</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Originally posted by Leandra:
I just recently bowled my first Sport Bowling tournament. It was extremely tough. Compared to the lanes that I normally bowl on, the lanes had a lot of oil.
I bowl with a 14lb Savage with a fingertip grip and I am a lefty. My ball would not react at all.
Could it be the way I throw the ball? I normally stand center and throw over the L12-14 boards.
Can anyone give me advice?
There are no sport bowling facilities within a 3 hour drive radius.
Also, how in the world do you read those patterns?
The lanes I do bowl on do not have automatic scoring and the oiler that is used, was just bought this summer used. Before that, it was hand-oiled.
Sincerely trying to better my game,
Leandra</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">First of all, kudos to you for making the efforts to improve your game. That is 80% of the battle.
The sport condition is not just one pattern. It is a guidlines whereby the ratio of oil on the lane cannot exceed 2:1 (I know that there are other parameters, but basically, that is the main one). Within that guideline, that are many different reactions that can be generated, depending on the length and volume of the pattern. I have been bowling on sport conditions for the last year, and I have seen 48 foot patterns where I couldn't hook the ball at all, and 32 foot patterns where the ball hooked at 33 feet, violently.
How you read the patterns? This is by far my weakest point, but you have to watch the ball carefully all the way through the pin deck to start. One thing I have learned (and it took a long time to get through my thick skull) is that if you are not getting the ball reaction you expect, or are not able to score, change SOMETHING. Right away. Move to a different spot on the lane, change balls, whatever. Especially in tournaments, you can't afford to give away frames trying to make something work.
The best thing you can do is to bowl on different types of conditions, even if they are not sport compliant. This will give you practice in reading lane conditions. Also, PRACTICE. The more variables that you can take out of the equation, the easier it will become to solve.
Good luck to you, and remember, making the committment to improve is something to be proud of.
"Throw the &$#%^&% ball like you mean it!"