The long lane oil pattern is generally the most difficult lane condition to play, especially when the oil is in transition. For most bowlers, the trouble with a long lane oil pattern lies in navigating the roll and skid with proper ball motion. Shape your shot according to the conditions, and you give yourself a good chance. However, these types of patterns can give players fits trying to find the sweet spot, causing them to overcompensate by either making a drastic ball change or adjusting their placement on the lane too much. Today, to help you better prepare for play on a long lane oil pattern, we take a look at three different styles of bowlers and dissect their methods for finding the pocket on first a fresh lane and then a lane in transition.
Shaping your shot on a long lane oil pattern
As our three bowlers with very different styles take their shots, their goal each throw is to make the correct adjustments in their equipment and approach in order to find the pocket consistently on a long lane oil pattern. After they make their rolls, Rod Ross and Kim Terrell-Kearney analyze the results of each player and point out some of the tendencies they noticed in all three bowlers. Generally, amateur bowlers fall into the same traps with a long lane oil pattern, so Kim and Rod teach you a few things to look for every time you step up to roll.
Additionally, you’ll get a bit of insight into the players’ thought process in adjusting their game to fit the conditions of a long lane oil pattern. Each player walks you through their shot selections, including why they made equipment changes and how they decided to move their feet horizontally on the lane.