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#70488 - 11/11/08 01:45 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: CoachJim]
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Hey, in antarctica, you take what you can get. Wonder if they have to use a different viscosity oil for the lanes.
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#70490 - 11/11/08 02:05 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: cgeorg]
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I think you could play 4th arrow with a white dot there.
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#70491 - 11/11/08 02:05 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: CoachJim]
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Have any of you seen that show "Ghost Hunters" on the Sci-Fi channel? It looks like there is a bowler on that right lane, right at the arrows on the left side of the lane, in the form of an "orb". Whoooo,...sorry,.. I just find all that stuff fascinating, and they always point those things out on the show.
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#70492 - 11/11/08 02:06 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: Tim Gerard]
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Or it just could be dust...LOL.
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#70493 - 11/11/08 02:10 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: Tim Gerard]
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Registered: 09/19/06
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A/S/L: Reston, Virginia USA
I'm going to guess someone didn't use a coaster and mom is going to yell at them.

When do you guys think those lanes were oiled last?

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#70497 - 11/11/08 02:52 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: CoachJim]
tonyj Offline
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Registered: 07/20/08
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OK I prefer wood myself. I feel on wood the transition from oil to dry is more milder and I can get away with a little more misses. I have mostly bowled on wood all my life. Here are 2 not so worn wooden lanes and I actually hand oil the Harmonia Lanes . 2 lane wooden houses
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#70499 - 11/11/08 05:48 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: tonyj]
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Registered: 08/06/08
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A/S/L: Spokane, WA
I learned to bowl on wood lanes during the 80's and 90's, using plastic balls during the 80's and urethene during the 90's.

The rare times i bowled on synthetic lanes, I ended up struggling because I was so used to playing deeper right, and was too inexperienced to adjust to the tighter lines synthetic lanes offered back then.

My 10 year absence was the best thing that happened to my game, since I got to relearn bowling on the much heavier oiled synthetic lanes of today, in conjunction with the bowling balls of today, sure make bowling easier.

This past summer, I bowled state tournament at a Synthetic house and a wood house. The lanes had similar dry shots, forcing me to play a roll-out shot to the pocket. I had an easier time getting the ball to transition on the wood lanes.

Edited by leftykev (11/11/08 05:49 PM)

#70526 - 11/12/08 10:20 AM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: leftykev]
EddieK Offline
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Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 34
A/S/L: 52/M/USA
i'll bowl on anything, but given a choice, i'll take wood lanes any day of the week. throw 'light oil' into the deal and i'll pull the plastic or hard rubber out of the bag and be a happy camper. this is bowling as it should be, imo.

i can adjust to synthetic lanes, but i HATE HATE HATE aynthetic approaches. they should be banned for reasons of safety, imo

im so old, it was LACQUER on wood when i started! the "new" plastic balls were hook monsters then... believe it!

#70530 - 11/12/08 11:05 AM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: EddieK]
Dennis Michael Offline
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Registered: 12/11/05
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Eddie, you are right. Lacquer on wood was the standard back then. But, lanes were so poorly maintained and costly to do so, I can see the reason for synthetic.

Yet, there is no replacement for the original.
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#70543 - 11/12/08 06:39 PM Re: Wood or Synthetic????????? [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Well, since the antarctica link is from a Rutgers website (my alma mater), I did a quick search to find this:

These are the Lorree Hall bowling lanes on the Cook/Douglass campus of Rutgers University. Despite the fact that I lived on the Cook campus for 4 years, and had several classes in Lorree Hall, I never actually went bowling there, although I do know people who have. It's one of the few things I regret from my college days.

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