Article Contents

  • 1. What happened?
  • 2. More on the graphs and observations
  • 3. Farther down the lane
  • 4. It’s a wrap

Before discussing what happens to an oil pattern, there are a few things that you may want to know. First of all, the oil pattern example that is used here was applied exactly the same in each of three bowling centers:  one on the East Coast, one in the Midwest, and one on the West Coast. The next thing that you need to be aware of is that, even though the oil pattern was laid down in three different bowling centers, the oil pattern, after being bowled on, broke down within one unit of oil of one other. We are showing you one set of graphs for simplicity’s sake. Additionally, all of the changes that occurred on the oil pattern happened in leagues that were comprised of four bowlers per team, bowling a three-game set, with mostly elite, high-revving players.

I am showing you views from the end of the lane (Graph A), right side of the lane (Graph B) and an overhead view (Graph C). The first of each set of three graphs show the pattern before bowling; the second of each set of three graphs show the pattern after three games of league.

To have a clear understanding, you might want to refer to last month’s article.

What happened?

Let’s go over the broken down oil pattern and see what happened. When you look at Graph A after, you will notice a glaring difference between it and Graph A before. Look at the C20 in the middle of the lane and draw your eyes from the bottom of the oil graph to the foul line. You should notice that it looks like there was a huge “V” cut out of the center of the lane. Also note that when the oil pattern was ...

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Bill Hall is a Silver Certified USBC coach with Bill Hall Bowling. He has worked for the PBA Tour from 1980 to 1998 and coached internationally from 1998 to 2012. Bill has now returned to his home in Las Vegas and has recently introduced the new fitting technique Tri Grip. Bill is also the founder of Blend10 Bowling.