How to Get Lined Up in ONE Bowling Shot! Understanding the Hidden Oil Patterns Like the Pros.

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• Mike Shady is a silver level certified bowling coach and a coach for Team USA bowling.
• In this learn to bowl video, Coach Shady teaches you how to get lined up on the lane with just one shot.
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42 Comments on “How to Get Lined Up in ONE Bowling Shot! Understanding the Hidden Oil Patterns Like the Pros.”

  1. I did something very similar to this 30 years ago. Normal approach, slow side. Swing across the lane to see when it made the move. Sometimes it went straight to the channel. Even that tells a lot.
    Another great video, Coach Mike!

  2. Only problem is determining actually how far down the lane the ball hooked. It’s not very easy to tell where the 38 ft, 40 ft, 42 ft, 44 ft, etc. distance is from the foul line. The range finder marks might help.

    1. Exactly my first thought. We don’t have those convenient markers on the lanes like they do in this video.

    2. Most of the time tournaments post the pattern. If it’s your league shot, ask the bowling center for the length of the house pattern.

    3. By watching this video, seems to me that the end of the range finder marks are @45 ft.
      So my guess is to go to Brunswick house and test out that drill there. But also ask the bowling Center what the oil pattern length is, and go from there

  3. Thanks for the great video, my challenge is the release. No hook, no rev. I follow some of the videos on this subject but don’t seem to connect with them. Any chance you might have one focussed on that?

  4. Hey Coach Shady and Mike… Good tip on your first practice throw on league nights or on a tournament… will use it tonight on week two of summer league. 🙂

  5. Something important to note is that breakpoint doesnt equal exit point. Breakpoint is usually a bit later than exit point. It’s important to throw the ball slow so that during that first shot, the breakpoint is very close to the exit point so we can just estimate the oil distance based on the breakpoint of a slow shot. But on the shots to come, make sure you use the rule of 31 to determine your exit point not your breakpoint

  6. So once you determine the break point by rolling slow down the middle and -31, how do you know where to stand afterwards and how do you know which arrow to aim for?

    1. That depends heavily on your style of bowling. Your path to that breakpoint is up to you – this video is helping you learn where that breakpoint is. So if you are a straighter bowler with very little curve, you’ll be standing further right but you’d still be aiming at the same breakpoint as if you were a bowler that stands left and hooks the ball across the whole lane. The breakpoint is the same, but how you attack it is up to you.

    2. What I usually suggest to figure out where to stand and aim for, is if you’re a righty, stand on the second dot to the left from the middle. Aim for the second arrow over from the right on the lane (you aim by just looking at the arrow as you throw, but make sure you throw straight forward and don’t pull it to the side as you throw) if the ball goes left of the pocket, move left. If it goes too far right, move right. Try moving a board at a time with your placement foot, unless it’s severely off, then move however many boards you’d like until you find your sweet spot. Then for spares, depending on if you need the ball to go left, you move a few boards right depending on how far left you’d like it to go. If you need it to go right, move left. Then for getting a 10 pin down, stand as far left as you can and aim for the middle arrow. I usually throw the ball very fast when trying to get a 10 pin because that causes less hook. Basically if you have a fingertip ball and not a regular house ball, moving right causes it to hook more left, and moving left causes it to hook more to the right. Hope this helps even tho it’s a year late lol also if you’re a lefty, switch the standing position and arrow placement but everything else still works.

  7. Great info. Could be very useful. Question. My center doesn’t have any markings past the arrows, how can I tell if the ball is breaking at 44′ 40′ or 37′

    1. @Angela no bowling alley has the 15, 40, or 45 foot markings. This was never a thing in bowling. Find an arrow and aim for that arrow on the lane. We have 7 of those and that’s what everybody has used in the existence of this game

    2. I understand that the markers displayed here in the video will be non-existent in every center I will be in. However, I feel this can be useful tool to start with although you would have to roughly determine the approximate footage.

      It doesn’t hurt to also ask the lane technician how many feet the pattern is either. In any case, the ultimate goal to to focus on where that ball will break – normal house shot conditions will relatively be around the track area. The ball will tell you the story, just apply what you know about how you roll the ball and work off of or adjust to where you’d like to play. Good stuff in the video, IMO…

    3. On newer lanes, there are range markers for 34-37 ft and 40-43 ft. Should help with this principal. They are the dark boards farther down the lanes.

  8. I’ve been bowling for 30+ years and I’m just now learning this? Why are so many tips on bowling such a huge secret?
    I decided to finally take my game to the next level and half the time I google ANYTHING in regards to advanced tips in
    bowling I always land on a page where I’m expected to pay a monthly/yearly subscription fee just to learn more?

  9. Shady is a great coach. I’ve worked with him a few times at my local center. He corrected some things for me I didn’t even realize I was doing. It helped relieve pain and inflammation I was getting from improper form. I’ve never heard about this rule of 31, but it makes sense. I just started bowling in a league at a different center and have been struggling with getting the ball to come back. I’ll have to try this next week to see if it can help.

  10. Very interesting. Will try this tomorrow at league! I am curious, though, is there any difference between wood and synth? I would think no and the rule applies but it wasn’t touched on.

    1. Even on a wood lane, this method should help you to see the end of the oil pattern. Thanks for watching!

  11. my ball won’t break period anymore. please do a tip on what to do to bring it back to life. thank you! love the Coach Mike tip videos!

    1. It’s been a few years since I bowled. The center where I go now says they have synthetic lanes and where I used to bowl (and bought the balls and had them drilled) are real wood and that is the problem. Any comments? This is new to me. Thank you.

    2. My old center (where I bought and had the ball drilled) has real wood lanes. The new place has synthetic. The owner told me that is the problem with my ball. It has been a few years since I bowled. Could this be the problem? Or is he just trying to sell me on a new ball from him?

    3. Yes ,it does , i got back in bowling after 20 years , my old ball is ineffective on the new synthetic lanes . Bought a new resin ball and sure did, my average is around 175 had several high games around 270 .

  12. Wow this instantly taught me a lot. I remember being at some crappy ally and get throwing gutters and couldn’t understand why my ball was curving so soon and going in the gutter.

  13. Decided to start Bowling, I love Bowling…Now it’s time to bring it into my life..I start tomorrow…here goes Mike!

  14. So interesting! What about knowing where to stand on the lane and which arrow to look at once the exit point is determined?

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