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Bowling Pin Numbers (Overview: All You Need To Know)

What are the Bowling Pin Numbers?

Are you curious to know how bowling pins are numbered?

What are the essential elements you should know!

Keep reading as we have gathered exactly the information that you need!

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Bowling Pin Numbers

Every bowling pin is assigned a number from 1 to 10 where the first pin (the headpin) is numbered and all the other pins follow a sequential numbering all the way to 10.

Here is a visual representation of the bowling pins number:

Bowling Pin Numbering

Let’s break down the numbering further.


The headpin is assigned pin number 1.

It is the first pin in the equilateral triangle formation of the pin deck.

Bowling Pin Numbers - First Row

Second Row

Behind the headpin, you have pin 2 and 3 in the second row.

In the second row, there are 2 pins.

Bowling Pin Numbers - Second Row

Third Row

In the third row, you have pins 4, 5, and 6.

In the third row you have 3 pins.

Bowling Pin Numbers - Third Row

Back Row

In the back row, you have pins 7, 8, 9, and 10.

In the back row, you have 4 pins.

Bowling Pin Numbers - Fourth Row

Numbering Bowling Pins

The best way to refer to bowling pins is to refer to them by their identifying number.

In every pin set, there are 10 pins.

Pin 1 

The pin that is closest to the bowler is the “headpin” or “Pin 1”.

The headpin is generally placed in the middle of the bowling alley on the 20 board (each board referring to the wooden boards composing the bowling lane).

Pins 2 and 3

Behind the headpin, you have Pin 2 and Pin 3. 

They are placed five boards apart from the headpin.

  • Pin 2 is on the 25 board 
  • Pin 3 is on the 15 board

Pins 4, 5, and 6

In the third row, you have Pin 4, Pin 5, and Pin 6.

Pin 5 is actually right behind the headpin and is often referred to as the “Sleeper Pin” as it is difficult to see.

  • Pin 4 is on the 30 board
  • Pin 5 is on the 20 board
  • Pin 6 is on the 10 board

Pins 7, 8, 9, and 10

The final row, or the back row, is where you have Pin 7, Pin 8, Pin 9, and Pin 10.

Pin 7 is located on the left of the formation and Pin 10 on the far right.

  • Pin 7 is on the 35 board
  • Pin 8 is on the 25 board
  • Pin 9 is on the 15 board
  • Pin 10 is on the 5 board 


In this article, we’ve looked at the numbers assigned to bowling pins and their order.

Let’s look at a summary of our findings.

Bowling Pin Number:

  • The pins are numbered to make them easier to identify
  • First Row (“head pin”): Pin 1
  • Second Row: Pin 2, Pin 3
  • Third Row: Pin 4, Pin 5, Pin 6
  • Fourth Row (“Back Row): Pin 7, Pin 8, Pin 9, Pin 10
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