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#120664 - 03/03/10 04:35 AM Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament
doppelganger Offline
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Hi all,

Have you ever seen such strange pattern:
http://lbf-bowling.lt.server.nemokamossvetaines.lt/uploads/documents/apollo_taure_2010.pdf

How do you play it? I tried it yesterday - my medium balls (Motiv GT1 and Brunswick Blast Zone) were uncontrollable and it seems there is absolutely no room for error, tried every line. Which part of it do you think would be most playable? Close (parallel) to the gutter?

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Thanks a lot!

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#120666 - 03/03/10 04:49 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: doppelganger]
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Nice I like it. You are going to want to play up the gutters about the 4-5 board with not much side rotation. There is a lot of oil towards the end of that pattern and its flat. You can score on this if you can be consistent getting your ball to the proper breakpoint and play more direct. Its a short pattern so the ball will probably roll out before it hits the pocket, so you will want something with a strong core and some surface.
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#120668 - 03/03/10 05:07 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: desertdog71]
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That is just a damn funny looking pattern, that is all I can say.
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#120672 - 03/03/10 05:58 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: Mattdean76]
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Am I seeing that right? are the heads lighter oil (red) then the midlane (green)? That's just messed up. With the length of 36ft I would look to play the 5 board as a start.
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#120674 - 03/03/10 06:10 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: Handful]
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Well, red is forward oil (10,8 ml) and green is reverse (9,56 ml), so the amount of oil is not so much different. And my ball never came back if I threw it over 5th board parallel to the gutter frown

And what a mess it was after 8 games (2 people on a lane), i can't even describe...

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#120675 - 03/03/10 06:17 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: desertdog71]
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And what about the balls to use? I was thinking about a weaker polished pearl ball, but now I'm confused by desertdog71: "you will want something with a strong core and some surface".

Also, both my balls are drilled strong, skid and snap. I'm afraid they aren't very suitable for this pattern?

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#120677 - 03/03/10 06:49 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: doppelganger]
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If parallel at 5 doesn't come back I would stay out and move target in until you get to the pocket. parrelell moves in may work but your carry might suffer.
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#120678 - 03/03/10 06:59 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: Handful]
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You want a strong smooth ball to control the backends. Pearls will be too much in the backend and hard to control. If up 5 doesn't work, start to angle it to the breakpoint. Parallel moves inside won't work because you'll have no area to miss. If you can play 2 to 5 do it, or even something farther in like 4 to 7.

EDIT: CG is right, before you start angling it in, move farther out.


Edited by mikhial66 (03/03/10 07:01 AM)
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#120679 - 03/03/10 07:00 AM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: Handful]
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I would use a strong ball up 5, and if that didn't work, keep moving towards the gutter until I was on 2. If you are playing inside of 5, you are playing on a flat pattern. If you play 5 and out, you have some taper.
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#120766 - 03/03/10 01:43 PM Re: Help, please. Weird pattern of upcoming tournament [Re: cgeorg]
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Another reason to use something with some surface is because in general terms pearl balls need more friction before they begin to expend energy, but they do it very fast. Solid balls and balls with surface need less friction to begin to expel energy and they use up their energy over a longer period of time.

On short patterns a pearl will most times hook at the end of the pattern, 36 feet here, and might be completely into its roll 4 feet later, at 40 feet. The ball will be out of energy by the time it makes it to the pocket.

A solid ball might begin to hook at 34 feet but might hook for 10 feet before it is fully into a roll. This will get you to 44 feet which is giving you 4 more feet of stored energy before it is all used up, thus giving you more power at the pocket.
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