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Date: 05 Jan 2005 20:08:52
From: C D
Subject: Brand New Lanes
We are getting brand new Brunswick Anvilanes (sp?). The installation
began today. I've never bowled on 'new' lane beds... Curious to see
what the shot does. I've got the theory that the back ends on fresh
strip/run will not be as aggressive... Anyone have any
thoughts/experience with this surface?.

C D





 
Date: 06 Jan 2005 21:42:21
From: C D
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
Just for reference .. I know i didnt mention it, but our 'old' lanes
are synthetics.. Brand new in 1980.. they replaced the front 2 panels
on each lane in 1992 or 93

C D



  
Date: 08 Jan 2005 04:51:29
From: NimBill
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
>From: "C D" texshark300@sbcglobal.net

>Just for reference .. I know i didnt mention it, but our 'old' lanes
>are synthetics.. Brand new in 1980.. they replaced the front 2 panels
>on each lane in 1992 or 93
>
>C D

The new ones still sound different. Fiesta lanes and Oasis lanes in El Paso
have the new Brunswick Anvil Lanes and the sound is different from wood or the
old Brunswick Armorplate.








  
Date: 07 Jan 2005 12:06:17
From: Smokey
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
> Just for reference .. I know i didnt mention it, but our 'old' lanes
> are synthetics.. Brand new in 1980.. they replaced the front 2 panels
> on each lane in 1992 or 93

Then you really shouldn't've expected to see any "change" in the shot. The
SURFACE APPEARANCE, maybe (i.e. cleaner, shinier, different color), but not
the "performance". :)




  
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Date: 07 Jan 2005 05:33:28
From: NimBill
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
>From: "C D" texshark300@sbcglobal.net

>We are getting brand new Brunswick Anvilanes (sp?). The installation
>began today. I've never bowled on 'new' lane beds... Curious to see
>what the shot does. I've got the theory that the back ends on fresh
>strip/run will not be as aggressive... Anyone have any
>thoughts/experience with this surface?.
>
>C D

The first thing you will notice is the sound is different. Other than that
synthetics tend to change faster or slower than wood depending on the oil
pattern.

IMHO as an experienced lane mechanic it is easier to keep a house consistant
with synthetics but they do have idiosyncrinsys too. The joints between the
panels can develop speed bumps over time. Easily fixed once you understand the
cause.

I prefer wood lanes and understand scores will be lower because wood is not a
man made product and therefore will be less cinsistant in quality. Most center
owners these days want sythetics because scores can be higher.










 
Date: 06 Jan 2005 19:38:58
From: C D
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
Bowled on them for the first time tonight. Suprisingly, the shot played
very similar, with the outsides being quite a bit more agressive if you
got it out to soon, though the insides held the oil much better, didnt
make a strike ball adjustment in all 3 games. Shot 669 (a few pins
under average) for the night, including a Dutch 200 in game 3. (4pin, 4
pin, 9 pin, 4 pin, 9 pin, 9 pin for the spares). I Loved the new
approaches, they have a textured feel to them, you slide alot more than
the old ones, but it wasn't a 'slick' feel to the slide. They were very
controlled, very solid footing.

C D



 
Date: 06 Jan 2005 01:05:36
From: Joe Zachar
Subject: Re: Brand New Lanes
Yes if the lanes are given a lot of oil, to protect them, then you will
need stronger equipment. I had to polish my proactive balls to bowl on
the wood lanes. On the Brunswick lanes I had to put them back to
factory finish around 800 to 1000 grit sanded.

Another thing you should be aware of is that there will be a lot of saw
dust all over the place while the changeover process is going on. If
they also install the matching synthetic approaches the saw dust will
make them extremely slippery. When the saw dust period is over the
appraoches may become sticky (might need a shoe sock for sliding). We
had a few people injured when they stuck and fell over the foul line.
While attempting to get up one fell again and broke an arm and another
fell and hit his head and went out for a few seconds. He went to the
hospital for observations.

I play straight up most of the time. But I got a ball drilled up to
roll earlier in case I have to move inside when the outside becomes too
dry. You can stay out there in the dry but you will leave a lot of
corner pins. If you stay there and switch to a less hooking ball you
run into the problem of carrydown. Again, corner pins.

We started the season with the new lanes in place and the averages were
10-15 pins per bowler below last years league and book averages.
Between getting use to the approaches and the new oil machines, that
weren't working right until Brunswick came back to fix them, everyone
started the beginning of the season with lower averages. If you have
already established averages you may find this to be a problem in
handicapping. Since it was the beginning of the season our averages
started low while they figured out how to oil the lanes for better
scoring. Your averages may have started out high and then may drop
during the adjustment period.

This problem got so bad that one of the leagues held a captains' meeting
because they wanted to change the 10 pins drop rule. Most of the
bowlers in the league were more than 10 pins below last years average
and were losing handicap (having to use a higher average for
handicapping then their actual average).

Joe Z


C D wrote:

>We are getting brand new Brunswick Anvilanes (sp?). The installation
>began today. I've never bowled on 'new' lane beds... Curious to see
>what the shot does. I've got the theory that the back ends on fresh
>strip/run will not be as aggressive... Anyone have any
>thoughts/experience with this surface?.
>
>C D
>
>
>



 
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