Bowling Lane Play Articles
Lane play is, by a fairly large margin, our most requested topic for new articles. And, it's really not too big of a surprise: the topic of lane play is very broad. To have a good grasp on lane play, bowlers need an understanding of many different sub-topics, include oil patterns, lane surfaces, bowling balls, coverstocks, layouts, physical adjustments, ball motion, pattern breakdown, carrydown, pin carry, and countless others!
Combine all of this complexity with the fact that bowling has experienced such rapid and dramatic change in this area over the last several decades and it is very easy to understand why bowlers continue to request more and more information on this topic. To give just one example, many of our readers grew up and bowled very successfully for decades in the era when bowlers typically carried just one bowling ball. They typically threw their ball right up the second arrow 90% of the time, perhaps making small physical and alignment adjustments to keep their ball in the pocket and striking throughout a bowling session. Contrast that with today, where it isn't uncommon at all for a tournament bowler to start outside of the first arrow and then, by the later games of the block, end up lofting the left gutter with a totally different bowling ball and a totally different set of delivery parameters. To say that the game has changed is certainly a huge understatement!
Our contributors make it a priority to try to help you better understand the intricacies of modern lane play. Study their articles below and formulate your own strategies for how best to attack the conditions you face. Proper lane play in today's game requires a combination of knowledge, skill, and open-mindedness. The information you'll find below represents some of the best lane play knowledge available anywhere. But, at the end of the day, it is up to the bowler to combine this knowledge with good shot-making and good observational skills so that they can more frequently make the right decisions when it matters most.
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Featured Bowling Lane Play Articles
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Lateral adjustments vs. ball changes on typical house shots
Among modern bowling coaches who teach bowlers competing primarily on house shots, one of the most divergent viewpoints centers around the choice that bowlers have between making lateral moves on the lane and making ball changes in response to oil...
The PWBA Round Table: Bowling Ball Selection and Matching Up
Featuring Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Bryanna Cote, Elise Bolton, and Heather D'Errico
In this month's round table discussion, our focuses are bowling equipment selection and matching up to different conditions. First, I asked three PWBA players how they decide what bowling balls to take to tournaments. We then discussed what changes they...
Gutters, Twigs, Bank Shots, and Sucker Bets – Part 3
Chalk up your cue and learn to play the bank
I borrow the term “bank shot” from billiards, where sometimes you have to shoot a ball into a side rail and bank it off to make a play. Often the best play in bowling is to bank the ball off...
Equipment, Ball Reaction, and Lane Play
I’m excited to join the Round Table. This has always been a favorite part of BTM for me because the content is dictated by what you, the readers, are asking. Throughout my years of coaching I’ve come to realize that...
Getting the Tournament Team Lined Up – Part 2
Who’s going to throw which shot?
Since last month’s article, I’m sure you have shared the magazine with your teammates. You’ve been paying a little more attention to the other team warming up in league and maybe you even tried different assignments for your team members...
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