How to Bowl a Strike

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There is something inherently manly about bowling. Maybe it’s the primitive nature of tossing what is essentially a giant rock at a group of weak, perfectly aligned pins, only to see them explode and crash together. Or maybe it’s because bowling is the only sport where eating nachos is an integral and encouraged part of the game. Whatever it is, the point is, it’s a great deal of fun, especially when your ball spends more time blasting through pins and less time floundering in the gutter.

By itself, bowling a strike isn’t all that hard. Most amateur bowlers end up doing it by accident at least once a game. What makes a great bowler is the ability to bowl a strike consistently, which comes from hours of practice, great technique, and a few insider tips to get you started.

First, don’t go for the heaviest ball imaginable. It’s uncomfortable and less effective. Heavy balls hit pins up and out of the way while lighter balls spend more of their time banging around, causing the type of havoc that results in a strike.

Second, make sure your ball fits your hand. You should be able to fit your finger into the hole up to the first knuckle comfortably. Too tight and you’ll hurt your hand. Too loose and you’ll end up tossing your ball somewhere it doesn’t belong.  

And finally, don’t aim for the dead center of the leading pin. The most effective place to strike a full set of pins is in “the pocket.” The pocket is the space in between the leading pin and the outside pin in the next row. Left-handers will aim for the left pocket and right-handers will aim for the right pocket. With the right ball, the right grip, and the right target, you’ll be well on your way to bowling strike after strike.

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The 50 best-selling music artists of all time, ranked by platinum albums

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In the decades before streaming-era rules and digital downloads inflated album sales, platinum certification was more difficult for artists to obtain.

When an artist achieved platinum status back then — selling a million or more physical copies of an album — it took a more fervent effort from fans (who drove to record stores, found an album, and handed over their hard-earned cash for it), but many acts nonetheless reached platinum certification routinely.

Compiling RIAA data, we ranked the best-selling artists of all time by the number of platinum albums they’ve sold in the US. 

While some of the results are surprising — country singer Garth Brooks, for instance, has the most diamond (or 10-times platinum) albums of all time with seven — the legendary acts sitting atop the list are ones you’d probably expect to see. 

Here the 50 best-selling artists of all time, ranked by platinum album sales:

SEE ALSO: The 50 best-selling albums of all time

50. Prince — 11

Platinum albums: 11

Multi-platinum: 4

Diamond: 1

Best-selling album: "Purple Rain" (13 million copies)

49. Bon Jovi — 11

Platinum albums: 11

Multi-platinum: 5

Diamond: 1

Best-selling album: "Slippery When Wet" (12 million copies)

48. Eric Clapton — 11

Platinum albums: 11

Multi-platinum: 7

Diamond: 1

Best-selling album: "Unplugged" (10 million copies)

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