Pin Placement on the Bowling Ball

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Although 75% of a bowling ball’s reaction comes from having the proper surface applied to its coverstock, the lane conditions you are competing on require matching up with the correct bowling ball, bowling ball surface, axis tilt, axis rotation, and bowling ball speed.

In this premium video, Scott Pohl, owner of On Track Pro Shop, explains how pin placement creates the overall hook and flare potential when laying out a bowling ball.

Pin Closer to the PAP (Positive Axis Point)

The PAP is identified below with the white piece of tape. The pin is illustrated with the yellow circle drawn on the bowling ball. This pin placement creates an earlier hook with less backend reaction. This layout is ideal for higher volume oil patterns.

Pin Placement 1

Pin Farther From PAP (Positive Axis Point)

This pin placement creates more skid and more backend reaction. This layout is ideal for lower volume oil patterns. It’s also good when the lanes transition and become drier.

Pin Placement 2

Pin Leverage Position

Both yellow circles below represent pin placement 3 ⅜ away from the PAP. The number on the X axis can range from 0 to 6¾ inches. At 3⅜ inches the most flare and hook potential is created.

Pin Placement 3

Pin Higher Than the Finger Holes

This pin placement delays the hook providing a strong backend reaction. This is a good layout for lane transition and lower oil volume patterns.

Pin Placement 4

Pin Lower Than the Finger Holes

This layout is good for lower volume patterns and can be used as a ball to change out to when the lanes transition.

Pin Placement 5

For more on bowling balls check out “How Do I Put Surface On My Bowling Ball” and “Sanding Pad Technology.”