Understanding Bowling Lane Oil Changes

Duration: 4:29

Bowling equipment has changed the game drastically in recent decades, and while some effects are obvious, others are much more understated. Upgraded balls and new kinds of technology have allowed us to better understand what happens throughout the course of a bowling shot, as well as what happens in between shots.

We have always known that lane oil dries up and wears away throughout the course of a game, and that an evolving pattern affects shot selection, equipment choice and sometimes even mentality. However, only recently have we been able to easily show exactly what’s happening to your shot when you don’t adjust to changing bowling lane oil conditions. In this lesson, we go over some of the core concepts of using lane oil to your advantage and discuss what you should do throughout a game and tournament when a lane is in transition.

How Bowling lane oil transition dictates your choices

One of the biggest pitfalls bowlers face is not adjusting their play to changing bowling lane oil conditions. No matter how consistent your stroke is or how much power you generate in your swing, it’s not going to matter unless you work with the lane oil. So to help you figure out how to read oil patterns on bowling lanes so you can adapt to the transition, we teach you about the key concepts of lane oil changes, and talk about what to look for throughout the course of a game or multiple games.

As soon as you throw your first shot of a game the lane oil pattern begins to transition, which means you must judge bowling lane conditions and react accordingly. With each subsequent shot, the way you attack the pocket should be a little bit different, whether it’s a simple change in your approach or a switch to a new type of ball. Tune in to this segment to learn more about bowling lane oil conditions and see what else determines the way you go about your game.

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3 Responses to “Understanding Bowling Lane Oil Changes”
  1. gary les
    gary les

    Great vid on how lane oil changes. Besides moving left (right handed) what equipment change or ball surface change would most likey help compensate for lane oil breakdown?

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Gary. As lane oil’s removed from the lane surface ball reaction happens sooner making the ball less responsive down lane. With less oil the ball choices that make the most since would be to use equipment with medium to high radius of gyration (RG), low differential, and layouts that are low flaring. Mild reactive or pearlized cover stocks will help get the ball down lane as the oil continues to be removed and using cleaning products and polishes (when appropriate) will combat friction as lane oils break down. Thanks for continuing with the Bowling Academy.

  2. FRANK

    Is the comment “Transition, 10 bowlers, 2 hours of play on the wrong video. This one provides good general information on what is happening with current balls, but nothing about the “2 hours of play…”