Average Bowling Score

How to get your Average Bowling ScoreIn the 21st century the vast majority of bowling alleys have automatic scorers. This is one of the reasons why so many beginners and sometimes even experts, have no idea how their average bowling score is calculated. It's quite simple to figure out your bowling score average and the system used is universal through all bowling leagues and professional bowling associations. I will provide you with a bowling score calculator if you want to play around with different bowling score outcomes.

Close Up of a Bowling PinWhen you join a bowling league or bowling tournament you'll be required to provide your average bowling score. This is a primary indicator used to setup handicapping or to help build evenly leveled teams. The idea is to make leagues with teams that are equally skillful or give the lesser skilled bowler a handicap against a more skilled bowler, given them both an equal chance at winning the game.


How to Get Your Bowling Score Average

To determine your average bowling score you can follow the simple steps below:

  1. Take the total of all your games played and add them together. In most leagues you'll bowl a 3 game series, giving you 3 different bowl game scores. For example, if you scored 151 in game one, 189 in game 2 and 166 in game 3 you would add 151, 189 and 166 together and get a total of 526. Basically it's 151 + 189 + 166 = 526.

  2. After you've added up all your bowling games you'll now need to do one last thing to get your bowling score average. You'll take 526 and divide it by the total amount of games you played, which as we mentioned above would be 3. This would give you 175.33. You always average down with the decimal so your average would be 175 for the 3 games played.

  3. As you continue to bowl your average will either increase or decrease based on the outcome of future games. You would continue to add on to your total score as time progresses. For example, above you got a total of 526 from 3 bowling games, if you bowled another 3 games you would add the total score of those 3 games to 526 and divided that total number by 6.

  4. Let's say the outcome of your 3 new games were 156, 167 and 161. The total of those 3 games is 484. You simply add 484 to 526 and get 1010. Then, if you divide 1010 by the 6 games you bowled you would get 168.33, averaged down to 168. This means after 6 games your average bowling score would be 168.

3 Game Bowling Series: 151 + 189 + 166 = 526 / 3 = 175 average

6 Game Bowling Series: 151 + 189 + 166 + 156 + 167 + 161 = 1010 / 6 = 168 average

As you can see a little simple math can make it easy to figure out your average bowling score. In this day and age of automatic scoring there is little need to manually calculate this yourself. Why not give yourself a challenge and try to keep score bowling by hand. We have some excellent bowling score sheets to help you and give you advice along the way.