Making Proper On-Lane Bowling Adjustments

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It’s one thing to notice how a lane changes over the course of a game and say, “Huh, that’s interesting.” It’s an entirely other thing to see those changes and adjust your game accordingly. Successful bowlers are capable of determining when a transition has occurred and making the proper response. Oil pattern no longer favoring your preferred bowling ball path? Time for on-lane bowling adjustments.

Reading the lane

First things first in adjusting your game is deciding if a change has in fact occurred on the lane. Put simply, has the lane started to transition? The bowling lane conditions always are transitioning throughout a game, and it is highly important during competition to understand what those changes mean for your particular style and the way you approach a game. Determining your bowling ball path early on can have a huge impact on your score, which is why you should use as much of your practice time to get a feel for the conditions.

Picking the right on-lane bowling adjustments

Whether it means changing your starting position or pulling out a new ball more suited to current lane conditions, you can drastically improve your score by making the correct on-lane bowling adjustment during crunch time.

A proper on-lane bowling adjustment can be as simple as sliding your feet to the left or the right or shooting for a different line to attack the pocket, or it might require that you take a look in your bag to see if different equipment will work better for what you’re dealing with. The first step to making the right decision is always getting a good sense of how your adjustment will affect your game. Know the lane and you can better predict the outcome.

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3 Responses to “Making Proper On-Lane Bowling Adjustments”
  1. Frank

    Disappointing video! From the title I expected to see some suggestions on what changes to make based on what you see.

    • matthew

      Try tucking your pinky if your going light in the pocket. If your coming in high on the head pin and leaving 3-6-10 move 2 boards left. There’s a myriad of different adjustments that will work. The key is first understanding the motion the lane is giving you. No matter what leave you get if you watch the ballmotion and off the deck that will answer most your adjustment questions. Also CDB does indicate some of her moves in other videos. I would like to see interviews from the pros on their common moves and go to adjustments on the different oil paterns

  2. mitchcumstein52

    Ditto to Frank! using the bowler in the video coming up light in the pocket would have been a perfect opportunity to talk about a specific change to the line or change of ball and then show what happens with that change! Come on Bowling Academy, start teaching some real content and not just generalities!