de - Derek Eoff
cb - Chris Barnes
SHARK - (Length: 43 feet. Description: Desirable angle for bowlers is deep inside)
DE: How does the Shark pattern typically play?
CB: Because of the 43-foot oil length, the Shark pattern plays deep inside. Remember that on a long oil pattern such as the Shark, you want your break point closer to the pocket. Normally you can start in the track area, but sometimes you will need to start inside of 20. Some people can go straight up 7 or 8 board (i.e. Columbia 300 Classic champion Norm Duke in December 2006). That is rare and you have to be very good at throwing the ball straight.
DE: What's the ideal starting point for attacking the Shark pattern?
CB: Normally you could expect to start between the third and fourth arrows with a break point of 12 or 13 and move inside as the day goes on. The back of the lane won't open up as much, so you'll need to open up the front and middle parts of the lane.
DE: How does the Shark pattern typically break down?
CB: This pattern is pretty slick, so it may take a few games for it to break down. Keep moving inside as the Shark breaks down.
DE: What kind of bowling balls do you like to use on this pattern?
CB: You're asking the wrong guy. I still haven't figured that out. I tend to use high flare, high response (aggressive) balls that push through the heads and make a good move down lane. The flare helps the ball read the lane and the high response works well because there is a short distance for the ball to hook and get through the pins due to the pattern length.
DE: What are your tips for playing the Shark pattern?
CB: The key is to be soft with your ball speed to give the ball time to roll, but be careful not to get the ball rolling too early because it can run out of energy too soon. Use more axis rotation and keep the ball on line through the front without using too much ball speed. Bowlers with slower ball speed and medium rev rates have the most success on the Shark. This is a low scoring pattern; making spares is important because strikes can be few and far between