General Lane Play Guidelines
Written by Joe Slowinski   
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Here are some general guidelines on how to play the lanes, from the outside to the inside, or how-to attack the longer or shorter patterns.  I encourage you to read my advanced targeting article as well.

 GENERAL LANE PLAY STRATEGIES 

THe following are general guidelines.  This will help you start in a better position on the lanes.  Please read my 3-Point Targeting article as well when reflecting on how to play the lanes best.


ANGLE of ATTACK GUIDELINES 


PLAYING the EXTREME OUTSIDE

Lane Play Rationale = Less change of direction needed down the lane

Release = Use a Lower Axis of Rotation – More Roll

Revs = Use Less to control the backend

Bowling Ball = Smoother at the Break Point, Less Change of Direction

Bowling Ball = Symmetrical Core, High RG, Low Differential, Less Surface

Body = Square to the target and outside line


PLAYING DEEP INSIDE

Lane Play Rationale = More change of direction needed down the lane   

Release = Higher Axis of Rotation - More Skid - Flip

 

 

Bowling Ball = Quicker Change of Direction at the Break Point , Asymmetrical Core

 

 

Bowling Ball = Lower RG, Higher Differential, More Surface

 

 

 

Body = Open

 


 SHORTER PATTERNS

Start Outside, Over time Move Right (RH bowler) with Your feet. 

LONGER PATTERNS

 

Start Inside, Over time move left (RH Bowler) with your feet.

 


DEALING with TRANSITIONS 

As the heads burn-up and the backends tighten, due to carry down, bowlers need to increase the axis of rotation as well as consider a bowling ball with a quicker change of direction.  In other words, you need more skid and a stronger backend reaction.


 

ADJUSTMENTS

Use the knowledge of skid and backend reaction.  The following increase skid but also create stronger backend reaction as they increase: 

>         Axis of Rotation

>         Axis Tilt

>         Revolutions 

The following increase the amount of skid: 

>         Ball Speed

>         Loft

 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 January 2007 )