Drilling and Layout Articles

Take a quick look at any bowling social media group or discussion forum and you'll see that drillings methods and layouts are among our sport's most-discussed topics. Bowling This Month is here to give you an in-depth look into the science of bowling ball motion manipulation. Our contributors are from all parts of the bowling industry. We have articles from the manufacturers themselves, and even from some of the best coaches in the business. In this section, you will find articles that cover the various methods used to lay out a bowling ball, detailed descriptions of what different layouts will do, and, of course, information covering the layouts themselves:

  • Methods used to lay out a ball: Through the progress of bowling ball technology, more and more research has been done regarding the placement of the holes in correlation to the pin, mass bias marker, and other factors that affect your bowling ball’s performance. This section details the different types of layouts that exist and the methods used to obtain that particular layout.
  • Detailed descriptions of what different layouts will do: Have you ever seen a layout being used by a certain professional, but have no idea of why they would have had to use it? Our layout articles detail when, where, and why you would use a certain layout, and what effect each layout has on your ball motion. We also detail the impact other factors have, like how plugging and redrilling a ball affects its motion.
  • Layouts: From conquering the short pattern with low flare layouts, to the Vector Layout System, to the powerful Blueprint simulation software, we will help you take the guess work out of bowling ball motion manipulation.

Knowing how to lay out your bowling balls can help you gain an edge over your competition. Instead of being lost in transition, you will have a far better educated guess on how to adjust because you understand all the ins and outs of your bowling equipment. Even if you never plan on drilling your own equipment, knowledge of layouts can pay huge dividends for all competitive bowlers.

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Featured Drilling and Layout Articles

An exploration of its importance (or lack thereof)

Pin-to-PAP Distance and Its Effect on Bowling Ball Motion

Pin-to-PAP distance is one of the dozens of factors that can affect the on-lane motion of a bowling ball. It is defined as the distance, measured along the surface of the ball, from the bowler's positive axis point (PAP) to...

Making the Case for Limited Layouts

When modern bowling balls were introduced in the 1990s, everything changed. We constantly hear about reactive resin covers and dynamic cores, but the things that are rarely discussed are our attitudes and how they’ve either changed or not changed to...

The basics, some examples, and recommended best practices

Balance Hole Fundamentals

Let’s start with a quick question: Have you ever heard a fellow bowler say any of the following statements? “I just don’t like balls with balance holes. They don’t roll well for me.” “I’m going to have a weight hole...

Spare shooting, layouts, and surfaces

Fast and Furious Changes in the Game of Bowling

The television finals from the World Series of Bowling held last November really set competitive bowling on its ear. Allegations of shot carving and purposely destroying other bowler’s choices have the PBA considering other options including, I would imagine, limiting...

An analytical study of several common plugging and redrilling scenarios

The Effect of Plugging and Redrilling on Bowling Ball Mass Properties

It's probably fair to say that nearly all of us have owned a plugged bowling ball at some point in our bowling careers. Maybe we got a ball from a friend and had it plugged and redrilled to fit our...

Drilling and Layout Article Directory

The table below lists all of our drilling and layout articles.

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
Pin-to-PAP Distance and Its Effect on Bowling Ball Motion
Making the Case for Limited Layouts
Bowling Ball Balance Hole Fundamentals
Fast and Furious Changes in the Game of Bowling
The Effect of Plugging and Redrilling on Bowling Ball Mass Properties
Producing a Smoother Ball Motion with the LSL and SLL Layouts
Layouts: Aesthetics vs. Effect
Test Driving Your Ball With Blueprint
Storm Introduces the Vector Layout System
Consistently Performing Layouts
The Non-Physical / Non-Mental Game