Read Bowling Lane Conditions to Bowl
If you are an avid bowler, you know that there is
more to the game than simply showing up with a ball and renting
As a matter of fact, there are several mental aspects to the
game that seasoned players use to their advantages when they go
nose to nose with another bowler. Yet in addition to even these
aspects, there are also the physical conditions that
Bowling balls are different in many ways, and players have
learned that different balls work well for different shots.
Shoes are different and are often used to give someone a slight
edge. Yet the one thing that a bowler has little or no
control over is the bowling lane.
No two bowling lanes are the same, and a good portion of the
game is dedicated to ascertaining the differences between one
lane and the next, and then turning possible disadvantages into
advantages. There are a large number of reasons why no
two bowling lanes are the same.
Some older bowling alleys still have hardwood floors,
whereas the more modern centers use synthetic floor
materials. Oftentimes these surfaces are made to look
like wood, yet they lack the wood's aspects. Probably the
most obvious difference is the fact that wood surfaces are
rougher than synthetics.
In order to upgrade their lanes, some alleys have decided
not to install completely new lanes, but instead to simply
overlay old and damaged wood with a covering of synthetic
material. Yet because this covering is thinner than
regular synthetic material used to create a lane, it is also
softer, thus impacting the actual performance of the bowling
Conversely, you might run across a bowling alley which has
not yet resurfaced its worn lanes, and some of the lanes may
show some heavy impact in the first few feet of the lane where
bowling balls generally impact the floor boards the hardest,
and where damage is quite frequently the most intense.
A damaged lane will impact the way your ball with roll and
thus may completely change the way your trajectory should be
Oil is used to help preserve the surface of the lanes, and
there are different patterns used to spread it. Some of
these patterns have their own names, such as the Christmas tree
pattern, and each pattern affects a bowler's rolls. Thus every
bowling lane may have their own modes of laying down oil, and
Even within a bowling alley there are differences between
the individual lanes.
For example, if you are up to bowl on a lane that has been
in heavy use throughout the day, the odds are that there is
less fresh oil remaining on the floor, and what remains may
have begun to dry out. This will affect your trajectory
As you can see, there are a large variety of reasons why no
two bowling lanes are equal in performance. Granted, they
may look similar, but when you get down to the details, you
will be able to tell that there is a lot more to the shiny
floors than meets the eye.
Some bowlers have cultivated close relationships with the
workers at different bowling alleys to not only be informed
about lane conditions, and which lanes have received the least
play throughout the day, but to also be given some tips on
which patterns have been used to lay down oil, and which lanes
have recently been resurfaced.
The other mode of dealing with lane conditions is the
practice round, when players will be able to quickly ascertain
the latest conditions of the lanes before the scoring
Lane conditions play an important part on your game if you
want to bowl a strike or
spare. So it'll be better for you if you can notice
the lane conditions and make adjustments to your