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Category: Equipment
Type: Tip

COACH B'S ADVICE ON WHAT TYPE OF BALL & DRILLING TO USE ON OLD LANES




Q. The center that we bowl at has wood surface lanes and is pretty old. For the last 4 months, the following pattern had been in place: 5 and out-very dry, 5-5 heavy oil. My brother is having a difficult time with consistency on this pattern and would like your suggestions. He has average speed and a very high track. You would probably consider him a tweener. However, rarely does he attempt to put side roll on the bowling ball. Currently his arsenal includes a hammer truck drilled a touch less than max leverage, and a Storm Recovery drilled pretty much the same. When he tries to use the Hammer and keep it inside the oil line he gets no reaction. However, when he tries to throw the Recovery up the dry boards his reaction is too over/under. What ball and/or drilling would you recommend for him? Thank You.


A. I wish this was an absolute, but it's not. I will give you some ideas and an educated guess, but it will take some experimenting.

I believe on a lane with an over/under reaction, such as in your case, you need a more mellow ball drilling. Full leverage is too strong. You also need to play the dry boards so you want a cover stock that won't hook to quick. Then play the dry boards you might need to move out further. Try playing the 2 or 3 board. The dry boards should bring the ball into the pocket. Then the weaker cover on the ball should hold when you pull it into the oil. If you don’t want to buy another ball, try polishing one that you already have.


Submitted by: Bob Korth


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