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#165111 - 03/28/12 08:34 PM US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it?
Hunter Offline
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I will post a tidbit from Ron Clifton's article, Breakpoint Zones.

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Flat oil like the US Open. If the lanes are oiled dead flat from gutter to gutter, every tiny mistake you make will show up. Believe me, to bowl well on flat oil, you have to be good… period. If you are good, and you want to minimize the penalties you get from small mistakes, try playing breakpoint zone #3. Since zone #3 is the closest to the head pin, the ball travels less distance from the breakpoint to the pocket, giving the ball less time to go off-course once it starts hooking. Remember: unless the oil is pretty thin, balls skid from the release point to the breakpoint and skidding balls go dead straight; nothing is more predictable than dead straight.

His definition of Zone #3 is boards 10-14, between 40-43 feet.


If no plans interfere, this may be my first tournament, ever, and they are using the US Open Pattern.

Everything I read is that it's long and Out of Bounds outside of 8. I only have 2 balls, an AlphaMax and a Slingshot. I plan on using the AlphaMax way inside to about the 10-12 boards, and as the lanes break down move in a bit and use the Slingshot at about the same breakpoint.

What type of ball do you use, do you work the ball across the lane to the breakpoint, or do you try to run it down and in a bit more?
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#165113 - 03/28/12 09:01 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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no matter what, start as straight as possible. i might consider going to this, depending on whats going on saturday night, whether i come back from bradenton then or i come back sunday, if i come back saturday ill probably bowl it
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#165115 - 03/28/12 09:42 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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Straight, huh? If that's the best philosophy, maybe my Slingshot would be good straight up the the 12-14 board, since it doesn't have much back-end. It should curl right into the pocket.
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#165118 - 03/28/12 10:05 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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The Slingshot won't even wrinkle and give you any angle to the pocket unless you have revs like Belmonte. Use the Alpha Max. Out of Bounds will be between 8-10 probably. You will want to bowl fairly straight but the pattern and the amount of oil make it where you have to bowl fairly straight with a ball that has surface.
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#165122 - 03/28/12 10:33 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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You want surface on this pattern....Slingshot is useless

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#165123 - 03/28/12 10:34 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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Belmo was playing straight up the boards with a VG Nano...That should give you some idea.

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#165131 - 03/28/12 11:09 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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Are sure the pattern isn't the USBC Open? Tournaments with that pattern are quite a bit more common, especially this time of year.
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#165132 - 03/28/12 11:51 PM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: Hunter]
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Some good tips in this video


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#165138 - 03/29/12 08:20 AM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: champ]
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Originally Posted By: champ
Are sure the pattern isn't the USBC Open? Tournaments with that pattern are quite a bit more common, especially this time of year.


I had so many questions in my email to the Tournament Director that he actually called me. He said he picked the US Open pattern specifically because it doesn't favor the stroker or the low rev bowler. It emphasizes accuracy over anything else. He said he used it last year, and the "house bowlers" who shoot 230+ averages were struggling to average 180. And that's what he wanted, he wants to reward bowlers who learn to adapt and can hit marks consistently.
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#165139 - 03/29/12 09:28 AM Re: US Open Oil Pattern, how do you attack it? [Re: B-Hammer]
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Originally Posted By: B-Hammer
Some good tips in this video



Great video. The only youtube video I could find yesterday was some drunk comparing oil patterns to women, and supposedly Ashton Kutcher was in the background lol..

I liked the quote by Ritchie Allen "Like bowling along the ridge of a roof." That sums it up pretty nicely. If you miss right, the ball will hit the pocket very light or even miss the head pin, and vice versa for the misses left.

He emphasized the importance of adjusting based on the previous pair, or squad if you can watch them. That's good to know, because each squad plays a span of 3 games over 6 lanes. I guess that means 1 game on a pair, then move to another pair for the 2nd game, and then another for the 3rd. They move us over to the pair of lanes right of the ones we're on, so that will make it easier for me to glance over to see how people are playing and where their spot is. No doubtedly, if I find success going straight down the 12 board on my first pair, I will have to adjust much more when moving to the second pair of lanes after people wore down those spots.

Thanks for the video Hammer, this is exactly what I was looking for yesterday but couldn't find.
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