Oil Patterns of the Bowling House Shot

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For many bowlers, the house shot is the only oil pattern they get to see. Whereas professionals and tournament players often compete on a wide range of oil patterns, most league bowlers deal exclusively with house shots.

The term “bowling house shot” refers to the oil pattern you’ll typically see at league, with a majority of the oil located in the middle of the lane and minimal amount located on the outside parts of the lane. The bowling house shot gives bowlers a greater margin of error and higher scoring opportunities, but can be tricky to read and play successfully from time-to-time. In this video, we take a closer look at the standard bowling house shot and break down the proper angles you should use to raise your scores on this type of oil pattern.

Perfecting the bowling house shot

To help you discover how to attack the bowling house shot, bowling coaches Rod Ross and Kim Terrell-Kearney walk you through the essentials of a typical bowling house shot and analyze the techniques of three unique bowlers as they try to navigate the oil pattern.

When learning to read bowling oil patterns, it’s important to first determine where the oil is located and how its placement will dictate the momentum and effectiveness of your bowling ball. Once you know what the oil will do to your ball, you have to figure out the optimal path for your ball to travel. For the bowling house shot, the goal is to get your ball outside the second arrow and into the friction at the right moment down the lane, but not have it be too early or too soon.

Using our three bowlers as examples, Rod and Kim explain what happens when your ball stays in the oil either longer than necessary or for too short a time. You’ll discover how to adjust your bowling stroke to accommodate oil patterns on bowling lanes to get your ball outside the oil at the right moment so it can reach the proper breaking point and come at the pocket from the best angle. See why the key for the typical bowling house shot is to find a happy medium between friction and oil, and find out what happens when you don’t find that sweet spot.