how to tell if a house has a short or long pattern:
Best way to tell is to throw your ball relatively slow down the middle of the lane with side rotation and watch where it reacts to friction (the end of the pattern). You can repeat this process on different parts of the lane to give you an idea of the pattern shape. i sometimes throw it two handed and make sure i use the whole lane to see the friction.
once i'm past that, what tips for lane play do you recommend for THS-type (and modified THS) patterns, Sport Patterns, Intl Patterns, etc. I know many people know this in their head, but, since i'm so new back to the sport, i'm reaching out for the experience i can't possibly get in the short time i've been back.
I want to create a notebook
beginning with the way these patterns typically break down (i know it depends on laneplay but...) with pattern graphs and charts
Then, i can adjust the notes to fit my game as time goes on. Anyone who has been successful on a particular pattern especially when fresh will help most because of the differences in pattern breakdown are so unpredictable depending on who you bowl with.
any help appreciated.
This is a good start. I like to find out where the safety zone is at the outside of the pattern and if there is a washout area when I throw it across the headpin.
The HS can vary so much. I bowl regularly at several centers. One is always flooded, one has little oil and the heads are a desert (always dry on these old wood lanes), one has a great show although the back end can dry up a little more than I prefer and one has a reverse block because they only oil the lanes a couple of times a week. I also practice after the sport shot league is over. I get to see a lot of different patterns every week.
It pays to observe where guys with a similar style throw the ball. I go to some centers on alternate days and watch where everyone is playing.
It also pays to know your equipment's strong and weak points and when to change from one ball to another. I fought this for a long time and am now comfortable making a ball change that allows me to stay closer to my comfort zone.
I still find I'll need to change my style to overcome certain conditions like dry heads in my Sunday league. For the past three weeks I have had good to decent games 1 and 2 and bad game 3 in spite of changing balls. My solution was to change to a power shot instead of a free and easy arm swing.
I have been doing real well with a free and easy arm swing lately but it doesn't work when the heads have no oil. The ball reads too early and has no energy left when it hits the pins. The only way I can get powerful strikes is to throw a power based shot. Of course, this is just me. It might not work for everyone.
I hope this helps.
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