand and wrist that imparts rotation to the ball at release.
Tweener: A player that has more accuracy and less power than a cranker, with more power than a straight player; also stroker.
Umbrella Ball: A high hit that nevertheless results in a strike; so called because the pins fan out as they fall into something like an umbrella pattern, rather than being scattered around.
Uncle: Usually the term used to describe the anchor player on a team that had a chance to stick a teammate with a beer frame, but did not strike. The anchor is said to be an uncle of the other play . . . View Full Definition
Under: In competitive play, the amount of pins (including bonus, if any) that a player is scoring under a 200 average; a player that shoots 1734 for 9 games is under by 66. See also plus, minus and over.
Up The Boards: A strike line that is straighter into the ball track with little belly.
Up The Hill: When a ball successfully moves over a high board.
Up The Track: A strike line that is straighter into the ball track with little belly.
Urethane: A plastic blend that is normally softer and more porous than polyester; coverstock favorite until the advent of reactive resin.
Vent Hole: An extra hole drilled to relieve suction in the thumb hole; not a gripping hole.
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