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#68639 - 10/14/08 12:28 PM Kegel Sport Patterns
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from what i can gather on the bowlsk site, the kegel patterns are a step below the PBA patterns and a step above THS patterns. are these shots typically used for regional tournaments?

the only reason i ask is that there was a regoinal tournament at the house where my morning league is, and i believe they were putting the shot down for the tournament before we did league play, so for the last two weeks i've been bowling on what i believe is what of these kegel patterns (though which one is a mystery)
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#68650 - 10/14/08 01:13 PM Re: Kegel Sport Patterns [Re: NewEnglandBowler]
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The Kegel patterns are simple a set of patterns of different lengths and oil ratios that Kegel has developed.

They actually come in 3 levels of difficulty - a Recreation series, which have much more oil in the center than the outsides (like a typical house shot), the Challenge series, which are flatter but not quite sport compliant, and the Sport series, which are USBC sport compliant. The 4 patterns in each series are all different lengths - 3 of the 4 Recreation series ones would play similar to a THS, the 4th would play a bit tighter due to its length. The Sport series of patterns should play just as hard as the PBA shots. The Challenge series would lay somewhere in between.

To answer which shot was actually laid down, PBA Regional tournaments use the PBA animal patterns. You can actually see which pattern is used for each tournament on the website.

I don't see a regional tournament that recently occured in your area though... http://www.pba.com/regional/region.asp?ID=2

If by "regional" you just mean a large tournament in your area, then the center/tournament director can put down whatever they like. Your best bet to find out what you're bowling on during league is to ask the lane man. Second would be to ask a manager, and third a desk person - the desk people usually don't know though.
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#68654 - 10/14/08 01:44 PM Re: Kegel Sport Patterns [Re: cgeorg]
NewEnglandBowler Offline
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yes, i did mean a large tournament in the area.
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#68909 - 10/17/08 10:38 PM Re: Kegel Sport Patterns [Re: NewEnglandBowler]
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One of my leagues is using the Kegel patterns. Cgeorg explained it perfectly, each level gets progessive harder. If the houses you visit use newer Kegel machines, it's highly possible that you could see one of these patterns. Supposedly it's almost "plug & play" for the laneman to program the machine.

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