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#16445 - 02/12/01 05:13 PM Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Rizzo Offline
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Registered: 02/12/01
Posts: 19
A/S/L: Vancouver, WA
I kind of like the idea of making 200 a great score again.

My ideal condition would be 30' of oil and flat. If you throw it good, you are going to score.
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#16446 - 02/12/01 07:17 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
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Registered: 02/12/01
Posts: 23
A/S/L: SoCal
Bowlers won't accept a tough condition because it will screw up their fun on league night. Scratch bowlers don't like it because their fragile ego's get bruised. The ABC won't do a thing about high scoring because they deny that the problem even exist! Last year some guy booked 246 in my association he must be really good!!!
Later, Bowlerdude

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#16447 - 02/13/01 12:45 AM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Josie Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 1
A/S/L: Brisbane, Australia
It would really make my day if my league centre decided on a lane condition and stuck to it, instead of confusing the hell out of me every three weeks by changing it. I feel sure that although AMF Australia say they stipulate the lane condition for their centres, it changes each time the lane guys change their shift!!!

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#16448 - 02/13/01 01:07 AM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Atochabsh Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 6567
A/S/L: 50/F/California
There is a new league play called Sport Bowling. This is where very challenging oil patterns and shots are put out on the lanes delibertly to see how bowlers step up to this challenge.

Other then looking for this type of league, you can find a travel league that moves from house to house in a broad area each month. Or you can join a league in a different house known to have a "difficult" shot.

Once you are at the level where you are looking for this type of challenge, I think you stop asking these types of questions. I'm still adjusting to the lane conditions of the two houses I bowl in. I find them both challenging enough.

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#16449 - 02/15/01 04:41 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Rocket to the Pocket Offline
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Registered: 02/07/01
Posts: 138
A/S/L: Some bowling center in Vermont
My ideal lane condition is one where all the lane equipment works and where there are no problems. :rolleyes:
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#16450 - 02/23/01 02:01 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Mario Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 4
A/S/L: SoCal
haveing bowled in both traveling leagues & now in a "difficult" shot league.....we actually change the shot each round....I would have to stick with the difficult shot over the travel league.....

....while going from house to house will definately improve your game and give you a truer average then bowling on the same house shot each week, you are still on another "house shot"....just not your own. The challange of having a very small margin of error is what makes the sport condition a real test of ability.....

ours is currently 37', buffed to 38'.....flat across the lane.....we only have ONE person averaging 200 (201).....and he's one of th etop regional players in our area....
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#16451 - 02/23/01 04:21 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
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Registered: 02/02/01
Posts: 401
A/S/L: F/So Cal
I'm very thankful that the league Mario is bowling is NOT an official Sports Condition league, given the news that they will "adjust" averages from the test leagues approximately 20 pins higher.

I think ALL sanctioned leagues should move toward the more difficult shots, and those who want to score on the adult version of bumpers should pay a reduced sanction fee and NOT be eligible for awards--except maybe the ones that come from the gumball machines.
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#16452 - 02/24/01 01:25 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
VUbowl Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 4
A/S/L: Vincennes, IN
I disagree that ALL leagues should be required to use the same "tough" condition. I DO agree that awards should definitely be linked to the condition being bowled on. The ABC/WIBC has tried and is trying tiered membership and I think this is a step in the right direction. I do believe that the tiers need to be more defined with bigger differences in cost and awards. The ABC/WIBC CANNOT control and dictate everything when it comes to lane conditions, they and US the bowlers have to rely on the PROPRIETORS to do what's right. Unfortunately this isn't always the case. But that's where I think all bowlers can help by putting pressure on proprietors to clean up their centers and to help put some integrity back into the game for those wanting the "sport" condition but leaving room for those that are interested in the "recreational" side of the game. Until we learn to coexist, both sides will continue to suffer.
Gary Sparks
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Vincennes University

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#16453 - 02/25/01 07:51 PM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
Bowlerdude Offline
Junior

Registered: 02/12/01
Posts: 23
A/S/L: SoCal
Gary,
I couldn't disagree with you more, the side that loses is BOWLING as long as the ABC allows super soft totaly walled up lane conditions everyone suffers! Bowling has been dying a slow death ever since the BPAA put a gun to the ABC's head and demanded what was then called LDD (Limited Distance Dressing). Scores have progressively increased and the integrity of this once great sport has suffered irreparable damage that is unless the ABC decides to show some courage and take some steps to fix it!

Just my two cents worth.

Later, Richard

[ 02-25-2001: Message edited by: Bowlerdude ]

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#16454 - 02/26/01 08:42 AM Re: Describe your "ideal" lane condition
VUbowl Offline
Bumper Bowler

Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 4
A/S/L: Vincennes, IN
Bowlerdude, I don't disagree that the ABC buckled under to pressure from the proprietors at the time, but that just reinforces my opinion that its the PROPRIETORS, and I don't mean the BPAA, that are going to make this change. The ABC doesn't say you HAVE to put out an easy condition, its just what most of the proprietors do under the disguise of saying they are going to lose their bowlers if they don't, and that is an opinion I STRONGLY disagree with. Too many proprietors take the easy road to lane conditioning and maintenance and no mandate or rule from ABC or whoever is going to change that right now. They have shown this over and over again through the years. Until the bowlers step up and start speaking up it will continue.

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