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#108214 - 11/20/09 01:52 PM Statistically avoiding splits
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As a right handed bowler, I was wondering what part of the lane is statistically the best played to avoiding splits. I would think that releasing from 15-5 and having a strong hook with good backend would be. I would think releasing 20-39 and having arch out and roll back into the pocket would statistically open your shot up for more splits(if slight misthaps occur)What is the best statistically?
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#108221 - 11/20/09 03:30 PM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: Leopard11]
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I would say that the bigger your entry angle, the more likelihood of splitting, regardless of what your line is.
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#108222 - 11/20/09 03:31 PM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: Leopard11]
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There is no statistically better area of the lane because of the different types of surfaces, oil patterns, weather conditions, ball choice, rev rate, drilling, speed, and so forth.

The object is to get the ball to face up in the pocket and to reach 6 degrees of entry angle in order to establish the highest carry percentage. How you get to that 6 degrees is up to you, and the ball.

Missing by a board means that you are missing by slightly greater than an inch at 15 feet, that translates to about 4 inches off by the time it gets to the pin deck. That four inches is only altered by the amount of oil you encounter. If you were bowling on a pattern that was completely flat that 4 inch number would be the same no matter what board you were looking at on the lane. As the the pattern "walls up" (more oil inside less outside) there is a comfort area that gives your ball and release the most miss room. That tends to be standing in a location that allows the ball to get between 13-9 at the arrows and gets out to about 7 at the break point. The more inside, or outside of that area you get the smaller your window of miss room can become.

I cannot find anything that would venture me to believe that there is a specific area of the lane you can play that decreases your chance of a split no matter what you are bowling on. Every pattern has an area that is the best area to play for you, thats what makes bowling fun week in and week out. Each pattern plays differently and there is no "best" place to stand across the board.
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#108233 - 11/20/09 09:22 PM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: Leopard11]
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As a general rule, the more boards you cover with the ball the higher your chance is for leaving a split. The reason is there is more of a chance of you missing the pocket when crossing more boards because of hook out, over hook and under hook you will leave a larger number of splits if you miss the pocket.

#108235 - 11/20/09 09:53 PM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: CoachJim]
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I'm with SK. If you are accurate then your chances of splitting are less. If you add accuracy to the ability to read lanes and move when lane transition starts then your chances of splitting are minimal.

So I would suggest first working and paying attention to accuracy. Not just hooking the ball or an "area" or throw it harder or slower. Just accuracy. Hit what you are aiming at or at least close to it consistently.

Some lane conditions are prone to split difficulty. Dry dry lanes, no hold area, no oil on the inside all make it difficult to stay in the pocket. If that's what you see on a regular basis and you believe yourself to be fairly accurate then it might be time for a different center, or accept the lower scoring pace of the center you are in.


#108239 - 11/20/09 10:40 PM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: Atochabsh]
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My experience:

I had to abandon a release because it always seemed to leave a split if it didn't strike. It was about 60*-80* axis tilt and 20-30* axis rotation, the best I can recall, and I hooked it on the inside line.

I think the combination of angle of entry to the pocket and angular momentum in the ball caused the pins to fly different paths than they would have with more forward roll.

The above probably wouldn't apply to anyone using other releases, of course.

The thing I would say that's relevant to you guys is this:
- If you throw the ball and it hits the pocket and leaves a split, don't do that again. Move left or right, and make a note for future reference.
- If you left a split due to a wayward shot, then remember the bowler's motto - split happens. You will have to be more accurate next time.

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#108254 - 11/21/09 05:38 AM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: CoachJim]
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I'm with CoachJim on this. My dad always told me the less boards you cover the better chance you have of leaving something easier to pick up. Not always though haha but i don't play a down an in shot and i leave some weird looking splits sometimes.
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#108390 - 11/23/09 10:48 AM Re: Statistically avoiding splits [Re: J.Brown]
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Its true that the less boards you cover the easier it is to stay in play, however if that down and in shot is taken away from you because of the oil pattern or lane condition, that is not the best alignment in order to avoid splits. If you are trying to "force" an area to work, thats when you run into trouble. The object is to play as straight as you can based on the pattern and what you are seeing in front of you. For instance, on the fresh THS at my local center I can play anywhere from about 5 to 20 at the arrows and consistently hit the pocket with simple adjustments, I typically try to stay in the track area however because it is the most prone to staying clean. I could hook it and cover a ton of boards but why do it if you don't need to?

The best chance of not leaving a split is to play as straight as you can comfortably. Don't try to play so straight you have a hard time repeating shots and don't try to play coast to coast, a relaxed shot is the shot that doesn't leave splits.
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