35 Comments on “How to Make the Lanes Easier for Competition”

  1. Thank you so much! You are awesome. Little tips like this make a huge difference. Your smile lights up an entire bowling alley!!

  2. I truly admire your bowling theory and all your passion Thank you always for good videos. I hope you always stay healthy~~

  3. When I bowled on my dad’s team, if he got a strike in warm ups, I would jokingly say, “Okay, you’re ready. Sit down.”
    I still find it funny to see league bowlers throw strike after strike in practice and then lose it part way into the first game. Then they spend the rest of the night chasing the transition.

    1. And it’s the best thing ever but the volume now it doesn’t happen until the 3rd game in league. Soooo. Thanks USBC

    2. Not only that, but they scratch their heads and ask “How come I’m not striking? I was killing it during the 10 minutes of practice?!”

      I think it’s time to change the old announcement “Bowlers, your lanes are coming on for 10 minutes of practice” and “Bowlers, hold up on your practice, when your arrows come up, you’ll be bowling fro score…good luck and good bowling!”

      Instead, how about this:
      “Bowlers, your lanes are coming on for 10 minutes, to get lined up.”

      “Bowlers, no more shots please. When your arrows come up, you will be bowling for score….good luck and good bowling!”

  4. I’ve started last year to do all my warm up shots on the same lines the other team is practicing on, then when its game time I already know where I need the ball to be and its not burnt up by the 6th frame…

  5. I’ve bowled with PBA bowlers and some just shoot corner pins the entire practice before smaller tournaments. I thought it was nuts. Then I saw them score 230s and 240s while everyone else struggled to break 200 LOL!

    1. @TraumaER Oh, that’s what you mean. Ok. However, the same (and a better result) could be achieved by just….not playing their intended line (no need to specifically shoot corner pins), but instead playing (as Shannon advises here) a line that would create more room for them. Just shooting spares doesn’t increase your room for error.

    2. @The Therion haha but that gets into what she was saying and let’s be honest, most league bowlers that enter your local tournaments aren’t accurate enough to do that. Some don’t even hit their same target twice. I usually will watch what lines people use and see if people are even hitting their mark consistently regardless of what is happening at the pins. You will be amazed how many don’t and then do pretty bad on hard conditions. We have league bowlers who average in 200-210 range and then can’t hit 450 on challenge shot because of that accuracy issue. I shot 593 on Statue of Liberty this week and 650 in league. In both cases, I used my intended line no more than twice during practice and just focused on getting my release down and warmed up with 10 pin hits.

    3. @TraumaER 210 average and can’t hit 450 on challenge ??!! Wow….then those house shots are indeed very easy,…that’s why i hear all these 290s, 300s, 700s,800s all the time. Over here out league IS on a challenge pattern (usually 4 to 1, 3 to 1) and on weird topography and its hard !

    4. @The Therion yeah pretty bad. There was another 300 last night. Same person didn’t get close to 200 in either of the other 2 games. Our league has to be like 10:1. You got people with next to no rev rate hooking into the pocket LOL. Then they get on oil and think something is wrong.

    5. @TraumaER the reason why people don’t do well on sports shots because they rarely bowl on them even pros don’t hit there mark constantly we are not machines an sports shots are not like league you have no hold on sport shots so there for you my need to better understanding of bowling challenge patterns are just what they say they are a challenge house shot is a give me

  6. I think some bowlers do this unintentionally. Maybe not necessarily using their most aggressive ball everytime but in the sense of starting right and migrating left.

    I think the point here you guys meant to say was if you get lined up quickly dont burn up your line. Shoot spares, get and stay loose.. but don’t burn out your line early before it counts.

    I mean if you know the lanes and have good ball speed control you can play all over a house shot.

    1. House shot yeah, tourney shot no. She’s saying practice with intent on creating a look you want for yourself. Or u can play mind games with urethane in practice on house I find that fun 🤣

  7. Great tip! At 60, my warm up is warming me up. So I’m missing some speed and revs, that keep Increasing into the 1st game. My break point gets deeper.

  8. I think this tip is absolutely spot on for bowling on flat patterns, but I’m going to disagree for any leagues where the patterns have high ratios (i.e. 10:1 ish). This is because there’s already a ton of mistake area built in the pattern – both to the right and left – so it’s unnecessary to do this during practice and could actually lead to creating too much friction to the right resulting in the ball going high when you miss right — the dreaded cliff/overwalled house shots.

    Again though, for sport patterns absolutely because you will give yourself some miss room to the right in comparison to if you were to have tried to strike the whole time.

    1. There are leagues with 4 to 1 , or 3 to 1 , or 5 to 1, ratios, which are all in between. A little bit of room right, but not enough for most league bowlers.

    2. @The Therion Indeed, which is why I specified for leagues with really high ratios. For leagues 6:1 or less I’d say blowing open the outside with a lot of surface would be beneficial.

  9. On house shots, where there’s pretty much no oil from gutter to 10L and gutter to 10R, how would moving further outside help during practice? Are you looking to create this hold area further down lane, on a house shot, at the end, or past the end of the pattern?

    1. This strategy is used mainly on some of the flatter/tougher sport shots. Not really needed on house shots as there’s already built in hold and friction. Thanks for watching!

  10. Wow, to me that seems like a great tip. I’ll definitely try that strategy. Thanks. 👍👊✌🖖

  11. This never occurred to me, yet it seems so obvious! Thanks! This will definitely help if – WHEN – I miss my mark to the right.

  12. My first 2 or 3 throws are just to get my arm loose. A lot of times I end up putting the first one in the gutter because my shoulder is always stiff. In the more competitive league I am in I am lucky to get 4 shots in practice so I don’t really have the time to do this method.

    1. @red cat!! If there are only 1 or 2 lefties on a sport pattern on the left, there isn’t enough traffic to break the lanes down like you’re saying.

  13. This is spot on, I know guys in league who when they go to the USBC nationals that put their 5 man and doubles teams together group guys that play the lanes in about the same way just so they can set the lanes up in practice for the whole team.

  14. Thanks Shannon, Brilliant!!! going 2 do it, My team mates don’t care to understand, from the 1 board to the five board is a lot of friction,how long to stay there? Thanks .

  15. Shannon, Is it a good idea to use your Reactive Ball to create a BURN outside the 2nd Arrow and then take a Plastic Ball and roll over the 3rd Arrow straight to the pocket to push some oil and create a HOLD area ? If you pull left of target you have a Hold area and miss to the right the Ball will hook back to the Pocket. Do you agree ?

    1. To some degree, that could be a strategy on certain tougher sport shot pattern. I wouldn’t suggest it on the typical house pattern as there’s likely already lots of friction outside and a build up of oil to the left in the middle. Thanks for the question and thanks for watching!

    2. @InsideBowling I have a Off Topic question. If they build a Bowling Ball with a Inner Core shaped like a Dumb Bell like for wrist curls. Will that make the Ball pick up speed before hitting the pins ?

  16. I will definitely be doing this tomorrow when I start my practice. Often wondered how you break the lanes down. Thanks.

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