There are many ways for a lane to be “dry” and they don’t all require the same strategy for getting your ball back in the pocket. Here are the most common issues that bowlers will face when it comes to dry lanes:

  • Transition: Oil is removed as shots are thrown. Bowlers will need to find more oil or make choices that reduce hook, such as changing to a weaker ball or increasing ball speed.
  • Lane surface: Older synthetic panels and wood lanes offer more friction. Choose balls and skills that delay hook, such as weaker layouts or spinning the ball more.
  • Oil pattern: Shorter oil offers a lot of friction at the back of the lane. In this case, bowlers want to reduce hook and use a smoother shape. Examples of how this can be achieved are to use urethane equipment or more forward roll.