This happened a few weeks ago in my league, and I wanted to get some opinions about it.
The league that my wife and I bowl in is very informal. Toward the end of our second game, I noticed that a pin was on top of the pin deck, and every time it set down a 1 pin, this pin stuck on the deck would nudge the headpin ever-so-slightly to the left, upon rising back up with the pin deck. No one else but me seemed to notice. I had never bowled with an open rack before, and figured that with technology the way it is today, I would never have the opportunity. I had remembered reading about open racks - that it made the strike pocket bigger, but could lead to leaving more 10 pins for some. I quietly pointed this out to my Wife, and she started striking on nearly every shot on that lane. I tended to leave more corner pins, but still struck quite a bit. However, I also noticed that on shots that went a little high and should have left 4 pins - we were getting strikes. I never mentioned this open rack to the lane attendants, because my wife and I were taking advantage of and enjoying this unique condition, and we figured the conditions were the same for everyone else on our pair.
Has anyone else, recently or not, had an experience with an open, closed, right-justified, or left-justified rack? Was continuing to bowl on that condition against any rule? Was I being underhanded and devious, or shrewd and resourceful? Your responses are greatly appreciated. - SimplyAmazuring
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