How Much Does a Bowling Pin Weigh?

Bowling is a popular game throughout America, Europe, and many Asian countries. The bowling pins play a crucial role in the game. Its build quality and weight decide how competitive and fair the game will be. There are different types of bowling pins like the tenpin, candlepin, and duckpin.

Now the question arises ‘how much does a bowling pin weigh?’ According to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), tenpins usually weigh 3 pounds and 6 to 10 ounces each (minimum to maximum), the candlepins weigh 2.43 pounds each, and the duckpins weigh 3.12 pounds.

Bowling pins’ weight depends on their build quality. Coating materials, design, size determines the weight. In the following sections, we will discuss these variables in detail.

Why is Weight Essential for Bowling Pins

The bowling pin needs to weigh right for a better playing experience. Here are some key points to know why-

How Much do Different Bowling Pins Weigh?

There are five kinds of Bowling Pins. They are different in shapes, sizes, and weight.

Number of pins Ten. Positioned in an equilateral triangle evenly in four rows in (1-2-3-4) configuration.
Weight
3.8 pounds each
Dimensions
Length- 15 inches | Base diameter- 2 inches | Overall diameter- 4.7 inches
Number of pins Nine. Positioned diagonally in three rows. Makes the shape of a diamond in (1-2-3-2-1) configuration.
Weight
3.8 pounds each
Dimensions
Length- 15 inches | Base diameter- 2 inches | Overall diameter- 4.7 inches
Number of pins Five. Positioned in a V-formation.
Weight
1.5 pounds each
Dimensions
Length- 12.5 inches | Base diameter- 1.62 inches | Overall diameter- 4.18 inches
Number of pins Ten. Positioned in an equilateral triangle evenly in four rows in (1-2-3-4) configuration.
Weight
2.43 pounds each
Dimensions
Length- 15.75 inches | Base diameter- 2.12 inches | Overall diameter- 2.93 inches
Number of pins Ten. Positioned in an equilateral triangle evenly in four rows in (1-2-3-4) configuration.
Weight
3.12 pounds each
Dimensions
Length- 9.4 inches | Base diameter- 1.37 inches | Overall diameter- 4.12 inches

What Determines the Weight of a Bowling Pin?

The weight of a bowling pin depends on many factors like construction, raw materials, coating, size, and design. The weight of plastic coating, paint, and dimensions are vital for maintaining the perfect weight.

Construction:

Bowling pins are constructed with gluing blocks of rock maple wood. They are also shaped with computer conducted lathe machine for cutting edge precision.

Raw Materials:

Maple is the core material for bowling pins. Despite many varieties of materials including plastic, magnesium, and aluminum, no materials can provide durability like rock maple wood. Also, these materials make the pin heavy. Maple provides the best sound, scoring range and maintains the preferred weight.

Coating:

After shaping the pin it’s coated with plastic material and gets painted. It is important to select a less weighted paint and maintaining the quality of paint. After painting, it gets covered with a glossy finish.

Design and Size:

The weight varies from size to size. For example, the duckpin should have a length of a maximum of 9.4 inches if that is not maintained properly it can affect the weight severely.

What is the Best Weight for a Bowling pin?

The former (World Tenpin Bowling Association) now known as the ‘World Bowling’ recognized the specifications of the ideal weight of bowling pins established by USBC (United States Bowling Congress).

According to this organization, the perfect weight should be-

bowling pin
Conclusion:

Weight accuracy is the key to make a bowling pin more precise. Slight differences in the numbers can severely damage the performance. 

Candlepins are the longest and the shortest one is the duckpin. The 9-pin and 10-pin are of the same length. The 5-pin is shorter than the 10-pin and lengthier than the duckpin. The heaviest pin is the 10-pin and 9-pin, it weighs 3.8 pounds each. The lightest one is 5-pin, it weighs only 1.5 pounds each. Candlepin weighs 2.43 pounds each. The duckpin weighs 3.12 pounds each even though it’s the shortest one.

The game of bowling is relaxing and to some extent, it is also competitive. Whether you play for fun or in competition, the bowling pin plays a vital role in your success. Too heavy, you cannot knock off the pins even with a decent hit. Too light, everyone can knock off all the pins easily there will be no room for competition.

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