Picking the Right Bowling Ball for a Long Oil Pattern

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Today, we line up a bowler and look at the effects of a variety of her balls on a long oil pattern.

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39 Comments on “Picking the Right Bowling Ball for a Long Oil Pattern”

  1. Very useful! Can you do one on short pattern as well?
    And do we always start squared up to the target when playing long patterns?

  2. This was for sure some really good information! Now with all that was said on this video I am still left with some questions. I am a league bowler, my current average is 182, I am a right handed bowler and I don’t use a thumb. I am not what is known as a ( 2 handed bowler ) at all. I just simply don’t use a thumb. I have a pretty high rev rate because of this. I play mostly right side lane unless they are really dry which I have to go far left. What advice do you have for a bowler like myself? Also, 10 pins are very hard to pick!

    1. for ten pins flatten your rist so that the ball rolls a little instead of hook and roll. Also dont lift the ball as much so you dont put alot of rotation on the ball. For sports patterns 99 percent of the time you know what your bowling on as in how long the pattern is. say the pattern is 48 ft in length. use the rule of 31. so 48 – 31 is 17 which is around the board you should be hitting

    2. You might wanna consider using your thumb for ten pins; shooting ten pins without your thumb is really hard unless you’re very accurate and/or use a plastic ball.

    3. Definitely recommend using your thumb. A player that I coach just made the switch and he’s far more accurate

  3. I thought this was a lesson on different balls and not if the lady is his daughter or wife tells me you are not looking at the lesson

  4. Is it really a problem to aim 16 boards right of your feet if you have friction, missroom, and 550 rev rate (i. e. A 2 hander like myself)?

    1. Hi, Eric. It’s certainly not an issue to aim far to the right side of the lane if the lane condition allows and your physical game permits (which is sounds as though it does). The pushback you may encounter is someone saying that your laydown point or target through the front part of the lane should be closer to your slide foot near the foul line. If you’re targeting further down lane your breakpoint will often be significantly further right (5-10-15 boards) from your laydown point. Your specific laydown, target arrow, and breakpoint locations will be different based on the lane condition, your ball speed, revolution rate, and overall versatility. Take a few minutes and set up a camera to record your game, specifically your laydown, target through the arrows, and bowling balls breakpoint. With a high revolution rate your angles through the front of the lane will be much larger and most bowlers. To improve your accuracy, shot making, and targeting, identify where your last step is near the foul line and record your ball path points (laydown, target arrows, breakpoint). As you move to different parts of the lane record the changes in your target path and how comfortable you are in different areas, the areas that are least comfortable are what you should be practicing. Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.

  5. I would like to start doing some local tournaments that use different oil patterns. I don’t have the resourced to buy/own 3-6 balls to use for each oil pattern. If you had to pick two balls to use what would they be? What is your drilling layout preference and why? I like Storm products and right now I have the Snap Lock and probably will get the Sure Lock.

    1. Hi Ronnie.  You would want two pieces of equipment that offer a wide range of versatility. The Storm Snap Lock is a stronger piece (RG 2.48, Diff 0.054 for 15lbs.) so a Sure Lock would not be very different (RG 2.48, Diff 0.054 for 15lbs.). A compliment to a stronger piece would be a less reactive ball such as a Tropical Storm (RG 2.57, Diff 0.009 for 15lbs.) or Storm Mix (RG 2.69, Diff 0.006 for 15lbs.).Stronger equipment would have “stronger” layouts – pin location 4-5 inches from positive axis point (PAP) with mass bias shifted to a strong position. Less aggressive equipment might be 5+ inches from PAP and center of gravity (CG) close to the grip center.We would recommend (since you like Storm) using their MatchMaker feature on the website for finding the right equipment. Here’s a link: http://matchmaker.stormbowling.com/

  6. I cannot tell if this guy knows what he is talking about. His commentary is so full of irritating gibberish. At 5:28 the woman clearly explains how she would try to play the long pattern.– Use a ball with longer roll, hook more on the back end. Don’t play too wide into the oil or the ball will not have time to recover. Don’t square up with aggressive ball it will hook left immediately. — So she picks up a Marvel S. Assume pin position for back end hook. First shot lays it out too wide and ball never recovers. Second shot pulls it too tight and the ball will not sit up because she is too far out to begin thus the ball hooks no matter what. No room for error with that ball. The Storm Crux she started with would likely do better later with some minor adjustments.

    1. Accumulator1 dude.its hank boomershine who used to be a tour rep.he designs bowling balls for Roto grip.he knows more about equipment now than if you lived to be 1000 yrs old.just listen.

    1. ghetto johnny This is referring to the length down the lane that oil is applied. A bowling lane is 60 feet long, and a typical house oil pattern is usually somewhere around 38-40 feet long (varying from house to house). So the first 2/3 of the lane is oiled, while the last 1/3 of the lane is left dry.

      A “long” pattern would be when oil is applied deeper down the lane than a normal house shot, while a “short” pattern would be when oil isn’t applied as deep down the lane. A “long” pattern may be 42-45ish feet of oil, while a “shorter” pattern is usually somewhere in the 32-35ish feet range. Because oil is applied deeper down the lane on a “long” pattern, you typically won’t see as much ball reaction in the back end of the lane, thus causing the bowler to use more aggressive equipment here. The opposite is true with a shorter pattern. Hopefully this is a helpful explanation!

    1. Hi.  We’re missing a lot of information to tell you how to play the pattern with that specific ball. From your question, lets see what’s available with a little research.The pattern:* Approximately 41’ in length (“medium” length with more oil in the middle of the lane and less oil on the outsides.)* Approximately 24.25 ml of oil* Just over 4:1 ratio (if it’s being put down according to the Kegel website lane pattern graph.)The ball:* Reactive coverstock* 3000 grit (out of the box)* 2.50 radius of gyration with 0.051 differential* The right ball choice depends on the lane surface and your ability as well as the pattern shape and length.Look for these trends as they relate to this pattern.* Medium distance patterns typically mean you can use a variety of bowling balls* Use a medium differential core* Use a medium level of surface on the cover stock of the ball* Adjust layout, and surface to match your bowling abilities** Fast ball speed use more aggressive surface and stronger layout** Slow ball speed use less aggressive surface and weaker layoutWhat’s most important is how your game fits i.e. ball speed, rev rate, axis rotation, and axis tilt. Without knowing your game and how your equipment fits your style it’s difficult to recommend a specific strategy. Have an IBPSIA certified professional and/or USBC certified coach evaluate your game to help with the overall performance. They can accurately determine what’s needed in your strategy.By changing your hand position and position on the approach you can hit the pins from different angles. Try to practice on the pattern and/or the lanes you will be competing on. This can give you a good reference for where to start with equipment.Find a coach for analysis so they can keep up with your game regularly. The “Find A Coach” feature of Bowl.com is one of the best ways to locate a certified coach in your area. Visit http://www.bowl.com and use the “Find a…” tab in the top right corner to locate the “Find A Coach” feature, enter your zip code and a radius then click “search.” To find an IBPSIA pro shop near you and to search by zip code and radius use the following link:http://www.ibpsia.com/go/find_shop/type/shopThanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.

  7. Most of the time long patters with less than 23mL of oil hooks early than 28mL short patterns, transition becomes a nightmare

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