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#116724 - 02/04/10 08:17 PM wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes
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whats the difference between these 2 lanes. ive never bowled synthetic and will have to for a mdusbc tournament as its not being held in my house. what differences should i expect.
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#116726 - 02/04/10 08:56 PM Re: wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes [Re: mtg712]
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I have only bowled at one house that has wood lanes and thats my home bowling alley. You can probably expect the lanes to be a lot slicker on synthetic than wood, and synthetic seems to have a lot more forgiveness than wood.


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#116738 - 02/04/10 10:45 PM Re: wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes [Re: Justinmill14]
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I'm just the opposite I usually bowl on synthetic and struggle on wood. The front part of the lanes (synthetic) will be more slick but the ball will snap more in the back. I don't know your usual line but if your normally down and in you might be okay, if you play inside try moving out and play down and in where it's a little drier if you just can't get it to hook enough either slow down or play it high and tight down the middle.
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#116746 - 02/05/10 12:43 AM Re: wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes [Re: Lizard75]
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One of my leagues is on wood, as is most of my practice. The other league is on synthetic. The league on synthetic started in December. Since that league started, I'm averaging just 1 pin's difference in the 2 (165 synthetic vs. 164 wood). You guys are right, though; I'm finding I have to play the wood straighter than the synthetic. The centers I've visited here (not that there are many of them) are split about 50-50 between wood and synthetic.
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#116759 - 02/05/10 04:37 AM Re: wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes [Re: MikeHL]
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It depends on which synthetic surface. Most of the newer synthetics are not as snappy in the backends as wood. Older synthetics seemed to be a little more aggressive in the backends than wood. A lot will have to do with oil volume used etc. I bowl almost exclusively on wood lanes and they are more demanding overall, synthetics as mentioned tend to be more forgiving of the errant shot here or there.
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