This weekend, I am planning a trip to Paris. Nope, not the country, but a tournament with that 47-foot oil pattern. Below is a link to the pattern graph.http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/.../WTBA-paris.pdf
I am really hoping it plays like the pattern graph. If it does, it will be a rare opportunity to play straight inside of 15 on 47 feet of oil. That is uncharted territory for most lefties.
It will also be an excellent opportunity to test a theory I have about matching higher RG equipment to longer length patterns. If you think of covers, cores, and layouts in terms of releasing their energy early and slowly (solid, low RG, pin down) versus later and all at once (pearl, high RG, pin up), then I am thinking higher RG matches up better to longer patterns. Why burn up a solid, low RG ball's energy when it has virtually no chance of hooking any earlier? Why not save the punch for the end? That means starting off with what are considered the weakest balls in my arsenal on one of the longest patterns. I know that contradicts conventional wisdom, so it will be an interesting test.
I will know quickly from other bowler's ball reaction and my first few test shots in practice whether this strategy might work. I am expecting that 15 -> 5 will not make it back to the pocket. Nor, will 20 -> 10. Where I expect to have the best chance of scoring is 25 -> 15, then adjust 2:1 from there. That is a very tight, straight line, and I am sure it will feel like bowling in a phone booth since I am not used to that. But, it will be fun trying something different. The 3 balls I expect to get the most use of on this pattern are my Ascent Solid, Ascent Pearl (both high RG, low Diff), and Primal Impulse (high RG, high Diff) once the lanes open up.
One other thing I will have to watch is right handers playing 20 or deeper, using the same oil as the lefties. We'll see what happens...