Space saving bowling?

Try Duck Pin the smaller sized alternative "Duck pin" perfect for the smaller sized spaces.

Duckpin bowling has been around in the USA since the 1900s and its heyday during the 1930s. During this period for instance, in Baltimore, there were 1105 lanes of Duckpin and only 538 of Tenpin Bowling.

Right now in the USA, there is a huge resurgence of Duckpin Bowling and it’s is hurtling towards Europe and the United Kingdom Today, a new state-of-the-art Duckpin String machine is available, manufactured with German precision engineering, opening the market to a new and exciting audience


What is Duckpin Bowling?

Whilst the Duckpins are set in the same pattern as Tenpin, the pins are 2 thirds the size and weight of a Tenpin The bowling balls are 5in – 13cm in diameter and weigh 3-4lbs – 1.4-1.8kg and can be held in the hand unlike Tenpin balls that need fingerholes and thumbholes Bowling lanes are the same width, but they are only 30-35ft – 9-10m in length and have no approach area therefore making the distance shorter to roll the ball more inclusive and enjoyable for all the family.

Unlike Tenpin, a player gets 3 balls with which to knock down all 10 Duckpins In summary, the game is easier and enables participation from all age groups and abilities. There is no need for rental shoes which creates a family-friendly experience. Another benefit is the easy access for wheelchair users as there are no changes in floor level required. Lighter balls without finger holes means they can be held in the palm of the hand.

Why does Duckpin appeal to new business and existing Tenpin operators?

  • Duckpin requires much less space reducing rent, council business rates and energy costs
  • 6 lane Duckpin centre would need up to 1320 square feet less than an equivalent Tenpin centre
  • An existing Tenpin Centre could exchange Tenpin for Duckpin by shortening the existing lane and replacing the freefall machine and scoring with our Duckpin Machine and scoring
  • Releasing valuable leisure space for other attractions
  •  Replacing 4 Tenpin lanes would release 1000 square feet