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carlos

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Low end / Middle
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:47:10 PM »
Bowling in a different alley and I've noticed along with others that the lower end is more difficult to carry strikes versus the middle. Has anyone else experienced the same thing in alleys they bowl in ? What are some things to try to rectify the issue ? Thanks

 

Jesse James

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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2019, 11:31:31 PM »
It's like that in most alleys that I bowl in!

I currently bowl in three different houses, and generally the lanes are tighter on the low end!

Not as much area to strike in and you have to have good ball placement as well as consistent ball speed to strike, once you find a line!
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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 02:58:48 AM »
Similar here. At my "home base", the lower lanes are almost exclusively used by open players who only use house balls. Furthermore, the entrance is close by, so that there's always a slight gust of wind that touches the lanes. They play very different from the higher lanes, where sport bowlers play.
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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2019, 06:00:23 AM »
Typically the lanes in the center of the house in  front of the control counter get rented out more over time than the lanes on the ends of the house. So they develop a more defined track area over time.

Depending on the age of the lane beds it can be a good thing or a bad thing. But most bowlers like the extra friction in the track area.

Lanes against walls also seem to have lane pattern issues do to the way air flows around them.

And most centers start the lane machine on one end of the house or the other. With the old wick machines they would take a couple of passes for the the lane conditioner to get fully soaked into the wick.

I've bowled in several houses where lanes 3 and 4 were among the best scoring in the house. Some of that was that was in the wood lane days and the pair was match well. But in those houses the lanes against walls would be significantly different than the other in the pair and the rest of the house.

carlos

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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2019, 05:40:09 PM »
What I've picked up from this alley is the low end you don't tend to strike hitting the pocket say the 1/3. Your ball has to hit the head pin really high to consistently strike. Most on my team are pretty accurate and that seems to be the case across the board.

Jesse James

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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2019, 11:30:47 AM »
What I've picked up from this alley is the low end you don't tend to strike hitting the pocket say the 1/3. Your ball has to hit the head pin really high to consistently strike. Most on my team are pretty accurate and that seems to be the case across the board.

Then....this follows my observation of the low end lanes being tight, since I throw a much tighter line on the low end as well. Closer to the headpin!
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Re: Low end / Middle
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2019, 01:50:17 PM »
Usually depends on where most of the open play is put, how new or old the lane surface is, if they were all installed at the same time by the same crew, if the pin decks are all the same, location of air/heat units, outside doors and windows, proximity to outside walls.

Our low end, 1-6 are the highest scoring, 7-14 probably lowest scoring, and I prefer 15-16 over the middle of the house where a lot of our bowlers don't care for that end pair.