Creating Proper Ball Motion: Short Oil Pattern

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Every bowler throws the ball slightly different, generating a rev rate, tilt and ball speed that is distinctly their own. Because of this, each individual bowler has to figure out how to create the proper ball motion for their unique stroke in order to be successful on any lane. Today, we take a look at how a bowler can achieve the correct ball motion on a lane with a short oil pattern.

Finding your success on a short oil pattern

To help you figure out the best way to practice your ball motion, Rod Ross and Kim Terrell-Kearney analyze the rolls of three players on a lane with a short oil pattern. The goal is to demonstrate how a bowler should create proper ball motion based on their unique tendencies.

Assessing factors such as rev rate, tilt and ball speed, Rod and Kim diagnose the rolls of each of the three bowlers on two lanes with a 36-foot, Los Angeles-style pattern. The first lane is freshly oiled, the second is in transition, meaning it has been bowled on and the short oil pattern is changing. You’ll hear how each of the bowlers felt on the separate lanes, including their thought process for attacking both the fresh and transition lanes and finding their specific breaking point.

Adjustments are not universal

One major takeaway from this lesson is that the adjustments you may need to make will often be very different from those another player would make in order to find the pocket. Whereas our first demonstrator simply moved his feet to account for the sharper break, the second opted to go with another ball to accommodate, and the third decided on a combination of the two. This is due to those factors mentioned earlier: rev rate, tilty, ball speed, etc. Creating proper ball motion requires constant lane assessment and quick decision making.