Lane surface type and its wear and tear will affect how much friction you see, while topography will also impact how much a ball hooks. These details become even more important on flatter conditions, and can drastically impact your strategy.

  • Older lanes will have more friction up front. Use weaker layouts, less surface, and/or higher degrees of axis rotation or tilt to help the ball retain energy for the back end.
  • No lane is perfectly flat, and each one is unique. Additional hook or a hang spot downlane is often the result of topography. Use speed and angle adjustments to adjust and get back in the pocket.
  • Lanes tilted away from the gutters will provide more forgiveness than those tilted toward the gutters. Use tighter angles if you see hang outside of the five board, even on shorter/drier patterns.