Strike or Spare?

Inside Bowling for Women cover

Inside Bowling for Women
Sperber and Pezzano

Submitter: Unsurprisingly, it has not left the library in over eight years. The lack of circulation, in addition to the dated fashion and language, made the decision to weed this book incredibly easy.

Holly: If I tried to do any of the exercises pictured on page 66 (below), I’d end up dropping a bowling ball on my face. Look, bowling is great, and bowling for women is wonderful, but keep it in the current decade, at least!

Inside Bowling contents

Bowl to get in shape


Bowling photos


  1. Somehow the idea of bench pressing a heavy, smooth ball over one’s face doesn’t seem like a great idea….

  2. My mom’s been bowling for as long as I can remember. In Canada most bowling is five pin and the balls are much smaller and handheld, but they would still do a number if you dropped them on your face. 🙂

    1. How interesting! I just read a very tenpin-centric article in the NYTimes about the demise of duckpin bowling — I thought it should have mentioned candlepin, but I didn’t even know about fivepin. I used to love to bowl (candlepin) — for some reason, my church when I was growing up had two lanes in the basement. Odd, wasn’t it! Wonder if they are still there… Nope, doesn’t look like it, too bad.

  3. The diagram for the Side-To-Side Roll is really bothering me. They couldn’t use a different perspective so that the side-to-side movement was clearer? Diagrams should clarify the text–NOT the other way around!

  4. I belonged to a bowling league in the late 70s when I was in high school, but it never would have occurred to me to do anything like this.

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