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Date: 04 Dec 2005 22:29:08
From: 1966olds
Subject: oily lanes; possible to "make" the ball hook?
The center I bowl at twice a month on Saturday nights, oils the lanes
in the morning for a Junior League and then they're left as is the rest
of the day (either birthday parties and such or no activity at all).
The pattern (what IS a junior league's oil pattern like anyway?) is
killing my enjoyment of the game. I may be one of the most vocal about
this, but am certainly not the only disgruntled bowler [regarding lack
of reaction] in that league .

And before someone tells me about the benefits of a sport shot or how
it will enable better showings in tournament play, this is different.
Its not a challenge, its some kind of oversight or lack of
concientiousness by the center. Even bowled on different lanes the same
night and on the same lanes on a different night and had no trouble.
This situation is unique to the particular night and group of lanes in
that house, and is not a fluke. EVERY Saturday Bowling night has been
this way ----since September!

Happened to be mentioning this to a pro (and an experienced one that I
am comfortable with) at a shop at another bowling center and he says he
can sand my most aggressive ball and make it hook even on these
conditions. In fact he says it will be so aggressive that I won't be
able to keep it on the lane at the other bowling center I frequent with
much drier conditions.

I am tempted to let him try, but am skeptical. Snow tires will help
give your car more traction in the snow, but they are no better than
regular tires on glazed ice. If I let him try, I risk messing up my
favorite ball (yeah... I know it can be reversed, but not sure I want
to go through the hassle). If I don;t let him try, I will be thinking
about it everytime I leave the problem lanes on Saturday night in
disgust.

It isn't even the the lower scores that bother me as much as it is the
comepletely poor and unpredictable pin action. Its not a
challenge...its just a weird pattern that is not doing anything for my
skill level and am seriously considering not returning to this league
next year ---and yet I LIKE the bowlers in it.

Anyway...my question is....does it seem plausible that a ball can be
made to hook on this condition (youth bowler oil pattern) or am I
better off just bringing my plastic ball and KNOWING it won't react and
at least not being angry when it doesn't peform as expected ---cause I
won't expect as much from it?

Thanks for your input.

1966olds





 
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